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.
Posted by : etorix
Posted on : 2007-01-29
This is one of the most enjoyable seasons of FMP to watch. While the first season and TSR did have their own comedic moments both seasons focused more on the serious side of things. Fumoffu is a great way to steer away from the seriousness that FMP's first season and TSR focused more on.
There is really no plot to this series. Each episode is around 15 minutes long so there are two Fumoffu episodes in one. The series focuses on the everyday school life of both Kaname and Souske and mixed in with that is many humor-filled situations.
All the characters from FMP are here excluding the bad guys. All of
Souske's and Kaname's classmates are in the series and even Tessa herself makes an appearance.
The animation for Fumoffu is top notch. It does have some minor differences then the other FMP seasons but it does not hinder the anime at all.
It has been a long time since I've watched Fumoffu so I have forgotten the opening and ending themes of the series >.<
Posted by : Paraclyte28
Posted on : 2006-12-22
This anime is the best!!
Full Metal Panic Fumoffu is like a filler because its not connected with the first series and the last series...
But this anime is really worth watching..
Bonta-kun rox!! this cute teddy bear(lol I dunno what this thing resembles..) is a highly equipped military suit that kicks ass!!
Fumo?? Fumofumoffumoffu!! (Translation: Watch This!!)
The Last Episode was the part that made me laugh my ass off... It was really unexpected...
I also liked the episode where an army of bonta-kuns whooped the buttocks of the thugs... ehehe.
Posted by : mushmouth
Posted on : 2006-12-11
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu! really delivers. The exploits of Sousuke Sagara trying to blend in as a high school student are the most ridiculous and hilarious things that I've ever witnessed. Come on, blowing up your locker because you've mistaken a love note for a stalker's letter? Use some common sense, Sousuke.
I usually don't like spin-offs but Fumoffu can hold its own even as a standalone series. Great characters, art and hilarious situations. What more could you want?
Posted by : Nada_Zero
Posted on : 2006-10-25
After watching the whole Full Metal Panic series I was waiting for this one. I looked forward to watching this series to find answers to my questions. I don't think it really did solve anything. Yes, this anime was HILARIOUS at times but then again I wondered what the point of the anime was. It was listed as a romance and comedy. The presence of romance was near to none. I loved this series because it was funny but what I really wanted to know was whether he (Sousuke) chooses Tessa or Chidori. So the ending really, really, really disappointed me in that aspect.
Besides that the Anime overall was fabulous. The story really was a great breather from all the action from the previous series (Full Metal Panic! and The Second Raid). Although at times I found that the drawings of the faces were actually quite pointed at the chins like a V shape but I didn't mind that too much. Song selection for this anime was great. This anime was a great product and seriously needs to be dubbed one of the best animes ever.
Posted by : Molenir
Posted on : 2006-10-19
This is one of the rare animes that I am willing to give a 10 to. After watching Full Metal Panic, I was not in the mood to be lenient with this sort of sequel. However I was extremely surprised by it. This doesn't really contribute to the story of the first one, and for that I was grateful. FMP having so many story problems. This instead is a series of short episodes dealing more with the relationship between Chidori and Souzuke.
Without giving spoilers its hard to really describe this series. Suffice it to say that this is one of the funniest anime series I have ever seen. I cannot reccomend this highly enough.
Posted by : Shadowfox_900
Posted on : 2006-10-05
Though a continuation of the original Full Metal Panic!, Fumoffu throws away the mecha, terrorists, and contrived plot to focus solely on comedy - it succeeds magnificently.
Sousuke Sagara was raised on warfare, but has the social skills of a piece of paper. Although he doesn't spend most of the time in high school to protect Chidori Kaname like he was required to in FMP!, he still uses his military training skills to solve problems. The highlight of the show has to be Sagara in a personalized Bonta-kun costume combating crime and unable to utter anything other than "Fumo!". Anyway, the story line, or lack there of, holds little in the name of progress. Still, this is a comedy through and through, and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't enjoyed it. Recommended, but bear in mind that this is pure comedy - don't expect any mecha.
If you like slapstick style comedy, Fumoffu will be right up your alley. If you are looking for a series that follows up the first series with a furthering of the plot and relationships, prepare to be disappointed. Overall this is a highly enjoyable series. Although be warned! it makes little sense and might leave you dumber yet wanting more!
Posted by : deviln3
Posted on : 2006-09-27
This show is what it should be.. a touch of romance and a big giant mountain of comedy .. and that's what you get.. trust me, you won't be disappointed with this one.. Although I'd recomend watching the first season just so you get to know the characters a bit, but its not terribly important since Fumoffu isn't really connected with the plot..
So WHAT is Fumoffu? Well it's the little short adventures of a military soldier who doesn't quite know yet about how to deal with high school life.. and so does things the only way he knows how.. using weapons..
stories are as short as half an episode to as long as 2 episodes and all worth watching..
Animation is superb.. and voice acting is great.. even in English ;o
The op ending songs are alright/average..
This is a show you just HAVE TO WATCH!!!!! .. You won't know what to expect next and you'll keep on laughing..
Posted by : jzmagic
Posted on : 2006-08-10
Fumoffu ranks near the top for what it brings, pure comedy. I never laughed so much in any series as I did in Fumoffu, and it takes a bit to get a laugh out of me. This series is a set of side stories supplementing the Full Metal Panic and TSR series.
It's a good idea to get a basic background of who the characters are before watching this. I would reccomend watching the original FMP series but a short synposis would do as well. Fumoffu's story revolves around Sosuke and Chidori. Sosuke is assigned to Chidori's school to protect her from enemy threats. While FMP watchers will know that Sosuke's relationship with Chidori is on the romantic side, Fumoffu does not develop their relationship further, but rather acknowledges it with playful teasing.
Like I said, its a collection of short stories so theres no main plot here, or any story developments to FMP. It is purely for laughs, so if you're looking for a complex story with twists and drama, don't even waste your time with this one.
The animation and art of the series is just simply amazing. The attention to detail, the lighting, the colors, character designs are beautiful. Really, the only series that has better animation quality than Fumoffu is FMP TSR.
Now about the content, this is where Fumoffu really shines. Each episode has original stories that'll make you laugh your heart out. One particular episode has a little Gundam Seed Destiny incorporated into it (Trust me, its worth it to watch the series just for this episode) that had me laughing for like a maniac.
Final word, if you got time to kill and you really want to be humored, definately take a look at this series.
Posted by : mangaddict
Posted on : 2006-07-18
How can Fumoffu have a higher score than the original? This is unfeasable!
I have to give credit to Fumoffu for being funny. Yes, yes, random adventures are a lot of fun and what not, but how do they contribute to the story? There is a reason for manga and a reason for anime. Manga is where someone should find the silly, uncontributing adventures. What happens when the entire season if it is nothing but uncontributing? It turns into a cartoon. Fumoffu is not an anime but rather a cartoon.
Compared to the manga, Fumoffu is not even in chronoligical order. They could have just incorporated this into the first and second season. Fumoffu is like the second disk you get after buying a DVD. It's filled with nothing but credits and scenes cut out of the original.
