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Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid (Classic) [Blu-ray]

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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.


Second Raid (2005), the third and darkest season of Full Metal Panic!, picks up about two months after the first adventure (and ignores the farcical Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu). Sousuke tries to juggle active duty with the Mithril mercenary corps, high school assignments, and protecting Kaname. Gauron, the bloodthirsty terrorist he battled during the first season, reappears in China. Director Yasuhiro Takemoto stages hand-to-hand combat and a major mecha battle in a claustrophobic tunnel beneath the Yangtze River to great effect. As the crisis deepens, the Mithril commanders order Sousuke to return to piloting the super-mecha Arbalest, leaving the sinister-sounding Wraith to protect Kaname. For the first time in his life, Sousuke is torn between obeying orders and genuine emotions. Kaname uses every trick she can come up with--and a few she learned from Sousuke--to outwit Wraith and expose the assassin who's been stalking her. Alone in a largely deserted Hong Kong, Sousuke confronts the sadistic Gauron and his own weird upbringing. After Kaname knocks some sense into his head--figuratively and literally-- Sousuke acts like a proper hero: he arrives in the nick of time, in a mecha that crushes everything in its path. When he's not engaged in deadly combat, Sousuke remains as clueless as ever, and Kaname has fits at his excesses. As the voice of Sousuke, Chris Patton shifts from despair to righteous fury to hilarious confusion; as Kaname, Luci Christian matches him mood swing for mood swing. The extras include footage of Takemoto and Shoji Gatoh, the author of the novels on which the series is based, scouting locations in Hong Kong and studying the equipment of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces; commentaries from the Japanese voice actors; and a 30-minute OVA in which Tess Testarossa tries to reconstruct what happened the night she got drunk. (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, tobacco and alcohol use, nudity with suggested lesbianism)

(1. The End of Day by Day, 2. The Scene Below the Water, 3. Labyrinth and Dragon, 4. Daylight, 5. Beautiful Sicily, 6. Edge of Heaven, 7. Left Behind, 8. Jungle Groove, 9. Her Problem, 10. Hong Kong in Two, 11. His Problem, 12. Burning Hong Kong, 13. The Continuing Day to Day)

Special Features

Bonus episode 000 Bonus OVA Dawn of the Light novel Location scouting in Hong Kong (Parts 1 – 7) Textless opening song - Southern Wind Textless closing song -I Wanna See You Again Trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Chris Patton, Luci Christian, Hilary Haag, Vic Mignogna
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,094 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Tony Khamvongsouk on November 2, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Movie - 4.5

Fans familiar with the FMP! franchise should know what to expect. But for those who don't, Full Metal Panic! (yes the exclamation always goes at the end every time outside of Fumoffu), is a series based on said light novels following the adventures of.. well, a lot of people. Sousuke Sagara is the main character: a soldier since childhood, 17 to the present day of these stories, and is an officer of the special-ops/military mercenary police group known as Mithril. At one point or another, he had to infiltrate a high school to serve as bodyguard for a girl named Kaname Chidori who is a person of interest to a lot of shady organizations for reasons I won't go to spoil. In performing his duty, though, a lot of the franchise's charm comes from many different angles. To this day, there are 3 different series in the following order: Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, and Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. FMP! is a mix of action, comedy, drama, mecha, military, mystery, and science fiction for 24 episodes. Fumoffu is 100% comedy with no relevance to the central plot established in FMP! and is 12 episodes. TSR is a continuation from FMP!, runs for 13 episodes, and while it still has some of those trademark comedic elements, it's also the darkest of the 3 in terms of storytelling, plot, and violence. Depending on your tastes, you may prefer one of the post-FMP! series to the other, or if you're like me you'll take them at face value for what they are and for what they bring to the table in terms of presentation/continuity. That being said, I really like TSR because of its grittier story. Back when it first came out, I was amazed by its production quality (Kyoto Animation, who did this and Fumoffu, as opposed to Gonzo who did FMP!
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Format: DVD
Funimation has taken one of its most well respected mecha franchises and decided to give it digital remastering treatment for an upcoming Complete Series box set release.

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.
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I'd been waffling on upgrading this set on bluray for a while. I bought the individual sets some time ago and the upscaling through my bluray player was "good enough" for a long time. After reading some reviews, and waiting for a good price here on Amazon, I pulled the trigger on a purchase and haven't regretted it. The upscaling through the player is good enough picture wise that I wouldn't complain if I had to watch the DVDs, but the biggest difference is the sound quality. Understand, the picture is all around better with the actual bluray version, the colors are bright and bold and the line quality is sharp. Actually, it's even too sharp in some instances as the lines can appear jagged at times. In and of itself it isn't bad, it's just that the picture is so enhanced you can see every pixel at times. So, just something to be aware of as the few times that happens it can be jarring at first.

The sound quality is amazing, especially in episode 4 when you have all kinds of radio chatter flowing back and forth switch from the Dedanan to the units in the tunnel to the mole in the hotel room. You feel like you're right there in each location as the audio switches and the clarity (or lack there of given which location is playing the audio) is top notch.

All of the extras that I've watched from the individual DVD sets are there from the trailers to the video logs. The only things that this set lacks were the individual books that came with the DVD sets. Those were FANTASTIC and included a wealth of information that you cannot get anywhere else. Everything from character sketches to details on the weapons, the arm slaves and the equipment used in the series were in those books and they are simply amazing.
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