August Anime Challenge – Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

This month’s challenge is Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, which is an anime from Kyoto Animation and a companion series to Full Metal Panic and Full Metal Panic The Second Raid. It is not as serious as Full Metal Panic and thus is a Science Fiction Adventure with a lighter tone. It emphasises the high school romantic comedy aspects of Full Metal Panic with a bit of crude humour mixed into it. The anime was directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto (Amagi Brilliant Park) and was produced at Kyoto Animation, replacing Gonzo as series producer. It is also the first animation television show from Kyoto Animation. We want to feature this series as challenge as a homage to Kyoto Animation. It may be part of the Full Metal Panic franchise but there is little plot continuity between this and the original series. Most episodes are stand-alone.

Very loosely continuing the story from Full Metal Panic the story takes place half a year after Full Metal Panic. Sousuke Sagara is tasked with protecting a valuable target Kaname Chidori and has to juggle that with trying to fit in with the society of Jindai High School. He employs interesting technology and combat training facing thugs and gangsters set on kidnapping and torturing Chidori. This series also focus on the bond formed between him and his charge.