Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
Studio : Kyoto Animation
Licenced by : ADV Films
Length : 12 Episodes
Year : 2003
Genre : Comedy - Romance - Shounen
(This anime occurs after anime series, Full Metal Panic!)
Sgt Sagara Sousuke has finally left the battlefield and enrolled as a full time student at Chidori's school. But can he adjust to normal high school life? Get ready for some hilarious situations as you watch the minor school life problems he faces and the 'tactics' he employs to fix them!
Added : 2003-08-27
Synopsis by : Kaiser
Last update : 2010-07-07
Last update details : Link modified
Score : 8.97 Ranked #33 by users
Number of reviews : 71
Official #1 : ADV Films' Fumoffu Website (English)
A-Source #1 : Anime-Source.com Spotlight Review by Kaiser
A-Source #2 : The First Season
A-Source #3 : The Third Season
OP1 : Mikuni Shimokawa - Could this be Love
ED1 : Mikuni Shimokawa - A Wind that Blows You
2012-03-02 -- Episode(s) 1-12 by A-Subs. BT Link
2004-05-10 -- Episode(s) 6 by A-F & AF. BT Link
2004-05-09 -- Episode(s) 5 by A-F & AF. BT Link
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Posted by : iLxHotxRoma
Posted on : 2011-02-06
I loved it. The quick gags and violence all makes it so good. I like how the aspect of the story changes from serious mode to comical mode. X3 I wish it didn't end so soon. The only other anime that ever made me laugh so hard it felt like I broke a rib was the classic Crayon Shin-chan. I hope more funny shows come. FMP is so lovable.
Posted by : miestersean
Posted on : 2009-11-19
I’ve heard and read that this is a funny anime, and looking for a safe source of entertainment, I picked it up, with the additional knowledge that it was a short series. I got what I expected: some laughs, some romance, and a lot of ridiculousness.
As you might expect from an OVA, the animation is great. The characters are attractive, and there are no choppy movements, even in the more fast-paced moments. The exaggerated facial expressions and actions are spot-on, too. The music isn’t noticeable or used a lot, but that’s fine in a slice-of-life setting.
The characters are done well. Sagara gets fleshed out while keeping his basic personality, and Chidori gets some funny and emotional scenes fitting for a tsundere such as her. The side characters from the series, especially Tokiwa and Kazama, are effective as side humor and eye candy. There’s not much depth to any of the characters, but because the episodes deal only with superficial conflicts, that’s acceptable.
The episodes’ plots have range in their style, but they almost all deal with school scenarios. Though some are funnier and more original than others, they all are watchable. There’s also little continuity between any of the episodes, as is appropriate for an OVA.
The jokes are good; at times they fall flat, but there is constant stream of quirkiness/absurdity to keep the humor level consistent. There are also a lot of low-brow jokes, which are at times too crude to not feel out of place, but they are a nice change from the typical safe, wholesome anime jokes. Humor is what this series banks on, and it delivers, with some slight missteps.
The romance, on the other hand, is less present than the humor, but there is an undertone of it in all of the episodes, as you would expect from a series based on the two main characters’ relationship. It’s typical anime romance, i.e., nothing beyond reserved, mutual declarations of feelings for each other, but it’s done naturally enough to affect the viewer. It does feel a bit manipulative at times, however.
This is not a deep or life-changing series, but it’s an enjoyable one. If you like light humor with a touch of romance, this is a nice change-of-pace series to fit in between more serious ones.
Posted by : Killswitch
Posted on : 2009-04-12
A great series that fits in well with the Full Metal Panic universe. Even though the series can be seen as a more relaxed and comical alternative to the other two Full Metal Panic series, it does well in that it furthers character development, specifically the relationship between Chidori and Sagara, and also shows a more human and normal side to the war veterans.
Within the funny exterior lies a good story-line, that can be easily ignored. The animation quality is pretty good, with appropriate, great looking backgrounds and with characters dressed, and in some cases undressed, to fit in with the backgrounds.
Sound quality is good, with a great intro and outro, appropriate and great sounding effects. The voices of the characters match well, although I would say it's better to watch with japanese audio. There are things that can only be said to great effect in Japanese rather than in English.
