Otaku News : US Edition Otaku News Postcard Campaign
Advanced Search
\ -


World Edition
UK Edition
US Edition
PSP Edition

Site Nav
Main Page
News Categories
DVD Reviews
Manga Reviews
Links We Like
Otaku News Shop

Site Info
About Otaku News
Link To Us
Contact Us

RSS Feed Details


Advert Space

/ \
Sponsored Link: Amazon.com
\ /

/ \

Full Metal Panic? - Fumoffu

Full Metal Panic? - Fumoffu
Review Date:
Reviewed By: The Dave

Released By: ADV Films UK

Age Rating: 12

Region: 2 - UK
Volume: 1 of 4
Length: 75 minutes
Subtitles: English
Audio: English 5.1 Surround
Japanese 2.0 Stereo
As a reworking of the anime series 'Full Metal Panic! FUMOFFU' follows its predecessor's basic fish-out-of-water premise with the same zany blend of action and comedy. But while popular teenage schoolgirl Kaname Chidori is still being protected from the machinations of an evil terrorist organisation by undercover secret agent Sousuke Sagara, this time around the emphasis is on the series' comedic, rather than action-oriented, elements. The main thrust of the comedy stems from the military-trained Sagara's inability to blend into normal teenage society, his overzealous protection of Kaname (everything from impromptu gunfights to poorly planned explosions), and a strangely sweet romance between the disastrously mismatched couple. Directed by Kouichi Chigara, this volume introduces the sequel anime with the series' first three episodes.
Having not seen any of the Full Metal Panic series before, I expected to find FMP?F unwatchable and full of characters that Id be expected to know the complete history of.

I was completely wrong.

Before the credits to the first episode it is established that the main character of the series, Sousuke, had been a guerrilla fighter since the age of 8 and was sponsored to attend the school in which the story takes place, and the relationships with other characters are established without unnecessary exposition and are allowed to develop naturally through the series.

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a high-school romantic comedy, in which Sousuke is placed in situations that are typical for the genre, but turns them on their heads through our clueless heros borderline sociopathic unilateral actions which unexpectedly had me laughing my head off. The romantic tension between Sousuke and Kaname, the female main character, is portrayed with the awkwardness expected from a romantic comedy, with Kaname embarrassed by her feelings for Sousuke, whereas he is completely oblivious to her. In many respects, this series reminds me of Ranma by Rumiko Takahashi, with the awkwardness and over-the-top violence being the driving points of the series.

The Volume 1 DVD comes with three episodes of the series, accompanied by a variety of extras, including Japanese TV-spots, character biographies and notes regarding some of the controversy during the Japanese airing of the series, which arose from episodes not being shown due to the similarities to real-life news events.

The voice acting in the English dub is actually very good, and Id go so far as to say that some of the choices made regarding casting are pretty much perfect, with the Student Body President in particular standing out with excellent delivery of borderline nonsensical dialogue.

The image transfer for this series was also particularly good, with the colours being extremely vibrant, and the line-work very sharp.

I really enjoyed Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, and will have to watch the series which preceded it. Although the setting could be described as generic, the introduction of unexpected character behaviours made it highly entertaining to watch.

I highly recommend this series.

Rating: 7/10
\ /


Recent News
World's Largest Collection of CardCaptor Sakura Merchandise
Evangelion Ring Watch Details
An Interview with Toshimichi Mori of Arc System Works
An Interview with Katsura Sunshine
ReedPOP Acquires UK MCM Comic Con
RWBY Volume 5 - Premieres October 14, 2017 on Rooster Teeth FIRST
Silent Manga​ Audition Round 9
An Interview with Masaaki Yuasa
An Interview with Danny Choo
An interview with Tim Clark the Curator of Hokusai: beyond the Great wave at the British Museum

Recent DVD Reviews

Shin Godzilla
Shin Godzilla
One Punch Man Collection 1
Digimon Adventure Tri
Nisekoi: False Love (Season 2 Complete)
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions - Heart Throb (Blu-ray)
When Marnie Was There
Sound Euphonium! (Streaming 1-14)
Golden Time Part 2 (Blu-ray)
Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie
Terror In Resonance (Blu-ray)

DVD Review Archive

Links We Like
Helen McCarthy's Blog
Lego Howl's Moving Castle
Emma Vieceli's Workblog
Jet Arts
AnnaTheRed's Bento Factory
Tokyo Mango

Link Archive

Essential Reading
Anime News Network
Pirate Anime FAQ
Otaku Calendar

Johnny Wander
Three Panel Soul

Dead Tree Magazines
Giant Robot
Neo Magazine UK
Otaku USA
Shonen Jump
Protoculture Addicts

Anime Companies
Bandai Entertainment
Manga Entertainment
Media Blasters
Urban Vision

Manga Publishers
Dark Horse Comics
GEN Manga
Kodansha Comics
Yen Press

US DVD Retailers
Akadot Retail
DVD Empire
DVD Planet
Right Stuf
Tower Records

Import Retailers
CD Japan
Tokyo Otaku Mode

/ \
All trademarks and copyrights on this page are owned by their respective owners.
Everything Else ©2002-2018 Otaku News