Get the Run Down # 7 Full Metal Panic The Second Raid

Chidori giving Sousuke a hair cut The Second Raid
Chidori giving Sousuke a hair cut Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Episode 6 at 14 min 10 sec. Full Metal Panic! – TSR © 2005 Shoji Gatoh Shikidouji/Full Metal Panic! Films Partners

After I finished Full Metal Panic it only made sense to watch Full Metal Panic the Second Raid.

Granted the question you are probably asking is should I watch it?

Thus, I will answer those questions for you today.

There will be some spoilers because I can’t really talk about Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid without discussing plot points of Full Metal Panic!.

As you can see watch Full Metal Panic! First, then come back.

Let’s begin with my take on this action pack anime.

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Details

  • Number of episodes: 13

  • Genre: Mecha, Military, Action, Romance

  • Hidden Gem, Popular, or Lesser-Known: Popular

  • Dubbed or Subbed: Both versions are available. I personally prefer English Subbed.

  • Modern or Classic: Classic.

  • Aired: July 14, 2005, to October 20, 2005

  • Production Information:

    • Directed by Takemoto, Yasuhiro He is famous for his contributions/ directing Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, Hyouka, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
    • Created by Kyoto Animation which is famous for Clannad, Violet Evergarden, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Free!, Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON!
  • Where You Can Watch: Funimation, Hulu, and Crunchyroll

Full Metal Panic! The Second’s Raid Major Themes

War

Identify crisis

Conspiracy

Loyalty

Betrayal

War | Identity Crisis | Conspiracy | Loyalty | Betrayal

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.

Common Answers to Important Questions about Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid

If you loved the original then you will be happy to know that the art style is the same as before but better. Kyoto Animation did an excellent job of animating this series.
All the character models especially the faces look so much better.
The mechs also got a huge upgrade.
They ramped up both the mecha and ground combat in this one. The first episode alone had an insane amount of combat and the show simply picks it up from there.
You can find a similar style of action in Patlabor, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Big O.
The romance between Sousuke and Chidori continues in this one but you may not like how they handle it in this new series.
Melissa and Chidori continue as the two sources of fan service again. Melissa has only one scene and it’s pretty tame compared to other anime. Chidori, on the other hand, has one scene where she is wearing no clothing and if she was not covering her breasts you would see everything.
But she is not doing this for the hell of it and but you may find it to be contrived.
New twin female characters are introduced in this anime (you know where I am going with this) and they have one weird scene early where both are nude and changing together. Thankfully there is no actual incest. But I thought I was might as well let you know.
This is the same as the original series. I would add that there are more dramatic moments in this one that involve heavy dialogue then the last series. This is because the sequel takes a more serious approach than the predecessor.

Like before the plot is easy to follow. Despite having more things in play I understand the plot more this time around. Due to a short episode count, there are certain parts of the story that are not explained.

It was a fine ride that I would definitely go on again. Being 13 episodes makes it much easier to go through when compared to an anime with over 50 episodes.

I enjoyed this one as much as the previous one. The action is ramped up and the high school is almost non-existant. If that is what you wanted in the sequel then you will not be disappointed.
Sousuke Balancing talking to Chidori while on a mission. Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Episode 5 At 16m49s
Sousuke talking to Chidori while on a mission. Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Episode 5 At 16m49s. Full Metal Panic! – TSR © 2005 Shoji Gatoh Shikidouji/Full Metal Panic! Films Partners
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