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The Best Episodes of Full Metal Panic!

Every episode of Full Metal Panic! ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Full Metal Panic!!

Kaname Chidori’s one of the most popular girls at her high school – unfortunately, it’s her growing popularity off campus she should be worrying about. Unbeknownst to Kaname, terrorists are plotting her abduction, believing she possesses the rare and coveted abilities of “the Whispered.” That’s where Sousuke Sagara enters the picture. He’s a hotshot soldier from the clandestine counter-terrorist organization known as Mithril – and he’s going undercover at Kaname’s school to try and keep her safe. He may be an ace in the cockpit of an Arm Slave mech, but there’s no training in the world that could prepare him for the warzone of high school.

Genres:AnimationSci-Fi & Fantasy

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The best episode of "Full Metal Panic!" is "The Man from the South / A Fruitless Lunchtime", rated 8.3/10 from 73 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "The Man from the South / A Fruitless Lunchtime" aired on 8/26/2003 and is rated 0.4 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Summer Illusion of Steel".

  • The Man from the South / A Fruitless Lunchtime
    8.3/10 73 votes

    #1 - The Man from the South / A Fruitless Lunchtime

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2003-08-26

    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". 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.

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  • Summer Illusion of Steel
    7.9/10 56 votes

    #2 - Summer Illusion of Steel

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2003-09-02

    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 enamored with her. Sousuke, however, believes that she was kidnapped and proceeds to rescue her from her apparent kidnappers.

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  • 5th Period Hot Spot
    7.7/10 43 votes

    #3 - 5th Period Hot Spot

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2003-11-18

    Sousuke orders a new scope for his pistol, but receives a strange bottle instead. Unfortunately, the contents are a biological weapon. Even worse, the bottle is opened up in the school!

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  • The Hard Sell Fetish / The Patient of Darkness
    7.6/10 53 votes

    #4 - The Hard Sell Fetish / The Patient of Darkness

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2003-09-16

    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's captain. As a test of superiority, Sousuke and the karate club's captain 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.

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  • Uncontrollable Bluebird
    7.6/10 43 votes

    #5 - Uncontrollable Bluebird

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2003-11-11

    A lack of space for all of Jindai High's student organizations prompts a review of each group's numbers. Because they only have two members, the social science club agrees to give up their room through a contest to see which club can recruit the most members of the opposite gender. Sousuke participates, but his poor social skills fail to attract anyone to his club. Kaname, feeling sorry for Sousuke, decides to help out so he can avoid a bet he made with another club.

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  • Edge of Heaven
    7.6/10 34 votes

    #6 - Edge of Heaven

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2005-08-18

    Mithril attempts to learn more about the mysterious Amalgam organization. Sousuke and Kaname's relationship begins to blossom; however, the Mithril leadership forbids him from seeing her after his bodyguard duties are assigned to another agent.

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  • Her Problem
    7.6/10 34 votes

    #7 - Her Problem

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2005-09-22

    Kaname confronts Agent Wraith about Sousuke's departure, but as she is about to get answers, Xia Yu Lan ambushes the two. Kaname outwits her pursuer until Leonard Testarossa, another Amalgam agent who is also Tessa's brother, shows up and kills Xia Yu Lan. He reveals that the assassin was a rogue agent acting outside of Amalgam's interests.

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  • The Continuing Day By Day
    7.6/10 37 votes

    #8 - The Continuing Day By Day

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2005-10-20

    Still demoralized by Gauron's claims of killing Kaname, Sousuke still refuses to function until Kaname finally appears to get him back on his feet. Inspired by her presence, Sousuke pilots the Arbalest again to destroy Gates and his men. Kaname returns home to Japan. Sousuke faces the Mithril command, which grants his request to stay with Kaname even if his wages are reduced.

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  • A Goddess Comes to Japan (Part 2: The Hot Spring)
    7.5/10 48 votes

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

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2003-10-28

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

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  • Left Behind
    7.5/10 32 votes

    #10 - Left Behind

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2005-08-25

    Sousuke argues with his replacement, Agent Wraith, about the mission to protect Kaname. Kaname wonders why Sousuke has not been attending classes in days and starts to become worried. When she needs to see him after a chance encounter with Amalgam agent Xia Yu Lan, she finds his apartment vacant and he has disappeared.

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  • The Hamburger Hill of Art / Single-Minded Stakeout
    7.4/10 55 votes

    #11 - The Hamburger Hill of Art / Single-Minded Stakeout

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2003-09-09

    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. Kaname goes on a date with a former classmate to an amusement park while Sousuke and Kyoko follow her. Sousuke seems relieved that she's simply on a date until a drunken yakuza group threatens Kaname. Not wanting to reveal that he was following her, Sousuke comes to the rescue disguised as the amusement park mascot.

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  • Daylight
    7.4/10 33 votes

    #12 - Daylight

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2005-08-04

    Mithril is perplexed at how the enemy is able to follow their movements. Once they realize that their communications have been compromised, Tessa and Commander Andrei Kalinin give false orders to facilitate the rescue and turn the tables on Amalgam.

