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Manga Monday- Louis the Rune Soldier

Manga Monday- Louis the Rune Soldier

Rune Soldier is an anime and manga series based on the original light novel series by Ryo Mizuno, which features soldier Louie as the hero. The series takes place on the continent of Alecrast on the world called Forcelia, and is related to the novel, anime, and manga series Sword World. It is a sibling series to Record of Lodoss War (which is also directed by Mizuno), taking place on a continent north of Lodoss Island.

Characters

Louie 
A member of the Magician’s Guild in Ohfun and the adopted son of Carwes the guild’s master. Muscular and a little on the dumb side; Louie is prone to getting drunk in bars, chasing after girls, and brawling when he should be studying his magic. As a result, he tends to use brute force instead of magic, much to the chagrin of his companions (for example, on his first adventure, Louie lost his temper when a troop of goblins clubbed him on the head and then broke his wand when he used it to club them back). Despite his shortcomings as a wizard, Louie possesses a strong sense of justice and is unfailingly loyal to those he considers his friends. Louie’s stupidity mostly results as a lack of planning and forethought, he’s actually a lot smarter than he usually appears to be, often figuring things out that others overlook. While it isn’t mentioned in the anime (other than Louie’s strong resemblance to him) it is strongly hinted in the manga that Louie is the illegitimate son of the King.
Melissa 
Adventurer and priestess to Mylee, god of war. Naive and idealistic, Melissa’s dream is to serve a chosen hero of her patron god which of course causes her great despair when Mylee reveals her destined champion is Louie (in the anime she frequently says “This is against my will” several times an episode). Throughout the course of the series, Melissa gradually begins to realize that perfect heroes don’t exist and by the end of the series not only fully accepts Louie as her chosen hero but may also have developed feelings for him as well.
Genie 
Adventurer and former soldier of Ohfun. She has a rather cool demeanor but Louie’s stupid behavior tends to push her to the point of violence. A highly adept warrior, Genie’s favorite weapon is a broadsword as big as herself and likewise is strong enough to slug it out on the same level as Louie. As the story progresses, Genie comes to respect Louie as a friend when she finds that he, unlike most men, doesn’t look down on her because she is a woman and even teaches him basic sword fighting.
Merrill 
Adventurer, thief and part-time job worker with a fanatical obsession for money. When not adventuring, Merrill is either raising funds for the next adventure through various part-time jobs or looking at any scheme to get rich, including running booths at various events in Ohfun. Like Genie, Merril is driven crazy by Louie’s behavior and frequently explodes in violence at him.
Aila 
Member of the Magician’s Guild and Louie’s friend. Despite many attempts to get Louie on a date, especially considering her rather voluptuous frame, their relationship remains platonic and open much to her dismay. Although highly knowledgeable in magic theory and magical item lore (her chief area of study), Aila herself claims to be inferior to Louie in raw magical prowess. She also tends to go to pieces and pass out whenever trouble surfaces on adventures she tags along with. In the manga, Aila’s character is more sultry than in the anime and she especially enjoys getting Louie flustered by flirting with him.
Celecia 
A beautiful elf girl the group met while journeying through a forest.

 

Film Friday- Revolutionary Girl Utena

Film Friday- Revolutionary Girl Utena

The anime series is divided into four story arcs, in each of which Utena comes to face a different challenge at Ohtori Academy. In all of them, Utena must defend her title as the owner of the Rose Bride, with the intention of protecting Anthy. The duels almost always occur when someone with the Rose Crest ring challenges the current Engaged, though the Engaged may challenge other Duelists as well. No refusal is accepted. The matches occur in the dueling arena, a large, high platform in the academy’s outskirts, which is only open to duelists. The Rose Bride pins roses to the Duelists’ jackets. They then sword fight until one duelist wins by knocking away the opponent’s rose with his or her blade.

(The story arc names below link to more details than given here as well as the episodes.)

  • Student Council Saga
Episodes 1 to 13. This first part of the series introduces Utena, Anthy and most of the main characters. It depicts how Utena ends up winning the Rose Bride, and her initial duels against the Student Council members. They in turn insist for various reasons on fighting in order to defeat Utena and win Anthy in order to gain the power to revolutionize the world.
  • Black Rose Saga
Episodes 14 to 24. After repelling the Student Council’s attempts to take Anthy, Utena faces another obstacle, Souji Mikage. Disguised as a genius 18-year-old school counselor, he uses his powers of persuasion and knowledge of psychology to put people under his control by coaxing them to confide their deepest hostilities and fears. Almost always, these people are students whose problems stem from conflict with Utena, Anthy and the Student Council. He then sends them, wearing black Rose Crest rings on their fingers and frozen, black roses on their chests to fight Utena. This arc also introduces Akio Ohtori.
  • Akio Ohtori Saga
Episodes 25 to 33. After solving the Mikage situation, Utena must fight rematches against the Student Council, whose members attain new abilities upon meeting Akio. At the same time, she finds herself the target of Akio’s seduction, creating a rift between her and Anthy.
  • Apocalypse Saga
Episodes 34 to 39. As the conflict escalates, the dark secrets of the duels and Akio and Anthy’s true intentions behind them are unveiled, and Utena confronts Akio in a final duel to free Anthy from his influence.

