Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Series I Cannot Finish

There is a series I am having trouble finishing.  Don't get me wrong, I actually love it.  That's actually the reason I am having a hard time finishing it, if that makes any sense at all.

This entry just may be the ramblings of a madman, so feel free to consider me a oddball.  Everyone else does!

One of the only mecha series I can stand would be one called Full Metal Panic.  I actually really love the series and the mecha parts I can usually ignore.  I feel it is more of a character story with bit and pieces of action here and there.  For those of you who don't know, Full Metal Panic is divided as of this writing into three series.  The first, simply titled Full Metal Panic, is the introductory storyline and shows off all the elements that makes the series great.  Riveting action with some war drama, mixed with horribly hilarious misunderstandings from a soldier's warped mind.  The series is 24 episodes of fun and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a little bit of everything in their entertainment.

The third series is call Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid.  I know it seems odd to call the series "The Second Raid" when it is the third series, but roll with it.  You can actually consider it the true sequel to the original Full Metal Panic as it incorporates the same elements as the first, but with less emphasis on the humor and more on angsty teen drama.  It isn't a bad series by any means, but it can be slow at times.  I only recommend it to the people who have seen the original series and wants more of the same.  It is only 13 episodes long, but it is well made, and one of my favorite box sets as far as aesthetics go.

Huh?  You had to double check and see if I mentioned the second series anywhere?  Well, I haven't, until now.  The second series is called Full Metal Panic Fumoffu.  Unlike the others, this series focuses more on the humor aspects and does not really contain any serious drama in it at all.  It is, quite simply, one of the funniest series I own.  While it helps to have a background for the series, it isn't necessary and is great fun for anyone who love humor, especially slapstick.  There is just one problem with the series.

I can't finish it.
An army of Bunta-kuns!
I wish I could explain why, at least in a way that makes sense.  It's like a kid who gets a box of chocolates for Christmas.  The kid never gets chocolate and the chocolate is of very high quality and he knows it.  He wants to save the chocolates for a special occasion.  Eat some now, and save some for later, as they are hard to come by.  Several years pass and your chocolate is...urm...growing foliage.  Or like how I have to travel at least 75 miles to get some soda that does not get sold in my area and only buy a couple dozen and try to stretch them out as long as I can, before the expiration date.  Does this make any sense to anyone?

He blew up a shoe locker.  No, I am for real.
That is how I feel about Fumoffu.  I'm afraid of finishing it and poof!  No more new stuff.  No more Full Metal Panic.  No more laughs.  Nothing new to discover.  I'm saving them for a horrible rainy day, like if I lost my job and savings, or the death of a loved one.  There they will be, to comfort me and temporarily make me forget my troubles.  I honestly don't know if I will find the series funny any more, or if the new episodes will make me laugh at all.  They may not for all I know.  I just have a feeling that I will find a time when watching those will help me.  I'm just saving them for later.  As I also said, I'm afraid of not finding anything like that again.  I mean I have all sorts of comedy anime: Sgt. Frog, Hetalia, School Rumble, Oh! Edo Rocket, Pani Poni Dash, and others, but nothing will reach the level of Fumoffu.

Has anyone else done this before?  Am I simply delusional?  Share your thoughts in the comment area below!

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