Pan-Asian streaming service iflix has added several Japanese anime titles to its line-up, including the three-part film series of Full Metal Panic!, as well as its fourth television series, Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory.
The video on-demand service has also started streaming the 2007 mystery anime series Rental Magica.
The latest additions to the service are available in Japanese audio with multiple subtitle options, which can be streamed by all registered iflix users for free.
The addition of the new anime titles happened after Southeast Asian anime channel ANIPLUS Asia has removed their remaining titles on the service at the end of March.
Due to his father’s disappearance, Itsuki Iba has to take over the family business: a magician dispatch service called “Astral”. Astral basically employ countless magicians and other supernatural beings in order to send them out to help those who need magical assistance. As a leader, Itsuki now has to be tough, commanding, and reliable, but there’s one problem: he’s a coward. Also, in order to run a successful business, he has to connect with his employees, which is more difficult than it seems due to his personality and lack of magical ability. But not only does he have to deal with his own employees, he also has to deal with those who threaten the family business. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
Rental Magica is an anime adaptation of a Japanese light novel series by Makoto Sanda with illustrations by Pako, which is being published by Kadokawa Shoten’s The Sneaker magazine since August 2004, and currently has 24 volumes.
The anime adaptation was directed by Itsuro Kawasaki, who also directed the anime adaptation of Chrome Shelled Regios, while Emma: A Victorian Romance scriptwriter Mamiko Ikeda was joined by light novel creator Sanda in it’s series composition.
Minako Shiba, who handled character designs for the popular Black Butler anime, adapted Pako’s original character designs, which was produced by anime studio Zexcs.
Southeast Asian anime channel ANIMAX Asia previously aired Rental Magica in Japanese Audio with Subtitles in March 2012, while ABS-CBN’s digital terrestrial channel YeY! also aired the anime series in Filipino dubbing in January 2015.
You may watch Rental Magica on the iflix app on your device, or through this link: piay.iflix.com/tv/rental-magica-17220.
Full Metal Panic! Director’s Cut
A three-part “director’s cut” film series based on the first Full Metal Panic! television series in 2002, which is an anime adaptation of the first three volumes of the light novel series by Shoji Gatoh, with illustrations by Shikidouji, started in 1998.
The first film, “Boy Meets Girl”, was screened in Japanese cinemas on November 2017, which was followed by the second film, “One Night Stand”, and the third film, “Into the Blue”, on January 2018.
The film trilogy was directed by Koichi Chigira and written by Fumihiko Shimo, who both worked on the first television series, which was produced by anime studio Gonzo.
Philippine media company GMA Network aired the first Full Metal Panic! series in December 2014, which was followed by Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu a month later.
The now-defunct Filipino language anime channel HEROtv, which is owned by GMA Network’s main rival ABS-CBN, also aired the first series in August 2006, while the second series was aired in October the same year.
At that time, the distribution and Filipino dub versions of both shows were handled by Telesuccess Productions.
You may watch Full Metal Panic! Director’s Cut film trilogy on the iflix app on your device, or through these links:
First Film: piay.iflix.com/movies/full-metal-panic-1st-section–boy-meet-girl-185373/
Second Film: piay.iflix.com/movies/full-metal-panic-2nd-section–one-night-stand-185374/
Third Film: piay.iflix.com/movies/full-metal-panic-3rd-section–into-the-blue-185375/
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
Amalgam has made its move to gather up the whispered—specifically Kaname Chidori! And Leonard Testarossa is ready to do anything to get her. Determined to keep Chidori safe, Sousuke stays close by her side, which proves to be more dangerous than ever before. But when her friend’s lives are put in danger, Chidori makes a choice that could bring a tragic end to this battle. Up against new weaponry and deadly foes, can Sousuke and the soldiers of Mithril stop Amalgam and protect the ones they love? (Synopsis from Madman Entertainment)
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory is the fourth television series of the popular sci-fi action franchise, adapting volumes 7-9 of the light novel series by by Shoji Gatoh, with illustrations by Shikidouji, which was published from 2004 to 2007.
Katsuichi Nakayama, who worked in the sci-fi original net animation series planetarian, directed the anime series, while light novel creator Gatoh worked again as its scriptwriter.
Osamu Horiuchi, who worked in the previous adaptations of the franchise, returned to handle character designs, which had been produced by anime studio Xebec.
You may watch Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory on the iflix app on your device, or through this link: piay.iflix.com/tv/full-metal-panic!-invisible-victory-17216.