A movie, Adolescence of Utena, was released in theatres in 1999. A number of stage productions based on the franchise were also produced in the mid-1990s, including the “Comédie Musicale Utena la fillette révolutionnaire”, staged by an all-female Takarazuka-style cast.

The main character is Utena Tenjou, a tomboyish teenage girl who was so impressed by a kind prince in her childhood that she decided to become a prince herself, expressed in her manner of dress and personality. She attends Ohtori Academy, where she meets a student named Anthy Himemiya, a girl who is in an abusive relationship with another student. Utena fights to protect Anthy and is pulled into a series of sword duels with the members of the Student Council. Anthy is referred to as the “Rose Bride” and is given to the winner of each duel. It is said that the winner of the tournament will receive a mysterious “power to revolutionize the world”, and the current champion is constantly challenged for the right to possess the Rose Bride.

Other Tuesday- Revolutionary Girl Utena Character Special

Other Tuesday- Revolutionary Girl Utena Character Special

Character Special:

Utena Tenjou
Utena is a tomboyish, courageous and naïve character who lives to emulate the idealized prince figure from her childhood. She is forthright, honest and friendly. Nearly all the girls in school adore her. She both subverts and conforms to the stereotypes she embodies as a noble warrior and a naïve magical girl in danger of becoming a damsel in distress. The series chronicles her journey to protect her friend Anthy and become a truly noble Prince. Utena’s relationship with Anthy, going from close friends to family to blooming into love, is one of the most important themes in the series; both Utena and Anthy were confirmed to be in love by director Kunihiko Ikuhara. In the manga, Utena’s relationship with Anthy is only that of friendship and it’s hinted she has feelings for Touga. In the movie, Utena went to Ohtori to find Touga after the two apparently broke up. She mistakenly believes Anthy is the cause for the breakup, but soon forms a relationship with Anthy. Their relationship becomes more sexually-tinged compared to the TV series. The characters are seen kissing both in the TV show credits and the movie. Her Dueling Rose is white.
Anthy Himemiya
A mysterious, shy girl whose vapid expression and superficial politeness mask a complex, darker personality. It is said that she has no thoughts or desires of her own; she will do anything her master expects of her. Because of her “doormat” behavior, other characters tend to project their wants or desires onto her, and she is always the target of their eventual rage. Her past and current personality are simultaneously tragic and sinister, and her personality shifts between selfless love, passive-aggressiveness, cruelty and learned helplessness. Like Utena, Anthy also subverts and conforms to the stereotypes she embodies as both a damsel in distress and a witch. Near the end of the series she betrays Utena and stabs her with the sword of Dios as she cannot accept a prince that is a girl. When, despite this, Utena tries to save Anthy and takes the Swords of Hatred in her place, Anthy in a way has been revolutionized by Utena and is no longer in control by Akio nor is she longer the Rose Bride. She leaves the school to find Utena. In the manga she forms a strong friendship with Utena and nothing more. In the movie, Anthy’s role as the Rose Bride is more explicit as it’s shown she will have sex with whomever is the current champion. In the movie, Anthy is portrayed as much less manipulative and more open.
Akio Ohtori
Anthy’s sensual and mysterious older brother, the acting chairman of the academy, and the main antagonist of the series. His incestuous and power-driven relationship with Anthy is key to understanding her behavior. Although almost non-present in the first season of the TV show, he later plays a pivotal role in the second and third seasons. Akio’s given name is derived from the Japanese name of Venus as the Morning Star, which is identified with Lucifer. In the TV series, Akio used to be Dios and was the reason and cause of Anthy’s suffering and Utena’s desire to be a noble prince. Akio schemed from the start in order to take Utena’s Sword, since he no longer has the power of nobility or to gain the same power he used to have when he was Dios. In the manga, Dios and Akio are not the same character but gods who became separated after Akio killed Dios to gain full power. In the movie, Akio is already dead and Dios is created by Anthy’s magic.

