Sunday, September 30, 2018

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory - BluRay Improvements

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory ins now fully available on Blu Ray in Japan. Here are some comparison shots from the BluRay and TV version. In general the BluRay image is slightly darker than the TV version and looks sharper due to less compression. Major changes were made to episode 6, 8, 9, 10 and 12 with some smaller changes done throughout the season. This list is incomplete as there are many more shots that were also improved. Whenever there is a new shot it usually replaces one that was already used at a different point of that episode.

Episode 6
Most of the changes in episode 6 are on Sousuke Sagara. The clouds in the Nami shower scene were removed.

Episode 8
The beginning of episode 8 was rearranged. Previously we saw Nami die twice. Now it's just one action. Kuruma shoots, she dies. The zoom on one of the shots was also changed. A color change was made to the uniform of one of the mercenaries to fit with continuity. Many missing character shots were added to the Kuruma-Sousuke fight towards the end. Blood was added and smoke was improved. One scene got additional character motion on Sousuke. An image error was corrected.

Episode 9
Most of the warehouse scene was reworked and many shots were added throughout the episode. Kurz Weber now uses his rifle appropriately. Lemons animations were also redone.

Episode 10
By far the most improvements were made on episode 10. Sousuke Sagaras animations were reworked almost entirely. Almost every Tessa scene was redone. Kaname was improved and got some additional shots in the pool scene. Hunter, Mira, Wraith and Kalinin all got some improvements as well.

Episode 11
Like i said, there's only a few changes to the other episodes. I noticed this one in episode 11. Likely to fix continuity. There are many of these smaller changes done throughout the series.

Episode 12
Many unexpected changes were made in episode 12. Kaname got new animations in the gun scene. Almost all of Sousuke Sagaras cockpit scenes were redone. Kalinin was improved in the Helicopter scene. Tessa, Kurz, Mao and Belfangan got improved in the final TDD-1 scene.

Besides these, many more scenes were improved. Sound effects were supposedly also improved, but i have no comparisons for that. There also may have been some changes on the soundtrack, but i can't confirm those either.

There will be a Full Metal Panic! panel at Fantasia Festival 2018 on October 21 with Shoji Gatoh and other FMP!4 staff members attending. It is highly likely that this is where they will talk about the future of FMP Anime. So ... see you in 3 weeks?


  1. Thanks for putting these up man, this is awesome. Honestly my main problem with Invisible Victory was when the animation looked like so many of the things in here, but thank God they fixed so much of it. It still doesn't look as good as I would want it to be which would be impossible cause I want it to look the exact same as The Second Raid but some of these fixes definitely a lot of my problems with this season. Again thanks for putting this up

    1. Thanks for the comment. You're most welcome. Glad if this helps.

    2. Hell yeah man, let's just hope that if Season 5 comes out that it doesn't have the same problems as this

  2. I'm so grateful for these fixes! I felt bad when watching all the parts that had crappy animation when I knew that it was one of my favorite series and compared it to TSR that was released by KyoAni 13 years later. Reasons for the quality issues and differences were understandable but now it really looks decent.

  3. So.. apparently nothing Season 5 related got announced @ Fantasia Festival.

    I only heard that Shoji Gatoh looked very exhausted.

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