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 emphasizes 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.

Week 1 - 5th August to 11th August 2019

Episodes to watch: 1 – 3

Konichiwa Minna! It is week one of our Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu challenge and this week we will watch episode 1-3. Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu was directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto, who was a Japanese animator as well as television and film director. He worked at Kyoto Animation for his entire career in animation since he joined Kyoto Animation in 1996. He died in the Kyoto Animation arson attack.

Takemoto’s first major job in animation started in 2003 when he became the director of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. Some of his directorial work includes Amagi Brilliant Park, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, Hyouka, Lucky Star, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Nurse Witch Komugi, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya and The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya. He also worked on various anime as Episode Director such as Clannad K-On!, Sound! Euphonium, Tenchi Universe and Violet Evergarden.

Enjoy this week’s anime challenge, minna and have a super sugoi week.

Week 2 - 12th August to 18th August 2019

Episodes to watch: 4 – 6

Konnichiwa Minna. Last week we watched episode 1 to 3 of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. Episode 1 already set a tone for the rest of the series and hopefully no-one drank anything while watching the episode because it was hilarious ( watching comedy, laughing and drinking coffee at the same time… well, I learned from that mistake). In episode 1 Sagara noticed that someone tampered with his locker and he blew the locker up in case someone planted something dangerous in it. A number of lockers also met their end in the process. In the ruins of said locker’s remains he found a half-blown up and burned letter and piecing parts of it together he suspected that it is a terrorist threat aimed at him… Now there is more to this but it is against AnimeFanatika policy to give out spoilers, so if you did not watch episode 1, go watch it. It is hilarious. Again we warn you, do not drink anything while watching it… (my poor shirt… sigh).

This week’s challenge assignment is episode 4 to 6. Enjoy this week’s anime challenge, minna and have a super sugoi week.

Week 3 - 19th August to 25th August 2019

Episodes to watch: 7 – 9

Konnichiwa Minna! Last week’s episodes we can summarize as ‘Masks and Mascots’ with masked hooligans and Sagara going full-on ‘mascot’ warrior! It was hilarious and if you missed out on last week’s Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu challenge we urge you to give it a watch!

In the anime series our main character is Sousuke Sagara, who is of Afghan-Japanese heritage. He grew up in Helmajistan, which is a region within Afghanistan. At age 8 he joined a guerilla movement to survive, but luckily he was eventually recruited by Mithril. All of that explains how it is difficult to handle everyday happenings in civilian life since all he has known since age 8 is the military life in some form or another. He never had the life style to develop normal social skills. His voice actors, Tomokazu Seki (his Japanese voice actor) and Chris Patton (his English voice actor) did an amazing job to bring his character to life with their fantastic voice acting. They were the perfect choices to be the main character’s voices in this anime.

This week’s challenge assignment is episode 7 to 9. Enjoy this week’s anime challenge, minna and have a super sugoi week.

Week 4 - 26th August to 1st September 2019

Episodes to watch: 10 – 12

Konnichiwa Minna! It is the last week of our Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu anime challenge, and as usual this time of the month we give you a few anime recommendations. Since Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu has a military theme in the anime let’s look at some more anime with a military-theme that you might enjoy.

Fullmetal Alchemist and /or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Both anime titles have a proud fan base and as to which is the best we will not choose sides, just share a little and leave it up to you to choose your poison. Fullmetal Alchemist was first before FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and we loved it. We are not going to sugar-coat or lie or belittle the first series because when it came out it was beloved by the anime scene on a nuclear level. Then

FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood came and with it a new fan-base, and fans of the older series either liked it more, or less or as much as the first series.

Both anime tells the tale of two brothers that tries to resurrect their mother by magical means, and failed miserably losing an arm, a leg and a body in the process. The two go on a quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone in the hope to regain their bodies back. They also go for the state alchemist examination and that is where the military element enters the anime. The anime is absolutely brilliant and is not one that you will ever forget after seeing it. Here are trailers to both that may or may not help you decide which version to watch – Fullmetal Alchemist or FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood!

Fullmetal Alchemist

FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Gate (or GATE: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri)

GATE’s plot is that a portal from another world appeared in Ginza, Tokyo. From that portal came legions of soldiers and fantasy monsters. Of course due to the Japanese Army having superior weapons, they fight the enemy back, manages to get control of the gate and even establish a base of operations on the other world. Itami, a fantasy junkie, is one of the Japanese officials sent through the gate to investigate that other world. He and his platoon find themselves in a world of dragons, elves and magic. And of course Itami is a little in his element.

GATE: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri

This week’s challenge assignment is episode 10 to 12. Enjoy this week’s anime challenge, minna and have a super sugoi week.