What is with that ridiculous ending? Sure it was funny, but what did we learn? Nothing! All we get are more unanswered questions. We are not sure what happens with Sousuke or Kanami (I don't want to ruin the ending for anyone but don't get your hopes up). It's also like they completely forgotten about Tessa. I really hate these halfbaked endings where the producers are too lazy to come up with a decent dramatic closing because they don't want to disappoint any viewers that might be rooting for Tessa or Kanami. We don't care which wins. WE JUST WANT ANSWERS!!! Gato can learn a few things from Kawashita.
All in all, this anime is funny, disappointing, flawed, and doesn't complete the experience for me.
I give this anime a 5 out of 10 as a critic and two thumbs way down as the audience.
Posted by : thepoet
Posted on : 2006-05-09
This is coming from a viewer that never watched the first series.
Art/Animation: (8/10); doesn't the main male character look familiar? He looks oddly similar to Heero from Gundam Wing. Other than that, the characters look very good and that animation is very smooth and adorable.
Story: (9/10); I LOVE THE RANDOM ADVENTURES IN THIS SERIES. Very very fun and FUNNY. Hilarious series indeed. The characters interact so well with each other and the viewer is easily able to distinguish their personalities and relationships with the other characters.
Music: (8/10); VERY cute music and very active in the character scenes.
A must watch for a good laugh.
Posted by : Trivialpanda
Posted on : 2006-05-01
“Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu” is a side story to Full Metal Panic. You don't need to watch Full Metal Panic (FMP) to enjoy Fumoffu and you don't need to watch Fumoffu to enjoy FMP. This series is more for the laughs and character development. Some scenes I must admit were... um... cute. But the series is humorous as it follows Kaname Chidori (a high school student) and Sousuke Sagara, as well as various friends and comrades in their wacky adventures.
As far as animation is concerned, it was very clearly animated. The colors were very bright and reflect the mood of the story, very different from the dark colors in FMP.
Sound quality is very good and the music is also very nicely composed and very memorable.
Since each episode is just about a stand alone story, it doesn't matter if you pick up the first DVD or the third. The stories... it varied. From "WTF?" to "That's cute." to "lol!" (Laugh Out loud) So it depends. Overall this is a good series and could make anyone laugh, and have a break from the some what seriousness of FMP.
A 8/10 overall rating.
Posted by : corrakun
Posted on : 2006-03-17
Much as I adamantly hate Full Metal Panic!, I love Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. Isn't that weird?
Full Metal Panic is okay if you like mecha, which I don't. However, you need to know the characters and things to get Fumoffu. You don't need to know about the past plot in FMP! too much, which is a relief to me since after about the third or fourth episode of FMP! I quit.
Fumoffu doesn't have to do very much with mecha. Instead, it's more of a romance/humour genre, focussing on Sagara and Chidori in high-school life. Basically, it's one of those romance/humour shows about high school love, although there's one key difference: the stories are short and almost completely unrelated to each other.
The animation was much better than FMP!, but probably because there was no mecha and brighter colours. The characters looked a lot better and stuff. The animation also enhanced the humour with funny emos.
The music grew on you quickly, and the animation that came with the Ed song was funny, but quickly turned pointless. This music would have been out of place with FMP! but with this, it fit right in and right from the OP you knew that this wasn't a serious, mind-bending, mecha-full story.
The plot was okay as far as short stories go, and there really wasn't much. However, I was kinda pissed at the end because Sagara and Chidori didn't just get together. In a romance, you at least expect that much.
> someone who's been pissed off and needs something to laugh at
> someone who just wants to laugh
> someone who doesn't want to get hooked on a super long series
> someone who doesn't mind romance
> someone who supports Sagara/Chidori/Tessa
> someone who just wants to kill time
Posted by : heroic_decepticon
Posted on : 2006-02-05
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is the series that followed FMP!. While there is a strong theme about warfare, there is nothing in the series about war, terrorism or mecha. It is mainly about the 'adventures' of Sargara and Chidori in high school.
Due to its great and fluid animation and humorous storyline, I found Fumoffu to be so much more enjoyable than FMP!.
There isn't really a main plotline in Fumoffu but just many separate stories about problems, sports, encounters and all the things you would expect to experience in high school. This ‘separate yet distinct stories approach’ is reminiscent of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo.
During the series, we get to see how Sargara applies his militaristic methods to everyday normal situations or problems. Some of the things he does although extreme, are also quite refreshing. The plot within each episode or couple of episodes is excellent. Score- 8/10
This is not exactly a series that will make you want to watch the next episode immediately after the preceding one, because it is not one main underlying story but many separate stories. Still, the pace within the microcosm of each episode is great and very well structured. My only complain is that, with only 15 episodes, this series is over all too soon. Score- 7.5/10
I am actually relieved to say this: the animation in Fumoffu is much much better than in FMP! and for that I am thankful. The animation suits the high school atmosphere and the comedic moments. Score- 7.5/10
Great character development of the main and supporting characters. There is some development of the Sargara-Chidori-Testarossa relationship, and for me, that is always a welcome thing. Score- 7.5/10
Nice music. I especially liked the end theme; it went very well with the overall feel of Fumoffu and was great with the little short caricatures of the characters’ 'marching' at the top and bottom of the screen during the end theme. Score- 7/10
My overall score is obtained from adding the scores from the 5 sections, converting that to a 100%, then divided by 10 to get a score out of 10. Fractions are rounded up.
OVERALL SCORE: 8/10
Posted by : novabomb
Posted on : 2006-01-15
Although this series may just be a branch off the original fmp, i still enjoyed it alot.
The main thing that really kept me on this short series is definitly the comedic value. The stories were halarious, the action was all just funny, gave me great laughs every episode. What didn't get this anime a 10 in my book is that sometimes the jokes get either corny, or just old, like the fumoffu suits. Sure it gave me a laugh the first time i saw it, but making a army out of them kinda pushed it alot, but that didn't really effect it that much, i still enjoyed it.
Characters were still the same, even though some have gotten crazy, but they are still halarious. Another reason i loved this was the arguements they always got in, even thgouh it may be unrealistic, it's still great.
Music, i liked the opening theme and the music was pretty soothing, and wacky at the funny parts, just like it should be.
The story in general was pretty good, even thoguht it was quite random, i still enjoyed it. I really recommend this series for people who just enjoy comedy anime in general, nice good laughs.
Posted by : llyrias
Posted on : 2005-12-16
Before you see Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, realize this series acts as a side story to the first FMP. Basically, what does this mean? No linear storyline. Lots of fun and laughs.
Now, if you believe that's what you're looking for, FMP: Fumoffu gets a 9 out of 10.
All of the side stories can vary in length, but there isn't enough "mecha" action to make this an action genre. In fact, this is a very good thing. There's enough to make it FMP but there's a lot more Sousuke and Chidori action to make it humorous and lovable. Might I add, the music and opening are some of the more pleasing pieces to listen to. The animation is top notch and yes, the animation for mechas is as good as ever. The only grudge I have against FMP Fumoffu is that the relationship between Sousuke and Chidori doesn't evolve much. But other then that it's entertaining.
