dangermousie: (FMP by misscrystalis)
I have seen it a few times on my flist already, but apparently a studio bought rights for a live-action version of one of my favorite animes of all time (actually behind only Trigun as a favorite), Full Metal Panic.

(For those interested in what FMP is I did a pusher post with explanations and vids here).

Even "better?" The rumor is Zac Effron (most known for High School Musical 1, 2, 3, 18, ten billion) will play Sousuke, the over-solemn teen mercenary. He will defeat the terrorists by singing at them. Maybe, if we are lucky, he and Kaname could do a tender love ballad while dodging bullets in the middle of the forest. Ahahahahaaaaaaaa. I actually like Zac Effron and think he was adorable in HSM but no. Just no. Who are they going to cast for Kaname, Miley Cyrus?

Bleh. And this is from the gal who actually thinks Keanu Reeves will make a good Spike in the upcoming live-action version of Cowboy Beebop.

(I reserve the right to be pleasantly surprised).

ETA: WHAT????????????????????? I quote: "Leonardo DiCaprio is considering casting SMAP as the Ninja Scroll live-action feature film adaptation’s main cast." *brain shortcircuits*
dangermousie: (FMP by misscrystalis)
I have seen it a few times on my flist already, but apparently a studio bought rights for a live-action version of one of my favorite animes of all time (actually behind only Trigun as a favorite), Full Metal Panic.

(For those interested in what FMP is I did a pusher post with explanations and vids here).

Even "better?" The rumor is Zac Effron (most known for High School Musical 1, 2, 3, 18, ten billion) will play Sousuke, the over-solemn teen mercenary. He will defeat the terrorists by singing at them. Maybe, if we are lucky, he and Kaname could do a tender love ballad while dodging bullets in the middle of the forest. Ahahahahaaaaaaaa. I actually like Zac Effron and think he was adorable in HSM but no. Just no. Who are they going to cast for Kaname, Miley Cyrus?

Bleh. And this is from the gal who actually thinks Keanu Reeves will make a good Spike in the upcoming live-action version of Cowboy Beebop.

(I reserve the right to be pleasantly surprised).

ETA: WHAT????????????????????? I quote: "Leonardo DiCaprio is considering casting SMAP as the Ninja Scroll live-action feature film adaptation’s main cast." *brain shortcircuits*
dangermousie: (FMP by misscrystalis)
I have seen it a few times on my flist already, but apparently a studio bought rights for a live-action version of one of my favorite animes of all time (actually behind only Trigun as a favorite), Full Metal Panic.

(For those interested in what FMP is I did a pusher post with explanations and vids here).

Even "better?" The rumor is Zac Effron (most known for High School Musical 1, 2, 3, 18, ten billion) will play Sousuke, the over-solemn teen mercenary. He will defeat the terrorists by singing at them. Maybe, if we are lucky, he and Kaname could do a tender love ballad while dodging bullets in the middle of the forest. Ahahahahaaaaaaaa. I actually like Zac Effron and think he was adorable in HSM but no. Just no. Who are they going to cast for Kaname, Miley Cyrus?

Bleh. And this is from the gal who actually thinks Keanu Reeves will make a good Spike in the upcoming live-action version of Cowboy Beebop.

(I reserve the right to be pleasantly surprised).

ETA: WHAT????????????????????? I quote: "Leonardo DiCaprio is considering casting SMAP as the Ninja Scroll live-action feature film adaptation’s main cast." *brain shortcircuits*
dangermousie: (FMP by misscrystalis)
Just look at the new dynasty of terror:



I just found this on wikipedia which, if true, is much much too hilarious and too pathetic at once:

The American launch of the series, originally planned for 2001, was delayed for several months because Sousuke was from Afghanistan; with potential American sensitivities in mind, the premiere was originally canceled outright, then finally put forth, but only after changing Sousuke’s homeland to the fictitious nation of Helmajistan.

