Okay, here’s the real deal post.
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Past
Fullmetal Alchemist was among the first (well, first 20 anyway) anime series I ever watched, way back when YouTube was first established, and they actually had full anime episodes up there. I watched the entire series in three days. The first day, I watched 34 episodes, a record that I guarantee I will never break. That’s about 12 hours of straight anime. Ridiculous, yet awesome. Needless to say, I loved the series, and had it in my top ten for a good long while. The ending left something to be desired, however, and even the movie, which gave a slightly better ending to the series than the actual series itself, still left a yearning in my heart for something different. To be honest, the ending to the first series was a bit depressing.
Then I decided, “Why not pick up the manga?” FMA became one of the first manga I picked up, along with Claymore, which is also awesome, but that’s for another time. As I made my way through the manga, I gradually began to reminisce about what made FMA great, and I also began to realize that I enjoyed the manga even more than the animated series. Then, as I reached chapter 44 in the manga, I saw something that made me remove FMA (the series) from my top ten. It was announced that another series would be created, and what’s more, it would follow the manga. I was ecstatic.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
After a few episodes, I realized that I would probably enjoy this series a little bit more than I enjoyed the first series. After about 30 episodes, I realized that I was enjoying this series a LOT more than the first series. Kudos to BONES for making this series exceed all of my expectations, as I was blown away more and more as I got closer to the ending. By the time the last 10 episodes came along, I was fist bumping and shouting in an orgasmic jubilation every second. By the time the series had reached it’s intesely awesome conclusion, I realized that it wasn’t simply better than the first season, it was better than 169 other anime that I’ve seen ever. And the reasons as to why are such:
1. The Characters
I love pretty much every single character in this show. And I don’t mean like…..I pleasure myself to them, or want to actually marry them or some crazy shit. I just thing that they all kick ass. We have the bad ass characters, like the Wrath and Scar, who kick ass without care or shame. We have the side characters who add depth to other characters, like what Winry does for Ed. And we have characters who are just awesome, like Lt. Hawkeye or Lt. Ross, both of whom kick ass. There is not one single poorly developed character in this show. They are all perfect in every way.
2. The perfect blend of humor, bad-assness, and drama
As I type this with one hand, I will say that for me, the whole short joke that continued to annoy Ed throughout this story never got old for me. In fact, when the first pea comparison was mentioned in Brotherhood, I actually celebrated with a well timed fist smash into the air. At the same time, the fight scenes in FMAB were spectaclar, particularly the fight between Wrath and Scar at the end of the series. If I were to make a list of the top ten best fight scenes in anime (hmmm) then I’d have to put this one up there with probably some Black Lagoon fights and other bad ass shit. Seriously. There was blood, there were quick, intricate moves…..it was awesome. The drama was great, but drama is always great when you have awesome fight scenes, good humor, and a great plot.
3. The story
Alchemy. I want it. So do you.
Fullmetal Alchemist: The future
I thought that with the ending of the current series, the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise would be over, but I was happily mistaken. To be honest, I have no idea if the movie is just going to focus on something from the series, a subplot of some kind, or an unrelated subject, but I hope it just continues where the anime series left off, because the way that FMAB ended seemed to open up a lot of new material ripe for the picking. Ed and Al finally have their bodies and lives back, and decide to go there separate ways, Ed without the ability to use alchemy and Al with the ability to use alchemy along with a really gay haircut:
Al looked awesome when he had the long ass hair. Why did he cut it!? He looks like a penis with that haircut. Anyway, I hope that the movies centers around what Ed and Al do after the series, because that is something that I’m really interested in.
King Bradley aka Wrath
Did you think that I’d choose the awesome Lt. Hawkeye? Perhaps you thought that I’d choose Al because of Rie Kugimiya? Well, you suck. The only person I really ever considered was The Fuhrer: King Bradley also known as the homunculus, Wrath. He kicks everyone’s ass. I mean, he’s an older dude, but still, it takes an army, a kamikaze attack, a homonculous, and an Ishbalin who is a badass himself to finally take him down, and even all of that almost didn’t work. One of the most badass characters I’ve ever seen. Also, the fact that the first animated series created an entirely different Wrath and named King Bradley Pride really confused the shit out of me for a while.
- If I were Ed, I would have kept the automail. It’s just too awesome to get rid of. Then again, maybe it’s annoying. At least he kept the leg, that should help his sexual relationship with Winry, who has an obvious fetish for metal parts. I mean, Winry’s the kind of girl who probably lost her virginity to a wrench.
- Mustang was completely bad ass in that one episode. I shit bricks. In the final episode, he was shown working to repair relationships with Ishbalins, and doing such good work. Then, he used a philosopher’s stone to fix his eyes, which I felt went against pretty much everything he was doing. But no, it’s okay, the souls in the stone would want him to use them. Probably. Maybe. Maybe not. Whatever, just use it.
- Why didn’t they show Mustang finally hooking up with Hawkeye!? Or Ran Fan finally hooking up with Lin!? Oh that’s right, they’re both married to me. Suck it.
- What the fuck was that target thing on Selim’s head in the last episode? And how did he grow up so fast?
- I don’t get it….did Winry quit her job at Rush Valley? Or did she just stop going to work? Maybe she forgot about it?
- How did the BONES manage to fit so many BAM moments into every episode on a seemingly exponential scale? I’m not complaining!
So I’m going to be watching anime a lot less often, reading manga a lot less oftern, and therefore, if you haven’t caught on to the trend, posting a lot less, do to several factors including work, my other work, work related binge drinking, awesome weather, and simply lack of time/interest/I’m always way too tired from work to actually care about watching shit. I didn’t even work today and I’m fucking tired. I’m going to bed right after I post this. It is now 11:38 as I type this. That is EARLY for me a LOT.