I hope you didn’t get too attached to the Mithril mech squad. They had been raising death flags basically since they were introduced, and the only question, really, was the casualty rate. That Speck fellow in particular was first in line on death row. He needed a chance ot redeem his character, and you know how it goes in stories like this. There is redemption only in death, which means when Speck turned back to the light side you just know that he was going to be summarily dispatched. It’s not a pretty way to go, but it’s an appropriate way to go, in sacrifice. Tessa made the spiel about never once ordering her men to die, but the prime directive of soldiers being marched to war isn’t exactly to live long and prosper. They’re there to fight and, in this case, very likely die. I don’t remember all that much from the first season of FMP, but if I recall correctly back then even one Behemoth was a Pretty Big Deal. You don’t need me to tell you that, right? Look at these things, they’re ridiculous, physics defying bollocks. What did they say in The Second Raid about fighting Lambda drivers with only conventional weaponry? Expect casualties. And here we’re up against not one but three Behemoths. Naturally, victory aganst such odds demands sacrifice. At least our Uruz get to go out in a blaze of glory (well, a blaze, with debatable levels of glory). You can probably tell by the screencaps that the theme of this episode was EXPLOSIONS EVERYWHERE. That’s exciting in itself, I suppose, and since a lot of this episode was pure mecha (getting dismantled with pyrotechnics) the CG didn’t look as jarring as it could have.

Depite this episode’s robot-geddon, my mind rests heavier on the two left behind in Tokyo. Sure, there are no giant artillery-mecha marching on them, but I actually feel more pressure on their end than on the TDD crew. Perhaps it’s that the human threat feels more sinister than the monstrous behemoths, or perhaps it’s because of all the helpless civilians still unaware of their danger. But I think it’s mostly that the stakes are higher here. There is a stark contrast between the two sides of our current story. We have the folks on Merida Island scrambling in a desperate retreat. Their theme is sacrifice. Lives are given to bring down a superior foe, to give others a chance to escape, to buy just a bit more time. And in the end, for what? They have to flee with their tail between their legs regardless, abandoning the entire base, taking scarcely enough fuel to escape. So much sacrificed just for a slim chance of survival. Juxtapose this with Kaname and Sousuke, who are unwilling to sacrifice anything. They will not just flee, will not abandon what they love, will not let others die so that they might survive. I can appreciate that, and I admire their optimism (notice again the symbolism of hands), but at the same time they’re knowingly walking into an obvious trap. I wish them all the best, but the good guys don’t seem to be winning much today. Still, I always root for the underdogs regardless.


  1. So this Behemoths had the same magic like in Knights and Magic, they need their own “magic” to support their body and hinder it from collapsing under their own weight.. Because as soon when the pilot got killed the Behemoth fall apart because of Physics

    But as i wrote at the end of the previous episode entry here, let see.

    1. . I wish them all the best, but the good guys don’t seem to be winning much today. Still, I always root for the underdogs regardless.

      Seems like the “Bad guys” did have more Money and enough preparation time to get this moving.. Alone the Sunflare/Solar Wind Picture, do rise some suspicion inside me (also an Sci-fi B-Movie to save the Earth from an Sunflare), that these dark Spots are manmade.. and to start Rockets to reach the Sun and can even resist some Heat to get their Job done.. alone this Step would burn many many money, and Mithril did not saw it…and also these Behemoths.. It is not that they get them out of thin Air.. in short the “Intelligence” of Mithril was made on purpose to dumb here for the sake of the raid

      “These are not the enemy’s your seek!”

      for now i got with it, even if an loud voice speaks “Why! They go to some extent and in the end they risk to kill their Target!”

      I grown older, and my Mind now want some answers

  2. https://randomc.net/image/Full%20Metal%20Panic%20Invisible%20Victory/Full%20Metal%20Panic%20Invisible%20Victory%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2025.jpg

    This is what villain in most movie really should do, made sure the enemy toasted by an overkill. Too many times i see the villains getting cocky and sending only the minimum forces just for them getting annihilated…but amalgam here really do the job right by sending three behemoth at once as cavalry opening.

    1. Problem here is..Ammo Resupply. The ammo he carry inside the Weapon. That’s perhaps also mostly the reason why Villains in the past gets cocky to save Ammo to burn more the world down and not waste it on 1 enemy

      As some line said, he made some Behemoth use some Ammo on his fight…

  3. https://randomc.net/image/Full%20Metal%20Panic%20Invisible%20Victory/Full%20Metal%20Panic%20Invisible%20Victory%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2002.jpg
    “Lockon Stratos, targeted and firing!”

    With that seiyuu joke out of the way, let’s just say I got a bit impatient and read the Full Metal Panic! Sigma manga. While initially it was to get the gist of the “Dancing Very Merry Christmas” arc, I couldn’t help but read more and try to get ahead of what’s being covered in the Invisible Victory anime. I’m starting to get concerned if 12 episodes will be enough to cover the “Continuing On My Own”, “Burning One Man Force”, and “Come Make My Day” arcs…or even squeeze in the debut of the ARX-8 Laevatein. (More so if the anime adaptation will still continue after that–and I hope it will, as the story honestly gets better from there. And not continuing will piss off the long-time anime fans who’ve waited… TWELVE. LONG. YEARS.)

    That being said, I’m glad that the episode itself still managed to pleasantly surprise me despite reading its Sigma equivalent beforehand. For the military otakus, there’s the MQ-1 Predator drone (acting as a spotter for the drone M6s and the manned M9s–the tail is the giveaway), and Amalgam’s Mi-28 Havoc attack choppers as well as Mi-26 Halo heavy-lift choppers. I wonder if the usage of a Predator drone means Mithril retired the RAH-66 Comanches with ECS as well, just like in real life?

    I wasn’t bothered too much by the CG-fied drone M6s, M9s and Behemoths–the last one getting new upgrades (and individual paint jobs!) since the Uruz Team battled one in Tokyo back in season 1. Mainly because after reading the Merida Island battle in manga form, I’m more excited to see it in animated form.

    And I couldn’t help but feel chills at Oriental Jean RenoKurama casually abducting Kyoko, planting a bomb on her on the roof of Jindai High, and planting other bombs on the school grounds while the Japanese police and GSDF are distracted from the aftermath of Amalgam agents chasing after Sousuke and Kaname. Thanks to 9/11 in real life, security measures have gone up as a response. But since a terrorist attack on the scale of 9/11 hasn’t happened in the FMP-verse (putting aside the aforementioned Behemoth attack on Tokyo in season 1), it’s a little disconcerting to see how pre-9/11 era government agencies react to terrorist attacks.


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