Ahahahaha. Seriously. Especially in context - the "series" they talk about is one of my all-time favorite animes, Full Metal Panic, and Sousuke is hardly an Osama devotee. He is an orphan of Japanese ancestry who ends up in Afganistan and ends up fighting with guerillas against the Soviets as a child soldier, presumably in the 1980s. It is not held forward as an example of childhood all kids should aspire to, either. How anyone could find it potentially offensive to American sensibilities or condemning the war on terror or whatever, I have no idea.
dangermousie: (FMP by misscrystalis)
Just look at the new dynasty of terror:



I just found this on wikipedia which, if true, is much much too hilarious and too pathetic at once:

The American launch of the series, originally planned for 2001, was delayed for several months because Sousuke was from Afghanistan; with potential American sensitivities in mind, the premiere was originally canceled outright, then finally put forth, but only after changing Sousuke’s homeland to the fictitious nation of Helmajistan.

Ahahahaha. Seriously. Especially in context - the "series" they talk about is one of my all-time favorite animes, Full Metal Panic, and Sousuke is hardly an Osama devotee. He is an orphan of Japanese ancestry who ends up in Afganistan and ends up fighting with guerillas against the Soviets as a child soldier, presumably in the 1980s. It is not held forward as an example of childhood all kids should aspire to, either. How anyone could find it potentially offensive to American sensibilities or condemning the war on terror or whatever, I have no idea.
dangermousie: (FMP by misscrystalis)
Just look at the new dynasty of terror:



I just found this on wikipedia which, if true, is much much too hilarious and too pathetic at once:

The American launch of the series, originally planned for 2001, was delayed for several months because Sousuke was from Afghanistan; with potential American sensitivities in mind, the premiere was originally canceled outright, then finally put forth, but only after changing Sousuke’s homeland to the fictitious nation of Helmajistan.

Ahahahaha. Seriously. Especially in context - the "series" they talk about is one of my all-time favorite animes, Full Metal Panic, and Sousuke is hardly an Osama devotee. He is an orphan of Japanese ancestry who ends up in Afganistan and ends up fighting with guerillas against the Soviets as a child soldier, presumably in the 1980s. It is not held forward as an example of childhood all kids should aspire to, either. How anyone could find it potentially offensive to American sensibilities or condemning the war on terror or whatever, I have no idea.
dangermousie: (Anime: Ouran by sinfulintention)


Special A is an anime based on a manga of the same name. It's fun, it's romantic, and it's cute. Sort of like a poor man's Ouran. And considering how much I adore Ouran, that is not a bad thing.

The story revolves around our heroine, Hanazono Hikari. Hikari is athletic, smart, and a high schooler. She also has an overwhelming goal in life: once, just once, to be better than Takishima Kei, at something. Kei has been a thorn in Hikari's side since they were kids. When they were both six, their fathers pitted them in a wrestling match against each other, and undefeated Hikari lost to the little boy she never met before. Ever since then, since elementary school, which they attended together, just as they did every school since, Hikari has sworn to beat Kei but with no luck. Currently attending a prestigious and snooty high school, her high grades have placed her in "Special A," a class reserved for top 7 ranked students in the entire school. Hikari is ranked number 2. And ranked number 1 is her nemesis, Takishima Kei. Hikari eats, sleeps and lives the hope of defeating him, even as they manage to remain friends. But despite her brains and her talents for anything (as long as it's not domestic), Hikari has failed to observe something that everyone else has figured out ages ago: the stoic, reserved Kei is in love with her and has been in love with her for years.

Anyway, it's totally adorable. The heroine is hilarious and smart and cute. Kei is kinda awesome and my real-life type, and the secondaries are priceless. It's a pretty funny, fluffy, tongue-in-cheek anime and it's delicious. Will it go on the list of my all-time faves? Probably not. But it's good fun to watch anyway.

Here is a cute shippy MV:



In other news, I picked up the very first Full Metal Panic novel and had a total LOL moment because Sousuke gets asked at his class intro what his favorite music groups are and he has no idea because he doesn't listen to music so he remembers some CD of Mao's and says "SMAP." I loled so hard. The thought of Sagara Sousuke and SMAP existing in the same universe blows my brain.