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  • The Pure Yet Impure Grappler / Trespassing on Good Faith
    7.3/10 50 votes

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

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2003-10-07

    Sousuke and Kaname investigate bizarre incidents where a masked predator attacks schoolgirls and gives them ponytails. With the help of a local policewoman, they set up a trap to catch the attacker using Kaname as bait. To teach a stoic Sousuke the meaning of fear, Kaname takes him into a haunted hospital, but she becomes more scared than Sousuke. They learn that the haunted hospital rumor was perpetuated by the mother and son living there who wanted peace and quiet.

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  • The Scene Below the Water
    7.3/10 34 votes

    #14 - The Scene Below the Water

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2005-07-21

    Sousuke and Kazama investigate who is posting embarrassing and revealing pictures of Kaname on the internet. Meanwhile, Amalgam operatives led by Gates extract payment from the Balic military force that took on Mithril and try to reconstruct what happened in the battle.

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  • Labyrinth and Dragon
    7.3/10 33 votes

    #15 - Labyrinth and Dragon

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2005-07-28

    In Nanjing, Amalgam kidnaps peace delegations from Northern and Southern China and fortify themselves in an underground tunnel beneath the Yangtze River. Mithril attempts a rescue in the tunnel's dangerous confines, but falls into Amalgam's trap.

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  • Beautiful Sicily
    7.3/10 34 votes

    #16 - Beautiful Sicily

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2005-08-11

    The SRT travels to Sicily to capture the traitor from the Nanjing operation. Sousuke has difficulties balancing work and school when he tries to have a phone conversation with Kaname and to drive a getaway vehicle at the same time. A mysterious AS also appears to help the team get away. Seeing the stress of his everyday duties, Mao decides to ask Sousuke about his own plans for the future.

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  • Burning Hong Kong
    7.3/10 33 votes

    #17 - Burning Hong Kong

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2005-10-13

    Xia Yu Fan leads Sousuke to Gauron while she runs off to fight Clouseau, Melissa, and Kurz in Hong Kong as Northern and Southern China teeter on the brink of hostilities. Now crippled and about to die, Gauron explains the truth about Amalgam and taunts Sousuke by claiming to have killed Kaname because it changed him into someone weak. Enraged, Sousuke kills Gauron and gets out of the building just as a bomb under his bed explodes. Gates and his Amalgam team also arrive to kill Xia Yu Fan. Tessa launches the Arbalest despite Mithril's orders not to.

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  • One Night Stand
    7.2/10 50 votes

    #18 - One Night Stand

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2002-03-26

    The giant AS - Behemoth - is on the move, crushing Mao's M9 in only seconds! When Kurz attempts to engage the monstrosity, the situation looks bad - until a crusader appears in the sky!

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Masashi Sogo

  • Deep Trap
    7.2/10 48 votes

    #19 - Deep Trap

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2002-05-28

    Gauron manages to escape thanks to the betrayal of two soldiers. Gauron takes Kaname hostage and takes over Dana, the AI of the De Danaan.

    Director: Yasuhiro Kuroda

    Writer: Fumihiko Shimo

  • A Fancy Without Honor or Humanity
    7.2/10 47 votes

    #20 - A Fancy Without Honor or Humanity

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2003-11-04

    Sousuke and Kaname discover that Ren Mikihara is a yakuza daughter whose members ask for their help to deal with a rival gang. Sousuke, in his mascot disguise, trains the yakuza members. When the rival gang kidnaps Kaname and Ren, Sousuke and his recruits rescue them wearing the special mascot AS. The episode was dedicated to Kinji Fukasaku, director of Battles Without Honor and Humanity, who had died earlier that year.

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  • The Guy I Kinda Like is a Sergeant
    7.1/10 76 votes

    #21 - The Guy I Kinda Like is a Sergeant

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2002-01-08

    As part of the organization Mithril, Sergeant Souske Sagara, Melissa Mao and Kurz Weber receive a secret mission: guarding Kaname Chidori, a popular student from a Tokyo high school who has hidden military potential.

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  • The Wind Blows at Home, Part 3
    7.1/10 48 votes

    #22 - The Wind Blows at Home, Part 3

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2002-04-30

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Masashi Sogo

  • Jack in the Box
    7.1/10 48 votes

    #23 - Jack in the Box

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2002-06-04

    Trouble brews on the Tuatha de Danaan. Gauron has taken control of Dana and isolated the crew into the back half of the ship. Tessa and Kaname are held prisoner on the bridge, helpless to stop Gauron.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Masashi Sogo

  • Field of Giants
    7.1/10 51 votes

    #24 - Field of Giants

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2002-06-11

    Kurz and Sousuke, free to roam the mostly empty ship, fight to free the contained crew. Meanwhile, Gauron is getting desperate.

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  • The War Cry of Excessiveness
    7.1/10 52 votes

    #25 - The War Cry of Excessiveness

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2003-10-14

    To prevent the school from disbanding the rugby team, Sousuke and Kaname help train them for an exhibition match against a rival school. 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. The scene of Sousuke's grueling training of the rugby players by berating and abusing them to desensitize them to make them stronger references the boot camp scenes from Full Metal Jacket.

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