Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09 (Buckle up as old friends return.)

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09
フルメタル・パニック!Invisible Victory episode 09

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09 In Anchorage, Alaska, Wraith and Galvin Hunter have a Mithril programmer named Mira access Al’s AI. Meanwhile in San Fransisco, Tessa is found wandering the streets barefooted and is taken to a hospital. There, hospital psychiatrist Dr. Witt attempts to reach Tessa. She initially fails, but then Tessa opens up about Mithril, Amalgam, and the events that happened, eventually leading to mutiny and her abandonment. Sometime later, the doctor writes her report, amazed at how Tessa’s delusional story sounds so coherent. As such, she arranges for Tessa to be sent to another facility.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09 While attempting to transfer Tessa, Dr. Witt and the nurse are taken by Amalgam agents. At a warehouse, Lee Fowler waits and greets Tessa. However, he’s disappointed to see that Mithril’s Witch is just an empty shell. Fowler threatens the doctor, forcing the nurse to reveal she’s actually Mao. Tessa suddenly becomes alive, letting Fowler know this was a setup to nab him. One of the kidnappers threatens Tessa and gets assassinated by Kurz from a sniper’s position. Fowler is impressed, but says he’s taken precautions. As such, he sets off some bombs in containers as Mithril troops open fire.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09 Fowler calls in a Plan-1059 Codarl-M (?) AS unit, so Tessa has Ben Clouseau’s M9D Falke counter. The Amalgam AS unit is equipped with a Lamda Drive, putting the M9D at a disadvantage. So Ben uses his skills to keep the enemy AS off balance until a cruise missile launched from Tuatha de Danaan arrives. The enemy AS has to use its defensive shield against the cruise missile blast, allowing Ben to kill the Amalgam AS from behind. Fowler escapes, but calls Tessa, who leaves him with a profanity-filled message for him and her brother, Leonard.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09 After Tessa apologizes to Dr. Witt and the Mithril troops leave, Lee Fowler contacts Leonard, who’s living with Kaname. Leonard is amused by his sister’s high spirits. Afterward, he has a chat with Kaname, who’s attempting to make omurice. After Leonard leaves her, she writes Sousuke’s name on her omelet, using ketchup. Leonard gets a call, informing him that Sousuke is still alive. In Polynesia, Sousuke comes to in a hospital bed in a giant room, where’s he’s bandaged up. Lemon tells him it has been 56-days since Nami died and briefs him on the situation. The place they are at comes under attack, so Lemon goes to deal with it. Sousuke attempts to get up, but his injuries prevent this.


Wow! Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09 turned out to be one heck of an episode, allowing us to catch up on old friends as well as find out what happened with Sousuke.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09

Tessa’s Ploy

When Tessa was found wandering the streets and acting like an empty shell, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. With months having past since the Tuatha de Danaan had escaped, Tessa’s story of mutiny and abandonment mostly felt real to me. It was hard for me to believe that Kurz, Ben, Mardukas, and Mao would abandon her. But it was possible that in a mutiny, those people were killed.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09

That said, when I saw the nurse, somehow I knew it was Mao. I think it was the eyes and the way the hair seemed like a wig. So I knew something was up, but I wasn’t sure if maybe Tessa was having a delusion that she’d been in a mutiny and Mao was trying to save her or what.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09

It was an awesome moment when Mao revealed herself and Tessa dropped the “empty-defeated” act. And seeing all of the Mithril troops come in was great as well. But the best was when Tessa went off on Lee Fowler on the phone. Tessa is awesome for sure.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09

Kaname’s Life

With Kaname willingly going off with Leonard, and even saying she’d love him, I actually expected her to be in an NTR situation. I could see her banging Leonard and even professing feelings for him, all in a ploy to save Sousuke’s life. However, when we stop at Leonard’s mansion estate in Michoacán, Mexico, while Kaname is living peaceably with Leonard, it is clear she doesn’t love him and she does have feelings for Sousuke, as evidenced when she wrote his name on her omurice.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09

Kaname’s conversation with Leonard and forgetting the taste of a parent’s cooking was clearly about Kaname accepting her fate to be with Leonard for the rest of her life, and as such, she should forget about Sousuke. I was glad to see that she realized Leonard’s game, but didn’t play along. That said, I can’t help but wonder if she has sex with Leonard as part of their living arrangement. I hope not, but the way she left Sousuke for Leonard makes me think that she might, even if she just stares at the ceiling.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09

