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Fighting Boy Meets Girl (Full Metal Panic! Novel #1)

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Jindai High School was a relatively safe place, right up until Sousuke Sagara transferred there. A total nut, he wreaks havoc on the school's student body and gets into a world of trouble with the teachers! But there's more to Sousuke than meets the eye--not just a hell-raising student, he's actually a member of an elite military unit, on an undercover mission to protect t ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by TokyoPop (first published August 31st 1998)
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Josh
Jan 12, 2009 Josh rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: action/scifi fans
Shelves: light-novel
Well, I have to say I'm very honestly surprised by this one. I picked up Full Metal Panic simply because I knew TokyoPop's light novel line had been discontinued, so I just bought it thinking if I didn't I'd regret it later. And after reading it (which took only a day) I have to say I came away loving it.
This novel is the basis for both the manga and anime series and I have honestly read/watched neither of them. I'm very likely to now, though.
The story is a action/sci-fi with great moments of co
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Mar 13, 2014 [boredom.is.overrated] rated it it was amazing
Shelves: light-books
This books plays out a lot like the anime episodes based upon it. The book gives a little more background behind each character and I feel that the descriptions are more realistic than the anime. Did you know that Kaname's hair is black? It's blue in the anime, but I believe they were giving it the "it's so black, it's blue" treatment. I really enjoy the layout and the humor is still hilarious after all the years. This first book is pretty easy to find (the 3rd book being the hardest), so I woul ...more
Marty Preslar
Aug 03, 2013 Marty Preslar rated it it was amazing
One of the best combinations of comedy, action, and romance I have ever read, though the romance is admittedly the lesser of the three in this volume. The "fish out of water" comedy of Sousuke Sagara, a boy trained to be an assassin, then raised in a war zone after he failed to assassinate the general he was sent to kill trying to adapt to living as a normal high school student in Tokyo is very funny. The extremes to which he goes to guard Kaname Chidori, the beautiful girl who is being targeted ...more
Derek
Aug 03, 2009 Derek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is so far my favorite Japanese light-novel series. For those familiar with the anime, the events from this volume are covered in the first 7 episodes.

One of the things I really like about this series is the self-consistent science fiction. Gatou has made a very believable world that is very similar to our own, just with a few differences in recent history and some new technology.

It seems to me the author started building the background for the series by first asking, 'What advances i
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Julie Gray
Aug 05, 2009 Julie Gray rated it it was ok
Eh. This series is kinda like what would happen if Archie comics and Robotech had a bastard love child. Its a very light read. The girls are very much girls and the boys very much boys, and don't expect them to act any smarter than their prescribed gender roles. I expected the story to eventually focus on the interesting idea of "The Whispereds", who are haunted by a voice that helps them develop genius level understanding of technology. However, it seemed like this plot was only utilized sparin ...more
Souza Nurafrianto
Dec 26, 2007 Souza Nurafrianto rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 16 or above
After watching the anime which is also a briliant anime, I got interested in reading the novel as well.

It was a very smartly written book as the author can comfortly combined war, high-school love, and comedy into one complete interesting story.

Sousuke Sagara who got little common sense because of his environment full of battlefield is coupled nicely with Chidori, who is a normal but quite-mysterious high school girl. Their love story is interesting also since Sousuke is a little bit slow in rec
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Jessikah
May 17, 2008 Jessikah rated it it was ok
I think the main problem I had with this book is the translation being choppy and awkward. I love the love/hate story between the main characters, and I love the Sci Fi aspect, but I am so used to the visuals of the Anime I found reading it tedious. Some phrases sounded out of place and adverbs didn't quite fit, but again I chalk that up to mediocre translation.
I will continue to read these though, since it looks like the Anime won't have an ending until the books are wrapped up, its the only w
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A. Lightbourne
Feb 12, 2010 A. Lightbourne rated it it was amazing
I love this anime series. The two main characters are soooo funny together. The mangas are just as good. If you can get your hands on the translations of the original books however, they are even better. I found them once, then lost them. They are a bit more serious than the manga or anime, which are quite entertaining. Highly recommended!
Micah
Nov 11, 2012 Micah rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
I think this book is not very good. It can be seen as fun and some context but the translation just stops what would be fun right out of it. I'm also just not sure that the story in and of itself is one worth reading. At least it is easy to read in short to get through.
Dan
Dec 12, 2013 Dan added it
A really good and funny story that ties in conspiracy without much government to it. It is really funny to see military genius, civilian clueless, Souske try to blend in at a regular high school. Comedy ensured with action.
Ariel
Jun 04, 2008 Ariel rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the story!! I've never seen the anime, but it makes me want to watch it, although I heard it wasn't as good.
Definitely going to look for the other books in this series, however.
Freb
May 09, 2008 Freb rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Not an artistic translation... it read like the novelisation of a video game, but it's a lot of fun for all that. Much easier to follow than the manga.
[boredom.is.overrated]
This book is sooo good! It is just a touch better than the anime and difficult to put down. Can't believe it was written in 1998!
Kira
Jul 08, 2009 Kira rated it really liked it
HAHA! XD luv this series. The guy can't do anything normal at all and can only do army/soldier things. Which is HILARIOUS. XD
Joshua
Nov 13, 2008 Joshua rated it it was amazing
One of the best Books ever its full of action. Realistic war Conspiracies with a sci-fi Edge on the military battles.
Samantha
Jan 11, 2008 Samantha rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Not the best manga story ever, but enjoyable. I think I'd read book 2 to see how the story goes.
Parker
Oct 08, 2014 Parker rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and kick-ass. Gets going way faster than the anime.
Mallory
Apr 28, 2009 Mallory rated it really liked it
Very humorous and romantic comedy book..I loved it
Sri
Sep 14, 2008 Sri rated it it was ok
Cocok untuk pecinta manga lucu cenderung garing :D.
Zac (Fellow Lord) Cooper
i really dispise these comics... nuff' said
Kjirou
Dec 14, 2008 Kjirou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
気楽に読めてそこそこ楽しい
Samuel
Aug 25, 2008 Samuel rated it it was amazing
Funny.
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Shoji Gatoh (賀東 招二), born on July 11, 1971, is a Japanese author from Shiga Prefecture, Japan. He is best known for the creation of the Full Metal Panic! series that included light novels, manga and anime. He is not only an author but also an anime scenarist, for example "The Day of Sagittarius" of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and three episodes of Lucky Star.
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