A rumoured leak from the upcoming issue of Fujimi Shobo’s monthly Dragon Magazine has some possible details about the recently announced new Full Metal Panic! anime and the sequel of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata.
In the alleged leak, the first members of the production staff for the new anime adaptation of Shoji Gatoh and Shiki Douji’s Full Metal Panic! light novel series. The series would be directed by Tomoki Kyoda (Eureka Seven AO, RahXephon) and produced by animation studio Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist, Noragami).
The leak has also implied that the second season of Fumiaki Maruto and Kurehito Misaki’s Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend) will broadcast from October, in the Fall/Autumn 2016 anime season.
Full Metal Panic! is an action Sci-Fi light novel series written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Douji. The novels began in 1998 being published by Fujimi Shobo’s Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint, ending in 2011 after 23 volumes – with 12 main volumes and 11 volumes of short stories. A spin-of light novel series was also produced, written by Naoto Ooguro and illustrated by Shiki Douji, that began in 2011 as Full Metal Panic! Another, with 7 volumes to date and is still ongoing. The series has received 3 TV anime adaptations since the series started. The first anime was produced by studio Gonzo (Welcome to the N.H.K., Rosario + Vampire), that ran in 2002 for 24 episodes. A second season of the anime was produced in 2005, but was animated by Kyoto Animation for 12 episodes. Kyoto Animation have also produced a third series titled Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, a spin-off anime set between both seasons. There has also been numerous manga adaptations of the series written and illustrated by various artists; Gatoh also wrote some of the adaptations.
Here is the synopsis of the series from MAL:
Equipped with cutting-edge weaponry and specialized troops, a private military organization named Mithril strives to extinguish the world’s terrorism and all threats to peace on earth. The organization is powered by the “Whispered,” individuals who possess intuitive knowledge and the remarkable ability to create powerful devices and machinery.
Seventeen-year-old Sousuke Sagara, a sergeant working for Mithril, has been assigned to protect Kaname Chidori, a Whispered candidate. He is ordered to join her high school class and be as close to her as possible to prevent her from falling into enemy hands—that is, if he can safely blend in with their fellow classmates without revealing his true identity.
Sousuke, who was raised on a battlefield and has very little knowledge of an average high school student’s lifestyle, must adapt to a normal school life to safeguard Kaname. However, enemy forces have already begun making their move, and Sousuke is about to find out that the adversary coming for the Whispered girl may be a lot more familiar than he expects.
Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend) is a comedy, drama and romance light novel series written by Fumiaki Maruto and illustrated by Kurehito Misaki. The series began in 2012 in Fujimi Shobo’s Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint where a total of 8 compiled volumes have been published to date. The series also received three manga adaptations in 2013 from different artists and publications. The first main adaptation began in January in Fujimi Shobo’s Monthly Dragon Age magazine by Takeshi Moriki, the second is a spin-off titled Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata: Egoistic-Lily from Niito and was published in Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace magazine from February till May for 3 volumes last year. The third adaptation, titled Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata: Koisuru Metronome, began in August 2014 in Square Enix’s Big Gangan magazine. All of the manga adaptations are written by Maruto himself. An anime adaptation of the series was produced for the Winter 2014/2015 anime season by Kanta Kamei (Usagi Drop, Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru) and A-1 Pictures (Aldnoah.Zero, Sword Art Online).
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
The life of Tomoyo Aki, a highschool otaku working part time to support his BD hoarding. With remarkable luck, he bumps head-first into, Megumi Kato, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Naturally, the meeting twists his life into a complicated torrent of relationships. Eriri Spencer Sawamura, his half-foreigner childhood friend who’s always valued her relationship with MC. Kasumigaoka Utaha, a cold, composed renowned literary genius who shoves everyone aside from our protagonist. What is this? An eroge introduction?
The tale of a small not quite doujin circle, but not quite indie studio’s journey through the tough territory of comiket and beyond.
The upcoming issue of Dragon Magazine will be released in Japan on November 20th. Confirmation on whether the leak is correct will be unveiled on the Friday.
“Full Metal Panic!”, images, and all associated brands and titles © 2015 Shoji Gatoh, Shiki Douji, Studio Gonzo, Kyoto Animation and Fujimi Shobo
“Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata”, images, video and all associated brands and titles © 2015 Fumiaki Maruto, Kurehito Misaki, Fujimi Shobo, A-1 Pictures and the Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Production Committee