Student Council

Touga Kiryuu
President of the Student Council and Ohtori’s resident playboy, Touga is an arrogant and handsome young man whose desire to be powerful drives him to cruel, unscrupulous deeds and whose manipulative abilities are second only to Akio. He is the only regular Council Member who deliberately involves himself in Akio’s plans. Despite his talent and intelligence, Touga eventually realizes that he’s not as influential as Akio, and this causes him to change his ways as he tries to discover a new method to gain power. In the manga his sexual behavior is downplayed and he becomes a servant to Utena in order to help her as well as get close to her. In the movie, he used to be Utena’s boyfriend but something happened that caused them to drift apart. In the movie, instead of Dios, Touga is the main motivation for Utena to go to Ohtori. He is gentle and noble but it is shown in a flashback that he was raped by his adopted father, which explains his loose sexual morals. An episode was planned that focused on this aspect of Touga’s past in the TV series, but due to Takehito Koyasu’s absence this plot point never came to be. His Dueling Rose is red.
Kyouichi Saionji
Vice-president of the Student Council and captain of the kendo team. Kyouichi is temperamental, egotistical, prone to angry rages, and often cruel. Kyouichi’s lack of self-control stems from insecurity, a lifelong rivalry against Touga from which he is always at the losing end, and the fear that everyone and everything he knows will eventually die. He is obsessed with Anthy because he views the Rose Bride as a mindless doll who will never disobey him, and thus be with him forever. His Dueling Rose is green.
Miki Kaoru
Miki is an ingenuous and polite seventh grader who befriends Utena, despite their role as possible opponents in the duels. He is especially known for his skill with the piano. In spite (or because of) his genius, he is lonely, sheltered and insecure, and seeks a person who is just as pure and talented as him. With the exception of their two duels, Miki is mostly a friend to Utena. In the anime he has a crush on Anthy, whereas in the manga he has a crush on Utena. His Dueling Rose is light blue.
Juri Arisugawa
The captain of the academy’s fencing team, Juri is one of Ohtori’s most highly respected students, and even the teachers appear to be in awe of her. Her aloof, intimidating manner hides her secret love for her childhood friend, Shiori. Of the Student Council Duelists, she is thought to be the most noble, and thus the one with the most potential to become a Prince, but her nobility and the strength that comes with it are constantly undermined by her desires and despair. In the manga she is deeply in love with Touga and hates Utena for being a rival to his heart. Her Dueling Rose is orange.
Nanami Kiryuu
Touga’s dramatic younger sister, often used as comic relief throughout the series. Her love for her brother borders on obsession and incest, and she is often seen using devious means to punish the people who take Touga’s attentions away from her. Despite this, she displays a certain childish innocence in her desires, that is distinctly at odds with Akio and Anthy’s relationship. Though her motivations are considered the least ambitious out of all the Duelists, they are no less real to her, and she suffers just as much as all the other Student Council members throughout the series, being a constant victim of her brother’s manipulations. She is only shown in a photo in the manga and has no role in the movie, but is briefly shown as a cow, referring to one of the “gag” episodes of the series where Nanami turns into a cow. Her Dueling Rose is yellow.
Ruka Tsuchiya
A master swordsman, Ruka is the former captain of the fencing team and a former member of the Student Council. His cunning, manipulative behavior belies a hidden desperation to live and help the one he loves, and his influence on Juri becomes one of the major turning points for her character. His Dueling Rose is dark blue.

