Full Metal Panic - Mission 7 [DVD]
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Three more episodes of the Japanese anime series that combines mecha combat, martial arts, international crime and teen romance. In this instalment, the Tuatha de Danaan is under fire: an A U.S. Navy captain with an axe to grind has targeted the sub. In order to stop this modern-day Ahab, Mithril's Lt. Commander Kalinin goes straight to the top. But aboard the de Danaan, the chain of command is missing a few key links, leaving Sousuke and Kurz to find out just who is running the ship.
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While volume 7 had its moments, especially the final duel between Sosouke and Gauron (doesn't he ever die?), the last dvd left me unsatisfied. Sosouke and Kaname, while coming close to revealing their true feelings for each other, never get romantic. They tell each other they need each other but that's about it, I guess setting up the sequel series that will be coming out in the future, in which they are constantly bickering. I would have liked to have seen their relationship evolve a little. They're pretty much in the same place as they started. In fact, I don't feel as if ANY of the characters evolved over the course of the series. That's disappointing. Also, we didn't get anymore really relevant information on what the "Whispered" truly are or what their function is. Hopefully, the sequel series will not be just more of the same. Still, Full Metal Panic is a great entertainment. Just don't expect any surprises or deep insights.
Mission 07 starts where Mission 06 left off, right at episode 22 conveniently titled "Jack in the Box." In what is perhaps the climax of the series, Gauron (or Gaul) has taken over the "toy box" (name for the submarine in the Japanese version) threatening to destroy everything the main characters have fought to build. Kaname and the captain are held hostage, however Sagara and Kurz are still fighting, managing to avoid the lockdown procedures that Guaron has initiated. Will Kaname be able to escape? Will Sagara be able to save the sub, and most importantly, will he defeat Gauron? All of these questions, I promise, are answered fully and brilliantly in this final DVD.
While the relationship between Kaname and Sagara didn't end as well as I hoped, A.D. vision gives all of you who love the romance sideplot a little treat at the end, and I assure you that while the romance element doesn't end as well as the action element, it is still suitably ended. Once again the quality of the anime is well-drawn, well produced, and overall well-done. The color blending is stellar, and the acute sound and great music manages to make me like this show even more. This is a definite 5 outta 5, no questions asked.
Note that the second season, Full Metal Panic Fumoffu, has aired in Japan. I haven't seen this yet, myself, but it is said that it focuses on Kaname and Souske's life in high school. For those of you wanting more, and weren't satisfied with the first season's end, I recommend you look into Fumoffu.
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.
Anyways, yes, there is "Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu!", the 2nd installment of this fascinating series... :) It's less serious than FMP, in fact, it's a pure school comedy! So if you like to know more about what happens between Sousuke & Chidori (sorry to the Tessa fans, she only appeared in two episodes as a guest in FMP-F), then definitely watch FMP-F :) Even if you did/didn't enjoy the mecha stuffs in the 1st installment, DEFINITELY WATCH THE 2ND ONE... either way you'd be satisfied :)