Pretty Packaging: FULL METAL PANIC! Hits The UK With A Big Box

Editor, Europe; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
Scottish distributor Anime Limited has built a reputation for itself of releasing anime series old and new, often aiming straight at collectors with high-priced fancy editions. Keeping true to this, last week they released one big box with all three series of studio Gonzo's anime adaptation of Gatoh Shoji's Full Metal Panic! light novels.

Rather than having three regular seasons, Full Metal Panic! (yes, the exclamation is part of the title) had one big 24-episode series, followed by a 12-episode comedy spin-off called Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu and a true second season of 13 episodes called Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid.

While in the past there have been separate releases of the original series and its spin-off, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid has never been released in the United Kingdom before. Now that Anime Limited has all three licensed, we get this big boxset which includes an art book.

In Full Metal Panic!, an elite undercover anti-terrorist operative (and mecha pilot) has to protect a Japanese high school girl, and as he looks young enough to play the part he joins her class as a transfer student. High-jinks ensue when the two fall in love with each other, especially as the operative's lack of social skills makes him evaluate every situation as a combat mission. Full Metal Panic! is not exactly a classic for the ages, but it is an often fun series and it has its fans.

Therefore, let's have a closer look at this big bad boxset: here is a gallery of shots. Click on the edge of the pictures to scroll through them, or at the center of each to see a bigger version.

And here it is: a big boxset. This one rivals the Gurren Lagann boxset in sheer size.

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