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Finished series: Full Metal Panic!

We finished Full Metal Panic! on friday. FMP is a 24-episode TV series by Gonzo, which aired last year. ADV has the US rights, and they will be cranking out DVDs soon.
Meanwhile, the second season of FMP is airing in Japan right now.

FMP! is a mecha show with a twist. The world is like the one we know today (with a few twists), except for one huge difference: mecha ("Arm Slave", or AS) roam the battlefields of the earth. The mercenary unit 'Mithril' battles terrorism wherever they can (and, presumably, when they get paid to do so). Sergeant Sagara Souske's team (the sexy sergeant major Mao, leader of the team, and sharpshooter Kurz Weber) are sent to Japan to protect Chidori Kaname, who is in danger of being abducted by icky people.
Souske is the same age as Chidori, so he goes undercover as a transfer student at the same school. However, he's a total military freak (he hasn't known anything else, his military career started when he was 8(!)), so he doesn't fit in at all. Much hilarity ensues (pay attention to what happens with the cloaked AS that Kurz pilots for surveillance duty).

And then Chidori does get kidnapped. Souske is forced to drop his cover to rescue her, and we get introduced to a strange new technology that Chidori is somehow linked to. It turns out that Souske's old nemesis is behind it all. So begins an interesting mix of highschool slapstick and serious military mecha action.

Good points:
- Some (but not all) of the comedy;
- Semi-realistic musings on military tactics;
- Some of the CGI shots are really beautiful.
Bad points:
- In the end, the motivations of the main bad guy aren't really clear;
- We don't need to see Chidori's panties, thank you. Luckily, this clears up after the first few episodes.
- The ending felt a bit rushed.

It's not world-class anime, but certainly enjoyable to watch. A 6.5.
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