Black Rose Duelists

Souji Mikage
Souji is the pink-haired head of the popular Mikage Seminar at Ohtori Academy. He wishes to kill Anthy and install a gravely ill boy, Mamiya Chida, as the Rose Bride in order to save him from terminal illness. Mikage uses manipulation and psychology to control students close to the Council members in order to create a Duelist who can beat Utena.
Kanae Ohtori
Akio’s fiancée, daughter of the school’s Trustee Chairman. She has a strained relationship with Anthy, who she finds “creepy and intolerable”, and considers Anthy an obstacle to her relationship with Akio. Though she loves Akio very much, she feels distant from him and becomes the first Black Rose Duelist.
Kozue Kaoru
Miki’s twin sister, Kozue feels overshadowed by her brother’s talents and reacts by sleeping with many different men. She’s extremely possessive of Miki to the point where she physically hurts anyone who tries to hurt or “steal” him. In the manga, Kozue’s brother complex is purely innocent and she acts more like Nanami does in the TV series. In the movie, Kozue is in a implied incestuous relationship with her brother but Miki is shown breaking it up. Later on, Kozue is shown as a car implying she is either also helping Miki to escape Ohtori or simply helping Utena and Anthy.
Shiori Takatsuki
Shiori is the catalyst for Juri’s current broken state of mind. She simultaneously idolizes Juri for her brilliance and feels envious of her for it. Her extreme lack of self-worth is the reason for the rocky relationship between the two, and it reaches a breaking point when Ruka re-enters Ohtori Academy. According to Kunihiko Ikuhara, Shiori was ironically also in love with Juri the entire time but she believes Juri’s affection towards her was out of pity, not love. She thus wants to remain in control of their relationship by never confessing to Juri so she will be the winner of their rivalry. In the movie, she is the main antagonist who manipulates Juri’s feelings for her so Juri can duel with Utena.
Mitsuru Tsuwabuki
Nanami’s most devoted lackey, a boy in fourth grade. Mitsuru is obsessed with serving Nanami and wishes to be her adored “brother”. He is extremely confused about love, sex and adulthood in general. Mitsuru’s fruitless attempts to experiment makes him a Black Rose Duelist.
Wakaba Shinohara
Wakaba is the most outwardly cheerful person in the series and is Utena’s best friend, but she feels surrounded by “special” people and doesn’t know how to become special herself. Wakaba sees herself as a perfectly average person and is only happy when she takes care of people because she does not feel like she has any other talents. Wakaba does not realize the importance of her role in the story — her crush on Kyouichi Saionji and his rejection caused Utena to become involved in the duels in the first place, and her empathy and passion rescued Utena from a slump after the first Touga duel.
Keiko Sonoda
Keiko is one of Nanami’s sidekicks who follows her only because she has a crush on Touga. Her jealousy, though as simple as Nanami’s, is strong enough for Souji to take advantage of her mind.

Manga Monday- Revolutionary Girl Utena

Manga Monday- Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a manga by Chiho Saito and an anime directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara. The manga serial began in the June 1996 issue of Ciao and the anime was first broadcast in 1997. The anime and manga were created simultaneously, but, despite some similarities, they progressed in different directions.

Utena is a highly metaphysical, surreal and allegorical shōjo series. It contains a mix of borrowed visuals from Takarazuka theater, shadow puppetry and classic douseiai-style shōjo manga.

Manga plot

Utena is seen as having conflict with the staff of her current school and they call in her aunt, who is an interior decorator. Utena’s friend Kaido is introduced and the two seem to have a strong friendship. It is then explained that Utena may be as headstrong as she is because of her parents’ death at such an early age. Utena gets a letter from someone who has been sending her letters every year when the roses bloom. She says it started after she was rescued by her prince as a little girl. Kaido is intent on finding out who is sending her the letters. Later on Utena meets a co-worker of her aunt’s, Aoi Wakaouji. He seems to bear a strong resemblance as well as the same ring as Utena’s prince. She is drawn to him but only to have her hopes that Aoi is her prince shattered when she catches him and her aunt in a passionate moment. From there the scene from her childhood is recreated right in front of Kaido’s eyes. He informs her that he found that all the letters reveal themselves to be a picture of Aoi’s alma mater, an exclusive prep school. From this knowledge Utena decides to change schools. She leaves a heartbroken Kaido, who it seems has feelings for Utena, to find her prince.

On May 20, 2017, Shōgakukan announced that a new chapter will be published in the September issue of its magazine Flower (to be released on July 28, 2017). Shōgakukan didn’t precisely state if other chapters would be released past September. Chiho Saitō is still in charge of the drawing.

Film Friday- Full Metal Panic!

Film Friday- Full Metal Panic!

Plot

The series follows Sousuke Sagara, a member of a covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a spirited Japanese high school girl. He moves to Japan to study at Chidori’s school, Jindai High School, with assistance from his comrades Kurz Weber and Melissa Mao. Having never experienced social interactions, Sousuke is found as a military maniac by his schoolmates as he interprets everyday situations from a combat perspective. He comes to relate with Chidori who realizes that Sousuke is protecting her, but he does not reveal the reasons due to orders as well as the fact that he does not know why Chidori is being targeted by different organizations.

Anime

Full Metal Panic!

The anime series was produced by Gonzo Digimation and originally aired in 2002 after its original air date was canceled because of the September 11 attacks. The series was licensed by ADV Films for North American release in 2003. The first three novels form the basis for the anime. The series was available on the Anime Network on Demand from 2003 to 2004.

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a companion series to the anime series Full Metal Panic! by Kyoto Animation, and takes place between the first season and The Second Raid. Markedly different in tone to the first series, Fumoffu emphasizes the high school romantic comedy aspects of Full Metal Panic! with often crude humor and focuses on the romantic tension between Sousuke Sagara and Kaname Chidori. It frequently parodies itself and anime stereotypes. None of the mecha combat or political intrigue, which characterized much of the original Full Metal Panic!, can be seen in the series. The only reference to the mecha aspect of Full Metal Panic! is the Bonta-kun, which is one of the most prominent parodies in the anime. Sousuke uses spare Bonta-kun costumes to make highly effective suits of power armor, but they look like teddy bears wearing army gear and can only say: “Fu” and “Mo” in different combinations.