Though it's not a masterpiece or classic in the making, it can hold its own as one of the great anime series out there.
Posted by : Vortex_Magus
Posted on : 2008-10-10
Possibly the best comedy themed series ever, Fumoffu is a masterpiece. The characters are based off the Full Metal Panic! anime, which was a very decent show. However, instead of focusing on the storyline of Full Metal Panic, Fumoffu focuses primarily on the characters.
Fumoffu was all about watching the characters in FMP get into hilarious interaction after hilarious interaction. It pulled out the mecha, the seriousness, the evil villains and heroic deeds, and put all the focus on their everyday (or not so everyday) life. And it was truly excellent, filling in holes that you didn't even notice the original series had in it.
Fumoffu went above and beyond the call of duty, and instead of becoming an entertaining side series of a good show, it stands out all on its own, as good or better than the original series it branches off of.
Fumoffu is light, entertaining, universal, and has good taste in music. It is easily watchable alone or with a group of friends, and you can watch it over and over again without it getting old. If you haven't watched it, you need to watch it now. Now now now.
Posted by : Terentius
Posted on : 2008-08-05
Review based on ADV Films DVD release.
Again, â€˜Kyoto Animationâ€™ took over the reins from GONZO. There was very little in the way of action scenes, as the show concentrated mostly on life in school. The animation overall was produced to a high standard. Nothing has changed regarding the character designs.
Not as serious as the main storylines of the first and second season, FUMOFFU was almost pure comic relief. There was very little in a congruent and continuous plot or story, with each episode being almost exclusive of each other. I was in absolute stitches for most of the show. I wonâ€™t spoil the fun by revealing anything, but it would soon become hilariously apparent where the term â€˜FUMOFFUâ€™ originates from.
All of the cast from the first season are back, but in the supposedly less dangerous setting of high school. The character of Sousuke is akin to Homer Simpson. He has lost virtually his entire perception of normality, succumbing to acts such as dressing as a one-man/bear army.
Again Mikuni Shimokawa was involved in singing the OP and ED. She has a long standing relationship with the show and her superb choices have helped make the FMP experience what it is.
The English dub was done well and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I could not help but laugh when a scene reminiscent of Stanley Kubrickâ€™s â€œFull Metal Jacket" appeared. I could tell that the English voice actors were so full of enthusiasm at attempting to replicate a cinematic great. Overall, the acting was spot on.
This ranks up there in my list of all-time great comedies. If I wanted something more serious, I would have chosen either the first or third in the franchise, but this second season was a classic in its own comedic right. I guarantee that other viewers have probably laughed as much as I did.
Posted by : kevinchaosvs
Posted on : 2008-06-01
Personal overall rating: 93%
Clearly, military life and school life donâ€™t go hand in hand with each other. FMP? Fumoffu! has shown that very clearly: and itâ€™s got to be one of the funniest anime ever, to have lifestyles of such polar extremes intersecting. Of all school life comedies Iâ€™ve watched, this has one of the most original concepts. How many series out there combines Military and School life and presents it as a comedy?
FMP? Fumoffu! concentrates solely on the school life and comedy aspect, unlike in the main series, which features fighting as well as humor, and thus a more serious plot. As such, this series does not have any distinct plot and depends on the characters to deliver the scenes. And the characters, though rather lacking in development, are nevertheless hilarious (and some, if not all, have really quirky and eccentric personalities), with Sousuke, who unknowingly delivers gag after gag to the audience and is accompanied by the ever-irritated Chidori. The element of romance comedy, while rather generic in nature, is still rather funny, especially the little war between Tessa and Chidori. Indeed, Sousuke, as the star of the series is what really made FMP? Fumoffu! so enjoyable and hilarious. The way Sousuke applies the logic of military survival in a school environment is a total killer. Throw in more exaggerated antics of how the characters devised technologically advanced and military class gadgets just to be used for simple events (e.g. like how they are used to prevent and to allow peeping in the hot springs simultaneously) and I was in fits of laughter throughout the series.
