Full Metal Panic
Ah, full metal panic, 24 episodes of fun. This anime is an amalgam of a bunch of existing animes. It takes good features from a bunch of well known action animes and then combines them. Its not a masterpiece, but it is good. First lets look at some of the obvious "similarities".
- There are the mechs with pony tails from Dual.
- There is the top secret special forces unit from Argento Soma.
- The 3D graphics disguised as anime from Cowboy Bebop.
- The loud-bitchy-girl / guy-is-her-bitch sub-theme taken from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- And everything else is exactly like in Martian Successor: Nadesico.
But despite the fact that a lot of things were copied, the creators managed to entertain - a lot. This anime might seem boring to some, but I really liked it, specially because of all the military stuff in there. Its also very, very funny. Most importantly, I was too engrossed in the story wondering about what would happen next to give a rat's ass about what style has been copied, and how annoying some of the characters are.
This anime is by far better than most of the crap out there. It has tonnes of comedy, a good long story, action in multiple mediums and fairly good music. And most important of all, an ending I can't tell you how nice it is to see a good anime, and then see the story finish! I mean every other anime that's half decent leaves the story in the middle, either because they're lazy or its the newest fad among writers... wankers. Anyway, good good GOOD anime. Not mind-blowing, but things are definitely blowing up in there.
Annoying Character: Chidori
Bottom line: "Watch it!"