The Best Episodes of Full Metal Panic!

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2018

Kaname Chidori is your average teen in modern Japan. At least, that's what she thought before a boy named Sousuke Sagara began following her around, acting like a totally paranoid military freak! Things start to be explained when her school trip is hijacked and taken to North Korea, where Kaname is kidnapped and told that she is a Whispered. the Whispered are genetic anomalies, beings born with vast amounts of incredibly advanced knowlegde of math, science, and technology. Sousuke comes to rescue her, revealing that he is a trained specialist in the secret military organization MITHRIL, sworn to protect the world and guard the Whispered from being misused by terrorists. Now with the knowledge of what she is and what Sousuke was sent to do, can she make her way through high school in one piece?

The Man From The South / Hostage Who Requires no Negotiation

#1 - The Man From The South / Hostage Who Requires no Negotiation

Season 2 - Episode 1

The Man From The South: A secret admirer leaves a love letter in Sousuke's shoe locker. Instead of finding the letter, he deduces that his locker was tampered with and promptly blows it up. From its fragments, Sousuke misinterprets the letter as a death threat and confronts his "stalker". A Hostage With No Compromises: After Sousuke's encounter with a gang leaves its members disrespected, their leader decides to take Kaname hostage. Instead of giving in to their demands, Sousuke holds the gang leader's little brother hostage and proposes an exchange.

star 8.47
32 votes
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou, Takemoto Yasuhiro
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5th Period Hot Spot

#2 - 5th Period Hot Spot

Season 2 - Episode 12

A classmate accidentally opens Sousuke's biohazardous container, causing a classroom quarantine. Sousuke later learns that the contents were not pathogenic, but destroys synthetic clothing instead. Relieved that there is no outbreak, he now fears the repercussions from his angry classmates.

star 8.42
34 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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Summer Illusion of Steel

#3 - Summer Illusion of Steel

Season 2 - Episode 3

During a day at the beach, Kaname becomes upset at Sousuke's insensitivity. When she goes off alone, she is asked to have tea with a boy who is enamoured with her. Sousuke, however, believes that she was kidnapped and proceeds to rescue her from her apparent kidnappers.

star 8.42
26 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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Her Problem

#4 - Her Problem

Season 3 - Episode 9

Kaname confronts the Mithril operative sent to replace Sousuke; however, as she is about to get answers, she is attacked by an Amalgam assassin. Kaname outwits her pursuer until Leonard Testarossa, another Amalgam agent, shows up and kills her assassin. He reveals that the assassin was a rogue agent acting outside of Amalgam's interests.

star 8.29
24 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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Make My Day

#5 - Make My Day

Season 4 - Episode 12

Leonard and Kalinin make every effort to spirit Kaname away before Sousuke can reach her. As battle erupts between rival Amalgam factions and Mithril remnants, Sousuke and Kaname both find they have to fight against fate to hold on to hope.

star 8.28
18 votes
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Continuing Day by Day

#6 - Continuing Day by Day

Season 3 - Episode 13

Kaname makes a surprise visit to Sousuke in Hong Kong, and assists him in using the Arbalest's Lambda Driver to the fullest. Sousuke defeats Gates once and for all, then returns to Tokyo--and high school--with Kaname.

star 8.26
24 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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Overdone Warcry

#7 - Overdone Warcry

Season 2 - Episode 7

To prevent the school from disbanding the rugby team, Sousuke and Kaname help train them for an exhibition match. Upon discovering that the players are timid and passive, Sousuke subjects them to grueling basic training to toughen them up, which helps them win the match.

star 8.22
26 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Shouji Gatou, Fumihiko Shimo
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The Hamburger Hill of Art / Single Minded Stakeout!

#8 - The Hamburger Hill of Art / Single Minded Stakeout!

Season 2 - Episode 4

The Hamburger Hill of Art: During a field trip to the park, the class selects Sousuke to be the model for their art project. However, Sousuke misinterprets the modeling advice he receives from their art teacher, turning the assignment with his classmates into a game of life-and-death. Single Minded Stakeout!: Kaname goes on a date with a former classmate to an amusmement park while Sousuke and Kyoko follow her. Sousuke seems relieved that she's simply on a date until drunken yakuza threaten Kaname. Not wanting to reveal that he was following her, Sousuke comes to the rescue disguised as a park mascot.

star 8.14
29 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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Edge of Heaven

#9 - Edge of Heaven

Season 3 - Episode 6

Mithril attempts to learn more about the mysterious Amalgam organization. Kaname and Sousuke's relationship begins to blossom; however, Sousuke is reassigned to another mission and is forbidden to see Kaname.

