Novelist Shoji Gatoh revealed on his blog on New Year's Day that he is planning to write two new series and write a collection of Full Metal Panic! short stories. The Fujimi Shobo imprint will launch his new slapstick comedy, while Gatoh is still just starting his plans for another all-new series with mecha and weapons. In addition to the collection of Full Metal Panic! short stories, Gatoh indicated that "a little interesting project related to Full Metal is in the works."
Gatoh's third volume of his ongoing Copcraft series will ship on January 18, even though he is still not quite finished with it.
Last June, the North American publisher Tokyopop revealed its plans to publish the fourth and fifth novel volumes of Full Metal Panic! in 2011. Full Metal Panic! centers around a mercenary group called Mithril on a parallel Earth in which the Cold War did not end in 1991. The final main novels shipped in Japan last summer.
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