Despite still not actually writing my reviews of the original Full Metal Panic series (first season, second raid and fumoffu), I’m a huge fan of this franchise and am thrilled it is back. So how does this first episode start off the new anime?
There was something very nostalgic about this first episode of Invisible Victory. Partially that has to do with the fact that the visuals don’t seem to have changed at all from second raid, which is both a blessing and a curse. So far this anime looks dated for a 2018 release and yet at the same time it meant instant immersion into a story that has been on break for a very long time. And I guess if they were trying to appeal to fans of the original, they’ve succeeded at recapturing the look and given the story is incomprehensible without prior knowledge at this point, despite some really awkward conversations where exposition was dropped in to catch people up, there’s really no reason for someone to jump into the series at this point.
Sousuke and Chidori are back, and that is a big yay! The impact of the events at the end of second raid are pretty clear with both of these characters being a bit more subdued than we’ve seen them. I’m kind of sad we didn’t get a slightly longer look at their daily life post second raid before events conspired to mess it up, but at the same time I’m glad the anime isn’t wasting time in getting to its story.
With the return of all the faces fans want to see, diving straight into conflict, and Chidori and Sousuke looking cuter than ever together, this was a well appreciated series return for me but unless someone wants to go back and watch at least season one and second raid, there is nothing here for newcomers and visually this anime is showing its age even though this is a new series.
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