And last but not least...I found this anime/drama blogger who is fun and articulate but her taste is literally 100% polar opposite to mine. Which is sad as reading the blog promised to be fun otherwise, but not if I disagree with every word :(
dangermousie: (Anime: Ouran by sinfulintention)


Special A is an anime based on a manga of the same name. It's fun, it's romantic, and it's cute. Sort of like a poor man's Ouran. And considering how much I adore Ouran, that is not a bad thing.

The story revolves around our heroine, Hanazono Hikari. Hikari is athletic, smart, and a high schooler. She also has an overwhelming goal in life: once, just once, to be better than Takishima Kei, at something. Kei has been a thorn in Hikari's side since they were kids. When they were both six, their fathers pitted them in a wrestling match against each other, and undefeated Hikari lost to the little boy she never met before. Ever since then, since elementary school, which they attended together, just as they did every school since, Hikari has sworn to beat Kei but with no luck. Currently attending a prestigious and snooty high school, her high grades have placed her in "Special A," a class reserved for top 7 ranked students in the entire school. Hikari is ranked number 2. And ranked number 1 is her nemesis, Takishima Kei. Hikari eats, sleeps and lives the hope of defeating him, even as they manage to remain friends. But despite her brains and her talents for anything (as long as it's not domestic), Hikari has failed to observe something that everyone else has figured out ages ago: the stoic, reserved Kei is in love with her and has been in love with her for years.

Anyway, it's totally adorable. The heroine is hilarious and smart and cute. Kei is kinda awesome and my real-life type, and the secondaries are priceless. It's a pretty funny, fluffy, tongue-in-cheek anime and it's delicious. Will it go on the list of my all-time faves? Probably not. But it's good fun to watch anyway.

Here is a cute shippy MV:



In other news, I picked up the very first Full Metal Panic novel and had a total LOL moment because Sousuke gets asked at his class intro what his favorite music groups are and he has no idea because he doesn't listen to music so he remembers some CD of Mao's and says "SMAP." I loled so hard. The thought of Sagara Sousuke and SMAP existing in the same universe blows my brain.

And last but not least...I found this anime/drama blogger who is fun and articulate but her taste is literally 100% polar opposite to mine. Which is sad as reading the blog promised to be fun otherwise, but not if I disagree with every word :(
dangermousie: (Anime: Ouran by sinfulintention)


Special A is an anime based on a manga of the same name. It's fun, it's romantic, and it's cute. Sort of like a poor man's Ouran. And considering how much I adore Ouran, that is not a bad thing.

The story revolves around our heroine, Hanazono Hikari. Hikari is athletic, smart, and a high schooler. She also has an overwhelming goal in life: once, just once, to be better than Takishima Kei, at something. Kei has been a thorn in Hikari's side since they were kids. When they were both six, their fathers pitted them in a wrestling match against each other, and undefeated Hikari lost to the little boy she never met before. Ever since then, since elementary school, which they attended together, just as they did every school since, Hikari has sworn to beat Kei but with no luck. Currently attending a prestigious and snooty high school, her high grades have placed her in "Special A," a class reserved for top 7 ranked students in the entire school. Hikari is ranked number 2. And ranked number 1 is her nemesis, Takishima Kei. Hikari eats, sleeps and lives the hope of defeating him, even as they manage to remain friends. But despite her brains and her talents for anything (as long as it's not domestic), Hikari has failed to observe something that everyone else has figured out ages ago: the stoic, reserved Kei is in love with her and has been in love with her for years.

Anyway, it's totally adorable. The heroine is hilarious and smart and cute. Kei is kinda awesome and my real-life type, and the secondaries are priceless. It's a pretty funny, fluffy, tongue-in-cheek anime and it's delicious. Will it go on the list of my all-time faves? Probably not. But it's good fun to watch anyway.