Posted by : krnballerzzz
Posted on : 2005-10-27
Taking a step away from the tough reality of the first season of FMP, Fumoffu takes on a very comedic season of the anime we all love.
The story if very sweet and funny, with a side of love. The anime does not have a significant impact on the original story line, but the only thing progressing int hsi anime is the relationship between the two lovers (my prediction). You will laugh your butt off as you see Souske do the stupidest things possible, and Chidori punishing him for doing it.
The music and animation are all great. There is not specific story line attached to the anime. But, you don't need one! All you will be doing in this anime is laughing your butt off.
If you want to watch an anime just for laughs, or if you are a fan of FMP, watch this FMP season 1.5, Fumoffu. I say season 1.5 because this season does not contribute any storyline into the anime.
Posted by : Greycloak
Posted on : 2005-10-20
IF you plan to watch Full Metal Panic Fumoffu, I highly recommend that you watch it with a crowd, gear up and get ready for tons of laughter!
At first I thought this anime was the continuation of the previous Full Metal Panic, somber and gloomy mood, intense fighting scenes, really dreary environment
Posted by : forestgimp
Posted on : 2005-09-30
Fumoffu? Fumo fumo fumoffu?? When I first got the anime, the first thing that came to mind was what the hell is fumoffu and where did it came from!! After watching the anime, I found out that fumoffu was the sound of the cute weapon that Sagara made, anyway on to the review.
Animation: Fluid. Nicely drawn, with more detailed approach towards the characters (still lacked the details when it came to the hot springs episode!!!). Less CG's compared to the first one but overall still greatly drawn.
Story plot: More about the involvement of Sagara at school rather then MITHRIL missions together with Chidori. Hilariously funny that it might make you pee in your pants while watching it. The rivalry between Tessa and Chidori intensifies while Sagara remains clueless as ever. Too bad there weren't enough scenes with Kurtz and Tessa in there.
Sound: Average, nothing out of the ordinary but just fits in nicely. But who cares about the music when you get to the funny bits!!
A must have for all anime fans out there. The jokes will keep you coming for more. Thus this anime deserves a BIG 10/10
Posted by : urnidiot
Posted on : 2005-09-23
FMP Fumoffu is my favorite series in all of FMP. While the other series are more military-oriented, Fumoffu goes more into the character development of our favorite characters. The lack of fighting (not weapons!) leaves for a lot of comedy as well, which makes this series laugh-out-loud at many parts. The Fumoffu costume is great and the lack of any real plot actually helps out this anime. There are more misunderstandings, and as result, more laughs. Guns and explosives are not amiss, but there is no real enemy. The art and animation are excellent and there is possibly no better series to cheer you up. The characters are unique in their own ways and they always remain true to themselves and their traits. Once again, this is a humor-oriented series of FMP, which is truly very good and enjoyable.
Posted by : Yuun
Posted on : 2005-09-05
When I thought Full Metal Panic! (FMP) Is crazy enough, man
Posted by : scivolanto
Posted on : 2005-09-04
The most hilarious anime ever, if you ask me. The ideas of Sagara, the main character, are always so inappropriate to his environment, that you are always surprised by the situations he can create. And yet he has a nice side, so that you sympathize with him very quickly. Well, you shouldn't watch Full Metal Panic Fumoffu if you are looking for a well-built anime, with a real scenario, because there's no such thing in it. It's just for fun. There is hardly any storyline, so no need to watch the episodes in the right order. It's extravagant, even stupid, but you somehow just can't stop laughing each time. The only thing one could regret is that there are not enough episodes...
Posted by : vig
Posted on : 2005-09-03
I love the Full Metal Panic series and Fumoffu is no exception. Fumoffu takes a different pace than the first series; it is a lighthearted look into the school lives of Sousuke, Kaname, and company. Don't expect mechs. Instead, look forward to the incredibly funny situations that Sousuke often lands himself and Kaname in, from selling lunch to their classmates to going on a full military battle game for the sake of group art. The comedy stems from Sosuke's inability to conform to civilian lifestyle, a flaw that invariably will draw you into the series as he overthinks many things leading to outtakes, but at the same time develops a growing relationship with Kaname which adds subtle tones of drama and love to the mix. One thing I personally enjoyed about the series is that it is a sequel that establishes a clean break from the first series, which is something new fans will like. It also doesn't really follow the anime sequel formula in terms of genre- it goes from a mecha with more hints of drama to no mechs with lots of comedy and a little drama. That is not to say, though, that Fumoffu is not a good anime. Quite the contrary: it is an excellent anime, with near perfect voice acting, beautiful art ranging from mecha to a man in a cute little mouse suit screaming, "Fumoffu!". All in all, a perfect anime.
Posted by : Spraypaint
Posted on : 2005-08-08
To put it simply, if you wanted to watch a story continuing of Full Metal Panic, then Fumoffu is definitely not the way to go. However, if you enjoyed the same lighthearted humor found in FMP, then Fumoffu is a must.
Fumoffu in its entirety has NO PLOT whatsoever, and please note that it may anger some who thought it did. I have to admit, I was quite disappointed, but that soon went away when the humorous parts kicked in and I forgot all about FMP.
So if you want to see the FMP gang taking a shot at being funny, then get a kick out of Fumoffu... and trust me, Fumoffu knows how to kick.
Posted by : Tomato-kun
Posted on : 2005-08-06
For me, to give a 10 to a show that has no plot at all is a rarity, but Fumoffu deserves every star, because it's just so damn good. Simply put, Fumoffu is crazy. And not just any kind of crazy, 'cause there're plenty of crazy animes. It's so crazy
Posted by : MrSentimental
Posted on : 2005-07-30
This series is so much fun!!! Definitely one of my favorites!!!
The first Full Metal Panic series had lots of action, and the action was... OK. I've seen better action in Evangelion and the Ninja Scroll movie. But what it does fantastically is set up this wacky situation with this serious, driven, and skilled soldier who goofs up left and right when it comes to "normal" high school life and "normal" relations with the non-military personnel. I think it was episode #8 of the first series where Sousuke went out on a "date", and that was a riot! Fumoffu gives us more of that kind of humor, and it's fun for all!
Of course, I really enjoy the tender moments and slap-stick between Chidori and Sousuke. Chidori is the only one who can consistently succeed in beating Sousuke senseless, and that's such a hoot! But it's also irresistible when she appreciates when Sousuke protects and cares about her. Sousuke is such a block-head, but in the episode where Chidori went to the fair with an upper-classman, and Sousuke seemed to be talking even more non-sense than usual in reaction, well, were those signs that, perhaps, Sousuke has deeper feelings for the one he's been assigned to protect? Great Stuff!
I've heard rumors that the next/third Full Metal Panic series will be more action oriented. I guess that's Ok. But I hope they continue with more of the humor and romance that was most enjoyable in Fumoffu. 10 out of 10! Five Big Stars!
