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Full Metal Panic - FUMOFFU Vol.2 (DVD)

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Genre: Animation & Manga / Suitable for 12 years and over / Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto / Actors: Satsuki Yukino, Tomokazu Seki, Tomoko Kaneda ... / DVD released 2006-03-20 at Adv Films / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      07.08.2009 18:10
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      Enjoyable for many

      As to reiterate for those who have not read my review for the first disc of this series here is a heads up.

      This is actually the second of three series in the full metal saga. During the first series we were introduced to Kaname Chidori a spunky young woman with long beautiful hair (as shown in the image above) and an army obsessed young (not to mention handsome) mercenary called Sousuke Sagara. Sousuke Sagara was brought up in a war based environment and knows nothing other than weaponry and survival skills.

      He and his colleagues have been assigned to protect Miss Kaname Chidori when it is discovered she is one of the "whispered". These are a group of women who have concentrated levels of secret military codes etched into their memories. However these codes are only discovered through severe mental probing experiments.

      Sosuke's mission is to protect Chidori from being kidnapped by international spies. Initially Miss Chidori thinks Sousuke is just a perverted stalker/ peeping tom but eventually she finds out his secret and the action adventure turns to a romantic comedy.

      Full metal panic Fumoffu
      There are no big missions this series seems to be solely about the antics that teenage kids get up to although Sousuke continues with his bizarre obsession with guns. We are also introduced a little further to other kids in the school.

      However there is rarely a dull moment with Sousuke blowing up shoe lockers and intercepting pony tailed obsessed perverts. We even have a lot of fan service episodes were the whole group go on weekend holidays to the beach or hot springs like in any typical romantic anime comedy.

      The DVD
      The second volume contains four episodes, each of which contains 1-2 stories/adventures.

      Episode 5. The pure Yet Impure Grappler/Trespassing on Good Faith- Sosuke challenges the schools martial arts team though seems incapable of fighting without his military items so the team call in their captain who seems to have a crush on Kanme Chidori.

      The school janitor becomes injured due to Sosuke's antics so Sosuke and the captain of the martial arts team try to aid him, however anything they try to help with turns out disastrously.

      Episode 6. The hard Sell Fetish/ The Patient of Darkness- there is a masked predator that attacks young girls attending Sosuke and Kaname's school in the manor of giving them ponytails, Sosuke and Kaname try to capture the perp.

      To try to throw some fear into Sosuke, Kaname takes him to a haunted
      hospital, however he remains rational as ever until there is a cave in.

      Episode 7. The Warcry of Excessiveness- The school rugby team are about to be disbanded so the school chairperson asks Kaname and Sosuke to train them, Sosuke goes al gung hoe once again and treats the boys like soldiers.

      Episode 8. A Goddess Comes to Japan Part1-The suffering! (for Sosuke that is). The very young and beautiful major from Sosukes military fleet comes to stay with him and attend his school in his class. Sosuke who knows nothing but guns and war tactics has no idea how to respond to the majors flirting and Kaname's jealousy and soon turns out a nervous wreck, with two girls fighting over his attentions when with his mission to protect them both.

      This disc is rated a PGTV in American ratings and a 12 in the UK though I have to say as the series progresses there is more erotic innuendo and nudity, no actual sex scenes or anything and usually there are cleverly placed items to cover up any undesirable body parts.

      There is a lot of computer generated and colourful backgrounds which are pleasing to the eye but the characters to look a little generic the slapstick comedy more than makes up for that. The characters are immediately likeable and the closing and opening music pieces are very upbeat and make me feel a bit nostalgic for my school days. Though it is in Japanese you can get subtitles up to understand the lyrics or a Japanese version also if you are a jpop fan and like to sing along.

      You can have English language or Japanese language with English subtitles and there are various other anime adverts on the disc in the extras also, the dvd lasts around 100 minutes.

      You can get this dvd for around 8 pounds off ebay or the whole hard case boxset from bestbuy.com for around 20-30 dollars.


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