Full Metal Panic! Anime's 2nd Director's Cut Film Previewed in Video

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2nd film opens on January 13, 3rd film opens on January 20

The official website for the three-film director's cut anime project for the first season of the Full Metal Panic! television anime series began streaming a teaser video for the second film in the project on Thursday.

The films are screening in Tokyo at the Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku and the Tachikawa Cinema City theaters, and in Osaka at the Umeda Burg 7 theater. Each film will screen for one week.

The first film, subtitled "Boy Meets Girl," opened on November 25. The second film, subtitled "One Night Stand," will open on January 13. The third film, "Into the Blue," will open on January 20.

Full Metal Panic! centers around a mercenary group called Mithril on a parallel Earth in which the Cold War did not end in 1991.

The original Full Metal Panic! light novel series debuted in 1998, and Fujimi Shobo published the series' 12th and final novel in the main series in 2010. The novels have more than 11 million copies in print. Tokyopop published the first five volumes before the company shut down its North American branch in 2011.

Aside from the 2002 series, the novels also inspired 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. A new television anime series titled Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory by XEBEC will premiere in spring 2018.

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