Posted by : Sharp
Posted on : 2005-07-18
Fumoffu!!! Ahh, that character is sooooo cute!
The plot was pretty good, it was entertaining, plus having such a serious guy in a cute costume makes it even more interesting. Seriously, Sagara Sousuke may be very efficient in the battlefield, but out here in the real world (also known as common society), he's nothing but a major troublemaker.
Not much story development, but this is sort of a "side story" to the original series, FMP, so I consider the series a comic relief. Overall, I give it a 8 out of 10 for civilian bullets used (thank goodness the goods weren't designed to kill)!
Posted by : akakp
Posted on : 2005-07-13
Full Metal Panic Fumoffu is one of the most laughable and light hearted animes out there. That's what makes it so enjoyable to watch as every episode brings you a fresh and new story involving Sagara and Chidori's hidden but steaming relationship. Sagara Sousuke is still stubborn as ever, and Kaname Chidori is just as violent and energetic as ever.
The anime visuals were excellent, and I really enjoyed the fact that every episode went into a different story of their high school lives ranging from Sagara and Chidori selling bread at a school bakery, to entering a haunted hospital at night, to running away on a small bike from a crazy police woman, and much much more. The ending seemed like just another episode, but hey this is a comedy series and I guess it really doesn't need a clear final episode.
So for those of you into comedy, random happenings, fresh stories each episode, high school drama, light romance, hilarious actions, and very clean anime visuals, then FMP Fumoffu is perfect for you. Beware of Bonta Kunnnn - cracks me up. Now I can't wait until the new Full Metal Panic season.
Posted by : glidedream
Posted on : 2005-07-11
Let's get the formalities over with, this anime has decent to good animation, mediocre music, no storyline whatsoever, and the same cliche and stolen characters from Full Metal Panic. However, the creators finally figured out that if they just focused on humor, the results would be better, and were they ever right about that.
Full Metal Panic Fumoffu is just meant to be funny, and in that regard, it succeeds to the highest of standards. This show probably set the bar for funny in terms of what people compare current and new shows with. There's something inherently funny about the outrageous, and Fumoffu takes that and runs with it the whole way. Sosuke's stern personality is perfect for all the situations thrown his way, and Chidori acting as the normal person giving commentary makes it even better. The gags from this show are just so memorable, Sosuke shooting at arcade games, bringing biological weapons to school and setting off a study in human psychology, Sosuke beating up martial artists with modern weapons, the onsen trip, the Rugby match (BRILLIANT, the best episode by far), the love letter, the hostage situation, the Fumoffu episodes, and even Tessa's episodes were all really funny. Every episode seems to make you laugh, although some more so than others. Even with all the comedy running around though, I was impressed with the few scenes that were devoted to serious themes. The quiet and subtle relationship scenes between Sosuke and Chidori in this show are so much more meaningful than the "I owe everything to you" forced dialogue in FMP. Yes, they could have done more, but I am pretty happy with what they did manage to do. Overall, this is THE show to watch with friends, and the perfect show to watch on a gloomy day or when you're bored or want to laugh. It's not perfect just for being funny, but it's worth an 8 for the humor alone.
Posted by : miss_mikura
Posted on : 2005-07-06
Shall I try writing this review without bursting out with laughter? Fumo Fumoffu Fummofu! (I think not!)
Story: What happens in the storyline of this anime is supposed to be what happens between episodes of the first Full Metal Panic and is hilarious to me! This is one of the funniest shows out there! Even some of my friends, who don't like anime, start cracking up when they watch Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. This says alot about how great this show is. I probably love this anime because my friends and I can relate to the characters so well. Kaname is solike me. I think I've actually hit a boy with a fan before ^_^
Art: The art in this anime is exellent. There is great contrast between light and dark, and there are great shadowing effects. Even the characters themeselves are exellent. Their movements don't seem blocky or anything like that. The art in this anime seems very new and up to the times. And the little chibi characters walking in the ending song are so cute!
Music: The music is very lighthearted. From the heartfelt beginning, to the music box tinkling in the middle, all the way to the airy feel you get after listening to the ending, the music will make you feel good.
Overall I give Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu a 10 out of 10, for being the funniest anime I have ever seen.
Posted by : Kappo
Posted on : 2005-06-30
Fumoffu is hilarious.
This is the second season of Full Metal Panic, except it's more like a collection of OVAs. In other words, this whole season consists entirely of side-stories that are much more humorous than the original Full Metal Panic (FMP). While the original FMP would have been an Action/Comedy/semi-romance, Fumoffu is more of a Comedy/Romantic-Comedy.
This season takes place during the time that Sergeant Sagara Sousuke spent as a student on a mission to protect Kaname Chidori. The main focus is not the protecting, so much as the relationships and character development that builds. New characters are introduced, and older ones are fleshed out more. In this sense, Fumoffu contributes to the original FMP, as the viewer gains a greater appreciation for the ties that the characters share.
Fumoffu goes through many of the basic plotlines often involved in romantic comedies -- other love interests, physical danger, frustration, perversion, and so forth. So if you ever wanted to see Sagara try to pick up girls, become a model, combat the common cold, or take control of a classroom infected by a deadly radioactive virus, then you'll definitely want to watch Fumoffu.
Quite seriously, this is probably the funniest anime I've ever seen. Background in FMP is helpful and will allow you to appreciate this season more, but it is certainly not necessary.
Posted by : sssl0202
Posted on : 2005-06-26
Let me try to write this in fumoffu language...
fumo fumo fumoffu fumo
Okay maybe not... anyway, the sensational full metal panic now has a sequel! As the title indicates, Fumoffu is very light hearted anime with full of gags and romance and everyday life which isn't so normal to Sagara Sousuke. If you have seen full metal panic before, you know exactly what you will get. Fumoffu is an extension of Full Metal Panic but without the serious part of it. It does the same thing Full Metal Panic did, but in gags and light hearted feeling where you can go awwwwwwwww.
This series has been extremely enjoyable to me as I love to laugh, and this anime did indeed make me laugh constantly.
for fans of full metal panic, fumoffu is a must. for the people who like comical anime, this also is perfect for them. for people who like serious anime still will like this as they will enjoy a laugh now and then.
erm just go get it
fumo fumo fumofffu
Posted by : Disruptor0001
Posted on : 2005-06-19
The second series of the Full Metal Panic franchise has nothing to do with its original story, but it delivers with its comedic storyline that nearly had me laughing to death in front of my computer. By far, Fumoffu has to be one of the most funniest animes I've ever seen, funnier than Ranma 1/2, School Rumble, and Love Hina.
The one great thing about this anime is probably one of its main weaknesses: the story. As mentioned above, there is absolutely no concrete story to build upon within this anime, but each episode has its own story that doesn't need any background to explain (except for the need to know who the main characters are). Anyone who picks up an episode can easily follow the story, even if you don't know who Sagara is. Besides, the comedy will have you laughing like you have never laughed before. The various references to other animes (like Gundam Seed, You're Under Arrest, etc) makes it even more enjoyable to those who know what the references are.
