FMP! The Second Raid – Tessa OVA
During a critical moment of an underwater battle, all the people on the bridge around Tessa turn into Sousuke. All of them confess their love for her, but then the torpedoes hit the TDD. Tessa falls out of her chair – it was all a dream. In her underwear, Tessa wanders into the AS hanger where Sousuke is working. Sousuke becomes very embarrassed when Tessa comes and hugs him. She finally comes to her senses and realizes where she is and what she’s doing. Tessa returns to her normal flustered self, asks Sousuke to keep this a secret from everyone else, and runs away apologizing. Back in her room, Tessa takes a shower and gets dressed. She tells Mao about what happened, but Mao says that she shouldn’t worry about it. This is supposed to be her free day, but Tessa now feels all troubled. Mao and Tessa had been together the previous night, and Mao lets it slip that Tessa drank herself drunk after Mao gave her a sour (alcohol) instead of juice. But before Tessa can get too angry, Mao’s finishes her current project. Along with several mechanics, she’s programmed the M9 ASes to tango with each other. Unfortunately, the mecha can’t pull off one of the moves and the “female” one goes flying into the wall. A smiling Tessa tells Mao that this is going to be taken out of her salary.
Tessa’s next stop is to the lost and found because she’s missing her stuffed Bonta-kun after last night. Kurz also comes and turns in a bag of anime that he found. After Kurz leaves, Clouzot arrives and identifies that same bag of anime as his. However, he asks Tessa to keep his watching of anime a secret. Seeing how worried he is about his image, Tessa off-handedly suggests that he should just stop watching. Clouzot starts panicking even more at this statement, so Tessa says that it’s just a joke and promises not to tell anyone. The lost and found doesn’t have anything for Tessa, so she tries jog her memory about what happened last night. She remembers that the phone ringing, so she checks her cell phone’s log and finds a call from Kalinin. Tessa visits his room and so he invites her in. Kalinin is actually wearing an apron and cooking a special borscht. While he’s stirring in the kitchen, Tessa asks him about last night. He goes through a long explanation, but pauses mid-word every time he hears a beep from the stove so that he can stir the borscht. His explanation is that he expected her to come see a system’s test until he got a communication from Mardukas saying that she wasn’t coming. Tessa’s not happy that Mardukas is the next link of the puzzle. Before she leaves, Tessa has to first try some of Kalinin’s borscht, which includes cocoa powder and miso paste. Just like Tessa thinks it would be, the borscht is horrible.
Tessa manages to survive the meal somehow and stumbles down the corridors afterwards. But before she can go to Marduka’s room, Kurz runs by and hides behind some boxes off to her side. Clouzot follows soon after looking for Kurz. It seems that parts of his anime were replaced with video of pigs going at it. After Clouzot goes off in the wrong direction, Kurz comes out and Tessa says that he should apologize for doing this to someone’s important things. Clouzot soon returns and gets into a fight with Kurz. Tessa tries in vain to break them up, but the two only stop after Mardukas shows up. He gives them a very lengthy lecture that lasts through the day and into the evening. As for Tessa, Mardukas explains that he had contacted Kalinin only after he himself had been contacted saying that Tessa wasn’t going. The person who had told him was none other than Sousuke. Mardukas then mentions that it’s almost time for Sousuke to leave for Tokyo again. Realizing that Sousuke was the one who had found her drunk and had put her on the bridge, Tessa runs towards the launch pad and reaches Sousuke right as he’s boarding the plane. She apologizes, then confesses that she loves him and asks him not to hate her. Sousuke replies that he does hate her…her talking about loving alcohol in front of a subordinate – meaning that Sousuke interpreted her confession as a confession for her love for alcohol. And before she can clear up the misunderstanding, his plane takes off. Later, drinking with Mao, Tessa is quite pissed off at Sousuke. Mao asks her how her day ended up, and Tessa replies that it was terrible. But Tessa also thinks that it would be good if her days could continue like this.
Tessa + Sake = Hilarious
Mecha + Tango = Hilarious
Clouzot + Anime = Hilarious
Kalinin + Cooking = Hilarious
FMP! TSR Tessa OVA = Two Thumbs Way Way Up!
As you can see, I was very pleased with how this OVA turned out. The animation was superb (Kyoto Animation has done it again), the music was very familiar, and there was plenty of Tessa. The main draw of this episode is Tessa (fanservice, cuteness), but the highlights of the episode ended up going to watching the supporting cast in their daily lives. Basically everything I listed above: Mao and the tangoing M9s, Clouzot and his anime secret, Kalinin and his borscht (and how he pauses mid-sentence to stir, how he cooks like it’s a science experiment), etc. Humor was probably at a higher level than even Fumoffu. The only thing it was missing was a Bonta-kun scene lol (but I guess you can count the stuffed animal).
Having seen this, I now can’t wait for a fourth series (*cough*DancingVeryMerryChristmas*cough*ContinuingOnMyOwn*cough*). Personally I think it’s not a question of if but rather of when. In any case, this OVA has renewed my enthusiasm for the series. This is a must-see for any fans of Full Metal Panic! or Kyoto Animation. :)