Fullmetal AlchemistAll right as anyone who has read a few posts on my blog could have figured out, I really like Fullmetal Alchemist. This is one of, if not the best anime series out there.
Since this is the first post in my new Anime is Blasphemy blog, I will go over my review system.
Animes will be graded on
Visual Quality-How well the show is animated. How does it look. A total of 20 points given here
Plot-Does the story make sense, does it make you think, does it seem well written. 40 points can be recieved here
Characters-after the show can you remember more than 3 character names, better yet can you say anything about their personalities. 30 points can be recieved here.
Music-Very important to animes. I'm not that big a fan of J-pop, but good music in an anime sure is nice. A total of 10 points can be given here.
So with the exposition over lets get on with the show.
Visual Quality-18 points. This is one of the best looking shows around, and the battle scenes are so well done, that you often find yourself staring blankly at the screen trying to absorb all the awesomeness. Sometimes some episodes seem better animated than others, but this only occurs in the middle of the series. Overall Studio Bones, an animating studio, has outdone themselves with this show.
Plot-37 points This is where Fullmetal Alchemist really stands out from the rest of the pack. I would say that this show would be near the level of the writing on Lost. The story line constantly builds on itself, and there are very little filler episodes. An even more amazing feature of this anime is how many secrets can be revealed to the viewer if they watch carefully. Either through careful writting, or extreme foresight, every revelation in this show makes sense. Little hints are dropped throughout the story, and looking for these hints adds greatly to the show's replay value. Only problem I had, was that some of the relationships could have been explored more.
Characters-30 points. Just about every character in this show has some significant impact on the story. The brothers Ed and Al, are the most developed by the end of the show, but side characters also are developed. It would be easier to name the characters that this show did not develop than the characters that they did. Out of all the characters, the ones that seem to be the most neglected are mustang's troops, and one or two of the homunculi. Otherwise.......amazing.....perfect....flawless. Next category.
Music- 10 points. This is also an area in which fullmetal excels. The entire soundtrack is fully orchestrated. The music is catchy, and the opening theme songs are some of the best I have seen in an anime. Enough said
Overall score- 95