The show might not be for everyone, especially those who actually want a solid story, but the comedy more than makes up for its weakness. I personally found this series to be a welcomed addition to the Full Metal Panic franchise. Now I can't wait for FMP: The Second Raid to air...
Posted by : llhtom
Posted on : 2005-06-19
One of my top five in my anime list.
Well, this anime has nothing to do with the original story of Full Metal Panic but it is not pointless as well.
Firstly, the art and character design is the same as Full Metal Panic which is basically good. Secondly, music is about the same that is average. Thirdly, for the story, as I had stated earlier, it has nothing to do with the original story but it is mainly about life in high school with a few developments in the relationship between each character. Added in are a few new characters introduced into this the series. Fourthly, it contains more comedy than action compared to the original series.
Conclusion it is all right overall with some comedy elements and a side story that won
Posted by : Yebyosh
Posted on : 2005-05-30
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu... what the heck is Fumoffu? FMP?F is a stomach splitting anime about the lives of military 'fanboy' Sagara Sousuke and his tortured companion Chidori Kaname at the crazy Jindai High School.
Life in this Jindai High School would have been normal if normal means waking up nearly everyday with an explosion in the shoe lockers, having snipers lie in wait for suspicious characters, facing the risks of biological weapons brought in, and also getting smashed up in battles involving fists, chainsaws, guns and grenades. All of this is conveniently placed on Sousuke ( well... he is mostly responsible ). Chidori as his 'fated' companion is destined to a life of secretly moaning over why she can never get a 'normal' person to fall in love with but yet blush whenever Sousuke's innocence and good-nature warms her heart.
This is part of the reason why this series is so funny! Their relationship is such that Sousuke keeps getting whacked by Chidori for all those "this is how military men do things" situations. He is so dense ^O^ He keeps taking those civillian issues and solves them in a military "guns and bombs" manner, calmly causing great damage to the surprise of those around him. No wonder he keeps getting whacked! :lol: Somehow the innocent idiot act never wears thin since it is in the innate characters of Sousuke to maintain his idiot savant status, and Chidori to have her sado-masochistic fantasies fulfilled ^O^. I won't mind being Sousuke if I do get to be with pretty Chidori though since many of their moments together do end up in tenderness for each other ( Sousuke braving fever to do what Chidori needs, Chidori needling Sousuke about a certain line said earlier, Chidori rescuing Sousuke out of a bind from an earlier agreement ) :P
Each supporting characters have their comical moment to shine. Whether it be Kyouko's cute little girl acts, or Kazama's Gundam Seed spoof ( watch what actually is his Seed... XP ), Kurz's ecchi behaviour ( one of the few guys able to talk about ecchi things through a nosebleed ), you are gauranteed to laugh at their antics. Even characters who appear just for only one episode still evokes laughter. After watching this series, who can forget the pansy Jindai High Rugby club? "Oooo, someone could have fell and hurt themselves over this little piece of rock ( a pebble, actually )", "They actually slapped us..." Or even the Physical Education Teacher who has a grudge against Sousuke? "Haha, this time I am prepared for your tricks, Sagara! Urrrk..."
Animation is way excellent and consistently smooth. I seen nothing that could be considered cheap ( featureless characters or characters becoming misshapen, over-repetitive looping, etc ). Colours are very bright and the character designs seem to convey a sense of cuteness here ( Chidori and gang appear to have their facial features more rounded in a cheerier manner ). This befits the whole comedic theme. The opening music is a wistful song of love and the ending music is an upbeat song, both are very uplifting to the spirits. It is interesting to note that Kyouto Animation has managed to retain the services of the same voice actors who were in GONZO's Full Metal Panic!. It maintained a sense of continuity for those who had watched FMP! before, and as these actors were excellent in the earlier show, their experience carried over here and it certainly showed, uh... was heard... uh... sounded?
If you are into the comedies based on socially inept characters, this could be the show for you. Throw in a dash of romance, violence, SD distortions, funny facial expressions, fanservice and incredubility for good measure. Unfortunately this series still left the romance between Sousuke and Chidori without conclusion, and also a general arc was lacking. It leaves you hanging and wondering if the series had ended but you will still ignore it just because it is that funny.
By the way, Fumoffu is meaningless. It is just the muffled sound the park mascot, Bonta-kun makes when he speaks.
Posted by : burnside
Posted on : 2005-04-30
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu was unexpected.
It shouldn't have been -- I have read the previews and reviews, and I had an idea of what to expect.
I guess I never expected that it'd be so.... funny.
Sagara Sousuke is truly a military nut, and this is where we see it causing so much hilarious ruckus. The greatest thing is that he's so set in his ways that he usually finds it difficult to understand what he does wrong ( with Chidori right next to him with her fan ).
There really is not much romantic developement, which is a bit of a disappointment to me, but the fact is that the series leans toward comedy more than romance. It does this job extremely well, as every episode had a guaranteed laugh and usually much more than that as well.
This comedy is hands-down the best anime comedy I have seen as of far. Don't watch it with a serious mindset, or you'll find your seriousness falling prey to laughter.
Posted by : Psieye
Posted on : 2005-04-27
If you're familiar with the first FMP season, then before you watch this second season, you must understand one thing: this is a collection of side stories that take place in between and beyond the first season's episodes. In other words, don't expect any new character developments in the main cast. There is some small amount of character developments, but that's for Kaname's fellow school students who got little or no screentime in the first season ( e.g. Hayashimizu, Mizuki, Ono-D ). If you're trying to find out how Sousuke's love triangle gets resolved, this is NOT the place to look - instead, you should:
a) Wait for FMP - The Second Raid to come out or
b) Go out there and read FMP novels "End of Day by Day" and "A Very Dancing Merry Christmas" ( there is a translation available on boku-tachi.net ) which cover material beyond the first season ( and which The Second Raid is based on ).
FMP Fumoffu merely re-iterates what you already know as far as Sousuke's romantic possibilities are concerned - warm fuzzy moments and expressions of romantic intent are there but nothing new.
So what is Fumoffu like? Sousuke, the boy who's been active in war and incidents involving terrorism ever since he was 8, faces a number of typical ( and some not-so-typical ) School Life scenarios. These are standard plot sources that many school-related Anime/Manga ( and there are plenty of Shounen and Shoujo stories that somehow involve school ) have delved into, so chances are you're familiar with some or all of them: receiving an anonymous love letter in your shoe locker, forgetting your ( or someone else's ) homework back at home, watermelon smashing at the beach, running a student food shop ( usually during culture festivals ), playing rugby, going to the arcade, delinquents kidnapping your 'girlfriend' as a hostage, Tests of Courage at a supposedly haunted place, 'healthy boys' trying to peek at girls in Onsen... and so on.
Now, go see how Sousuke deals with these typical situations in the most abnormal ways! Yes, there have been stories on the 'innocent kid experiences the normal world' theme before, where we see some non-typical reactions to standard scenarios. But can you really call Sousuke an 'innocent, inexperienced child'??? See what he does to the image of a well-known ( in the story's world ) children's mascot character!
