Full Metal Panic Fumoffu
Episodes: 12 episodes (see more notes below)
Notes: "Fumoffu" is the sound made by Bonta-kun, a giant teddy bear who is the mascot of an amusement park.
Sousuke Sagara and Kaname Chidori are back in a purely comic, slightly romantic, high school series. The robots are gone but there's still plenty of guns and bombs!
Above average animation with the same character designs as the first series. Opening/ending themes and score are adequate. Voice actors are appropriate, none particularly annoying, and kudos to deadpan yet charasmatic Sousuke Sagara.
Whether or not you enjoyed Full Metal Panic or if you have never seen the original Full Metal Panic, you will love this series! It takes where the original series succeeds, the comic episodes, and expands on it. Sagara's military solutions to everyday events and problems are rolling on the floor hysterically hilarious. Watch Sousuke blow up lockers and pull out his guns and bombs at every opportunity. Watch Kaname hit him again and again with her oversized fan, trying futilely to knock some sense into him.
Unlike the first, this series is purely episodic with no continuing storyline and can be seen in any order. The characters are caricatures so do not expect any real character development. There is also no serious mecha action. Although Sousuke's comrades do make appearances, it's to go visit the hot springs. All comedies must have a visit to the hot springs!
Rated PG for guns and explosions. Recommended for all.
There were 12 half-hour episodes created, but only 11 were broadcasted on Japanese television. There are actually two titles (some eps contain 2 shorts rather than 1 normal length episode) that were not broadcasted but are now available on DVD. These are two of the funniest episodes. One deals with child kidnapping and similar child kidnapping events actually happened in Japan shortly before the planned broadcast. The other involves a stampede at the school lunch stand.
List of episodes with short summary (much funnier than it sounds):