The most memorable thing from this series has got to be their lovable mascot Bonta-kun,a cute costume armed with machine guns and other powerful range of arsenals and can only make the sounds "Fumoffu!!!"
Sousuke: The Bonta-kuns are such powerful tools â€¦I wonder why they donâ€™t sell wellï¿½?
The music is pretty good and I like the OP. The animation and graphic quality are quite good as well. I recommend watching the first few episodes of season 1 of the main series to know the background information, and then just watch this.
A highly entertaining series that can be enjoyed by generally everyone.
Bonta-kun for the way yeah! Fumoffu~~~!!!
Posted by : ErwinRommel
Posted on : 2007-11-28
This is a DAMN funny anime. Watch this anime as soon as possible.
The story... there is none. This season of Full Metal Panic has nothing to do with the first season. But it takes all their personalities and puts them to great use as comedies. Sousuke was a wonderful miltary sergeant in the Second Raid but his military tactics here is just perfect as well.
Characters are what makes this series so successful. They aren't really developed far but you do get glimpses of their personalities uniquely in times not as dark as Second Raid or in the first season of Full Metal Panic. It's just that each of their characteristics makes for a good laugh and it is especially true for Sousuke. He is the heart of this show. Without him nothing in Full Metal Panic Fumoffu works.
Music is very good. The background music is perfect. I like the opening song. The ending was also pretty good.
I give this series a 9/10. There isn't a story and not much character development so why the high marks? It worked very well as a comedy. I've yet to see a pure comedy that can have a Victor Hugo story nor Shakespearean Characters. The comedy is slapstick but they aren't always the same routines so it shouldn't get old anytime soon.
Posted by : meeting12
Posted on : 2007-10-26
This and GTO are my favorite comedy animes of all time. I am secretly hoping that the FMP series' fourth installment will be of the comedy sort (nothing against TSR) as Fumoffu was nothing but hilarity from start to finish. While lacking any real story depth or deep plot, Fumoffu reminds you that sometimes anime is there just to entertain you and make you laugh. I highly recommend this series for anyone looking for anime to watch, even if you haven't watched the first season of FMP, as there will be very few shows, let alone anime, this funny.
Posted by : crazy3jackal08
Posted on : 2007-08-31
Honestly there is only one thing to say for this series, JUST WATCH IT! you'll have no regrets trust me on that one. I tried so hard not to watch this series in one night, it was so addicting. It kept me cracking up, My parents walked by and stared at me to time to time thinking I was insane!!
I would say this would have been my first Real Romance Comedy and let me tell you im glad it was!! It doesnt get any better than this! There are just some really random moments that make you think what on earth? next thing you know you'll be laughing out of the blue.
This is something not to be missed!
Posted by : JaMaJuice
Posted on : 2007-08-01
Ahh...haha...Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu(FMPF). It's been a while since I've seen it but I definitely remember lots of it. After Full Metal Panic!, Sosuke, the military-crazed 17-year-old goes to high school, with an objective/mission: To keep Chidori, a high-school girl who is a Whispered, safe. FMPF definitely brings out the slice of life of Sagura Sosuke. And without showing Arm Slaves in action, Sosuke creates a new weapon of destruction and cuteness: Bonta-kun, a...teddy bear equipped with the latest Mithril technology.
I don't even think there is a plot but it's Sosuke's lacking sense of reality that causes such hilarity throughout the series. He blows up lockers, pumps shotguns, and schemes deadly traps for any opponent that dares to outwit him or confront him. I guess it's also his stupidity because throughout the 12 episodes, he never learns to look at reality and only uses his militant senses and skills to do his work which eventually results in Chidori using her ritual hit-Sosuke-on-the-head-with-a-Japanese-war-fan or other violent things that a normal high school boy CANNOT survive.
The animation was definitely not hurried and there were a few CGs here and there, but since the series concentrated on Chidori and Sosuke's relationship and comedy, you wouldn't care less about animation and only wonder what stupid thing Sosuke would pull off next.
For the sounds, I liked the opening music and the ending song was decent. They sounds and music were more lively than the first series due to its comedic features.
