Anime: Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a Slice of Life Twelve-Episode Anime spun off of Full Metal Panic!, in which Sōsuke Sagara, Military Brat and bodyguard to Kaname Chidori, tries to adjust to life at Jindai High School.

The show was animated by Kyoto Animation, and is less of a sequel to Full Metal Panic! than a Lighter and Softer series of side-stories (hence the question mark in the title). Though lacking mecha action, there are still more explosions than usual for a high school anime.

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu provides examples of:

  • Abandoned Hospital: Kaname takes Sousuke through one, which he treats as not much different than a bombed out building in a warzone.
  • Accidental Pervert: Happens to Mardukas in episode 8. He accidentally opens a door to a girl's locker room, then excuses himself immediately, but a rumor of a pervert running around the school causes Sōsuke to apprehend him. Hilarity Ensues after Sōsuke realizes who it is, and the mission Mardukas has for him, which adds more difficulty to a sleep-deprived Sōsuke.
  • Adult Fear: Played with in the "What Do They Fear?" Episode, in which Sousuke is shown to be completely unfazed by haunted hospitals, ghosts, horrific screams, and spooky children with hammers, thanks to having grown up in a war zone... but he is afraid when he thinks that Kaname died or was injured falling through the floor.
  • An Aesop: Parodied in the legendary rugby episode. After witnessing a group of total wimps turned psychopathic beat the shit out of the Opposing Sports Team, Sosuke (the one who MADE them psycho) muses that his time with the team taught him that violence is the worst possible outcome for any situation. Then Kaname smacks him with her fan and says "Don't go trying to give this a neat little conclusion!"
  • Angst Coma: Played for Laughs after Sosuke goes without sleep for four days straight and Tessa's persistent advances finally cause him to collapse.
  • Axe Crazy: The policewoman is actually this.
  • Badass Adorable: The Bonta-Kun costume when Sosuke is piloting it. It combines the mascot's cuteness with Sosuke's badassery.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Non-combat example. Some punks kidnapped Kaname and tried to use her as a hostage. Sousuke countered it with not only taking their Boss' brother as a hostage but also showing that he knew an awful lot about each of the punks, and pointed out how their precious people or belongings could suffer an unfortunate 'accident' if they don't release Kaname. Even if Played for Laughs it is a rather chilling scene.
  • Bed Mate Reveal: Tessa likes to sneak into Sōsuke's bed, to the point where Mao handcuffs her to prevent it.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Pretty much defines Sōsuke's and Kaname's relationship in the series, mostly from the combination of Sousuke's inability to understand feelings and Kaname being Tsundere.
  • Berserk Button: Mr. Onugi the janitor is infinitely patient and kind, until you kill his pet koi. Then he really isn't himself anymore
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The janitor in episode 5. After Sosuke and Issei's competition result in him getting injured, they are ordered to take care of him. However, both go completely overboard in their attempts to win his favor, and cause even more problems. After they finally work together, they feed him a fish, and when they explain where they caught it, the janitor finally loses it, and goes Chainsaw Crazy on them. Despite Issei's attempts to fight him, and Sosuke both shooting and lobbing grenades, neither one is able to stop him.
    Sosuke: (The next morning): Live ammo has no effect on this guy...
  • Boot Camp Episode: Sōsuke organizes a boot camp on two occasions, playing the Drill Sergeant Nasty in it.
  • Brick Joke: Near the start of episode 10, Sosuke laments that although he modified and mass-produced the Bonta-kun costume he used earlier into a powerful weapon, he had little luck finding buyers, as only the FBI and Miami police force ended up buying some. At the end of the episode, we see a news report from Miami, stating that a large-scale drug dealing operation was exposed and put a stop to, thanks to the Bonta-kun costumes they bought.
  • Cat Smile: Tessa displays one briefly when trying to sneak into Sōsuke's bed again in episode 9, right before Mao grabs her and handcuffs her.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: You believe that Sōsuke's outburst when defeating Gauron was bad? Then here's a little example...
