Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Fullmetal Alchemist
MAL Score: 9.24/10
Episodes: 64
Genres: Action, Military, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen

Introduction

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” is an alternative retelling of Hiromu Orakawa’s manga, but comparing to the original anime series, it covers the whole story and has a more reasonable ending. This anime has easily taken its top place in all rankings due to its thrilling story, spectacular fights, rich world lore and etc.

Law of Equivalent Exchange

“In order for something to be obtained, something of equal value must be lost”. This is the core, on which alchemy is based. Alchemy is everything in the world of “Fullmetal Alchemist”. It is a local type of magic, that allows to create something out of something. But of course, there are different consequences and there are some restrictions for using it. For example, creating a person or a chimera (mix of different species, abomination) is forbidden, as it is dangerous and it hasn’t been successful before.

The setting

The story is about two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who lost their mother, when they were kids, and who decided to revive her using the alchemy. As expected, it was a complete failure and both brothers lost a lot: Edward now uses the prothesis for his right hand and leg and Alphonse only’s got his soul attached to armor. Now they seek the Philosopher’s Stone, which can overcome the Law of Equivalent Exchange, to return Alphonse’s body. But slowly and steadily, they face the political repressions in the country and they find out the murky history of their country’s government, so their initial task comes on the second place.

“Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” is rich in interesting characters, who are unique to each other. Edward, while serving the military as the state alchemist, meets a lot of different people and creatures, that behave and live solely on their principles. For example, there are Seven Deadly Sins, who serve their creator, or Colonel Roy Mustang, who is seemingly harsh and cold to his colleagues, but he is really a caring and fair person.

Conclusion

Overall, it is understandable and pretty clear, why
the whole anime community treasures this anime . It consists of everything, that makes the anime really interesting and worth watching (and then rewatching multiple times). Furthermore, there have been several movies and specials, which boosted its popularity. The world of “Fullmetal Alchemist” has a lot of potential for development in novels, other series. Unfortunately, the story is told, and doubt we are getting something else from this universe. The only thing we can do is just rewatching the series – the classics never become outdated.

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Code Geass: Lelouche of the Rebellion Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
MAL Score: 8.77/10
Episodes: 25
Genres: Action, Drama, Mecha, Military, School, Sci-Fi, Super Power

Introduction

Code Geass is an adaptation of the original manga, that started airing in 2006. It is knows as one of the best titles with extensive food for thoughts, suprising plot twists and exciting fights, including a great range of unique mechas. Code Geass has a lot of side stories and spin-offs, like, for example, Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito. The world of Code Geass is so diverse, that the whole series has been realised in different versions. You can watch the movies, which are different from original story, and also the upcoming movie with a totally separate storytelling.

The setting

“Code Geass” is based in the alternative progressive world, where there are three superpowers: Chinese Federation, United Republic of Europia and Holy Britannian Empire – the dominant nation from that time. You can easily see the resemblence with the real world, but where is Japan, you might ask? The Holy Britannian Empire once invaded Japan, which concluded in its total domination. Therefore, the Japanese territory becomes the special Area 11 (and the japanese were consequently called “elevens”).

The whole series is about a britannian school boy Lelouch Lamperouge, who wanted to change the Holy Britannian Empire. For that he had only one goal – to grant his little lovely sister the peaceful and safe world. For this he becomes Zero – the symbol of rebellion and revolution for all elevens. He is the one who creates the “Order of the Black Knights” – a terroristic organization, which becomes the greatest dangers for Britannian government. This rapid progression is all due to the special power of persuasion called “Geass” that was granted to Lelouch by the mysterious girl C.C. Only after obtaining this power Lelouch has started taking serious actions towards the changing of the Britannia.

Features of series

Tense mindgames, glorious mechas with impressive technologies, picturesque field and sky battles make “Code Geass” an appropriate action anime.  The environment is always different as much as the atmosphere and always rising bets, meaning a more and more discouraging consequences for the losing side. The political intrigues and the questions of royalty keep the viewer amazed and makes him watch to the end.

Summary

No wonder why almost everyone is waiting for new “Code Geass” movie right now. After all, the successful mix of action, politics and mystery has granted the series its one of the biggest fanbases and high ratings in most charts. Every announcement, every small discovered feature boosts the community, rising the hype for the next 1-2 years. People consider “Code Geass” as one of the best animes of its time and is extremely popular now, due to all the expectations for the upcoming movie.

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Food Wars Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars)
MAL Score: 8.51/10
Episodes: 24
Genres: Ecchi, School, Shounen

Introduction

For some people, the process of food consumption is just a daily task to get yourself some energy, vitamins and etc. Someone consider this as something usual, not even giving a thought about preferring what to eat. But for someone, food is the topic you shouldn’t take lightly. The gourmet world is diverse and you will not find a person that has tasted all the finest meals in the whole world. More and more unique, sophisticated recipes are found all the time. Finding new tastes – that is what Shokugeki no Soma is mostly about.