There are a few characters that are in the series, but Sosuke and Chidori should be the only characters that you need to know, since it's their spotlight at the high school. Although, I would definitely like to mention the bubbly-headed and cute Tessa, the captain of Mithril. She is definitely my favorite character.
Overall, it's a lovely romance/comedy/slice of life that everybody can enjoy. It's original and goes at its own pace which means...no filler or confusion that leads away from the focus of Chidori and Sosuke. It's very cute and hilarious at the same time, due to its cousin(Full Metal Panic!) which has lots of action and a touch of comedy mixed with suspense. I loved it and hope others will agree with me because it's definitely one of the best romance/comedy animes I've ever seen. I just wish that they made more episodes for Fumoffu, because it's also the shortest series I've ever seen.
This anime which has been taken over by Bonta-kun is recommended by JaMaJuice.
Posted by : disgaea
Posted on : 2007-07-21
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is completely different from it's previous series. Instead of mech battles it replaces it with a cute bear-like costume called bonta-kun which is modified by Sagara and became a battle suit. Although I'm a little disappointed when there is no more mech battles, they are replaced by a lot of funny humor and a bit of romance.
My favorite character is of course Sagara Sousuke. There is never a dull moment when Sagara is around. Who would you count on to blow up the whole shoe locker bay when there is a letter in his locker. There is some character development in Sagara, the hard head military soldier slowly getting affectionate.
The animation is top notch and the character design are beautiful. I especially like the music both the opening and ending theme, and also the chibi character at the ending theme.
This is one of my favorite anime and I seriously recommend it.
Posted by : KUAnime08
Posted on : 2007-07-18
Bears running around with shotguns?
Detonating a locker (and the entire locker bay with it) because your locker has been tampered with?
Thats the kind of humor that permeates "Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu". This series was absolutely hilarious. You don't have to have seen the other series to get a kick out of this.
The characters are all great.
The animation is really quite good. I was very impressed with its quality.
The voice work in the anime is excellent both in English and Japanese. With many animes the dubbing turns out horrible so I simply watch it in Japanese, but this was quite enjoyable in English as well.
The only factor that really matters though is whether it is fun to watch. The answer: oh yes!
Posted by : Hellishi
Posted on : 2007-03-06
After watching all of "Full Metal Panic?" both season 1 & 2 and OVA. There was always some comedy in it, but in "Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu" the artist, the creaters decides to bring out more of the comedy with the action in it! Bringing out hilarious events and scence that you'll never see comeing! And also there still a mixture of love and romance there between some characters, you would know who after you watch the whole "Full Metal Panic?" seasons and OVA's. With love-romance, comedy, school life, action, and mecha as the genres... What else can you ask for? The graphics and audio/sound are perfect for the scenes.
I gave this anime a 10 out of 10
Posted by : taglish123
Posted on : 2007-03-05
Ah fumoffu, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...about an 8, hehehe. The reason I gave an 8 because there were no mecha combat. Instead, they replaced it with a bear-like costume named Bonta-kun. This season emphasized more on a romantic comedy side between Sousuke and Chidori, and I do mean comedy. Plus, got to see more of a sweet, funny girl out of Captain Testarosa.
It definitely gave a different flavor to the Full Metal Panic series. Sousuke started showing more human-like traits instead of the robotic, soldier type that I remember from the first season. I like that because it showed me that he was growing and changing, and that helps the story line and the series grow along with him. It's definitely worth it to watch.
Posted by : ch3wyboi
Posted on : 2007-02-27
This anime was the most entertaining piece of work I've seen in a while. The animation quality is superb as usual and expected of Kyoto Animation. The story is basically a comic send up of the bloody scenes we saw in Full Metal Panic! and the comedy comes in droves in FMP! Fumoffu. Sousuke is the usual Military man with the job of protecting Chidori. The character design is great and the story well it just provides a lighter side to FMP! I especially liked the special suit Sousuke made, Bonta-kun was like so cute yet he kicked some serious ass. So funny. Though the lack of compassion Sousuke had was kinda annoying after a while... he is kinda thick in the head, being the hardened military man he is... though I guess the writters wanted it to be that way to make the comedy work.
Overall this has to be one of my favourite animes. Seriously recommended. 9/10.
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