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid is the direct sequel to the original anime series. It was produced by Kyoto Animation and ran for 13 episodes. The series is based on the Ending Day by Day novels and takes place three months after the events that occurred in the Tuatha de Danaan at the end of the original Full Metal Panic! series. Mithril learns of a secret organization that has technology able to counter the ECS (Electronic Conceal System) mode. The organization, known as Amalgam, has access to Black Technology, which was obtained from the Whispered. Like the other intelligence agencies, Amalgam intends to obtain more. Sousuke’s mission to protect Chidori is terminated by Mithril, instead leaving her in the care of an anonymous agent known as Wraith.

There is a one episode OVA that takes place after Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. It’s a humorous stand-alone story. It focuses on the Captain of the Tuatha De Danaan: Teletha Tessa Testarossa, rather than the two main characters of the series. The OVA is based on short story Wari to Hima na Sentaichou no Ichi Nichi (A comparatively leisurely day of the squadron commander) in short story collection Dounimo Naranai Gori Muchuu (Helpless in the thick of it). The story is also told in chapters 13 & 14 in Full Metal Panic Sigma Volume 04.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory is the fourth TV series in the franchise. It will premiere in April 2018. During Anime Expo 2017, the series creator confirmed that Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory is a “continuation” that won’t contain any “explanation or expository episodes.” The pacing of the story is going to be “full throttle from the get-go” although it will still “follow the original work pretty closely.”

Live action films

A live action film adaptation was announced by Mandalay Pictures in April 2009, with Zac Efron rumored to be attached to the project. Efron has since confirmed a meeting took place regarding the project but added that the adaptation was unlikely to happen.

Writer and director Kenneth Lindbloom announced in an interview with ASO radio, released March 2012, that a fifteen-minute live action fan film, Full Metal Panic! Come Make My Day, was in post production and due to be released sometime in 2012. The project was undertaken by a group of professionals and enthusiast with the goal of creating a high-quality portfolio piece based on the Full Metal Panic! novel Come Make My Day.

Wednesday News- February 7, 2018

Wednesday News- February 7, 2018

News-

Crunchyroll Adds English Dubs for March Comes in like a Lion, Occultic; Nine- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-06/crunchyroll-adds-english-dubs-for-march-comes-in-like-a-lion-occultic-nine/.127423

Review: Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Volume 1 Blu-ray – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/blue-exorcist/kyoto-saga/volume-1/.127434

Review: Kakegurui Episodes 1-12 streaming – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/kakegurui/episodes-1-12/.127351

Live-Action Princess Jellyfish Show Casts Yumi Adachi as Nomu- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-06/live-action-princess-jellyfish-show-casts-yumi-adachi-as-nomu/.127424

Anime-

  • Keijo!!!!!!!! BD/DVD
  • Keijo!!!!!!!! Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir Season 1 DVD
  • Pokémon XY & Z Set 2 DVD
  • Pom Poko BD/DVD
  • Pom Poko DVD
  • Tales from Earthsea BD/DVD
  • Tales from Earthsea DVD
  • Yuri!!! on Ice BD/DVD
  • Yuri!!! on Ice Limited Edition BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Ace of Diamond Graphic Novel (GN) 8 (Digital Only)
  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Assassination Classroom GN 20
  • Behind the Scenes!! GN 5
  • Big Order GN 4
  • Black Clover GN 10
  • Black Panther and Sweet 16 GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 22
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 22
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash GN 3
  • Haikyu!! GN 20
  • Hozuki’s Coolheadedness GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders GN 6 (Hardcover)
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 4
  • Kemono Friends: Welcome to Japari Park GN
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 10
  • Magical Sempai GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 11
  • No Game No Life, Please! GN 3
  • One Piece GN 85
  • Oresama Teacher GN 23
  • The Promised Neverland GN 2
  • Pumpkin Scissors GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil GN 1
  • Sekirei GN 3
  •  SP Baby GN 2
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 9
  • Takane & Hana GN 1
  • Toriko GN 41
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches GN 15
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 20 (Digital Only)
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 10
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus GN 13

Other-

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Novel 1
  • Dragon Quest Builders Nintendo Switch Game
  • Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis Novel
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia PlayStation 4 Game
  • Shadow of the Colossus PlayStation 4 Game
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] PlayStation 4 Game

 

Other Tuesday- Full Metal Panic! Light Novels

Other Tuesday- Full Metal Panic! Light Novels

Full Metal Panic! is a series of light novels written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Douji. The series follows Sousuke Sagara, a member of the covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a hot-headed Japanese high school girl.