Fans of Mithril characters will be pleased to know that, even with no ( Giant ) Mechs ( or Lambda Driver ) involved at all in this series, the Mithril people will be getting 2 episodes of screentime occuring in time after the last arc of the first season. Those are great episodes XD
You'd prefer it if some Mechs were involved? Well, a human-sized 'Mech' is indeed involved in a couple of episodes, but it's not what you'd typically think of as a Mech. Watch and be amazed at Sousuke's Mecha design skills! He is an outstanding AS expert after all.
So be prepared to laugh at crazy comedy with no real plot! Most episodes are stand alone and some 'episodes' are actually 2 mini-episodes back to back. Good for if you want a quick dose of hilarity before doing something else.
Posted by : HighterDK
Posted on : 2005-04-09
Sousuke will lay traps, set bombs, shoot civilians, train a rugby team made of wussies so they turn into killing machines and dress up as the bear Bonta-kun as he tries his best to protect Chidori, and she tries her best to stop himself from getting killed, and refrain herself from killing him when he messes up.
Animation: Same as in the original FMP. Characters are very well draw and colorful, but since there are no mecha fights don't expect any CGs.
Plot: This one is a big zero. That doesn't mean it's bad, only that there is not plot. The story a a bunch of unrelated comic episodes put together for your fun. The best episodes are the ones about the Hugby Team, Hot Springs and the Biological Weapon (yes, he brought a biological weapon to the school).
Characters: Watching Sousuke as he tries to live as a civilian is just amusing. If you watched the original FMP you know that he has spent most of his life on the army and because of that he can only think as a soldier. And when you are studying on a japanese school to protect someone that is BOUND to bring some troubles. Chidori is the other main character, and your average heroine (meaning she's beautiful and can kick Sousuke a** any time she wants). Annoyed by the fact that he doesn't notice she likes him and by his lack of common sense she usually release some steam by hitting Sousuke with her favorite weapon, the paper fan. Sometimes she will also punch, kick and use a baseball bat.
Songs: Nothing exceptional here, they are what you would expect from a well made comic anime.
If you haven't watched it you don't know what you are missing.
Posted by : 4n1m3frk
Posted on : 2005-04-02
Full Metal Panic Fumoffu might be just one of those series of anime that you can just watch over and over again.
Its story line doesn't really connect with the first season of Full Metal Panic, because this series is all about comedy, rather than battling terrorists.
Storyline: There is really no story to this series, you just know that Souske is protecting Chidori from harm. Yet he is still over paranoid and rescues her from any "harm"
Music: The music to this series is so superb, you would just download it off the internet after hearing it a couple times.
Maturity: this is an anime that is fit for anyone who is above 9 years old. Except for some episodes that might be a bit graphical for 9 year olds (can someone spell hot springs?). And there are several immoral acts (when Fumoffu first appears O_o)
Graphics: the graphics on this series is really soft on your eyes and the graphics are really detailed (Mythril Sub)
Watch it! its really worth watching xD
Posted by : chikage_shampoo
Posted on : 2005-03-24
One word to describe FMP's second season: HILARIOUS!
I didn't watch FMP before this, but I still connected with the anime's characters, etc.
Animation: It's very colorful, yet it's not too bright. They fit the character designs and the moods well and the style is pretty detailed, especially in the faces. The lines and colors used here stand out from other anime, as they actually match the designs and don't look like some random hair color was pasted on the characters and backgrounds.
Sounds/Music: The opening and ending are very nice to listen to, but the quality of the songs is only a bit above average. There was nothing that really blasted me from the sounds/music of this anime.
Storyline: It really doesn't have a storyline. Again, as many comedy animes do, it's a bland plot buried with lots and lots of comedy. However, unlike other comedy animes, this one's comedy was well-timed and well executed, and it had me laughing every episode. Also, I was not turned off as the anime wasn't "sickeningly funny" (where you get really sick of the comedy after a while and you just have to stop watching the anime for a while).
Characters: Designs match the characters well.
It didn't really develop the main characters, rather, they just upped their existing relationships and that was about it. Since this is an anime focused mainly on hijinks and jokes, I'm not really surprised. FMP fans will love the return of some of the characters, even if it's only for a few episodes.
Conclusion: A must-watch comedy. Definitely recommended.
Posted by : drjackal
Posted on : 2005-03-12
Animation: Clean, clear and fluid with lots of attractive colours used. The character designs are really nice and closely resembles the manga quality. I think the character designs look better than the original full metal panic designs but maybe that's just me.
Characters: The characters from Full Metal Panic returns. But this time they are way more funny. Chidori returns to her normal high school life and Sousuke joins her and the attends the same school.
Story: Sousuke attends the same school as Chidori but haves difficulty adapting to high school life. Laugh out loud when Sousuke lacks of common sense in the city causes Chidori and her friends to get mad at him.
Music/Sounds: I think that the intro and ending song is really nice. The music and sounds used throughout the anime is average.
Overall this anime was enjoyable to watch and has definite quality. This is one of the most funniest animes ever and they took away all the lame mecha stuff to bring you mirthful entertainment . Definitely recommended to all anime fans, especially comedy anime fans. The only letdown was the ending but neverless an excellent sequel... and you don't have to watch Full Metal Panic to enjoy it, but it helps if you do.
Posted by : shikamaro
Posted on : 2005-01-20
The entire FMP series is a hit!!! This is a must watch~!
*FullMetalPanic Fumofu is in a comedy style different from the 1st season. Numbskull Sagara Sousuke continues his undercover assignment as a highschool student to protect Chidori (why does he have to guard her? watch season 1 to find out!). Every episode is complete in itself. Hilarious and cute! Especially with the Bonta-kuns running amok lol...
I like the songs "Tomorrow" and "Sorega Aideshou" -very nice I have the mp3 versions now. Sound effects and background music well done!
I hope to watch more FMP in the future~ KEEP THEM COMING~!!! both series get 10 out of 10!
Posted by : thephaw
Posted on : 2005-01-18
This anime is definately a must watch if you like comedy-type animes. Although you may think its a sequel to Full Metal Panic!, it really has nothing to do with the plot of the first series. Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is made up of episodic short stories about Sousuke and Chidori, and their life in school so you don't really need to know what happened in the first anime to enjoy this one.
Can't really complain about the animation. I have to say that it's not as good as the first Full Metal Panic! but it's pretty close. Even so, the characters are really well drawn and the animation is better than most of the anime already out there.
There isn't really a true plot and I was kind of disappointed that they didn't continue with the story from the original FMP! However, each episode is SO funny that it makes up for the lack of a plot. Seriously, when you're laughing your @$$ off at some of the most memorable jokes in anime history, you probably won't mind the lack of a main plot either. Also, despite the lack of a plot, the relationship between Sousuke and Chidori is really interesting and will keep you hooked.
The sound isn't too bad. The opening and ending themes are really catchy and they really go well with the opening and ending animations. Not much to complain about here.