    Sōsuke: Right now you guys are less than human, you got that?! You're nameless slaves! Once you survive my training, then and only then will you become a weapon! Until that time you lowly maggots are nothing but a bunch of [censored]suckers! I despise and look down upon you. Let's make one thing clear: my job is to find the limp [censored] among you and weed them out! I won't have any stinking [censored] on our team keeping us from victory! There will be no laughing or crying. You are NOT human beings! You are KILLING MACHINES! If you couldn't kill, your lives will be worthless! You [censored] would be better off in a corner [censored] your meat! You want to lose on purpose just to stand out? Pretend it hurts to gain some sympathy?! You pathetic loser scum! The best part of you ran down the crack of your mother's [censored] and ended up as a [censored] stain on the mattress! Quit draggin' your feet, you [censored]! If you whimper, I will unscrew your head and [censored] down your neck! That ball is your only girlfriend! You don't need a Mary Jane [censored] [censored] with a large backside! Think of your ball as a wet [censored] and [censored] her as hard as you can!
    • Of course he got it from "Mao's Pocketbook: How To Abuse A Training Recruit" (Mao, in turn, seems to have gotten it from Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann). Kaname speculates that he doesn't even know the actual meaning of what he's saying.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Mizuki's 3 friends who visit have Colorful Theme Naming for red, yellow, and green, and each of them wears the same color. Kaname even comments that they're colored like a street light.
  • Color Failure: Kaname in one episode, upon finding out that Sosuke was ready to beat her kidnappers at their own game.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In one episode, Kaname takes Sōsuke through an Abandoned Hospital. While her intention was to scare him, he's more worried about possible traps and ambushes. When one of the girls gets scared and runs away because she saw an old lady staring at them from the hospital, Sōsuke nonchalantly mentions seeing her too, freaking out Kaname. But he wasn't worried because the old lady was simply looking at them, and didn't have a gun or RPG, the first of many frustrations as she tries to scare him.
  • The Comically Serious: Hayashimizu and Sousuke
  • Crazy-Prepared: When Sōsuke is faced with a hand-to-hand combat with 3 karate fighters, he subdues the first one with a non-lethal projectile from a gun, the second one (after explained he can't use guns) with some sort of gas and for the third one (after being beaten by Kaname) he used a hand grenade as a decoy to bring him down.
    • Also, in the first episode, Sōsuke is asked to lay off all his weapons. Clang! Clink! Clang! and next shot from the camera shows him standing next to a heap of weapons almost half his size. (Including several grenades and a Bazooka).
  • Cry Cute: Tessa looks so adorable after she trips and drops a glass in the beginning of episode 9.
  • Cultural Cross-Reference: There's a couple in episode 3, "Summer Illusion of Steel":
    • The scene where Sousuke confronts the knife-wielding cook is a homage to Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    • The chauffeur Washio is strikingly similar to Oddjob from Goldfinger, from his attire right down to his combat style, including his signature bowler hat throw. He also dodges a grenade with a slow motion Matrix-style backflip.
  • Cute and Psycho: Yoko Wakana is a beautiful and pretty cute young policewoman, but she also happens to be batshit insane.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Tessa, when she visits Sōsuke's class. ("She's so cute!")
  • Exact Words: Sousuke really abuses this when he fights the karate club.
  • Extended Disarming: He has on his body enough weapons to arm a battalion. See also Gun Nut below.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: At the start of episode 6, Sosuke informs Kaname that Kyoko was attacked by a pervert. However, while said pervert only tied her hair in a ponytail before letting her go, Sosuke unintentionally made it sound like she had gone through worse things. Kaname is quick to Dope Slap Sosuke for scaring her like that.
  • Feud Episode: Two episodes are variations, where Kaname being mad at Sosuke (but not the other way around) make up the bulk of the scenario. Of course, both times, everything turns out well in the end.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The rugby team started off as a bunch of prissy, tea-drinking, animal loving sissy boys on such a bad losing streak they are in danger of being disbanded by the school board. Three days with Sosuke turns them into 'Futako Tamagawa's Nightmare'.
