Full Metal Panic! Light Novel Author Will Attend London MCM Comic Con
posted on by Andrew Osmond
Anime Limited has announced that Full Metal Panic! light novel author Shoji Gatoh will attend the London MCM Comic Con this month, running from May 25 to 27.
Gatoh will be in attendance across the event, attending panels, signing sessions, and 'perhaps even some other events still to be confirmed.' On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be screenings of the first episode of Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory followed by a Q&A session with Gatoh.
His major works include Full Metal Panic!, Amagi Brilliant Park, and Cop Craft. He has adapted his own works into anime, and also written episodes of shows including Hyou-ka, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star.
Gatoh 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 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. Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory, currently broadcasting, is animated by Xebec.