How it all begins

Yukihira Soma, the protagonist of the story, lives and works with his father in a small family restaurant, serving some nice and simple food for guests. But one day, those peaceful times are over as Soma’s father sends him to Tootsuki Academy – the prestigious cooking school. There he meets a bunch of strong ambitious individuals, each with their own speciality. And from now on, Soma has to adapt his experience, his skills he gained before to an always changing environment to survive and get to the top.

With his experience and impressive creative skills, Soma gradually builds relationships, getting lots of friends and rivals. All of them have their own backgrounds and goals, which are not stupid, but have the actual meaning. The big character palette, formed by all those people, greatly influences main character, making him behave in the most unexpected ways.

Shokugeki – a solution for everything

The core feature of this anime is Shokugeki – a fight between chefs, the result of which is determined by the dishes they prepare. The main condition for this cook-off to happen is the equal compensations from both sides. Like in Fullmetal Alchemist: if you want to get something, you will need to give something of equal price. So basically, if you want to get a higher position, be prepared to lose something as valuable and precious as this. Due to his origin, Soma is getting seriously underestimated , so that is why he has advantage in those cooking matches. He greatly impresses both opponents and judges leaving them fully delighted after tasting his meal. They are getting undressed in their mind, and this provides anime with lots of fanservice.

Summary

Shokugeki no Soma is the food anime, in which you not only get food, that makes you drool intensively. It has greatly designed characters, both main and side ones, a good plot, that keeps you excited all the time. It already got several seasons, which states out the extreme popularity of this title. I would give the personal recommendation: get something to eat for this anime, because you can easily get hungry after you watch it! 🙂

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Soul Eater Anime Review

Media: Anime
Name: Soul Eater
MAL Score: 8.01/10
Episodes: 51
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Supernatural, Shounen

Introduction

I can describe this anime in 3 words: witches, madness and weapons. Those three words usually don’t come together, but Soul Eater makes them collaborate just fine. After it started airing in 2008, it became dramatically popular for its unique setting.

While going on with the story, somewhere in the end, you might note to yourself that the story pace has rapidly increased, and you wouldn’t be wrong. The original manga had some sort of small hiatuses, so anime caught up with it pretty fast. To make it so the anime didn’t have to go on hiatus, the decision was made to finish it in its own way. To be honest, I didn’t like the ending due to absurdness of the situation overall. If you want to see the good ending for this story, I suggest you to read the manga, as it is just better than anime itself in terms of plot development.

The actual plot

Soul Eater Evans (Soul for everyone) studies in Death Weapon Meister Academy to become the Death Weapon. During the practice he hunts different monsters that appear in Death City, where most events occur. But he does it in a pair – with the help of his meister, Maka Albarn. So basically they are two protagonists of the whole story. Then need to get 99 souls of regular monsters and a soul of a powerful witch to fill the requirement for becoming the Death Weapon. Of course, something goes wrong… as usual.

The topic of madness – as some important characters are getting affected by it in the story – is the another key point of Soul Eater. Some characters can become quite philosophical while talking about this interesting characteristic of human personality. They try to find out whether it is good or bad, can it be harmless or does it cause only destruction, both mental and physical, and etc. The question of sanity might hook up people that tend to discuss some difficult causes.

Summary

Soul Eater was good on its release and is still great to watch in our time. Due to its unique setting and some interesting and important questions for discussion, it’s become a classic in the anime industry, having shined during its own period, but still appealing to modern community.

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Dr. Stone Review or “How a boy can revive the whole civilization from the start”

Media: Manga, Anime (Summer 2019)
Name: Dr. Stone
MAL Rating: 8.01/10 (N/A for Anime version)

Summer 2019 season is gonna be hot for sure. And not because of the bright sun, but there will be a lot of titles I would recommend for watching. This summer will be special for me, because of one specific title. It has been waiting for a long time for its chance to appear on screens. This is “Dr. Stone” by Riichiro Inagaki (Eyeshield 21) and Boichi (Trigun, Sun-Ken Rock). It is about people overcoming the “second prehistoric era” ( without dinosaurs though). And they live in the wild and dangerous world they once called their home.

After everyone had fallen under strange petrification disease, several thousand years had passed. Numerous cities and villages got covered with vegetation, thus having transformed into the ruins of history. The protagonist of this story is Senkuu – the one young genius, who was busy with multiple scientific projects before the world disaster occured, but became the hope for all humanity. His friend, Taiju, becomes the second man to be revived after Senkuu, and from this point the actual story begins.

The plot is rather simple – survive and find out what happened, but it is filled with a lot of interesting stuff, which makes “Dr. Stone” unique on its own: from discovering different technologies 1000 times faster than the history of humanity can remember, to some serious questions about society and wars. It has a good deal of comedy, which perfectly adds the charm to the title, while it doesn’t forget about the romantic side, that is quite common in those stories.

Summary

Yes, the spring season has only just begun, and there is a lot of time till the summer, but if you like this kind of anime – you would want to include “Dr. Stone” to those “Must see” titles of the next season. And for those, that cannot wait – they can read manga. They will not be disappointed with it, I promise!

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