Sousuke’s Danger

It is hard to believe that Sousuke has been out of it for 56 days. And yet at the same time, I’m glad this is the case. Sousuke’s wounds were quite severe. He was basically running on adrenaline when he took out Kurama. And considering that Lemon’s forces took him to a hideout rather than someplace with a great, medical facility, no doubt that added to the time Sousuke was unconscious.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09

I’m guessing that the “enemy” that is attacking the compound where Sousuke’s recovering are Amalgam troops. While Sousuke might be a minor irritant to Amalgam as a whole, one would think that he wouldn’t warrant squad (or more) of troops to kill him. As such, I suspect that what’s going on here is that Leonard wants Sousuke dead, thus taking away any hope Kaname has of being rescued by Sousuke. With no hope of rescue, then maybe Kaname surrenders to Leonard.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

I’ve got to wrap up my review of Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09 as I have a ton of work to do.

  • I loved Ben showing once again how an AS in the hands of a highly skilled operator can overcome an AS with a Lambda Driver. If I recall correctly, he schooled Sousuke in this in the previous series.
  • I don’t remember Mira from earlier series. Maybe she was there and I’ve forgotten.
  • With Wraith and her companions having worked so hard to get Al’s AI computer out of Japan, combined with securing another AS to install the computer in, are they hoping to find Sousuke on their own to have him use this new AS? Clearly, this is where the story seems to be going, but it seems a big stretch if they don’t know where Sousuke is and if they aren’t in contact with Tessa.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09

In the end, Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09 was a really good episode. I enjoyed seeing Tessa pull one over on Amalgam, and then going off on one of them. Also, it was great seeing Kaname again. Can’t wait to see her and Sousuke reunited.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09

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6 Responses to “Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 09 (Buckle up as old friends return.)”

  1. Silverirony says:

    For what it’s worth, you have seen Mira before. She’s the Whispered Sousuke saved in the very first episode. She was taken in by Mithril back then and had a long recovery.

    Here she shows up with shorter hair, that’s probably what threw you off.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Haha! I had no clue. Wow. I really do need to go back and rewatch the OG stuff.

      BTW, sorry for the delay.

      • Silverirony says:

        No worries about it, I was glad you got to see the comment. I know I feel frustrated when I don’t have all the information, so I always try to help. 😅

        I think a lot of people didn’t realize Mira survived her rescue, mostly because of the hallucination Kaname has of her dead, during her Whispered episode in Khanka. In the novels, it’s made clearer that she survived and was being looked after by Mithril. And there’s a bit more of a foreshadowing to her return, as well.

        As an aside, her name is most likely Sarah Miller, but due to the Japanese L/R issue and the way the name was broken down into katakana, it ended up as Kudan Mira. That’s why you will see both versions if you do a search for her online. (It was very confusing when the novel featuring her name first came out.)

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          Well, this is why I hate it when adaptations decide to go off and do their own thing. FMP’s first series goes well away from the novels, if I recall correctly (I’ve never read the novels, but I seem to remember being told this). And then they had to course correct in the second anime series (not Fumoffu). Adaptations should be faithful to the source material.

          • Silverirony says:

            If I understand correctly, Gonzo didn’t think there was going to be a second season, so tried to do a self-contained story.

            I’d say the biggest differences about the plot are the ones concerning Amalgam’s presence throughout the first three novels. They are not named, but Gauron, Kurama and Leonard are all present at certain points.

            In a way, Kaname’s vision of the other girl’s possible death *is* consistent with the aggressive way the Voices try to take over the person perceiving them. They are essentially trying to “kill” Kaname’s personality, and illusions of herself dying happen in later novels too. So it’s a correct interpretation, but with less context than the novels, people were naturally confused by what was going on.

            I do agree that adaptations should strive to be as faithful as possible to the source. I understand the limitations, sometimes inner monologues are difficult to convey, but when the plot centers on stuff that happens in a person’s head, you should try harder.

          • AstroNerdBoy says:

            Well, I do need to rewatch the anime. I have everything released on DVD. Sadly, I don’t think we’ll get to see the story finished in anime form.

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