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OMG.

Um. Words cannot describe how much I hated that last episode. Not only no Kaname at all, but people being really, really mean to Sousuke, notably Tessa, who is so childish and unprofessional and manipulative as a person and as a superior that I simply loathe her, and resent every second of screentime she gets. As if to make up for that, this episode was entirely about Kaname, and was not only about her, but showed her acting with unbelievable strength, intelligence, and dignity in a deadly situation no one, much less a teenage civilian, should ever have to face. Gee, no wonder Sousuke is in love with her, and not you, Tessa, you selfish whining brat, you.

Oi. Kaname and Sousuke are very seriously my one true pairing in FMP, and I will hear of no other.
cerusee: a white redheaded girl in a classroom sitting by the window chewing on a pencil and looking bored (Default)
This show is very cute. Ryoma eventually reveals that he does indeed have more than two personality traits (so far: reserve, drive, and now, macho pride). Not that I wouldn't be okay with just the two, but nuance is good. I have a clue what he's about, now.

Ryoma and Momo failing so badly at doubles tennis made me laugh out loud. Nothing helps you to get along with a rival like having your asses handed to you together, I guess.

Regarding Ryoma's cheerleader...probably, this show is never going to be a good show for girls; that is a common characteristic of boy's manga: sometimes, the girls in them are plot devices at best, and you have to accept that or reject that at the outset. But I kinda want to like her, even though she's just a puppy, and it's frustrating that the show keeps almost giving that relationship depth...and then not. It hints at some kind of "I'm not interested in people, but somehow I like you" dynamic between them...and then doesn't do that. And then she's a tennis player herself, and he gives her tips....and there's no follow-up. And she might understand him better than other people because she she doesn't project her own issues or ambitions onto him like everybody else...but then she doesn't know him at all. Bah. BAH. ::fist-shaking, yo::
cerusee: a white redheaded girl in a classroom sitting by the window chewing on a pencil and looking bored (Default)
Better.

Much better.

In fact, if every episode from now on followed the model of either of these, I would be very pleased.

Ep. 5 )

Ep. 6 )

(Minor plot spoilers and major scene spoilers under the cuts.)
cerusee: a white redheaded girl in a classroom sitting by the window chewing on a pencil and looking bored (Default)
::shakes fist:: Less mecha! More Chidori! Damn you!

Very vague spoilers. )


I think I need a Full Metal Panic icon.
cerusee: a white redheaded girl in a classroom sitting by the window chewing on a pencil and looking bored (Default)
I'm watching this more or less on a whim. I loved Fumoffu, but a brief encounter with the FMP manga convinced me that I wouldn't enjoy the original series (too much standard mecha-y drama, not enough funny). However, I've been hearing good things about this, so, what the hey. (If anybody on my flist has seen the original series and is watching this, too, lemme know how they compare. I might be persuaded to run out and rent the first one.)

It looks and sounds pretty good. The production values are nice and the voices sound right, that sort of thing. It's interesting to see Sousuke in a battle. He seems so natural! In Fumoffu, he was always out of place--that's the joke. But this is where he was raised, where he belongs--his speech, his skills, his mindset, everything is appropriate for his environment.

...that is, up until he's separated from his unit, and casually tells his commander that he'll be fine, and he can't die here because he has to hand in school work the next day.

Yeah, I'm sold.

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