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Full Metal Panic! (フルメタル·パニック! Furumetaru Panikku!?, often abbreviated to FMP!) is a series of light novels written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Douji. The series followsSousuke Sagara, a member of the covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril , tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a spirited Japanese high school girl.


The series is set in a parallel world, based upon actual world events around the late 20th century to the early 21st century. The story begins in Heisei 10 (1998 AD), where the Cold War has yet to end. China has split into a north and south, with Hong Kong being split much like Berlin. The major differences between real life Earth and the Full Metal Panic! universe are:

  • China has split into the People's Liberation Committee (North China) and the Democratic Chinese Alliance (South China) along the Yangtze River. Kowloon is a North Chinese territory, while Hong Kong Island is held by South Chinese forces. Combat in Hong Kong is prohibited by terms of a recent peace treaty.
  • A nuclear warhead was used in the 1991 Gulf War. This triggered the Fifth Middle East War.
  • Following the beginning of the fifth Middle East war, the Soviet Union successfully reinvaded Afghanistan, which is called Helmajistan in the series.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev was assassinated and Perestroika was halted.
  • Distinct military technology such as Arm Slaves and Black Technology were developed.

A number of other details differentiates the fictional world. Common changes occur in the Japanese names, as they use homonyms to the names of real life locations. The fictional Jindai (陣代) High School is based on the real life Jindai (神代) High School in Chōfu, Tokyo. The closest station to the real life Jindai High School is the Senkawa station, changed from 仙川 to 泉川. The Japanese calendar of Heisei is altered from 平成 to 平政.

List of Full Metal Panic! Light Novels

Main Story Novels

No. Title Japanese release English release
1 Fighting Boy Meets Girl


December 18, 1998 September 11, 2007
2 One Night Stand


March 18, 1999 January 8, 2008
3 Into the Blue


February 14, 2000 June 17, 2008
4 Ending Day by Day: Part 1

終わるデイ・バイ・デイ 上

November 10, 2000 February 1, 2011
5 Ending Day by Day: Part 2

終わるデイ・バイ・デイ 下

April 20, 2001 February 1, 2011
6 Dancing Very Merry Christmas


March 20, 2003 N/A
7 Continuing On My Own


October 20, 2004 N/A
8 Burning One Man Force


January 20, 2006 N/A
9 Come Make My Day


March 20, 2007 N/A
10 Approaching Nick of Time


February 20, 2008 N/A
11 Always, Stand by Me: Part 1

ずっと、スタンド・バイ・ミー 上

July 17, 2010 N/A
12 Always, Stand by Me: Part 2

ずっと、スタンド・バイ・ミー 下

August 20, 2010 N/A

Short Story Novels

No. Title Japanese release English release
1 The Lone Wolf I Can't Leave Alone


December 17, 1998 N/A
2 Can't be serious at Two Outs, Bases Loaded?


May 18, 1999 N/A
3 The Unenviable Triple Crown Winner?


October 13, 1999 N/A
4 No Sympathy for the Surrounded on All 4 Sides?


June 14, 2000 N/A
5 Helpless and Lost in 5 Miles of Fog?


October 19, 2001 N/A
6 The Undependable 6 Statute Books?


June 20, 2002 N/A
7 The Uneasy Seven Tools?


July 19, 2003 N/A
8 Can't Worry About Being Trapped On 8 Sides?


July 20, 2005 N/A
9 Seriously dangerous narrow escape from death?


August 20, 2011 N/A

Side Story Novels

No. Title Japanese release English release
1 Side Arms - A Sad (Tonal) Range, A faraway (Firing) Range

サイドアームズ - 音程は哀しく、射程は遠く

April 20, 2004 N/A
2 Side Arms 2 - Voice From the North

サイドアームズ2 - 極北からの声

July 20, 2006 N/A

Full Metal Panic! Another Light Novels

Full Metal Panic! Another is a spinoff series set around 10 years after Full Metal Panic! Always Stand By Me: Part 2. The series stars a new set of characters including Tatsuya Ichinose and Adelina Aleksandrovna Kerenskaya. It is written by a new author with Shoji Gatoh overseeing the project.

No. Title Japanese release English release
1 Full Metal Panic! Another 1

フルメタル・パニック! アナザー1

August 20, 2011 N/A
2 Full Metal Panic! Another 2


December 20, 2011 N/A
3 Full Metal Panic! Another 3


March 17, 2012 N/A
4 Full Metal Panic! Another 4


August 20, 2012 N/A
5 Full Metal Panic! Another 5

フルメタル・パニック! アナザー5

February 20, 2013 N/A