Here is a cute shippy MV:



In other news, I picked up the very first Full Metal Panic novel and had a total LOL moment because Sousuke gets asked at his class intro what his favorite music groups are and he has no idea because he doesn't listen to music so he remembers some CD of Mao's and says "SMAP." I loled so hard. The thought of Sagara Sousuke and SMAP existing in the same universe blows my brain.

And last but not least...I found this anime/drama blogger who is fun and articulate but her taste is literally 100% polar opposite to mine. Which is sad as reading the blog promised to be fun otherwise, but not if I disagree with every word :(
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)


Today's recommendation of the day? One of my favorite animes of all time, Full Metal Panic. FMP consists of three series: the first one, called simply Full Metal Panic, then Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu (which takes place during some of FMP and after) and, my favorite of them all (and probably my favorite piece of TV animation ever), Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid.

Here is a MV:



FMP is the story of Kaname Chidori and Sagara Sousuke, who remind me, a little, of a modern-day, younger versions of Kaoru and Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin. Kaname is your seemingly average Japanese school girl: strong-willed and bossy, but very well-adjusted and living a pretty normal life. However, unknown to her, she also happens to be a 'whispered', a person with the ability to read and understand newly appeared complex technology of unknown origin, an ability which makes her a target to a wide range of organizations.

Sousuke is a mercenary who has known no other life than that of combat. He has no memories of a family and has been recruited by his present organization after being found as a child soldier in a fictional Middle Eastern country. He lives to serve, really, and has no other conscious idenity than that of a soldier, having never really considered any personal wants and needs.

His latest assignment? His organization dispatches him to guard and protect Kaname, assuming he can blend into the environment by pretending to be a fellow student, because not only is he of Japanese ancestry, he also is about 17 (he doesn't know his real age, but he looks about that). Problem: he has never had any normalcy and has no more idea of how to blend in than how to fly.

Of course, Kaname notices the new oddball following her around all the time and is by turns amused and exasperated. But then, a routine school trip turns into a kidnapping mission by a different mercenary outfit, and Sousuke is left all alone (his group thought the danger had passed and withdrew cover) to try to rescue Kaname, a decision that might be more emotionally motivated than it should be, for such a perfect soldier. And it goes on from there...

FMP is a huge favorite for me, behind only Trigun. Why do I love it so? A clever plot. A tough adorable heroine. A conflicted, tough good-guy hero who is also a naif. Plus, it has everything: love, gun battles, school hijinks, emotional break-downs, quests for identity, and uniforms.

Kaname/Sousuke are one of my hugest OTPs in any genre: he might be a tough soldier but he is also a lost little boy who is slowly beginning to learn what it is to want for himself. And Kaname is cheerful, pragmatic, entirely too straightforward and not a pushover in any way. She rescues him as much as
he rescues her.

Here is a TSR mv:




FMP has made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt (Fumoffu), made me bawl (TSR), made me blazingly angry and giddily happy. TSR, especially, is amazing: it really is one unbroken storyline over 13 episodes, with Sousuke having to cope with being ordered away from Kaname and Kaname having to cope with danger in her life without him, and how neither can deal, and it's a character study more than anything, of someone systematically breaking down and falling apart and then, at the last minute, being pulled back together. I just...I have no words for how much I love TSR. But the rest of it is equally good.

So yes, watch. Sousuke and Kaname want you to:



ETA: these are based on a series of graphic novels which are ongoing (though the anime wrapped up their storylines very well and so it's not in flux) and I just read spoilers for some Kaname/Sousuke stuff which made me DIE of glee.

Spoilers from wiki )
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)


Today's recommendation of the day? One of my favorite animes of all time, Full Metal Panic. FMP consists of three series: the first one, called simply Full Metal Panic, then Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu (which takes place during some of FMP and after) and, my favorite of them all (and probably my favorite piece of TV animation ever), Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid.