Individual chapters are published on Monthly Dragon Magazine, followed by a paperback compilation released by Fujimi Shobo’s Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. The novels are split between stories focusing on Sousuke’s mission as a soldier of Mithril and comedic side stories centered on his life at Jindai High School.

The series has been adapted into different media; including three anime television series: Full Metal Panic! by Gonzo in 2002, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu and Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid by Kyoto Animation in 2003 and 2005 respectively. An OVA was also released in 2006; and five different manga series.

Tokyopop licensed the novels for English-language publication in North America and released parts of the series, while ADV Films licensed and dubbed the first season and the spin-off. The second season was licensed by Kadokawa Pictures USA with ADV Films producing the dub yet again. Mandalay Pictures acquired the film rights to the series in 2009. At Anime USA 2009, Funimation announced that it had acquired the rights to the first and second series of Full Metal Panic! and both were re-released and remastered on DVD and Blu-ray in 2010. The series began airing in North America on November 22, 2010, on the FUNimation Channel. The Fumoffu series made its North American television debut on the FUNimation Channel on November 15, 2010.

A spin-off to the light-novel series called Full Metal Panic! Another was serialized between 2011 and 2016. Another received a manga adaptation split in two series, the second of which is still being published.

Light novels

The light novel series Full Metal Panic! is written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Douji. It was serialised by Fujimi Shobo in its monthly magazine Gekkan Dragon Magazine since June 1998 and published under the Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint in tankōbon format since September 1998. Gatoh often found delays in writing of the novels, which led to delays to the publication of the series’ volumes. The series focuses on Sergeant Sousuke Sagara’s arrival to the Jindai High School where he was assigned to protect the student Kaname Chidori while also acting as a student.

A total of twelve full length volumes have been released from September 18, 1998, to August 20, 2010. In parallel to the twelve volumes, nine autoconclusive light novels of the series (which form the short story collection) have also been published from December 17, 1998, to August 20, 2011. Finally two more volumes titled Side Arms focusing on the past of some characters (which form the side story collection) and the birth of Mithril and Amalgam have been published on April 20, 2004 and July 20, 2006. In contrast to the full length volumes, short story collection focuses on the comedy elements from the series. In January 2010, Gatoh wrote another of these stories in celebration of Gekkan Dragon Magazines 300th issue, which has been included in the last short story collection volume. Another series of spin-off novels has been released by Naoto Ōguro with supervision of Shoji Gatoh from August 20, 2011 to February 20, 2016, consisting of thirteen volumes and set years after the original series’ ending. The light novels have also been adapted into various manga, as well as three anime television series and an OVA episode for which Gatoh was also part of the staff.

Tokyopop licensed the Full Metal Panic! series for North America release, publishing the first regular light novel on September 11, 2007. The latest released volume is the fourth on February 1, 2011, which is a compilation from the original fourth and fifth full length volumes from the series. No short story collection volumes nor side story collection ones have been published and the company has shut down its publishing operations in North America on May 31, 2011. In 2015, at Anime Expo and San Diego Comic-Con, Tokyopop announced that it would be relaunching its publishing operations in North America in 2016 and that they will consider light novels, but nothing has been disclosed about Full Metal Panic! novels publication.

Manga Monday- Full Metal Panic!

Manga Monday- Full Metal Panic!

Full Metal Panic! was adapted into a manga on several occasions. The first series entitled Full Metal Panic, was serialized in Monthly Comic Dragon by Retsu Tateo. The first Full Metal Panic! manga was collected in nine tankōbon volumes published from August 30, 2000, to July 1, 2005. Full Metal Panic! was one of the first manga licensed by ADV Manga, being announced in July 2003. They released all of its volumes from November 10, 2003 to April 11, 2006. A parallel series entitled Full Metal Panic! Comic Mission, was also written by Retsu Tateo and focuses on the comedy elements from the series. Seven volumes were published from November 1, 2003, to September 1, 2006.

Another spin-off series is Full Metal Panic! Overload! by Tomohiro Nagai. It was released in five volumes from January 30, 2001, to April 1, 2003. Overload was licensed by ADV Manga in December 2004, and all of its volumes were published in English from June 6, 2005, to May 24, 2006. Nagai also wrote Full Metal Panic! Surplus which is a single tankōbon manga published on July 1, 2003, focused more on the action elements from the franchise. Next manga adaptation Full Metal Panic! Sigma was written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Hiroshi Ueda and focuses on the missions of Sousuke as a sergeant. The first volume was published on August 1, 2005, and the last volume, the nineteenth, was published on September 20, 2013. Its events are based from the fourth Full Metal Panic! light novel onwards.

