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Full Metal Panic!- Mission 03 (2004)

Satsuki Yukino , Tomokazu Seki , Kôichi Chigira  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Satsuki Yukino, Tomokazu Seki, Jason Douglas, Yukana Nogami, Akio Ôtsuka
  • Directors: Kôichi Chigira
  • Producers: John Ledford, Mark Williams
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AINJL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,746 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Full Metal Panic!- Mission 03" on IMDb

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Director Koichi Chigira cranks up the action and the comedy as a new enemy appears in this rambunctious adventure. The terrorist cell A21 has a murderous pawn in Takuma, who uses the mysterious Lambda Drive to control a gargantuan crimson mecha. Sousuke defeats him in a dynamic duel, aided by Kaname and Commander Teletha "Tess" Testarossa. But the effects-laden battle is just a prelude to a more subtle but more dangerous conflict: Tess announces she's fallen for Sgt. Sousuke, and "may the best girl win!" Fortunately, Sousuke is too dense to notice. Assertive, independent, and capable of initiating action, Kaname represents new breed of magical girl. She never whines, the way Hitomi does in Escaflowne, and she's quite capable of braining Sousuke when he sticks his foot in it for the umpteenth time. The result is an imaginative, high-spirited entertainment. (Rated 15 and older: violence, brief nudity, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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Includes episodes 9-12. 100 min. Standard; Soundtracks: Japanese Dolby Digital stereo, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English. In Japanese with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full Metal Takes A Side Trip July 26, 2003
By Chon-ny
Format:DVD
Up until now, "Full Metal Panic" has eased its story along with a predictable progression: a secret organization known as MITHRIL has assigned its top three agents to guard 16-year-old Chidori Kaname, a student at Jindai High School unknowingly blessed with the abilities of a Whispered, beings with an innate knowledge of Black Technology. With terrorists all over the world eager to capture and exploit her abilities, MITHRIL's Sagara Sousuke, also 16, but a hardened veteran of numerous wars in the Middle East, has joined Jindai as a student, his various military ticks often showing up and making him seem quite the strange guy.
Following the revelations of the previous volume is a set of four episodes that seem to go off on a tangent from the MITHRIL-versus-Terrorists dynamic of "Full Metal Panic." "Mission 03" starts out with a teen named Takuma Kaguyama fidgeting nervously at the airport as the security guard's slightly askew necktie bothers him immensely. He jumps the guard to fix it and is arrested; MITHRIL jumps in quickly to grab him as they know his obsessive-compulsive ticks are manifestations of a greater power. The group doesn't count on the intervention of A21, Takuma's group, headed by his sister Senia. During the raid, MITHRIL captain Tessa Testarossa manages to escape with Takuma in tow, at the cost of second-in-command Andrei Karinin's sacrifice. Gravely injured, the old war veteran is taken to A21 headquarters, a ship oddly-named the "George Clinton." He develops a strange, respectful-yet-antagonistic relationship with Senia. Meanwhile, Tessa finds her way to Sousuke's apartment with Takuma, setting up an awkward situation when Chidori drops by to find Tessa fresh out of the shower.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE END....OR IS IT? July 11, 2004
By Sesho
Format:DVD
Well, here we are with the last volume in the entertaining series Full Metal Panic. Gauron has obtained a computer program which allows him to take control of the de Danaan, along with the help of a few Mithril traitors. Not only that, he has Tessa and Kaname at his mercy. After calling a false fire alarm, he seals all of the crew up in a hangar, inundating it with high levels of oxygen, which he supposes will distract them from the real situation. Only Sousuke and Kurz refuse to believe the drill, suspecting something is up. They know it has something to do with Gauron. They'll have to get to the bridge without any weapons and no help. Meanwhile, a U.S. Navy sub has been tracking the de Danaan and hopes to destroy her at the same time as this is happening.