  • Gun Nut: Sōsuke, with Lampshade Hanging:
    Sōsuke: (upon dropping all his weapons) I've complied to your demand.
    Akutsu: Where the hell did you keep all that?!
  • Groin Attack: Sōsuke repeatedly stomped on a man's groin while he was down and gave another 4 successive punches there.
    • He's also on the receiving end of one when Kazama accidentally headbutts him there in the Hot Springs Episode. He doesn't react at all.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Kaname and Sōsuke steal a bike in order to get back to school in time for their test. Hilarity Ensues when a crazy policewoman tries to pull them over, leading to a Chase Scene that results in her crashing her squad car. Which then explodes.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Tsubaki until he puts his glasses on
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Sōsuke. Without any personality adjustments, just removing all the mecha fights or serious drama, his behaviour goes from 'Fish out of Water' to 'Hilariously Over-The-Top Lunatic'.
  • Hey, Catch!: Sōsuke does one with a grenade with the pin still in to beat one of the karate team members.
  • Hostage Situation: Sōsuke imagines one in the 3rd episode. Ironically, Sousuke's vision in that episode is the only time in the anime when Kaname is kidnapped on screen (although she is kidnapped offscreen in other episodes).
  • Hot Springs Episode: Episode 9, complete with the antics of Kurz Weber, where he desperately attempts to peep within the girl's bathhouses. Although his plans are foiled each time by Sōsuke.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Sōsuke has a lot of this.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Both Sosuke and Tsubaki claim they both weren't fighting full power during their fight. Sosuke was weighed down by weapons, and Tsubaki wasn't wearing his glasses.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Except for the first segment of episode 1 and the "Megami no Rainichi" double episode, every episode segment is titled as "[Japanese phrase] [English word in katakana]".
  • Insult Backfire: When Sousuke is training the Yakuza thugs, we have the following exchange:
    Sousuke (in Bonta Kun): "You're acting like street thugs.
    Gang member: "We are street thugs."
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: The entire rugby club, until Sousuke shapes them up.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: In the episode "Summer Illusion of Steel", Sameshima the cook runs up to Sōsuke with a knife in each hand, and starts twirling them around. He then switches over to rapidly slicing them through the air while stating his reputation as "Sammy the Slasher". It pays homage to Raiders of the Lost Ark, though, as Sōsuke just shoots him.
  • Killer Rabbit: After Sousuke stole a Bonta-kun costume to hide his identity while he saved Kaname from some yakuza who harassed her, he kept it, modified it for combat purposes, and mass-produced it. The end result was an adorable suit of Powered Armor, strong enough to turn a bunch of wimps into capable soldiers. This is best seen when Kaname and Ren are kidnapped by a rival yakuza group: Sousuke teams up with the other group (ironically, the one he beat up earlier) to save them, and thoroughly kicks their asses.
  • Must Not Die a Virgin: Mizuki tries this on Issei, and Kaname also mistakes Sousuke's behavior for this. She should know better at this point...
  • Ms. Fanservice: In the seventh episode, next-episode teaser, Kaname accuses the show of using Tessa for fanservice.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Played straight until it's subverted, when Kaname has full knowledge on how incapable Sōsuke is on acting on anything even remotely connected to sex.
  • The Nudifier: A clothes-eating bacteria.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: After Sosuke nearly drowns in the school pool, Tessa says she's going to perform CPR on him, saying that they have a special relationship due to being Childhood Friends, as her cover story to the other students. After Sosuke recovers on his own, the other students ask him if he has a "special relationship" with Tessa. Since he can't expose his or Tessa's real identities, and he thinks they're referring to his military relationship as her subordinate, he verifies it. Much Squeeing ensues from them, while Kaname storms off, telling a confused Sosuke to talk to Tessa, since they have a "special relationship".
  • Opposing Sports Team: The Garasuyama Rugby Club; they're classically big, intimidating, aggressive, and arrogant.
  • Pixellation: Used in a gag to hide the contents of a gory package.
    • Another to hide what looks like a rape scene (actually tickling with feathers).
  • The Rival: Sosuke to Tsubaki, Tessa to Kaname, and Bonta-kun to the policewoman.