Main characters

Sousuke Sagara

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese); Chris Patton (English)

Sergent Sousuke Sagara is the male protagonist of the series. He is of Afghan Japanese heritage. While he is inherently Japanese due to his name, Sagara grew up in Helmajistan, a region in Afghanistan that was caught up in political strife. At age 8, he joined a guerrilla movement to survive, and was eventually recruited by Mithril. Sousuke only knows military life and as a result he does not handle the everyday occurrences of civilian life very well. He also has a tough time integrating into high school life as his social skills are not quite up to par. His military bearing and encyclopedic knowledge of weapons earns him the nickname ‘Military Maniac’. The basic problem this causes is, for instance, how he blows up the shoes lockers if there is any clue that someone has tampered with them. Sousuke can be quite insensitive at times, for example in volume 7 he bought a pregnancy test while out with Kaname and did not understand what was wrong, though his intentions are always in the right place. His deep feelings for Chidori Kaname are unavoidably clear by the beginning of TSR when he punches his fist through a laptop with the message of his direct order to not contact her anymore. Sousuke eventually decides to give up his life as a soldier and retires from Mithril, deciding that he wanted to be with Chidori instead. Upon his return, Sousuke confirms his feelings for Chidori and the two share a kiss in the school court yard.

Also, he was formerly known as ‘Kashim’ according to Gauron.

Kaname Chidori

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)

Kaname Chidori is the female protagonist of the series. She is often described as, ‘The kind of girl everyone looks up to, but not even a boy wants as their girlfriend’, as a male fellow student put it. She’s very much the loud mouth, speak your mind kind of girl; a trait she picked up when she studied abroad in the United States. Until then, she feels like she must protect Sousuke from the harsh, cruel world of high school – a place where he doesn’t quite fit.

Sousuke is assigned to guard her as she is one of the “Whispered”. People that have in their subconscious very technologically advanced knowledge that numerous governments and other groups want to use for their own means.

She often uses a paper fan to hit Sousuke, besides berating him on how the kinds of weapons he uses are not exactly proper for a high school student. While she criticizes Sousuke for being too militaristic and overprotective, she appreciates it under life or death situations. Chidori develops serious feelings for Sousuke and is dejected when he is so obtuse in such matters. Eventually Chidori confesses her love to Sousuke and the latter reciprocates it. Towards the end, Chidori feels hollow upon learning Sousuke’s death and is shocked when Sousuke is revealed to be alive. Sousuke and Chidori finally kiss each other.

Teresa “Tessa” Testarossa

Voiced by: Yukana (Japanese); Hilary Haag (English)

Teresa Testarossa is the Captain of the Mithril’s submarine Tuatha de Danaan. She is a young girl of 16 who has a crush on Sousuke and bears the weight of Mithril’s mission – to make the world safer by destroying terrorist organizations and drug facilities. Tessa is young, and therefore, hasn’t lost that optimism that she can make a difference. She is also stubborn and will try her hardest to prove wrong those who tell her she can’t do something. Still, most of her crew sees her as weak and frail – someone who never got her hands dirty on the battle field and therefore can’t defend herself.

Kurz Weber

Voiced by: Shin’ichiro Miki (Japanese); Vic Mignogna (English)

Sergent Kurz Weber first appears to your typical lady’s man, yet he is often the one giving Sousuke advice about life and love. He’s a laid back kind of guy who won’t dodge responsibility if it comes his way, and is one of the finest snipers in Mithril. Kurz is shot down by his mentor Casper in Volume 13 of the Manga. Later on it was found out that he survived.

Melissa Mao

Voiced by: Michiko Neya (Japanese); Allison Keith (English)

Sergent Major Melissa Mao is the superior officer of both Sousuke and Kurz and demands respect for her role. She is also a spunky woman who loves beer, smokes a lot, and wishes she could be free spirited and optimistic like Tessa. She was originally a member of the Marines, signing her recruitment contract on the day she was supposed to marry a businessman her father had pushed onto her. Eventually, she left the Marines and joined Mithril, where she met Kurz and Sousuke as new recruits. The two were downplaying their skills intentionally, Kurz pretending to be a terrible shot and Sousuke purposefully scoring low on written exams. Eventually, she realized what they were doing and picked them out of the camp to be her new teammates.

Gauron

Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka (Japanese); Mike MacRae (English)

Gauron is Full Metal Panic’s main antagonist. He’s an especially twisted and violent mercenary deeply involved in the black market and global terrorism. Despite possessing an extremely vile personality, his ruthless cunning and mastery of the Lambda Drive system make him a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. In combat, his vehicle of choice is the super AS called Venom.

