Full Metal Panic! (2002 IMDb)

Categorization

Mecha action, with some romance and plenty of comedy. Studio Gonzo.

Subject

A young soldier does a terrible job of innocuously protecting a girl his age. The story moves from there to a hostage situation, mecha battles in a fictionalized Middle East and whatnot.

Commentary

Some ugly mecha and very uneasy mixtures of moods. Way too silly to be taken seriously where it wants to be. Manga-based.

Japanese production animation mecha series

Sequel:

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (2003 IMDb)

Categorization

Comedy alternating between romance and action directions. Produced by Kyoto Animation, as that studio's second in-house project.

Subject

Focuses completely on the concept of the first five or so episodes of the original series. Chidori and Sousuke have something like a relationship. He does gun-nut stuff and she has outbursts about it.

Commentary

Sillier than the original, but basically a good choice of concept. A lot of laughs, such as Sousuke misanalyzing poetry over the opening of Apocalypse Now (1979). Too simple and predictable, and still too many clashes to be really good.

References here: En betraktelse av A Silent Voice.

Japanese production animation series