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Full Metal Panic! Season One (2010)

Luci Christian , Chris Patton , Don Rush , Kyle jones  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Luci Christian, Chris Patton, Hilary Haag
  • Directors: Don Rush, Kyle jones
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NE8B4W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,692 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Kaname Chidori’s one of the most popular girls at her high school – unfortunately, it’s her growing popularity off campus she should be worrying about. Unbeknownst to Kaname, terrorists are plotting her abduction, believing she possesses the rare and coveted abilities of “the Whispered.”

That’s where Sousuke Sagara enters the picture. He’s a hotshot soldier from the clandestine counter-terrorist organization known as Mithril – and he’s going undercover at Kaname’s school to try and keep her safe. He may be an ace in the cockpit of an Arm Slave mech, but there’s no training in the world that could prepare him for the warzone of high school.


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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very nice; a review of the actual Blu Ray September 2, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I just received this set and have watched through roughly 4 episodes and a little bit.

For those that don't know, Full Metal Panic (or FMP) is a show from early 2000 based on a series of short novels. The story involves a boy soldier (well, mercenary), sent by a secret organization to protect a girl who is known to be a "Whispered." Being a "Whispered" means that the person holds knowledge of "black technology" without really knowing they know it. Mostly it's about Sagara Sosuke, the boy soldier, being clumsy with people and having an obvious crush on the girl he is supposed to be protecting. The feeling is mutual and the girl he is protecting, Chidori Kaname, is just as awkward in dealing with Sosuke.

Giant robot action is also included as a sort of bonus. Think of the show as a romantic comedy with serious drama and military action thrown in.

In terms of the Blu Ray, this release is an upscale of a standard definition release as the studio that animated it, Gonzo, was only animating in SD at the time of its release. Either way, a proper software upscale done on a Blu Ray will always look better than an upscale done through hardware (watching a DVD via the PS3 upscaled to 1080p for instance). This release is no exception.

The nice thing here is that the opening sequence is unaffected by the upscale this time around, unlike Funimation's release of Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Box Set [Blu-ray] where the opening was improperly encoded and skips frames.

Picture quality is nothing short of amazing. Crystal clear and from everything I can tell, there are no artifacts or other weirdness brought in from the upscale.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Just Don't Make 'em Like This Anymore! December 11, 2010
Format:DVD
If you are an avid anime fan and enjoy action/drama/comedy series then this is for you! Though it is now several years old, the series is still in my top 10 or 20 of all time. The balance of drama, action, and comedy is well done and the characters are genuinely likable.

Other reviews and the synopsis cover the plot and events pretty well, but if you are a fan of military style anime with some fan service thrown in then definitely pick this up.

I recommend watching with the Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Souske's Japanese voice is PERFECT! I also recommend a 13+ age for viewing as a lot of the humor is slightly 'flirty' in nature and young audiences won't get a lot of the humor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Series. June 30, 2011
Format:DVD
Full Metal Panic is a good action anime and to many is a classic. The characters are distinct and the story is oddly enough pretty good despite it's genericness. Even I have to admit it's an enjoyable show to watch even though i don't really like these mecha animes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Metal Awesome!!! October 14, 2012
By KevinB
Format:Blu-ray
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.

I bought this series one DVD at a time when it was new. I just got my hands on the new Blu-ray relesae. FMP was great looking in standard definition, but the HD is amazing. There are a lot of animes where the Blu-ray isn't all that much better, but FMP is a great improvement.

FMP has everything you could want out of an anime series. Action, comedy, drama, sci-fi, and a bit of romance. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series :) May 14, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you love mech action combined with classic Japanese high school comedy, then this is your Anime! lol. greta price too. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Language Matters April 26, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This anime is great for those people who enjoy a mech anime with a side of comedy. This is fish out water story where mercenary Sousuke who is 16-17 years old has to join a school in Tokyo to watch over a girl named Kaname because of her "whispered" abilities. From there a good action and comedy story takes place. This season is more on the action side which doesn't take away from the fact that it is a great show.

If you are into the comedic aspects then watching or purchasing Full Metal Panic!? Fumoffu is for you, not much action in that series.

The animation is great for having been produced in 2002, especially compared to shows being produced at the time With that let me discuss the reason for the title above, while the english dub sounds good and no actor is bad, I personally felt that Sousuke's personality and the fact that he is oblivious to everything he is doing wrong is lost with the english dub. Even with the Japanese audio being in stereo I would say stick with that, but if you dislike reading subtitles then the english audio is perfectly fine.

I really enjoy when a show or anime can blend together multiple genres and make a successful final product, the only genre that ends up lacking a little bit is the romance but that is a result of the characters personalities and interactions aka Sousuke is again oblivious to everything not military related.

Rating: 4.5/5
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Encoding Errors
Disks 1 and 3 had no problems but disk 2 was riddled with errors and problems. Which forced me to purchase the regular DVD set. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Wanda Hargrove
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent a must own!
In order to fight the growing threat of terrorism a paramilitary counter terrorism group known as the Mithril organization is established. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value
Awesome, definitely a good purchase. I always buy anime from amazon they have the best prices. The story is pretty good definitely a anime you want to buy.
Published 2 months ago by alex
2.0 out of 5 stars Disc Error
EP 4-6 are episodes form later in the season... How do you mix up episodes on the disc is beyond me
Published 2 months ago by Heath D Fulmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this anime
I really enjoyed this anime but was even better watching in Blu-ray. If you like the anime, you really have to watch it in Blu-ray.
Published 3 months ago by Gina Cocova
5.0 out of 5 stars good anime series 16 and up tho haha
this product i loved so much favorite anime series ever
it arrived in time and in great condition :D if you love action this is one to go with
id recommend this
Published 5 months ago by arielle
5.0 out of 5 stars Action and charm and a proper villain
I have had some bad anime picks recently and so my expectations for this series were mixed. The first few episodes are a bit silly as the characters establish themselves. Read more
Published 6 months ago by albionphoto
5.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts on full metal panic
It is a good anime. It is a nice mix of love, comedy, and action. I give it a five because of the fun and entertaining plot.
Published 7 months ago by Clara
4.0 out of 5 stars Love story in mecha
So a civilian girl is a unknown being protected by elite mercenaries. . .however, her bodyguard starts looking at it from a different perspective after being a soldier for most his... Read more
Published 7 months ago by J3F
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing audio....
is it just my copy or has no one noticed... ive only watched through the first disk but ive noticed that there is pieces missing of the english dub. Read more
Published 10 months ago by kameyo
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I need to know is this just blue ray or dvd also
I just ordered one, should be here in a day or 2.

I just got it in, and it's only the 3 Blu-ray discs.
Dec 7, 2011 by Jarod Oates |  See all 2 posts
Does it include Second Raid
No. That is available in a separate release.

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Box Set [Blu-ray]

The entire Full Metal Panic! saga has never been released as a complete set.
Sep 20, 2010 by ShadowFalls |  See all 3 posts
can anyone tell me i these are the same voice actors as ADV films used?
The actors haven't changed. The only thing different is that FUNi is now the rights holder and not Neo-ADV.
Aug 26, 2010 by C. Maxwell |  See all 2 posts
is this all 24 episodes?
Its the full season, Amazon like always in their infinite wisdom goofed.
Funimation announced when they licensed it would be released in full in boxset form. They said nothing about parts.
Jul 17, 2010 by Age the Heroic |  See all 4 posts
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