Plot: What’s it about?
Sousuke is a military mastermind, able to develop strategic plans and execute them to the letter. He can handle a gun with great skill and is no slouch when it comes to hand to hand combat. But now he faces his toughest challenge of all, as he returns to high school to protect Kaname. Of course, he has feelings for Kaname, but he must keep his true role of bodyguard a secret. All the while, Sousuke must keep a vigilant eye on potential threats. To Sousuke, everyone is a threat, from the other students to the teaching staff, so he is always on his toes. But his watchful eye and suspicious mindset cause him more harm than good, as he goes after anyone who he thinks is a threat, regardless of their true intentions. Can Kaname survive the embarrassment of his actions, or will Sousuke wind up scaring off the beautiful schoolgirl?
If you’ve seen the Full Metal Panic series, then you’ve seen these characters before, but never like this. Where the original series had a military angle and featured robot battles, this follow up takes a different path. Now we have more schoolgirls, more humor, and some outlandish situations. Some of the concepts here work well, such as Sousuke’s reaction to high school problems, while some other elements fall flat. I am sure some will be pleased with the lessened romance and focus on humor, while others will be let down, so the changes in the approach could divide audiences. The stories are fun to watch however, even if just to marvel at Sousuke and his over the top antics. Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU is a solid series, not remarkable, but still good entertainment. I’d recommend it to anyone in the mood for light, brisk anime. Of course, those familiar with Full Metal Panic will get the most out of the show, since the characters return in a new spin.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. I was pleased with these transfers, as the show’s bright and colorful visuals are well replicated. The image is clean through the series, so softness isn’t a concern, nor is debris or a worn texture. The animation has a good amount of detail and the depth is solid here, so all the subtle touches remain visible. The colors have a vivid, bright tone and the hues are as vibrant as can be here. No issues with contrast either, as black levels perform as they should. Not much else to say, these episodes look great.
Audio: How does it sound?
The original Japanese soundtrack is preserved in a 2.0 option, or you can choose an English language track in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. As always, I went with the original audio and while not remarkable, the soundtrack seems in proper order. The vocals are clear and never muffled, while sound effects give no reason to complain. The sound effects don’t offer much power, but the mix sounds natural and that is what’s important. No problems with the music either, it all sounds solid here. This release also includes optional English subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This release includes no bonus materials.