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Full Metal Panic! Light Novel Author, Illustrator to Attend Anime Expo

posted on by Karen Ressler
Panel to celebrate upcoming Invisible Victory anime

FUNimation Entertainment announced on Wednesday that Full Metal Panic! light novel author Shoji Gatoh and illustrator Shikidouji will attend Anime Expo for a panel on the series' 15th anniversary and the upcoming Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory television anime. Funimation did not announce a license for the new series.

Gatoh and Shikidouji debuted the Full Metal Panic! light novel series in 1998, and Fujimi Shobo published the series' 12th and final novel in the main series in 2010. Tokyopop published the first five volumes before the company shut down its North American branch in 2011. Naoto Ōkuro published the Full Metal Panic! Another spinoff novel series, also illustrated by Shikidouji, from August 2011 to February 2015.

The franchise inspired the 24-episode Full Metal Panic! TV anime series in 2002, the 12-episode Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu TV anime in 2003, and the 13-episode Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid TV anime series in 2005. Additionally, the light novels inspired the Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid video anime episode in 2006. Gonzo animated the 2002 anime series, and Kyoto Animation animated the two sequel series and the video anime. Funimation most recently released all three TV anime series and the video anime on DVD and Blu-ray Disc

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory will be the fourth anime series based on Gatoh's light novel series. The anime was initially slated for this fall, but the listing has since been removed.

Katsuichi Nakayama (series director for planetarian, assistant director for Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, Bodacious Space Pirates The Movie: Abyss of Hyperspace) is directing the series at studio XEBEC. Gatoh is handling the series composition and writing all the scripts. Osamu Horiuchi (Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid) is the character designer and chief animation director, and Aya Yamamoto (animation director for My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!) is the sub-character designer. Additionally, Takeshi Yoshioka (chief animation director for Classroom Crisis, Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid-) is the small arms designer and animation director, Kanetake Ebikawa (Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid) and Toshiaki Ihara (Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid) are the mechanical designers, Takayuki Yanase (Ghost in the Shell Arise, Gundam 00 mechanical designer) is the set designer, and Masanori Nishii (Star Blazers 2199) is the mechanical director.

This year's Anime Expo convention will run from July 1 to July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, the convention will formally include a preview night a day before on June 30.

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