During the Full Metal Panic! 15th Anniversary Panel at Anime Expo 2017, Full Metal Panic! light novel creators Shoji Gatoh and Shiki Douji announced that the fourth upcoming anime adaptation, Full Metal Panic! IV (Invisible Victory), will air in the Spring 2018 anime season.
The anime was originally slated to air during the Fall/Autumn 2017 anime season when the series’ staff were announced in October 2016. The Spring season of anime generally begins in April, hinting that the anime will broadcast in April 2018.
The panel also presented the first promotional video that debuts new characters to the anime. The full video will be released at a later date.
The main cast of the previous anime will return to reprise their roles in Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory:
- Tomokazu Seki (Itaru Hashida from Steins;Gate) who voices Sousuke Sagara
- Satsuki Yukino (Shion and Mion Sonozaki from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) who voiced the role of Kaname Chidori
- Yukana (C.C. in Code Geass) as Teletha Testarossa
The main production staff includes:
- Director: Katsuichi Nakayama (Nishi no Yoki Majo – Astraea Testament)
- Series Composer: Shoji Gatoh
- Anime Character Designer and Chief Animation Director: Osamu Horiuchi (Full Metal Panic!, Bakuretsu Tenshi)
- Sub-Character Designer: Aya Yamamoto (Oregairu Zoku and Locodol Animation Director)
- Set Designer: Takayuki Yanase (Mobile Suit Gundam 00 and Deadman Wonderland Mecha Designer)
- Mecha Director: Masanori Nishii (Mobile Suit Gundam 00: A Wakening of the Trailblazer, Star Blazers 2199)
- Animation Studio: Xebec (To LOVE-Ru, Pandora Hearts)
An audio drama for Full Metal Panic! has been produced that features the main cast from the previous anime reprising their roles, titled Odoru Very Merry Christmas (Dancing Very Merry Christmas). The drama is adapting a piece of the series’ 6th volume. The first episode of the drama, Queen’s Gambit, has been released on Youtube:
Here is the main visual for the drama:
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.
A brand new Full Metal Panic! TV anime is in production, titled Full Metal Panic! IV (Invisible Victory), will air in Spring 2018 – which generally begins in April. Further information about the new adaptation will be revealed soon.