70% of the time I read “Moe” the Japanese way
Perhaps I should just give up now and admit that there are no anime series more perfect than Cowboy Bebop, Baccano!, Ouran or FMAB
Nothing else comes close really. But that won’t stop me trying to find that one series that can give me my top 5 series with a 10/10 rating! >:O
Watching House of Five Leaves. Not sure whether to be freaked out by the wide mouths and pale/black eyes or not.
They’re definitely the weirdest looking bunch of characters I’ve seen purely based on the way they’re drawn. But in a way that weirdness is also rather beautiful, and definitely fits the style of the show.
Listening to the Baccano OST. Fairly certain my ears have died and gone to heaven.
Has anyone who’s seen Kids on the Slope NOT liked it?
I’ve literally seen no bad or “meh” comments about it. :D
Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope) Episode 1
Hell yes. The moment I read the first page of the manga I knew I was in for something good, but Shinichiro Watanabe’s direction + Yoko Kanno’s music makes this anime adaptation a definite must-watch.
I had my doubts about the way the art looks, all fuzzy round the edges and whatever, but I actually really, really like it now. It makes every scene look like a work of art, it’s very fluid and beautiful.
The whole show has a nice calming quality to it, the characters are muted and realistically designed, and they’re all super likeable. Like the moment you see them they seem already developed.
I can’t wait until next week where we’ll get to hear more jazz, it’s kind of a shame both the opening and ending credits aren’t jazz, but they are super pretty regardless. This whole show is pretty!
Also NEZUMI <3!
It’s notable that the series, which at first idolizes Spike, at the end disapproves of what he does. Audience sympathy is definitely with Faye and Jet at the end, or at least mine was. I was really annoyed that Spike went after Vicious and let himself die, when he’s got people who really care about him right there. This disapproval of Spike is a huge change from the beginning of the series, where we see Spike as this impossibly cool guy, who never gets hurt, and can never be phased. At first, you’d think Spike’s lifestyle is what the creators are espousing, but at the end it’s far from it. There’s a shift from valuing emotional detachment and cool, to valuing emotional connections, and concern. It’s subtly done, and doesn’t really hit you until that scene with Faye, but it’s there the whole time. To me, Spike is someone you are in awe of at first, but as the series goes on, you realize all his flaws, the calm center that is Jet becomes a much more admirable character.
Fullmetal Alchemist 30-Day Challenge: Day 16
DAY 16: Do you have a favourite episode/manga chapter? Why?
Ohh in the first anime I’m gonna go for episode 37, the one with Mustang’s crew. It’s a really nice break from the norm and it’s just great fun! Although that said, I watched episode 5 the other day (the one with the train), and Maes Hughes is just amazing in that episode so it’s kind of a tie between those two I guess. I’m a real sucker for comic relief.
Night of the Chimera’s Cry also stuck in my head, it’s one of the most beautiful episodes, both horrifying and heartbreaking, so it’s probably my favourite non-funny episode.
In Brotherhood, I don’t have a favourite, there’s just too much cool stuff going on all the time. Basically, it’s like asking me to pick my favourite Crowning Moment of Awesome. There just isn’t a favourite!
Fullmetal Alchemist 30-Day Challenge: Day 13
DAY 13: Would you ever take the risk and do human transmutation?
Eh… no since it’s impossible and the outcomes of attempting it are pretty horrific. It’d be nice if it were possible and didn’t require either murder or self-sacrifice, and if what came out of it was an actual person rather than a horrible mess.
Fullmetal Alchemist 30-Day Challenge: Day 12
DAY 12: Your all-time favourite lines?
"Equivalent exchange! I’ll give half of my life to you, if you give half of yours to me!"
Pretty much that whole exchange between Winry and Ed at the end of Brotherhood. It was the cutest proposal ever! :D
Fullmetal Alchemist 30-Day Challenge: Day 10
DAY 10: Barry the Chopper: Love him or hate him?
I don’t honestly understand how you can “hate” Barry, especially when he’s voiced by Jerry Jewell (Claire Stanfield) in the dub! He’s just so adorable!! I love that he wanted to chop up his own body, and that he has a crush on Riza. Not only that, but he proved Maria was innocent which spurred a whole lot of awesome from pretty much the entire side cast. Ok, so he was way less likeable the 2003 version where he kidnaps Winry, but pretty much everyone was less likeable in the 2003 version…
Fullmetal Alchemist 30-Day Challenge: Day 9
DAY 9: Your thoughts on the first anime
There are so many things I prefer about the first anime than in Brotherhood:
The writing and directing was better, there was more subtlety, the themes were way more interesting, I much preferred Ed and Al and I thought the way the show explored their relationship was one of the best things I’ve ever seen; I loved Maes Hughes, I loved Lust and how Mustang killed Winry’s parents, I loved Nina… The 2003 anime was just incredible in so many ways. But I hated Dante. I hated her so much, not in a “you’re meant to hate her” kind of way, but in a proper “gtf off my screen!” kind of way, and Archer and Shou Tucker are the same. And it annoyed me that none of the protagonists actually got to kill anyone of importance, all the homunculi basically killed themselves in the end (except MAYBE Pride, but even then he was weakened considerably without any help from Mustang). My advice to any person who’s just about the start FMA is to watch the 2003 version first, because I think it’s a really beautiful story, and it tackles themes that just aren’t dealt with anywhere else (at least not as well) and gives you a better idea of each character.