Unlike Fumoffu this is an actual sequel and not a spin-off.
Full Metal Panic The Second Raid takes place sometime after the events of the original series. At this point, Chidori returns to high school life and Sousuke is right along with her serving his bodyguard roles.
At the beginning of the Second Raid starts with Kurz, Melissa, and Sousuke going on a mission to rescue refugees in the African country of Balic.
It is during this mission that they discovered that their anime has weapons that rival their own.
I am sure that you will recall that Mithril has the most advanced weapons on the planet.
So now imagine another force that has the weapons as Mithril only with evil intentions.
As a result, you can see why everyone in Mithril is worried about this.
What follows is a chain of events where Sousuke and the rest of Mithril have to face this new enemy.
Full Metal Panic The Second Raid takes a different approach than the original series.
The funny high school stuff has been toned down and the serious mercenary/ war life is the main focus of this story.
I guess after Fumoffu people were sick of that stuff. For the most part, this never bothered me especially since I never liked the high school stuff that much from the previous series.
I never felt that it was taking itself too seriously or being overdramatic.
Whether it’s Sousuke’s love life or the conflicts that occur out in the field. You need to keep your eyes peeled because when things go south that is the anime at it’s best.
The level of intensity was impressive and never felt out of place. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration there are some parts which they may have gone too far.
However, these moments do not ruin the story for me.
You deserve to experience the intense moments for yourself because I could not do them justice.
Despite my praise for this series, it does have its faults.
One of them is that Full Metal Panic The Second Raid is too short.
With only 13 episodes things become rushed leaving certain plot points open. There were also areas where they could have swapped out “filler” for the open plot points that do not get addressed.
The main villain is polarizing with some who think he is being too crazy and is generic.
After removing my bias glasses to this show this point has some validity. Does it ruin the series for me? No.
Because of the other parts of the story: characters, action, and animation, all makeup for the shortcomings of the main villain.
In conclusion, If you enjoyed Full Metal Panic! there is no reason not to watch Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid.
It’s got great action that takes the series in a more serious direction and continues the growth of these characters that we have grown to love.
characters that we have grown to love.