Here is a MV:



FMP is the story of Kaname Chidori and Sagara Sousuke, who remind me, a little, of a modern-day, younger versions of Kaoru and Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin. Kaname is your seemingly average Japanese school girl: strong-willed and bossy, but very well-adjusted and living a pretty normal life. However, unknown to her, she also happens to be a 'whispered', a person with the ability to read and understand newly appeared complex technology of unknown origin, an ability which makes her a target to a wide range of organizations.

Sousuke is a mercenary who has known no other life than that of combat. He has no memories of a family and has been recruited by his present organization after being found as a child soldier in a fictional Middle Eastern country. He lives to serve, really, and has no other conscious idenity than that of a soldier, having never really considered any personal wants and needs.

His latest assignment? His organization dispatches him to guard and protect Kaname, assuming he can blend into the environment by pretending to be a fellow student, because not only is he of Japanese ancestry, he also is about 17 (he doesn't know his real age, but he looks about that). Problem: he has never had any normalcy and has no more idea of how to blend in than how to fly.

Of course, Kaname notices the new oddball following her around all the time and is by turns amused and exasperated. But then, a routine school trip turns into a kidnapping mission by a different mercenary outfit, and Sousuke is left all alone (his group thought the danger had passed and withdrew cover) to try to rescue Kaname, a decision that might be more emotionally motivated than it should be, for such a perfect soldier. And it goes on from there...

FMP is a huge favorite for me, behind only Trigun. Why do I love it so? A clever plot. A tough adorable heroine. A conflicted, tough good-guy hero who is also a naif. Plus, it has everything: love, gun battles, school hijinks, emotional break-downs, quests for identity, and uniforms.

Kaname/Sousuke are one of my hugest OTPs in any genre: he might be a tough soldier but he is also a lost little boy who is slowly beginning to learn what it is to want for himself. And Kaname is cheerful, pragmatic, entirely too straightforward and not a pushover in any way. She rescues him as much as
he rescues her.

Here is a TSR mv:




FMP has made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt (Fumoffu), made me bawl (TSR), made me blazingly angry and giddily happy. TSR, especially, is amazing: it really is one unbroken storyline over 13 episodes, with Sousuke having to cope with being ordered away from Kaname and Kaname having to cope with danger in her life without him, and how neither can deal, and it's a character study more than anything, of someone systematically breaking down and falling apart and then, at the last minute, being pulled back together. I just...I have no words for how much I love TSR. But the rest of it is equally good.

So yes, watch. Sousuke and Kaname want you to:



ETA: these are based on a series of graphic novels which are ongoing (though the anime wrapped up their storylines very well and so it's not in flux) and I just read spoilers for some Kaname/Sousuke stuff which made me DIE of glee.

Spoilers from wiki )
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)


Today's recommendation of the day? One of my favorite animes of all time, Full Metal Panic. FMP consists of three series: the first one, called simply Full Metal Panic, then Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu (which takes place during some of FMP and after) and, my favorite of them all (and probably my favorite piece of TV animation ever), Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid.

Here is a MV:



FMP is the story of Kaname Chidori and Sagara Sousuke, who remind me, a little, of a modern-day, younger versions of Kaoru and Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin. Kaname is your seemingly average Japanese school girl: strong-willed and bossy, but very well-adjusted and living a pretty normal life. However, unknown to her, she also happens to be a 'whispered', a person with the ability to read and understand newly appeared complex technology of unknown origin, an ability which makes her a target to a wide range of organizations.

Sousuke is a mercenary who has known no other life than that of combat. He has no memories of a family and has been recruited by his present organization after being found as a child soldier in a fictional Middle Eastern country. He lives to serve, really, and has no other conscious idenity than that of a soldier, having never really considered any personal wants and needs.

His latest assignment? His organization dispatches him to guard and protect Kaname, assuming he can blend into the environment by pretending to be a fellow student, because not only is he of Japanese ancestry, he also is about 17 (he doesn't know his real age, but he looks about that). Problem: he has never had any normalcy and has no more idea of how to blend in than how to fly.

