This fall, Shoji Gatoh’s Full Metal Panic! returns for a fourth anime series, this time produced by XEBEC (Fafner in the Azure, Space Battleship Yamato 2199). In anticipation, an “Odoru Very Merry Christmas” audio drama has brought the series’ action to a luxury liner. A follow-up to the December 23rd first episode is scheduled for January 23rd, and the site update for this has revealed FMP 4’s subtitle.
Get ready for Full Metal Panic!: Invisible Victory
The drama is based on the episodes in the novel’s 6th volume released in March 2003, and all of the original anime voice cast will return, except Nozomu Sasaki who voiced Yan Jun Gyu and is replaced by Takayuki Okada just for the first chapter. The novel author Gatoh supervises the audio drama project.
Audio drama main visual drawn by the anime character designer Osamu Horiuchi
Novel 6th volume cover
TV anime “Full Metal Panic! IV” main staff
Director: Katsuichi Nakayama (The Good Witch of the West)
Character Designer/Chief Animation Director: Osamu Horiuchi (all of the past Full Metal Panic! anime series)
Sub Character Designer/Animation Director: Aya Yamamoto (Big Order episode animation director)
Gun Designer/Animation Director: Takeshi Yoshioka
Mechanic Designer: Kanetake Ebigawa, Toshiaki Ihara
Set Designer: Takayuki Yanase
Mechanic Director: Masanori Nishii
Prop Designer/Mechanic Animation Director: Takuya Matsumura
Mechanic Animation Director: Masaru Kato
CG Director: Masanori Kamiji
Color Designer: Chiaki Kitabayashi (XEBEC)
Special Effects: Shin Inoie
Anime Production: Xebec
Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.