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Full Metal Panic! - Mission 01

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In this winning comedy-adventure, writer Shouji Gatou and director Koichi Chigira combine mecha battles, psychic abilities, and teen-age romance, infusing the mixture with a rambunctious comic energy reminiscent of Generator Gawl. High school student Kaname Chidori may be a "Whispered," an individual who possesses vast, untapped mental powers. The KGB and other sinister organizations want to capture individuals with those powers, so the anti-terrorist mercenary corps Mithril dispatches a mismatched trio of officers to protect Kaname: Melissa Mao, Sousuke Sagara, and Kurz Weber. Sousuke tries to blend in at Jindai High, but his military bearing, hair-trigger reflexes, and literal-mindedness get him into trouble with the teachers and Kaname. At a time when many anime series feel like variations on Evangelion and a few other prototypes, Full Metal Panic offers an upbeat, appealing originality. (Unrated: Suitable for ages 14 and older: violence, brief nudity, alcohol use, risqué humor) --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, 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:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008G8Q7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Full Metal Panic! - Mission 01" on IMDb

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After battling secret organizations in his invisibility and hi-tech-armed mecha, Sagara Sousuke finds he and his crew of Melissa Mao and Kurz Weber...trying to blend into Jindai High School as a bodyguard 16-year-old Kaname Chidori.
Writer and director Gatou and Chigira not only pull off, but master the art of mixing giant robots, secret agents, battles in the Middle East and goofy high school adventures all in one pot. Think of it as Evangelion meets Spriggan meets GTO, without all the super heavy philosophical flavoring.
The first third of this series (meaning the all the episodes in this box set) deal mostly with Sousuke, a sergeant in the super-secret Mithril organization, as he tries to pass himself off as a high school student to make guarding Chidori much easier. Not so fast. Not only is Chidori the school's most popular girl, Sousuke isn't your regular 16-year-old either. He's a hardened veteran, fighting in the Middle East since he was eight; he has tremendous fighting skills, nerds out and pilots an Armed Slave, the giant, cloaking mechas that every army in the world now uses. And it shows as the class watches slack-jawed as he introduces himself as "Sergeant Sagara Sousuke" and lists off his interests as Armed Slaves and military tactical magazines. He realizes his error and finally corrects, reluctantly, by pretending to be a fan of music equivalent to Britney Spears. Backups Mao and Weber laugh the whole time, monitoring from a nearby Armed Slave and monitoring station.
This type of hilarity easily carries the first third of the show, never getting old, no matter how many times the principal doesn't realize that the guns Sousuke keeps bringing to school aren't toys.
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Welcome to a world were the Cold War never ended. Cruel experiments are conducted on human beings, soldiers working for an autonomous agency known as Mithril guard the peace, and a high-spirited high-school girl may hold the key to world peace, or world destruction.
Chidori doesn't know it, but genetically imprinted in her is vast amounts of dangerous information for super technology. Unfortunately for her, the KGB does know, and they want her.
Enter the shining knights of Mithril, dedicated to protecting the peace of the world and stopping any threats before they start. One of their agents, Sosuke Sagara, is assigned as Chidori's twenty-four hour body-guard, and he takes this job seriously.
Too bad that Chidori thinks that Sosuke is a pervert stalking her through the halls of her high school. Too bad the teacher at the high school thinks that Sosuke is a delinquent out to make trouble. Too bad that Chidori and 400 other people have just been kidnapped by the KGB's most ruthless mercenary.
This is some of the finest animation I've ever seen, with vivid colors, and smooth motion. And the series not only looks good, it's got the ability to go from comedic to dramatic without any sort of stumbling or hitches. While we laugh at Sosuke's plight as an undercover high-school student, we also cling to the edge of our seats as we watch the cruelty of their arch foe. Graphic violence, including gunshot wounds, blood, and some harsh physical violence.
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Full Metal Panic is not the height of originality. It doesn't try to be. In feel, it's similar to other shows by the studio Gonzo, such as Vandread, and focuses much more on execution than originality.
Full Metal Panic is an alternate-world science fiction show in which the major powers use giant robots to fight, and a secret organization called Mithril fights terrorism and illegal drugs. The episodes on this first disc (of 7) move easily and smoothly between this serious aspect, and the show's comedy side, in which teenage Mithril sergeant Sousuke Sagara is ordered to guard high school girl Kaname Chidori without her knowledge. Sousuke is a great hero--as perfectly competent in his own military arena as he is incompetent in the social setting of high school. Kaname, who is the beautiful girl that no one wants as a girlfried because of her temper, is the perfect match for him. As is typical of these shows, we see this immediately, while the characters do not. But, as I said, FMP is not about originality.
If you want mind-bending shows with delusions of grandeur, FMP is not your show. But, if you want an enjoyable romp with likeable and attractive characters and an enjoyable setting, FMP is your show. This is what FMP is trying to be, and where it succeeds.
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I've only watched this DVD and a couple episodes of Mission 02, but I was not really that impressed. Maybe it gets better. The good things about it are the visuals and some good character interactions. I really don't understand why people are rating it so high. The plot is..well..childish. And while it may be geared for teenagers, it doesn't mean you have to make it unbelievable and cheesy. It's almost as if the writers are trying to expunge all their schoolboy fantasies in one cathartic script.

Sousuke is a teenager in an elite military organization that is sent to high school to protect a beautiful girl named Kaname, who harbors secret abilities and is a possible target of kidnapping. By the KGB. The KGB. I was waiting for the sneering moustached villain to show up, and he does, except with a bristle 5 o'clock shadow. And military and robotic technology has progressed enough to have giant piloted robots, Arm slaves, and cloaking devices.

Sousuke is a dangerous and cunning fighter with an efficient and professional organization behind him. Which, however, fails to tell him how to act or not act in high school. Like not bringing guns to school. And that thinks sending in a 50 foot robot, albeit cloaked, is good way to go undercover. It's just so cheesy.

I wanted to like to the show I really did. But what was over top were the peek-a-boo shots of Kaname's [...], legs, or [...]. What are the writers 13?! It's just too much hormone-filled school boy fantasy to even have fun with. And the funny parts are just too predictable to be comical.

But they do a good job of cliffhanging the episodes to make you want to see what's going to happen. And the characters are likable enough that you're not too bored. But there are better series out there.
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