Of course, Kaname notices the new oddball following her around all the time and is by turns amused and exasperated. But then, a routine school trip turns into a kidnapping mission by a different mercenary outfit, and Sousuke is left all alone (his group thought the danger had passed and withdrew cover) to try to rescue Kaname, a decision that might be more emotionally motivated than it should be, for such a perfect soldier. And it goes on from there...

FMP is a huge favorite for me, behind only Trigun. Why do I love it so? A clever plot. A tough adorable heroine. A conflicted, tough good-guy hero who is also a naif. Plus, it has everything: love, gun battles, school hijinks, emotional break-downs, quests for identity, and uniforms.

Kaname/Sousuke are one of my hugest OTPs in any genre: he might be a tough soldier but he is also a lost little boy who is slowly beginning to learn what it is to want for himself. And Kaname is cheerful, pragmatic, entirely too straightforward and not a pushover in any way. She rescues him as much as
he rescues her.

Here is a TSR mv:




FMP has made me laugh so hard my stomach hurt (Fumoffu), made me bawl (TSR), made me blazingly angry and giddily happy. TSR, especially, is amazing: it really is one unbroken storyline over 13 episodes, with Sousuke having to cope with being ordered away from Kaname and Kaname having to cope with danger in her life without him, and how neither can deal, and it's a character study more than anything, of someone systematically breaking down and falling apart and then, at the last minute, being pulled back together. I just...I have no words for how much I love TSR. But the rest of it is equally good.

So yes, watch. Sousuke and Kaname want you to:



ETA: these are based on a series of graphic novels which are ongoing (though the anime wrapped up their storylines very well and so it's not in flux) and I just read spoilers for some Kaname/Sousuke stuff which made me DIE of glee.

Spoilers from wiki )
dangermousie: (Default)
Finished The Second Raid. Wow. put it all together, FMP is now giving Trigun a run for its money as my favorite anime.

I kept expecting Sousuke to have a breakdown, and a breakdown he did have. Wow. But if you think about it, all those years of repression and obedience and negating one's desire were bound to erupt spectacularly.

Thoughts on the last five eps )
dangermousie: (Default)
Finished The Second Raid. Wow. put it all together, FMP is now giving Trigun a run for its money as my favorite anime.

I kept expecting Sousuke to have a breakdown, and a breakdown he did have. Wow. But if you think about it, all those years of repression and obedience and negating one's desire were bound to erupt spectacularly.

Thoughts on the last five eps )
dangermousie: (Default)
Finished The Second Raid. Wow. put it all together, FMP is now giving Trigun a run for its money as my favorite anime.

I kept expecting Sousuke to have a breakdown, and a breakdown he did have. Wow. But if you think about it, all those years of repression and obedience and negating one's desire were bound to erupt spectacularly.

Thoughts on the last five eps )
dangermousie: (FMP by ushitora_icons)
I am madly in love with FMP. And Chidori. She is, as of now, my favorite anime heroine, bar none.

The Second Raid is amazing, but what especially strikes me is how much darker it is than FMP part 1. It deals with what makes Mithril tick (and it isn't nice), with the horribleness of Sousuke's position and with the breakdown of Chidori. Everybody reaches the end of their tether and is pushed to the limit and it isn't pretty but it makes for an amazing viewing.

Very Long Thoughts )
dangermousie: (FMP by ushitora_icons)
I am madly in love with FMP. And Chidori. She is, as of now, my favorite anime heroine, bar none.

The Second Raid is amazing, but what especially strikes me is how much darker it is than FMP part 1. It deals with what makes Mithril tick (and it isn't nice), with the horribleness of Sousuke's position and with the breakdown of Chidori. Everybody reaches the end of their tether and is pushed to the limit and it isn't pretty but it makes for an amazing viewing.

Very Long Thoughts )
dangermousie: (FMP by ushitora_icons)
I am madly in love with FMP. And Chidori. She is, as of now, my favorite anime heroine, bar none.