A must watch for any anime fan. You might get sick of how thick-headed Sagara Sousuke is but other than that, it's a very enjoyable anime series. In fact, I thought it was a bit short and that they should have more episodes. It was a shame to end such a hilarious series.
Posted by : preciousdears
Posted on : 2005-01-09
I was hoping for this to be a continuation season but after watching this, I didn't complain. This is one of the funniest anime series. This series would have happened somewhere in the middle of the first season but the character introduction really confused most viewers. Sagara and Chidori's relationship hasn't really grown but stayed mutual.
Basically, Fumoffu is a series on what goes on in their daily life. What they had to go through was hilarious.I'm not much of a judge when it comes down to sound but the OP and ED had matched the animation very well.
A beautiful series, a must see for comedy fans.
Posted by : SSS
Posted on : 2005-01-02
This anime was hilarious, which makes up for the lack of robot action. I was actually really looking forward to a continuation of the story, but I couldn't complain when I watched this. I'm not sure if there was too much character development since most of it was done in Full Metal Panic, but the characters are quite easy to understand even if you didn't watch it. The relationship between Sousuke and Kaname evolve a bit, but I think their relationship was like that since FMP, they just expressed it more in this one. There isn't really a story to this series, just a lot of "everyday things" for Kaname and Sousuke to deal with... Sousuke lacking common sense of course. I am not a good judge of sounds and music, but I thought it was very good. Watch it!
Posted by : jared
Posted on : 2004-12-29
Story.. A Guy who just came from a war in the south and now is studying in a normal school.. War tactics and methods are now used in this school making this series funny and enjoyable. The character Sousuke Sagara (Guy from the South) is a real enjoyable character but kind of annoying in a way because of is weird mentality. Chidori Kaname a normal girl enjoying a normal life and suddenly becoming friends with Sagara and there their life starts a twist.
I would say the story line is quite complete but I dont really know about the ending.. The sounds are good, and fit into the background, even the voices of characters fit... with some funny sounds like the fumoffu thing that keeps saying the same thing...
I really liked this anime because of the solid story line good graphics and understandable scenes. This was recommended to me by a friend and I guess I will recommended it now to another person.. Good Work
Posted by : Egeria
Posted on : 2004-08-13
This anime follows Sergeant Sousuke Sagara from the previous series, Full Metal Panic!, as he attempts to adjust to the normal life of a high school student with Kaname Chidori beside him all the way. Life won't be easy for the pair, however, as Sagara applies military tactics to everyday problems. From secret crushes, or a terrorist attack according to Sagara, to a simple art project, which quickly becomes a battle between Sagara and his classmates, the hilarity and craziness is endless. Along with a handful of old and a couple new faces, get ready for some wild and bizarre fun.
Excellent graphics and wonderful images. Very well done.
The music was good, switching from serious to goofy and even to emotional. The opening and ending songs were good even though they're not considered favorites.
This series was absolutely hysterical. Character development.......well all of the characters were pretty wacky in one way or another. My favorite character was Sagara, of course. Everything he sees or hears has some weird military connotation for him and it's fun to watch him solve his little problems in a warlike manner. Underneath all the weirdness, Sagara's a pretty caring guy even if he has an awkward way of showing it. All in all, this one was very much enjoyable. A definite must see.
Posted by : shoangore
Posted on : 2004-07-26
You'll definitely have to have watched FMP before you can watch this series. These episodes are short and hilarious-some of them are completely random. There's not much of a plot; each are their own mini chapter for the most part. I think that if you're looking for a great laugh and amusing things, this is just for you. I gave it an 8 because although in itself it was really funny, the last episode sort of took away from the overall greatness-it didn't seem as good as all the others, and even though I can't complain about it, the impression that the series left on me was affected by that. otherwise, go for it.
Posted by : cless
Posted on : 2004-07-16
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a comedy sequel to the famous Full Metal Panic series. Each episode can stand on its own and usually involves the main characters, Sagara Sousuke and Chidori Kaname as they do extremely funny things.
I laughed my ass off almost nonstop during each episode. Even after rewatching some episodes, I still laugh at the same things just as hard. It's not only what the characters say that is funny, their actions, thoughts, facial expressions all add up to make this a very enjoyable series. The main point of the series is to make people laugh, so there is no solid storyline that each episode follows, however I think the ending should've been more dramatic and not so random.
With beautiful introduction and ending songs, the OST is great. The animation and sound are both amazing. Some may find the animation style a bit girly and childish, but I think it suits the mood perfectly.
Highly recommended to people looking for a laugh.
Posted by : TomWorth
Posted on : 2004-07-07
Wow, I guess you really have to turn off your brain to watch this piece, which is something that I really hate to do. This series is comedy and nothing else.
I guess if you really like to sit around and watch characters annoyingly make the same decisions and actions that they've made 100 other times, this series is great. But if you're looking for anything that will make you sit back and think, you've come to the wrong anime.
I watched this series after seeing Full Metal Panic!, which I loved. The humor in Full Metal Panic! was great because it was balanced out by great characters and storyline. Here, they use the SAME humor, but take out anything that made FMP! watchable and entertaining for me.
This was actually the first series that I dreaded watching new episodes. I forced myself to watch every single one of them, but not without sitting down and forcing myself to against my will. How so many people can give this anime 5 star ratings really surprises me. I guess I'm an old school viewer who loves to work their mind and not turn it off.
Posted by : Kaigenki
Posted on : 2004-05-31
This is definitely an anime that deserves a good praise. Not only are the humour elements not at all boring, but the way it was brought through the art and camera points adds tremendously to the laugh effect.
I gave it 9/10 for it is an anime that I expect to do extremely well in the DVD market after its release. Sousuke Sagara and Chidori Akane unexpectedly developed a further intimate relationship than in that of Full Metal Panic which was pleasing to see dispite Sousuke's unchanging ignorance for common sense. For those who are yet to watch the series, I strongly recommend to take note of small details as they do trigger laughter to those who understands them. Unlimited exaggeration, unfortunate coincidences, the appearance of love-rivals gives the secondary characters little repetition chances throughout the entire series, so little chance was given to dislike any of the characters. Male friendship and work-dedication even came in at unexpected times and for me, those were non-stop laugh factors.
The series missed out on 10 due to the degree of unfortunacy of some incidences that occured to Sousuke Sagara which for me was unpleasing to see and felt pity towards Sagara. Second time through, unlike animes such as Gundam Seed, there were many parts that I personally skipped over because of the overly-clear memory of the phenomenoms that occured within the show.
Overall, it is afterall a fantastic anime that I'd like to watch again (so long as I skip the parts I don't like (lol) XD).
Posted by : Himitsu
Posted on : 2004-01-30
I'm glad I have decided to watch this hilarious series, I'm not sure what the plot was but as long as it made me laugh - I'm satisfied. The good news is, you don't have to watch Full Metal Panic! before you watched Fumoffu, there's nothing missing, except maybe some character traits of some sort. If you're really looking for laughs, I recommend watching this anime. It seems like everyone likes it anyhow.
