Full Metal Panic! Another is a manga based on Japanese light novel with same title. Its the 4th light novel created by Shoji Gatoh and Naoto Okuro for the Full Metal Panic! adaptation series. The manga itself illustrated by You Taichi. As you can judge from it’s cover, The Full Metal Panic! Another is a departure from the original Full Metal Panic! series. The manga will not tells story about Sagara Sousuke and Chidori Kaname, instead, it will introduces reader into brand new characters. Although, some old characters from previous Full Metal Panic! series will also involve in the manga.
Full Metal Panic! Another’s story setting is 10 years after Sousuke and Chidori adventure. There no indication about how ending of previous Full Metal Panic! series. It only mention Sousuke and Chidori survived and live somewhere in the world. The Mithril has been effectively disbanded and replace by new world paramilitary organization code name DOMS (Dana O’shee Military Service). The DOMS name seems to honor Mithril submarine where Full Metal Panic! team based in previous series.
Next, Full Metal Panic! Another’s characters is centered around a young boy name Tatsuya Ichinose and a young girl called Adelina Aleksandrovna Kerenskaya, they under command of Commander Melissa Mao, Captain Douglas Baxter (CO of DOMS), Lieutenant Bernard Bertrand (Analyst and strategic officer of DOMS), Yukari Ichinose (Tatsuya’s little sister) and an individual gothic girl named Clara.
If you looks closely it seems Captain Baxter is resemble to Captain Belfangan Clouseau and Lieutenant Bertrand is looks like Commandeer Richard Mardukas. Meanwhile, Clara is acted as sniper in the team.
Sorry for everyone who fans Kurtz Weber.
He is gone and there is no indication in this manga that he is alive. He is still alive but not mentioned in this series. I will miss his pervert behavior.
Adelina Aleksandrovna Kerenskaya is sure a long full name for a Russian girl so she will be just called Adelina. She is introduces as heroine and the best Arm Slave (AS) pilot in DOMS and already in paramilitary long before the Full Metal Panic! Another manga. In brief, she looks like Sousuke when in combat, she is serious type and do her best to complete mission, there no indication she is a ‘military maniac’ like Sousuke yet.
Tatsuya Ichinose is hero in Full Metal Panic! Another manga. He is a bright and happy civilian boy who also an avid fan of Arm Slave, particularly Military Arm Slave type. As the story progress, he joined DOMS to fulfill his desire to become Military Arm Slave pilot and to catch attention of Melissa Mao after she scout him. Tatsuya looks like a combination of Chidori and Kurt in my mind.
In seems, the writer try to change role of the main characters in Full Metal Panic! Another while preserve characters characteristic of Full Metal Panic! series. Well, its work well. Imagine of Chidori as Sousuke while Sousuke as Chidori. I cannot wait what happen in this series.
Back to the story, its begin in remote military facilities in Japan. The DOMS was invited by Japanese government to test latest Arm Slave model manufacture in Japan. Adelina is act as an opponent of for test against three Arm Slaves. As reader guess it, she manage to beat all them without problem until one of Arm Slave go to berserk and fire to other unit. Then, its target Adelina’s Arm Slave unit.
She did her best to avoid combat since her unit only equip with paint bullets for training purpose while her opponent use live round ammunition. Adelina fell from a cliff into ravine not far from Tatsuya workplace where he work to help his father as construction worker. He jumped into her Arm Slave, opened the hatch and found her badly injured inside the Arm Slave unit.
In beginning, Adelina try to drive her Arms Slave again in order to chase the berserk Arm Slave before it cause any damage in near civilian property although she is injure that make her movement difficult. Tatsuya see what she try do decide to swap her as Arm Slave pilot and promise to hunt down the berserk unit under Adelina guidance due he know much better surrounding area.
Despite Adelina’s protest and argument against Tatsuya’s plan. She finally agree to let him to use her Arm Slave Unit. He manage to corner the berserk unit and force it to spend out his ammunition. However, the berserk unit equipped with combat knife and it attack Tatsuya’s unit. Tatsuya using his Arm Slave skill manage to attack the berserk unit and force it to fall into river from a cliff in order to disable it. The battle’s drawing panels was good described in detail although it not show much like Full Metal Panic! previous manga series.
The battle was witnessed by Adelina, Baxter, Bertrand, Tatsuya’s father and sister.
Tatsuya was interrogated by local police due his involvement in Arm Slave combat. He greet by Adelina outside the police station. She explains who she is and suggests it will best for his safety if he just forget what he experienced today. However he make his mind that he want to join the army to drive military Arm Slave.
Lady of luck is listens to Tatsuya’s wish. Melissa Mao who rank Commander this time, suddenly arrives to pick up Adelina and catch Tatsuya attention. It makes Adelina pissed off to him. Commander Mao offer a proposition for Tatsuya to join an overseas training if he want to join DOMS after she is impress by Tatsuya’s Skill in Arm Slave hand-to-hand combat through his combat video record.
In the of the volume, Tatsuya decide to jump in to the boot camp and become a member DOMS to fulfill his dream to become a Military Arm Slave pilot. He was pick up by Adelina in airport and show him the path to the plane.
In conclusion, Full Metal Panic! Another manga is good and fresh concept for long run Full Metal Panic! adaptation series. The writer looks like decide to overhaul all characters in the series. However, there some elements not introduce yet in first volume of Full Metal Panic! Another manga such as, who DOMS enemy, what life inside DOMS organization, what happen to other minor characters in previous series today, and what happen to Sousuke Sagara and Chidori Kaname today. There a lot of speculation.
I am sure be happy if I can finally see Sousuke Sagara after ten year later in this series with rank General and his wife Chidori Sagara. He is commanding operational of Dana O’shee Military Service. Meanwhile, the board director of DOMS under jurisdiction of Director Teletha Tessa Testarossa.
Here both hero and heroine of the Full Metal Panic! Another next to older hero and heroine of previous series.