James Davison | Colorado | 06/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let me prefix this by saying that, yes, I know the DVD isn't due out for about a month; however, I have seen the content of this DVD (in the original airing) and therefore feel that I am qualified to review it.
In this set, Chidori finally (although indirectly) admits her feelings for Souske out loud (but not to him... of course :_[ ), and without speaking we finally see Souske beginning to admit to himself that he likes Chidori. This will most likely be the highlight of the DVD (for me anyway).
A molestor terrorizes the town and it's up to Souske and Chidori to stop him... sort of... And after that, another tender moment for our intrepid pseudo-couple as they visit a haunted hospital (in an effort to scare Souske).
Next (and most likely last on this DVD, since there are 12 total episodes [counting as sets of opening and endings, not the actual episodes themselves], so 3 for each DVD) we have the entry of a martial arts master that is gunning for Chidori... could this mean some competition?
Now, for the actual review of this DVD.
Once again the art lives up to the standards set by the previous series and the previous DVD.
The story is, as always, great. This time it's made extra special by the fact that we get to REALLY see the first signs of Souske showing his affection for Chidori (admittedly it's very awkward and unsure, but it's a start!). In a way, this chapter of Fumoffu is "the calm before the storm." As things get a bit more hectic later (but don't worry, it never leaves the school life style, this one also has no mecha... aside from Bonta-kun that is).
In summary, stop reading this review and go click the "1-click ordering" button... it's worth every penny.
I SAID STOP READING THIS REVIEW!!!!!
And you thought "Love Hina" was great...
Michael Sinatra | Santa Barbara, CA USA | 07/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a fan of Anime for almost 5 years, I like to think of myself as having very refined tastes - when I first saw this DVD on the rack at Best Buy, I thought to myself "Well, this looks like a Do or Die show - either a smash hit, or a total flop. I was intrigued enough to buy both Volume 1 and Volume 2 at the same time, and I watched both that same night.
I really have to say, after the first volume, I was having trouble breathing because I was laughing so hard and so many times. But the Second Volume was absolutely brilliant - I have NEVER laughed so hard in my young life - not even at my favorite Marx Brothers film, or my favorite episode of Family Guy. This show is ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS. It blends together that unreal comedy that can only come from Japan along with wacky action, fabulous characters, and great story development.
The episode 4 title "Single-Minded Stakeout" is an episode for the ages. It bears the typical resemblance to any romantic comedy, with the episode in which a jealous character follows his/her counterpart on a date with an old boyfriend/girlfriend, only to be forced to interrupt and save the day - revealing to the counterpart that the jealous character really has feelings for them - as has been seen in other Romantic Comedies (most notably: "Please Teacher" and "Love Hina"). But with the surprise introduction of "Bonta-kun" (the cuddly bear whose seemingly Pokemon-esque dialogue of "Fumoffu!" is applied as the show's title), the episode takes a wonderful ride down a heart-warming trail of young love and die-hard laughter.
As most Anime stalls while trying to carry on it's plot with filler episodes, "Full Metal Panic?: Fumoffu" keeps the laughs coming with unexpected surprises - a quality investment and a real gem to have in a Collection. If you love Romantic Comedies such as "Oh My Goddess!", "Love Hina", or "Please Teacher", you'll "panic" to buy more of these great DVDs - just like me."
*Sob* Why is this series so short?!?!?!
Jeffrey Heinze Fry | 02/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu Volume 2 may very well be the greatest DVD ever created. It is not however without competition. Volumes 1, 3 and 4 all give this a run for it's money. This series finds the perfect balance of humor, romance and action. That perfect balance being 98% humor, 1.5% romance and .5% action. I'm not sure if I have ever laughed harder than when military gun nut Sosuke Sagara disguises himself as Bonta-Kun (A big amusement park costume, just do a google image search to see it.) to conceal his identity from Kaname Chidori, the girl he is trying to protect, and then after completely blows his identity by firing a gun at the gangster with a knife at Chidori's throat. Go and get Full Metal Panic? Funoffu episodes 1, 2, 3, and 4 as soon as you possibly can. If you have a store that has them nearby, then get in your car right now and get them so you won't have to wait for Amazon to deliver. Unless you don't find a gun nut stealing a Bonta-Kun suit and crotch stomping city gangsters amusing."
Just a Fan's Thoughts...
Nex Ardian | Los Angeles, CA | 08/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this series, and this particular DVD is probably my favourite. I was laughing so hard that I eventually haad to stifle my outbursts to avoid frightening the unsuspecting neighbors. Without knowing the background story ("Full Metal Panic!"), I began watching this series, and despite my lack of initial understanding it became easy to cheer for the romance of Sousuke and Chidori between fits of laughter. If you have seen the first DVD, get this one; it completely blows the first episodes away. And, knowing Seargent Sagara, that could be literal."