While volume 7 had its moments, especially the final duel between Sosouke and Gauron (doesn't he ever die?), the last dvd left me unsatisfied. Sosouke and Kaname, while coming close to revealing their true feelings for each other, never get romantic. They tell each other they need each other but that's about it, I guess setting up the sequel series that will be coming out in the future, in which they are constantly bickering. I would have liked to have seen their relationship evolve a little. They're pretty much in the same place as they started. In fact, I don't feel as if ANY of the characters evolved over the course of the series. That's disappointing. Also, we didn't get anymore really relevant information on what the "Whispered" truly are or what their function is. Hopefully, the sequel series will not be just more of the same. Still, Full Metal Panic is a great entertainment. Just don't expect any surprises or deep insights.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Conclusion to End a Magnificent Series January 1, 2004
By Alex Hu
Format:DVD
In the final installment of Full Metal Panic, author Shiki Douji and producers create perhaps the best conclusion to an anime series I have ever seen. By mixing elements of comedy, action, and romance while magnificently and completely ending the multiple plot developments within the series, Mission 07 promises to be something that will not disappoint even the most critical of viewers.
Mission 07 starts where Mission 06 left off, right at episode 22 conveniently titled "Jack in the Box." In what is perhaps the climax of the series, Gauron (or Gaul) has taken over the "toy box" (name for the submarine in the Japanese version) threatening to destroy everything the main characters have fought to build. Kaname and the captain are held hostage, however Sagara and Kurz are still fighting, managing to avoid the lockdown procedures that Guaron has initiated. Will Kaname be able to escape? Will Sagara be able to save the sub, and most importantly, will he defeat Gauron? All of these questions, I promise, are answered fully and brilliantly in this final DVD.
While the relationship between Kaname and Sagara didn't end as well as I hoped, A.D. vision gives all of you who love the romance sideplot a little treat at the end, and I assure you that while the romance element doesn't end as well as the action element, it is still suitably ended. Once again the quality of the anime is well-drawn, well produced, and overall well-done. The color blending is stellar, and the acute sound and great music manages to make me like this show even more. This is a definite 5 outta 5, no questions asked.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Anime Conclusion....Ever May 14, 2004
By Jim C.
Format:DVD
Mission 7 of season 1 of the anime series, Full Metal Panic, contains the best conclusion to an anime, I have ever seen. While mixing fast-paced action with the dramatic evil of Gaul (or Gauron), Mission 7 holds up to be an amazing end to an amazing season. The ending is, however, more drawn to action, rather than the romantic aspect of the season, between Kaname and Souske. Those wanting to see a knight-in-shining-armor-style hero made out of Souske may be slightly disappointed. I won't spoil the ending, but it is definalty worth watching.
Note that the second season, Full Metal Panic Fumoffu, has aired in Japan. I haven't seen this yet, myself, but it is said that it focuses on Kaname and Souske's life in high school. For those of you wanting more, and weren't satisfied with the first season's end, I recommend you look into Fumoffu.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FULL METAL AWESOME
FMP is the story of Kaname and the Mercenary Sousuke. Kaname is a high school student that holds the key to black technology. Read more
Published 16 months ago by KevinB
5.0 out of 5 stars Full metal awesome
FMP is the story of Kaname and the Mercenary Sousuke. Kaname is a high school student that holds the key to black technology. Read more
Published 16 months ago by KevinB
5.0 out of 5 stars The biggest problem with FMP is....
When its over you'll be left wanting more, more, more.
The wholse series is quality. Great art, animation, and characters. Read more
Published on March 12, 2004 by F. Khan
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just Full Metal Panic
Yes Full Metal Panic made in 2002 is one of the best anime out with it's blend of modern day politics and futuristic mechs called arm slaves, and it's perfect blend of comedy,... Read more
Published on February 24, 2004 by "winkles84"
5.0 out of 5 stars fumoffu?
Man, what does that ending suppose to mean? The good guy never gets hurt, doesn't he? That Arlabest (sp...) sure was built with top quality... Read more
Published on February 19, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe it or not there is more!
I have seen the Japanese release of this title and I won't get into it too much but I did want to let all the fans know that another season exists "Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu". Read more
Published on January 4, 2004 by P. Mckay
5.0 out of 5 stars An anime you won't forget!
Well, I'll have to say, I haven't been this impressed since I saw the Vision of Escaflowne. I love Sousuke!!! I really like Chidori, too! Read more
Published on November 18, 2003 by Elizabeth Luckevich
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