Hagane no Renkinjutsushi 2009
Alex: Since I was gonna work on reviewing my favorite anime, this one comes next~
I’ll start this review of by saying this: I HATE Shounen Anime. I just can’t stand them, for some reason. So when I went into Full Metal Alchemist, mostly just to see why everyone was raving so I can say “this is crap stop raving”, I was blown away.
Firstly; the story. Starting off very simple in premise, it takes full advantage of its 64 episode runtime to slowly grow and expand the tale. Some people do say that the pacing is off, but i’d disagree; having never watched the first FMA and never having read the manga, the pacing feels perfect to me. What this leaves you with is an astounding tale revolving around eternal life.
The cast from FMA:B is huge. Completely huge. Yet at the end of it, everyone character feels like an irreplaceable member of the tale. That’s good character development on a whole other scale to well, anything. Not many anime take the time out of their schedule to develop the lesser characters. Yet this doesn’t affect the story in any way. Infact, it helps it run better. If you think of it as instead of having the two lead characters carry the story, you’ve got everyone carrying it, you might understand what i’m trying to get at here.
The animation from Bones is typical of Bones, to be honest. It’s Bones throwing its huge budget at something and making it look utterly gorgeous and stunning . The characters look alive, the backgrounds are astounding, the effects are perfect and the fight scenes are everything you’d hope for and more. And every character looks different, which is often the downfall of several modern anime.
It’s almost one of the best adventure stories ever written.
It’s a solid recommendation if your looking for some epic adventure, or just an epic anime. Don’t make the mistake I did and see the Shounen tag and look away, because it’s so very different to every other Shounen. It actually makes you feel like it knows where it’s going, and it’s going down a road called Brilliance every step of the way.
Mimi’s Score: 10 Meeps out of 10 (Masterpiece)