The introduction and ending songs are not much to celebrate about, they don't fit in with the crazy comedy this series brings forth - but I guess it calms down everything. The animation is great, it's so nice and crisp and I love the exaggeration of face expressions, it's really amusing. I love the characters too, all of them are lovable. There's really not much else to say, except that I didn't really find a plot and that's why I didn't really find the ending much of an ending. It just "concluded" that things are the same all over again, I noticed that lots of anime series do that. All in all, I enjoyed this anime A LOT, because it makes me laugh, and I believe that laughter is the most best feeling one can get - unless someone is tickling you =).
Posted by : SleepyLafiel
Posted on : 2004-01-06
Well, I was pleasantly surprised by this, considering how much I dislike the original series despite its fantastic beginning. This one doesn't try to go beyond its comedy theme, and that's both its strongest strength and greatest weakness. But as far as comedy goes, this is easily one of the funniest or 2003, if not the funniest.
Don't let the mediocre score get you, because I still loved this series, just not enough to rate it as high as a classic like Kenshin: Trust and Betrayl.
The storyline is not a big issue in this series. It's pretty much guaranteed that Kyoto Animation did not set out to make the next X or Evangelion, and there's really no point in addressing a story here. This is sitcom at its best, with very little relationship between the episodes. In some ways, this is Looney Toons or the Simpsons, anime style. However, unlike those timeless classics, this is much too short, and much too catered to the people that have seen the original to make an impact like those previously mentioned series.
The characters, while not developed whatsoever, are still very endearing. This is mostly caused by the fact that I've seen the original series. The characters are likable, and the new ones are hilarious to watch. But this is not a charcter piece, as the character roles are established immediately after their introduction. You can't dislike these characters, because they are completely harmless. Also, the running gag of the hamster, Bonta-Kun, is easily one of the funniest things I've seen in an anime in quite a while. You have to see it to understand.
The animation is fantastic. The one great thing about the original series was the sharpness of the animation. Done by the visual powerhouse, Gonzo, the original FMP was a delight to watch, even if the story left one yearning for more. When I first heard that Kyoto Animation took over, I was anxious. How can a mostly unheard of company match the quality of Gonzo? It's bad enough that this was comedy, but poorly animated comedy? Those fears were unfounded, because KA turned out to have produced many of the Inuyasha episodes, and the animation here is utterly fantastic. The fight scenes were all very well animated, with very little in the skimping department.
Sound and music are nothing special. They used the same voice actors from the original here, and they sound just as they did before. Music... I didn't even pay attention. Catch intro/outro though, which is usually what happens.
Like I said, I really liked this series, but it lacks the lasting value of GTO and Looney Toons. Still, this is one of the funniest anime series I've seen in a while, and if you've seen the original, pick this one up. Pointless humor is always welcomed, especially when it's this well done.
Posted by : Jayfaye
Posted on : 2003-12-01
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu can possibly be my favorite comedy that I've ever seen. Almost every episode I laughed out loud at least once. The comedy in this series was just classic. It will definitely be a standard to future comedy series to come for sure.
The story, well there isn't one. This is either a reallly really good thing or a really really bad thing for you depending on your preference. Although I'm really big on plot...I am really glad there wasn't one in this series.
Why you ask? The value in this series is as good as it gets. Way up there with Azumanga Daioh, which was presented in the same format. If you've seen the tv sitcom Seinfeld, well this is pretty much how it's presented: no direction whatsoever. Things just happen episode after episode and thats that.
I can watch any episode a million times and still get some of the laughter and enjoyment as if I watched the episode the first time. Since there are no "spoilers" to the plot...there's just really nothing to the expect...except the funny parts, which are still pretty funny even though you know they're coming. There are times where the anticipation of the funny part just makes me laugh cause it was that funny. Great great long lasting value on this...I will probably wach ep.11 (part 15) forever since that can quite possibly be the funniest episode I've ever seen. Even though I knew what happen, I can still laugh about it.
The music/sound was pretty good. The music during the episode was pretty goofy and very non-serious at all. The OP/ED songs, however, were just too good. Sung by the same singer that did the OP/ED of the first FMP (Shimokawa Mikuni), she delivers again with 2 great great songs. I suggest getting these songs right away, they are really good.
If you haven't seen the first series, you won't understand some of the interactions between these great characters, but it's not that significant, but the first one was pretty good and you should watch that one as well if you enjoyed the characters here. Great voice acting by all of the characters...just great.
All in all...just hurry up and watch this series. Believe the 99% of the people that think it's funny because it seriously is. A true reccomendation, and an easy candidate for the best series of 2003 and best comedy series ever.
Posted by : kaiser
Posted on : 2003-11-25
Hmmm.. this new series I enjoyed a lot since it had none of the serious military drama in the first episode and all of it was the funny high school drama Sagara gets himself in.
Some of the episodes in this are pure genius which takes and makes spoofs of pop culture from all over. You'll see funny spoofs of the Matrix, Indiana Jones, etc. The best episodes keep coming and they will make you laugh out loud as you watch this series. I really enjoyed this and most people will too.
You'll need some background on FMP though and it is probably recommended you watch a bit of the first season before you attempt to watch the second season although its not necessary.
Smooth excellent animation, Kyoto animation did an outstanding job on this one.
Posted by : AlDim
Posted on : 2003-11-19
Okay. You have a bunch of really amazing characters with great chemistry and an interesting background from the previous season. Add great animation, music, sound and some of the funniest jokes in recent memory and remove the lame mecha stuff. Then completely take out the story and character development and the show gets reduced from a hell of a fun ride to an overall disappointment that slowly but steadily loses its freshness.
I think I know why this show was only 11 episodes. Going for a comedy-only approach its creators couldn't come up with enough ideas to fill even half a season. If they had added more romance and concluded (or at the very least developed to some extent) the relationship of Souske and Chidori this show would have just rocked. If they had added more than just a short cameo appearance (and a lame exit) of the old characters from the first FMP it could have rocked even more and could have been quite a bit longer without losing any freshness. If they had added a bit of a plot (and I don't mean mecha) to make use of the great characters, it would have been the best show this season. Not using all that potential is such a shame :(
As it is it was fun till the very end but left things in a bitter-sweet state. I really hope that another season will follow and that it won't repeat the mistakes of the first two.
Posted by : Xess
Posted on : 2003-09-28
I just LOVE Full Metal Panic ? Fumoffu. Unlike the first series which was about serious mech fighting, the sequel is about the high school life of Sagara Sousuke and Chidori. It's all comedy and I feel that fumoffu is so much better than the first series.
This series is absolutely hilarious, with the completely irrational and clueless Sousuke doing everything at school the military way, with Chidori breathing down his neck at every turn. Each episode is more or less a short stand-alone story or two about the silly things Sousuke, Chidori and their friends do.
The animation is wonderfully done, with bright colors and smooth animation. Chidori is just so *kawaii*! I like the opening and ending themes too. Very catchy indeed. A must watch surely!
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