Film Friday- Snow White with the Red Hair

Film Friday- Snow White with the Red Hair

An anime adaptation produced by Warner Bros., Hakusensha, Showgate, The Klockworx Co. Ltd., Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, Docomo Anime Store, BS Fuji and Bones aired the first half of the season in Japan between July 6, 2015 and September 21, 2015. The second half of the season aired in Japan between January 11, 2016 and March 28, 2016.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation was announced in 2015 April issue of Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine. The anime adaptation is produced by Warner Bros., Hakusensha, Showgate, The Klockworx Co. Ltd., Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, Docomo Anime Store, BS Fuji and Bones, which handled the animation. The anime was directed by Masahiro Andō and the script was written by Deko Akao with character designs by Kumiko Takahashi. The opening theme is “Yasashii Kibou” by Saori Hayami and the ending theme is “Kizuna ni Nosete” by Eyelis. Funimation has licensed the series for online streaming in North America. AnimeLab has secured streaming rights in Australia & New Zealand. An Original Anime DVD (OAD) bundled with limited edition of 15th volume of the original manga. The 30-minute OAD features the same cast and staff with the anime television series. It adapts three chapters from the original manga (chapter 41, special chapter from volume 7, and special chapter from volume 11), and will not air as part of the anime television series. The OAD ending theme is “Ginsekai” by Eyelis.

The second season of the anime television series aired in Japan from January 11, 2016 to March 28, 2016. The opening theme is “Sono Koe ga Chizu ni Naru” by Saori Hayami and Ending theme is “Page ~Kimi to Tsudzuru Monogatari~” by Eyelis.

Main characters

Shirayuki
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese); Brina Palencia (English)
Shirayuki is the main protagonist of the story. Born with rare red hair, she often has to hide it due to how it easily attracts attention. She escapes from the kingdom of Tanbarun after its prince orders her to become his concubine. Independent and persistent, she meets Zen on her second day in the kingdom of Clarines and befriends him after tending to his wounds. Later, she is accepted as a royal pharmacist and trains under Garack and Ryu. Shirayuki has demonstrated her abilities as a pharmacist in various situations, particularly in identifying and controlling disease outbreaks in foreign areas. She has a close relationship with Zen, and falls in love with him over the course of the story despite opposition due to their difference in social status. She moves into the east wing of Wistal Castle in chapter 49, and is later reassigned as a pharmacist to Lyrias for two years in chapter 53.
Zen Wistalia
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)
Zen is the second prince of Clarines, and meets Shirayuki on a trip outside the castle. Shortly after befriending her, he is poisoned by an apple meant for Shirayuki, but obtains the antidote with her help. Initially, Zen is often seen escaping his duties to experience Clarines first-hand, though he has since taken more responsibility over official work. He has a close relationship with his three aides, Mitsuhide, Kiki, and Obi, and has both their respect and genuine loyalty. Over the course of the story, he falls in love with Shirayuki, and rescues her from various dangers.
Mitsuhide Lowen
Voiced by: Yūichirō Umehara (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)
Mitsuhide is one of Zen’s closest aides, he was appointed by Prince Izana to watch over Zen (despite initially wanting to be Izana’s retainer) and is a skilled swordsman. Though their relationship was initially rocky, he is seen by Zen as both a close friend and reliable aide. He is extremely loyal though somewhat clumsy at times, as well as a little silly. In chapter 92 he is offered a marriage proposal by Kiki Seiran, which he declines.
Kiki Seiran
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)
Kiki is one of Zen’s closest aides, and arrives at the castle some time after Mitsuhide. As the heir to the household of the Seiran family, her father expects her to return home to assume responsibility after her time serving Zen. Reserved, independent and intelligent, Kiki is extremely loyal to protecting Zen (and later Shirayuki as she becomes part of Zen’s life) and is most often seen with Mitsuhide. She has stated (to Zen) that when the time comes, she will propose to Mitsuhide. Like Mitsuhide, she is skilled at swordplay and is often seen training the soldiers or dueling with him. In chapter 92 Kiki confesses and proposes to Mitsuhide, which he later declines.
Obi
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto; (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
Obi is one of Zen’s self-proclaimed aides. Originally sent by Marquis Haruka as a way to scare Shirayuki out of the castle, he later pledges himself to Zen after being discovered. It is hinted that he has feelings for Shirayuki, but his loyalty to both Zen and Shirayuki prevents him from acting out on his feelings. Obi has a relatively mysterious past as a loner, but finds himself drawn to protecting Zen, Shirayuki, and their respective goals. He later becomes Zen’s official messenger. With his quick movements and reflexes, he is often sent by Zen to protect Shirayuki at times when he cannot leave his royal duties. He has been seen using the alias “Nanaki”.