It’s tough to keep your grades up without having to take off at a moment’s notice to save the world. But for Sousuke Sagara, undercover high school student and member of the mercenary group Mithril, life in Tokyo seemed the same as always. But underneath the promising exterior spin the wheels of a conspiracy that threaten to destroy the peace. A new threat has arisen: Amalgam. An unknown element with advanced mech technology, this mysterious organization has been running things from behind the scenes. As dissension spreads throughout the ranks of Mithril, Sousuke faces his own internal struggle. Spread thin between schoolwork and war, the powers that be have decided to lighten his load… beginning with Kaname! Life and death hang in the balance as the clash between good and evil scale new heights. When the smoke clears, Sousuke’s path will be the one that he forges for himself.
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid: The Complete Series (Remastered)
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Coming in at a total runtime of 320 minutes, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (TSR) The Complete Series spans 3-discs packaged in a pair of thin packs within a nice cardboard outer slipcase. As with the previous release, the set comes complete with the TSR OVA, Episode 000, 7-part featurette (scouting in Hong Kong), textless songs and a crop of Funimation anime trailers.
Language options are quite thorough with English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround or original broadcast Stereo) and Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround or original broadcast Stereo) with the option of running English subtitles below either language track choice.
The program wears an appropriate TV 14 rating due to some violent sequences, themes of conflict, and a bit of non-suggestive female (incestual) nudity.
In my opinion the mark of a solid piece of sequel anime is a show's ability to not only present new material but to also seamlessly intertwine it with the plot of the original. Enter Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (TSR) from anime master workers, Funimation. This gorgeous set represents the proper formula for improving upon the season before it (which just so happens to be the first of the series) without pulling the story off onto an unrelated tangent.
The Second Raid follows the exploits of mercenary soldier Sousuke Sagara who, right from the beginning, does an adequate job of fulfilling his undercover mission as a regular high school student.Read more ›
What's more, it was encoded at 1080p24 despite the opening animation being animated at 30 frames per second. This means that while the main show animation is fine, the opening appears choppy on Blu-ray compared to the DVDs. The movement is not as smooth since frames are missing.
Since 1080p30 is not supported by Blu-ray, the opening would need to be encoded at 1080i in order to show all 30 of the frames per second. Since it's not possible to have the opening at 1080i and the rest of the show at 1080p, they could either encode all of the show at 1080i (like the Japanese Blu-ray release), or encode the show at 1080p while encoding the creditless opening in the extras at 1080i. I would personally prefer the latter, but I would be satisfied with either solution.
The Second Raid (TSR) is characterised by violence and strong language. The enemies are crazier and deadlier, the Arm Slave action better and the Chidori-Sagara relationship cools a little. The upper echelons of Mithril play a strong part in the plot, which is unfortunate because several more seasons would be required to reveal what could be going on there. Tessa's brother plays a teaser role, again unfortunate because he obviously needs a full season on his own.
This season feels like the Empire Strikes Back of a trilogy. Dark, brutal, violent, it is excellent in its own right: but it requires at least another season to follow it.
TSR follows on reasonably directly from FMP season one. The Fumoffu! season can be seen as a comic relief interlude, and fits between the two.
So that's all for my only gripe here. Other than that, this boxset really is superb. The packaging is well done, and comes with 4 booklets filled with FMP goodness, things every fan would love to know. Dialogue is in Japanese/English (selectable), with English subtitles.
The discs are also filled with extras, the best of which has got to be the bonus 30-minute OVA, "A Relatively Leisurely Day in the Life of a Fleet Captain", which can best be explained as fan-service for Tessa fans... but seriously, it's humourous in the vein of Fumoffu, and every FMP fan (even non-Tessa fans) would love it.
The anime itself is of course top-notch. It's FMP, after all. Seriously, if not for the compulsory ads that can't be avoided no matter what, this would be 5-stars. Possibly the only issue I had is the slight jump in continuity towards the last few episodes, but nothing serious that can't be explained away easily. Like Fumoffu, TSR was done by Kyoto Animation, and is not to be missed by any FMP fan.
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i'm a fan of the first series and the Fumoffu season. Both were done well. The 2nd raid went in a far different direction. Read morePublished 8 months ago by P. Yan
This anime is good, but short but The whole series is good. I like the story line on this anime better. Nice artwork on the whole box. plus booklets.Published on October 27, 2013 by Randy V. "Last King"
Full Metal Panic is simply the best animated series that I've seen and I wood recomend it to friend and family.Published on June 12, 2013 by Simon Grogan
It is a great story for an anime. The title is misleading because it is accually the third season on Full Metal Panic, but that is ok. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Patrick K. Lester
This series was a bit more serious that the first season, but it still had the humor and action in it. Great series!Published on May 23, 2013 by J. S. Hayes
item came on time in excellent condition great service hope I can do business with this seller again highly recommended!Published on January 23, 2013 by Parker Stevens
FMP TSR is the 3rd season of FMP. It follows FMP, and FMP Fumoffu. The animation quality is way better in this season than in the previous 2. Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by KevinB
Great continuation of the original series. The expansion of the narrative and the world itself are well done and mirror the light novels and 2nd manga series.Published on July 13, 2012 by BRK
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