The new Full Metal Panic! IV anime series has been announced with a staff and date too!
Announced at a special stage for the Full Metal Panic! franchise at this year’s Fantasia Bunko Big Thanksgiving event, the latest anime series in the franchise is now titled Full Metal Panic! IV and is set to air in Fall 2017.
The event also revealed the following teaser image for the anime:
The Staff of Full Metal Panic! IV
The anime series is being produced at animation studio Xebec and the staff in particular includes:
- Director: Katsuichi Nakayama
- Series Composition and Screenplay: Shoji Gatoh
- Chief Animation Director and Character Designer: Osamu Horiuchi
- Sub-Character Designer: Aya Yamamoto
- Small Arms Designer and Animation Director: Takeshi Yoshioka
- Mech Design: Kanetake Ebikawa, Toshiaki Ihara
- Set Designer: Takayuki Yanase
- Mechanical Director: Masanori Nishii
- Prop Designer and Mechanical Animation Director: Takuya Matsumura
- Mechanical Animation Director: Yu Kato
- CG Director: Shōsuke Uechi
- Color Key: Chiaki Kitabayashi (XEBEC)
- Special Effects: Shin Inoie
Shoji Gatoh is notably the creator of the original Full Metal Panic! light novels and furthermore, held the position of series composition and script writer for The Second Raid and Fumoffu seasons of the anime.
Voice actors Tomokazu Seki (Sōsuke Sagara), Satsuki Yukino (Kaname Chidori), Yukana (Teletha “Tessa” Testarossa) along with producer Atsushi Itou and original novel author Shoji Gatoh all appeared at the stage event for this news.
The stage event also announced that the sixth Full Metal Panic! novel, Odoru Very Merry Christmas (Dancing Very Merry Christmas), is receiving an audio drama. A key visual for this audio drama was also revealed:
The Story of Full Metal Panic! IV
The novels and anime centres around Sousuke Sagara, a member of an anti-terrorist group known as Mithril who is all of a sudden tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a hot-headed Japanese high school girl. As a result of his lack of social skills, he struggles to fit in at school whilst trying to bond with Kaname and figure out what exactly makes her so special.
The novels were previously adapted into the Studio Gonzo animated Full Metal Panic! anime series in 2002. Kyoto Animation took over to animate the following seasons of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu in 2003 and Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid in 2005.
So what do you think? Are you excited for the new Full Metal Panic series? Do you hope it will be a more complete adaptation unlike the previous anime? Or do you think another studio should’ve taken the reigns? Let us know what you think below.