star 8.13
23 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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One-Man Force

#10 - One-Man Force

Season 4 - Episode 8

Sousuke's grudge against Kurama escalates into a full-blown shooting war on the streets of Namsac, but is it possible for him to fight this war all by himself? And every war has its share of casualties.

star 8.12
17 votes
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Hostility Passing-By / A Fruitless Lunchtime

#11 - Hostility Passing-By / A Fruitless Lunchtime

Season 2 - Episode 2

Hostility Passing-By: After Sousuke causes a panic at the school's bread stand, Sousuke and Kaname have to fill in for the stand's lunchtime duties, which raises the ire of the physical education teacher. He attempts to sabotage their bread, but he falls for Sousuke's booby traps, when Sousuke was expecting that someone would tamper the bread. A Fruitless Lunchtime: Sousuke forgets Kaname's notes at home and they make a frantic dash to retrieve them and return before lunchtime ends. Despite their tardiness, they find out that the notes were not needed since their teacher coincidentally fell sick.

star 8.10
29 votes
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Burning Hong Kong

#12 - Burning Hong Kong

Season 3 - Episode 12

Sousuke meets Gauron, now crippled and about to die while Xia Yu Fan combats an SRT unit lead by Closeau in downtown Hong Kong as tensions continue to mount between North and South China.

star 8.09
23 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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The Pure Yet Impure Grappler / Trespassing on Good Faith

#13 - The Pure Yet Impure Grappler / Trespassing on Good Faith

Season 2 - Episode 5

The Pure Yet Impure Grappler: Sousuke and Kaname ask the school's karate club to vacate their dojo, which is slated for demolition. However, the club refuses to leave, challenging Sousuke to a duel where they'll leave if they lose. Sousuke defeats the club's members with relative ease until he faces the club president, Issei Tsubaki. Trespassing on Good Faith: As a test of superiority, Sousuke and Issei compete to care for the injured school janitor; however, their overzealous efforts do more harm than good. The janitor tries to be patient, but finally goes berserk when they accidentally serve his prized koi pet to him for dinner.

star 8.08
26 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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Ending Day By Day

#14 - Ending Day By Day

Season 3 - Episode 1

Mithril and the SRT rescue refugees from a city torn apart by civil war. However, during the fighting, they discover that the enemy possesses advanced weaponry rivaling their own. They surmise that a highly funded, well-equipped organization may be supplying their enemies.

star 8.08
24 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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Left Behind

#15 - Left Behind

Season 3 - Episode 7

Sousuke argues with his replacement about the mission to protect Kaname. Kaname wonders why Sousuke does not come to school, and starts to become worried. When she needs to see him, she finds out that his apartment is vacant and he has disappeared.

star 8.05
20 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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One Night Stand

#16 - One Night Stand

Season 1 - Episode 12

With the ship sinking under Behemoth’s enormous weight, Kurz and company move quickly to abandon ship. Clearing the cargo doors and crashing onto the dock, the group watches helplessly as Behemoth crushes Mao’s M9 like an empty beer can, then sweeps aside a squad of JSDF-96’s. There’s no time to worry about Melissa though, as Takuma and the Behemoth set their sights on Tessa and the rest of our heroes. Behemoth pursues the truck through the city, spraying 20mm cannon fire in the vehicle’s wake. Desperate to stop Behemoth, Tessa orders the launching of the ARX-7 Arbalest that Commander Mardukas had prepared for just such an occasion. With the Arbalest inbound via ballistic missile, Kurz has had enough of being shot at and decides to try something daring. Breaking out his sniper rifle, Kurz draws a bead on the Behemoth’s head Vulcans and manages to disable half of them. With the Arbalest on the scene, Sousuke bails to take to his AS and combat the giant, but getting at his AS will prove more of a challenge than he’d like. With a little bit of luck, Sousuke manages to board the Arbalest and take the fight to the Behemoth. Despite the Arbalest’s battle capabilities, the Behemoth is going to be a tough nut to crack.

star 7.94
36 votes
Directors: Koichi Chigira
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo, Koichi Chigira, Masashi Sogo
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Behemoth Awakening