The Second Raid is amazing, but what especially strikes me is how much darker it is than FMP part 1. It deals with what makes Mithril tick (and it isn't nice), with the horribleness of Sousuke's position and with the breakdown of Chidori. Everybody reaches the end of their tether and is pushed to the limit and it isn't pretty but it makes for an amazing viewing.

Very Long Thoughts )
dangermousie: (FMP by ushitora_icons)
Started watching Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid and it's wonderful.

I love that the show addresses the problem and the strain it is on Sousuke to both go on missions, guard Chidori, fight with the Arbalest. If he was capable of having a nervous breakdown, he probably would or die of exhaustion.

And having to do homework on a mission? Funny, yes. But also exhausting. But I find it telling that when Melissa tels him he should stop guarding Chidori (because she is right, as a short-term it's fine, as long-term, doing both is impossible), you can see how he doesn't want to. He is silent, but he is all mute resistance. And a large part of it is because he loves Chidori, even if he doesn't realize it (it shows how important she is to him, when you realize she is the only person who knows that his hobby is fishing. Everyone else probably thinks his gear case is another weapon. Sousuke is never communicative about himself and he doesn't realie it, probably as the result of his FUBAR upbringing). But another part of it is because he is enjoying being 'a real boy.' He likes going to school and all that. It's certainly a lot more restful than his missions. In a way, he probably thinks of it as another hobby. This is his first exposure to normalcy, his first chance to find out what he really wants and needs. Unlike Kurz and Mao who joined as grown-up and have had normal childhoods and upbringing, Sousuke never had time to be anything but a soldier, and it's kinda heartbreaking. He has really fallen s much into his school life that pretending has become real (notice how started he is when Kurz points out that he doesn't have to worry about passing, as they can forge documents for him). Mao's comment about him hiding behind orders is true, but not in the way she means. He is hiding how much he likes Chidori and normalcy, even from himself as long as he can tell himself 'it's my orders to guard her and go to school.' I wonder what would happen if his orders changed. We've already seen he'd violate orders for Chidori, but I wonder if he'd have a chance to think through, in those circumstances, what it is he really wants, for himself. Not just Chidori, but this kind of life. I hope he gets a chance to find out and do it.

The villain in this one is insane and funny, btw.
dangermousie: (FMP by ushitora_icons)
Started watching Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid and it's wonderful.

I love that the show addresses the problem and the strain it is on Sousuke to both go on missions, guard Chidori, fight with the Arbalest. If he was capable of having a nervous breakdown, he probably would or die of exhaustion.

And having to do homework on a mission? Funny, yes. But also exhausting. But I find it telling that when Melissa tels him he should stop guarding Chidori (because she is right, as a short-term it's fine, as long-term, doing both is impossible), you can see how he doesn't want to. He is silent, but he is all mute resistance. And a large part of it is because he loves Chidori, even if he doesn't realize it (it shows how important she is to him, when you realize she is the only person who knows that his hobby is fishing. Everyone else probably thinks his gear case is another weapon. Sousuke is never communicative about himself and he doesn't realie it, probably as the result of his FUBAR upbringing). But another part of it is because he is enjoying being 'a real boy.' He likes going to school and all that. It's certainly a lot more restful than his missions. In a way, he probably thinks of it as another hobby. This is his first exposure to normalcy, his first chance to find out what he really wants and needs. Unlike Kurz and Mao who joined as grown-up and have had normal childhoods and upbringing, Sousuke never had time to be anything but a soldier, and it's kinda heartbreaking. He has really fallen s much into his school life that pretending has become real (notice how started he is when Kurz points out that he doesn't have to worry about passing, as they can forge documents for him). Mao's comment about him hiding behind orders is true, but not in the way she means. He is hiding how much he likes Chidori and normalcy, even from himself as long as he can tell himself 'it's my orders to guard her and go to school.' I wonder what would happen if his orders changed. We've already seen he'd violate orders for Chidori, but I wonder if he'd have a chance to think through, in those circumstances, what it is he really wants, for himself. Not just Chidori, but this kind of life. I hope he gets a chance to find out and do it.

The villain in this one is insane and funny, btw.

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