Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11 (Convenient reunion.)

#fmpivFull Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11
フルメタル・パニック!Invisible Victory episode 11

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11Sousuke finishes training with Lemon’s men as Lieutenant Colonel Courtney has an army friend (and Tessa-chan fan) bring in a special forces M-6 Arm Slave for Sousuke to use in the upcoming Mexican mission to attack Nicelo. Elsewhere, Tessa plans her own assault on this Amalgam stronghold. Kalinin shows up with the Mithril M-9 unit and its A.I. that he took and shows it to Leonard, who’s noncommittal. Leonard tells Kaname to prepare to leave, but won’t say more than that.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11Meanwhile, Sousuke begins his assault. Fortunately for him, the Americans had launched their own assault, giving Sousuke an advantage. Amalgam doesn’t seem to have trouble with the American forces, but some M-9s come to assist Sousuke. They turn out to be Mao, Kurz, and Ben. Mao reports that Sousuke is alive, pleasing Tessa. Sousuke reports that Kaname is being held here and wants to rescue her. Souske’s advance on the main building is halted as Fowler shows up with two more Amalgam AS units. Kalinin appears with Leonard to reveal his treachery to Sousuke.

Thoughts/Review:

Good thing there was so much convenient things going on in Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11 so that Sousuke could hook back up with Mithril.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11

Mithril’s Mystery Arm Slave

As I expected, the AS unit that Kalinin captured was a decoy. Wraith showing up in Mexico with the real AS unit is proof of that. But how the frack did she know to go to Mexico to meet up with Sousuke? While in northern Florida, Sousuke isn’t broadcasting his whereabouts nor his plans. So it is just way too contrived for Wraith to be there with what I presume is Al. I’m guessing the anime is cutting a ton of stuff that would better explain things.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11

Meanwhile, Leonard seems to know that the AS unit Kalinin captured is not the real McCoy. If that’s the case, then what’s his play? He seems to be doing his own thing rather than an Amalgam thing.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11

Convenient is Convenient

I’ve already mentioned how convenient it was to have Wraith show up in Mexico with a new Arm Slave (and likely Al) in tow. At the same time that Lemon’s DGSE (French) forces are going after Leonard’s compound in Mexico, the American’s send a special forces AS attack on the compound. And at the same time, Tessa sends her best AS pilots to attack the compound. Is this some weird Whispered thing at work? Again, I think the anime adaptation has likely been forced to cut valuable information to squeeze everything into 12 episodes.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11

Don’t get me wrong — I am glad Sousuke hooked back up with Mao, Kurz, and Ben. And no doubt, somehow Sousuke will hook up with Wraith and reunite with Al. I just wish things had been done in a better way so that even if convenient, there was a logical reason for all of these parties to show up at Leonard’s Mexican compound.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Since I’m having a tough time finding things to discuss about Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11, I’ll wrap up my review.

  • I still don’t know what purpose Kaname serves for Amalgam. For Leonard, it is to NTR her from Sousuke. But there’s got to be some reason beyond that.
  • I wonder if Sousuke kills Kalinin.
  • With Fowler having some apparent custom AS unit, I guess it makes even more sense that Tessa wanted to nab him.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11

In the end, Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11 was an enjoyable episode. However, it does appear that there was stuff cut, meaning all parties arrive at the same place at the same time with the same objective ’cause “reasons”.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11

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5 Responses to “Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory 11 (Convenient reunion.)”

  1. Ochan30 says:

    Yeah…
    What kind of bothers me about this show and Card Captor Sakura’s revivals is they both had great starts but seem to peter out by the end of their runs. With CCS it was simply a case of running out of manga to adapt but FMP doesn’t have this excuse. Honestly it bothers me that with the novels having BEEN done that the anime staff didn’t have the foresight to properly plan out how to adapt the material. I really don’t understand what happened in the 2nd half of the show where we needed these extra recaps and everything had to be rushed in these episodes…they still pretty much left off on a cliffhanger.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      I’m about to watch the final episode.

      I really don’t understand what happened in the 2nd half of the show where we needed these extra recaps and everything had to be rushed in these episodes…they still pretty much left off on a cliffhanger.

      The recaps were to buy time, as I understand it. To be honest, work on this show should have started even sooner than it did in order to properly get it animated.

      • AstroNerdBoy says:

        Oh, and I need to watch CCS. I’ve read the first three volumes of the manga, but it really hasn’t jazzed me that much.

    • arimareiji says:

      I really don’t understand what happened in the 2nd half of the show where we needed these extra recaps and everything had to be rushed in these episodes…

      Not to mention spending so much time developing Namsac. It kinda reminded me of my old DM’s frustration when he would spend time developing background characters for D&D, but we’d promptly ignore them or kill them off. I can almost hear the writers pleading their case: “We’ve got this great story lined up! Nami and her surrogate-father mechanics become a substitute for Chidori and Mithril, and the audience will find it really meaningful, and…” out of time BAM BAM BAM whoops she’s dead and we’ll never see them again.

      I think Sousuke’s rage-hunt would have actually made more sense if they hadn’t gummed it up with the hokey you-know-it’s-doomed love story. Seeing someone get executed who had nothing to do with Mithril/Amalgam, just because she knew Sousuke, is plenty believable by itself as a motivation. Trying to stir in “Maybe it’s also because she was a love interest” weakens it, because you know Sousuke wouldn’t go there.

      The time they spent developing Namsac and its people basically went down the drain. They could have used that time to make the wrap-up more believable, instead of “And then they all get together because reasons, okay that’s it buy merchandise so maybe we can do another season please please please.”

      Think of The Second Raid: Would it have made it a better story if when Sousuke went AWOL they dedicated a bunch more time to developing the city residents he meets, getting to know the life story of the prostitute, etc?

      • AstroNerdBoy says:

        My understanding is that the Nami story is one from the novels. How properly said novel was adapted, I cannot say. In my mind, fans of the novels would have wanted the story adapted though. I am curious as to how things were done in the novel. I may have to seek out the manga adaptation of the novel, assuming the manga did a proper adaptation.

        Think of The Second Raid: Would it have made it a better story if when Sousuke went AWOL they dedicated a bunch more time to developing the city residents he meets, getting to know the life story of the prostitute, etc?

        I’d forgotten that. I seem to recall that stuff being boring. I wasn’t bored with Nami’s story though.

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