  • Rousing Speech: Parodied when Sousuke delivers a big one to the rugby team before the big game, which just ends up reinforcing how utterly messed up they've become.
  • Rugby Is Slaughter: Particularly when the team is being coached by Sosuke.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: In "The Hamburger Hill of Art", the art teacher's incomprehensible rambling about the true nature of art somehow convinces Sousuke that Kaname and her group want to capture and/or kill him. He hides on the hill and lays out a series of traps to keep everyone away...and as a result, Kaname and her group want to capture and/or kill him.
  • Sequential Symptom Syndrome: Sousuke describes the effects of the trap he set as it shows the coach who set them off with the symptoms.
  • Shame If Something Happened: After Kaname is kidnapped by a street gang, Sousuke kidnaps the leader's little brother in turn and dangles him over them, threatening to drop him. To keep the other gang members from doing anything, he addresses each of them in turn by name, saying it would be a shame if their sister/girlfriend/sickly mother/lovebird/bike was to meet an...unfortunate fate. This thoroughly freaks out the gang members, who all run away in fear, leaving the leader, Kaname, and the brother who was in on the whole thing: Sousuke had bribed him to go along with it with a promise of an RC car
  • Shirtless Scene: One scene stands out. Sōsuke has just gone 4 days without sleeping due to schoolwork and his job and driven over the edge. Before passing out, he ponders on why he has to suffer like this. For no reason at all, during the internal monologue, it shows a picture of Sousuke shirtless in a pose that would have any of his admirers absolutely screaming.
    • The reason for the odd position was most likely because Sousuke (subconsciously) associated Tessa's behaviour with torture (well, emotionally, it sort of was). The stripping and tying upside down is a common procedure of putting the tortured person in a position of vulnerability before any sort of pain is involved. Honestly, it's a classic scene in all books that depict war and/or espionage.
  • Shout-Out: In episode 11, the enraged model club member refers to the woman who insulted him as a Perfect Grade bitch.
    • In the hot spring episode, Kazuma's seen going SEED mode
    • In episode 10, Kaname claims she can summon Bonta-kun to her by blowing on her whistle three times. One of the thugs she was talking to even lampshades it, saying that sounds a lot like Ambassador Magma, complete with censored visuals.
  • Slasher Smile: The policewoman has one to make the Joker proud, whenever she gets caught up in the chase.
  • Sleep Cute: Non-romantic example: after some time spent in hot springs, Kaname and Tessa sleep side-by-side on the way back. It's as adorable as it sounds.
  • Spit Take: As Kaname is talking with Ms. Wakana to apprehend a molester, the young policewoman mentions how she was demoted after she made her police car explode while chasing after some tough high-schoolers on a bike. Cue Kaname spitting her coffee, realizing she and Sosuke were those very high-schoolers;
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Ms Yoko Wakana.
  • Take Off Your Clothes: In the last episode, after a seemingly deadly virus spread to the school, Sōsuke drags Kaname to the infirmary and asks her to take off her clothes. Kaname reacts all flustered, believing he wants to make love to her before they die. But Sōsuke learned that the "virus" only attacks synthetic fibers, including clothes, and he's just asking her to undress to save her school uniform before it'd disintegrate.
  • The Thing That Goes Doink: Seen quite prominently at the Yakuza home of Mikihara. Also heard several times in the Hot Springs Episode.
  • Training from Hell: Sōsuke inflicts this upon Jindai High's rugby team, with hilarious results.
  • Translation Convention: Episode 2 in the English dub renders Ancient Japanese as Old English, as a similarly incomprehensible language for Sousuke and the viewer.
    • And then there's the council chairman's translation of gangsta-speak. Biatch.
  • Two Shorts: Zigzagged. Some episodes are full-length, but most of them are comprised of two shorter episodes.
  • White Glove Test: Commander Mardukas runs a finger down a windowsill in Sousuke's classroom while touring the school ahead of Tessa's visit. His criticism of Sousuke's housekeeping is another part of his protective tendencies towards her.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Kaname's Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex Hold.