The illustrator for Shoji Gatoh’s Full Metal Panic! light novel series has revealed that a “director’s cut” version of the 2002 Full Metal Panic! anime series has been greenlit.

Shikidouji revealed that the director’s cut will consist of three films, but the announcement didn’t state if the trilogy will have new footage.

For those not in the know, Full Metal Panic! revolves around a mercenary group called Mithril on an alternate Earth where the Cold War didn’t end in 1991.

The series was originally debuted in light novel form in 1998, and the final novel was released in 2010, having sold over 11 million copies in print.


The novels also inspired the 12-episode Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu tv anime as well as Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid in 2005. Aside from a handful of sequels and a video anime also inspired by the franchise, a new anime series called Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory that is set to premiere in spring 2018.