#17 - Behemoth Awakening

Season 1 - Episode 11

A21 has recovered Takuma and taken Kaname and Tessa hostage! The girls fear Sousuke may be in a bad way, but our intrepid Sergeant has managed to survive the RPG attack with just a few scratches. With Kurz and Mao now on the scene, priority shifts to retrieving the hostages and putting a stop to A21’s plans. A21 takes Kaname and Tessa back to the freighter where Lt. Kalinin is being held in order to use them to get Kalinin to tell them what he knows of the Lambda Driver. Imprisoned, Tessa laments over the situation, but takes courage from Kaname’s strength and resolve not to let it get her down. Kaname and Tessa are taken to Lt. Kalinin at gunpoint, where they demand information about the Lambda driver or the girls will be shot. With a bit of deception and help from Tessa, the interrogator is subdued and the hostages move to make their escape, but first, they must confirm what lies in the ship’s cargo hold. This suspicion about the Clinton’s cargo is confirmed. A colossal AS with tremendous destructive power is anchored below deck. They have little time to gawk, as Seina, Takuma, and their guards confront the gang. Just as things about to turn bad, Sousuke and Kurz bust in and take the fight to the guards. They manage to wound Takuma, but its not enough to stop him from reaching the Behemoth’s cockpit.

star 7.92
37 votes
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A Goddess Comes to Japan (Part 2: The Hot Spring)

#18 - A Goddess Comes to Japan (Part 2: The Hot Spring)

Season 2 - Episode 9

Sousuke, Kaname, Tessa, Melissa, and their friends travel to an onsen(hot springs) for some rest and relaxation. Sousuke sets up a defensive perimeter and booby traps around the girls' bath, foiling the other boys' attempts to sneak a peek.

star 7.92
24 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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A Goddess Comes to Japan (Part 1: The Suffering)

#19 - A Goddess Comes to Japan (Part 1: The Suffering)

Season 2 - Episode 8

During a lull at the Mithril base, Tessa decides to spend the time as an exchange student at Sousuke's school to learn more about school life. Sousuke, however, finds the stress of guarding her overbearing and collapses from fatigue.

star 7.92
24 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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Scenes Underwater

#20 - Scenes Underwater

Season 3 - Episode 2

Sousuke and Kazama investigate who is posting embarrassing and revealing picture of Kaname on the Internet. Meanwhile, Amalgam operatives, led by Gates, extract their payment from their military clients.

star 7.91
22 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
Boy Meets Girl

#21 - Boy Meets Girl

Season 1 - Episode 7

Sagara and Kaname barely escapes from the enemy. Now on the run they try to find a way out. Deep in the forest Sagara isn't able to move much more with his injuries, so Kaname decides to stop and rest for a bit. After Sagara was able to stop the bleeding, Kaname realizes how dangerous and mysterious Sagara really is. To make matters worse they find an unexpected person along the way, it's Kurtz, who looks badly beaten by Gaul. As the 3 try to make to the shoreline they find themselves in a tight pinch; the forest ended and all there is now is plain fields. Not Knowing what to do Sagara had only one idea left - to have himself and Kurtz distract the enemy force while Kaname makes a run to safety. But Kaname refuses to leave.

star 7.88
43 votes
Directors: Aoi Fukai
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo, Koichi Chigira, Masashi Sogo
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The Two Hong Kongs

#22 - The Two Hong Kongs

Season 3 - Episode 10

Sousuke and Melissa are deployed to a divided Hong Kong in a team made up of SRT/PRT personnel of East Asian origin to locate an Amalgam Codarl (m)-type Arm Slave attacking North and South Chinese army units, but Sousuke's feelings for Kaname places his MITHRIL comrades nearly in danger, earning a sermon from Melissa.

star 7.85
20 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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The One Who Whispers

#23 - The One Who Whispers

Season 1 - Episode 5

Sousuke comes to Kaname's rescue, and the rest of the rescue team arrive on the scene, as well, but can they hold off the army and save the students? Can Sousuke get Kaname to safety?

star 7.82
45 votes
Directors: Setsuo Takase
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo, Koichi Chigira, Masashi Sogo
Wind Rising in the Homeland (3)

#24 - Wind Rising in the Homeland (3)

Season 1 - Episode 17

Zaied outwits Sousuke's team and interdicts their advance! Zaied's team surrounds Sousuke's team who is carrying a nuclear warhead. Zaied moves first. While Sousuke is fighting against Zaied, Gray and the team are aghast at the power of Gauron.

star 7.81
32 votes
Directors: Shin Matsuo
Writers: Fumihiko Shimo, Koichi Chigira, Masashi Sogo
Uncontrollable Bluebird

#25 - Uncontrollable Bluebird

Season 2 - Episode 11

The school's social science club holds a contest to see which club can recruit the most members of the opposite gender. Sousuke participates, but his poor social skills fail to attact anyone to his club. Kaname, feeling sorry for Sousuke, decides to help out so he can avoid a bet he made with another club.

star 7.80
26 votes
Writers: Takemoto Yasuhiro, Fumihiko Shimo, Shouji Gatou
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