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A Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua

  • Jun 25, 2012
I'm not joking that in terms of anime titles that I absolutely detest, the only ones I put ahead of Fullmetal Alchemist are Elfen Lied and High School of the Dead, which should show you how much I LOATHE this anime.

Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime that perfectly embodies one that wants to have its cake and eat it, too.  This anime really wants to be emotinal and dark, but at the same time, tightly-clings to all the juvenille, obnoxious tropes that are the backbone of horseshit like Naruto.  Aside from one of the main villains looking and sounding like one of those twerps from Naruto, some of the people and creatures look like what you'd see in a Mr. Magoo cartoon, which clashes severely with the rest of the visual aesthetics in this anime.  Al Elrich's annoying voice and personality is a severe detrement to this anime as well, especially when you see him as a robot.  In addition to that, there's plenty of bad tonal shifts to go around. 

If I had to watch Super Mario Bros., Battlefield Earth and the Star Wars Holiday Special back-to-back for 168 hours, I'd take that instead of watching anything with the FMA tag on it.
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June 26, 2012
Frank I thought gave this one a decent rating. I saw some episodes, but at that time I was being pulled in so many directions that I lost track of it. One day I will start streaming this again on netflix. nice QT!
 
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Fullmetal Alchemist (鋼の錬金術師 Hagane no Renkinjutsushi?, literally "Alchemist of Steel"), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. The world of Fullmetal Alchemist is styled after the European Industrial Revolution. Set in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques known to man, the story follows the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who want to restore their bodies after a disastrous failed attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy.

The manga was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine (starting August 2001 and ending June 2010) and was collected in 27 tankōbon volumes. It was adapted into an animated television series of 51 episodes by Bones from October 4, 2003, to October 2, 2004, later followed by a film sequel that concluded the story of the anime. Fullmetal Alchemist would later spawn a second series called Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which first premiered in Japan on April 5, 2009, spanning 64 episodes, and ending on July 4, 2010. A multitude of spin-off novels, original video animations (OVAs), drama CDs, soundtracks, and video games have been adapted from the series. A collectible card game, multiple supplementary books, and a variety of action figures and other merchandise based on the characters of the series have also been released.

The manga has been licensed by Viz Media for publication in the United States, with 27 bound volumes ...

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