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Full Metal Panic! - Mission 04

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The characters (and plot) take off for some R & R in episodes 13 and 14, as Commander "Tess" and Melissa Mao stage a mecha duel to settle a petty quarrel. Sousuke coaches Tess while Kurz acts as Melissa's second (loser runs a lap around the base naked). While Kaname vacillates between boredom and irritation at a seaside resort that falls far short of her dreams of summer romance, Sousuke is temporarily reassigned to a special intelligence mission to assassinate the terrorist Gauron. In far-off Helmajistan, the older, hardened veterans in the unit refuse to listen to Sousuke's warnings about the threat of the Lambda Driver, placing the mission and its members in deadly peril in a cliffhanger ending. Director Koichi Chigira choreographs the mecha battles with his usual panache, and skillfully juxtaposes Kaname's and Sousuke's actions. (Rated 15 and older: violence, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Satsuki Yukino, Tomokazu Seki, Jason Douglas, Yukana Nogami, Akio Ôtsuka
  • Directors: Kôichi Chigira
  • Producers: Mark Williams
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: 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: October 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000BV1XF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,690 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Full Metal Panic! - Mission 04" on IMDb

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daigo Parry on August 12, 2003
Format: DVD
The fourth "mission" of "Full Metal Panic" perfectly exemplifies the series' best qualities: the ability to seemingly combine genres and effortlessly pull off the mixture of serious, giant robot warfare with the lighter day-in-the-life-of-a-teen aspect. Mission 04's first two episodes display the amusing half of "Full Metal," while the three-part "Rising Wind In The Homelands" tale shows maturity on the part of the series' directors, who manage to develop the story well enough to emphasize the tragedy of war, a rarity in the usually apocalyptic world of anime.
What's the series about? Simply put, organizations the world over are after Kaname Chidori, a 16-year-old with innate knowledge of the powerful Black Technology that could revolutionize everything. MITHRIL a group dedicated to maintaining justice, has its top agents, including 16-year old Sagara Sousuke, protecting Chidori.
Two episodes that are borderline filler open the volume. First off, physically adept, battle-worn Major Melissa Mao and clumsy, ditzy-yet-intelligent Captain Tessa Testarossa (who, like Chidori, is a Whispered) find themselves at odds, and agree to settle their differences by having an Armored Slave paintball battle. The Armored Slaves (AS) are the giant robot factor of the show, two-and-a-half story-sized robots armed with guns and knives. The MITHRIL base eagerly awaits the winner of the Mao vs. Testarossa battle as both have agreed that the loser walks around the base...naked.
One of the more useless episodes of the entire series follows. Chidori's hopes of a summer at the beach are dashed when she unthinkingly agrees to a local AS exhibition with two girl buddies, Sousuke and AS fanatic/nerd and classmate Shinji Kazama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KevinB on November 26, 2012
Format: DVD
FMP is the story of Kaname and the Mercenary Sousuke. Kaname is a high school student that holds the key to black technology. An advanced form of technology used in military applications. Sousuke is a mercenary assigned to guard her. The problem is that he has been fighting battles since he was a young boy, and he has no common sense or social skills. He is always causing trouble for her, but he's the best candidate to keep her safe. The story follows their adventures from their high school all the way to the battlefield and back again.

FMP has everything you could want out of an anime series. Action, comedy, drama, sci-fi, and a bit of romance. The animation, story, and soundtrack are all awesome. It's a 5 star series in every possible aspect. It also stars the best voice actors in the business. I have always loved this series and I hope you do too.
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By Jack Forbus on April 13, 2014
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Love Full Metal Panic! I enjoy watching all the DVDs over and over. Can never get enough of it! Highly recommend this show to anyone who loves Mechs/Robots and high school romance/comedy!
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anime Dork on November 30, 2003
Format: DVD
Why the heck are there only three episodes on this disk? I just don't understand. I thought ADV was better than that. I mean, what am I supposed to do with three episdodes? Give me four at the very least, darn you!!
Okay, enough of that. Anyway, this volume was very, very mediocre. This dvd (with only three episodes!) had two filler episodes, with only the last episode actually having any story to it. Don't get me wrong. Usually I really like fillers because most animes fill them with romantic fluff and that's usually a lot of fun. However, the extremely addicting romance between Sousuke and Kanami has been kind of dying since the second volume (which was possibly the best set of episdoes IMHO and where they're relationship really seemed to be building wonderfully).
Instead, the last volume (volume three), and the first filler episode of this volume seem to center around that extremly annoying captain girl. Yeah, the one with the white hair and big boobs. She's decided that she's going to be Kaname's (who I happen to like a lot) little rival in Sousuke's affections. And my favorite character Kaname was hardly in this volume at all too! She seriously got cheated out on this deal. I swear. Why is that white haired girl getting all the attention? And, with two filler episodes, why the heck did ADV only put three episodes on this disk!
Okay, getting off topic again. So anyway, the first episode on this disk, like I mentioned earlier, was a filler about Tessa (annoying white haired girl). She gets this attitude that she's as good as any pilot, despite the fact that she absolutely no idea how to use the mechas, and despite the fact that all she does is sit in her little submarine spouting out orders and has no idea what its like on a real battle field.
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