Full Metal Panic Vol 4 : 4 of 5
I don't really know why I liked this particular volume so much, but I had so much fun watching it that I blazed through the whole thing in one sitting (I usually just view one episode at a time). Interesting enough, there's very little Sosuke/Kaname romance, but there's some great humor and drama involving other characters to fill the void. First there's a fun episode focusing on Tessa and the taunts she gets from soldier Melissa, and they end up having a mecha-match (after some hilarious training from Sosuke, where we get a glimpse of Tessa's feelings for him). Strangely, the next episode is about another mecha-competition, this time involving silly events like tug-o-war and ping pong! Shinji, the military otaku high school student, has to learn to be proud of his dad, who doesn't have the skills to be a mecha pilot. Of course, they end up winning the competition, and there's some touching father/son emotion on display. Finally, the big bad villain Gauron shows up again, and Sosuke gets assigned to what seems to be an American strike force to help take him out. During the battle, there are some interesting quick cuts to Kaname relaxing at the beach for her summer, which is a really cool contrast. Everything ends in a huge cliffhanger - how could you expect anything else?