Why I Love That Anime About the Blonde Kid with a Metal Arm and Yes, His Brother Really Is a Suit of Armor
Posted on October 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM
(Otherwise known as “Fullmetal Alchemist” for those who, uh, didn’t get it…)
I don’t really watch much anime (my experience with the anime community stretches to childhood toe-tipping into YuGiOh, Pokémon, Death Note, and some weird mangas in middle school, but that’s it). And while I’ve never found the time (or patience) to dive very far into the animanga culture, I have friends that do, and it was one of those friends that first recommended Fullmetal Alchemist to me. I’d heard good things, I’d seen it everywhere, and I knew it was big, but I wasn’t really that interested. It took me until last year to really give it a shot, and that was only because I was bored after graduation: it was the summer and I wanted to sit back and watch brain-mush cartoons that wouldn’t require much thought.
Except I didn’t get a mind-mush cartoon. I got a layered, fascinating story with masterful storytelling, realistic characters, excellent writing, engaging world-building, kickass moments of badassery, and pretty much just great overall everything that left me a sobbing wreck by the end of the last episode while I was simultaneously screeching ”FUCK YEAH” to the heavens. So if you’re looking for something to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon that won’t require much thought, I recommend putting this animanga off for another day, but if you’re ready to feel feelings like you’ve never felt them before, then please keep reading — because Fullmetal Alchemist is popular for a reason.