New anime movies rarely come to southern California (they tend to go instead to Viz’s theater in San Francisco) so I jumped at the chance to see the Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood movie at the Burbank Film Festival. The movie, titled The Sacred Star of Milos, is the first Full Metal Alchemist movie set in… Continue reading Feast or Filler? Full Metal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
I’m a perfectionist. Being a perfectionist isn’t about being perfect, it’s about being unhappy with your work when it isn’t. Sometimes you have to ignore that impulse and just release your creation to the world. Sometimes though, you get a second chance. George Lucas epitomises this phenomena. Audiences didn’t appreciate it when Lucas revised Star… Continue reading Special Edition
When I watch a new show on TV in the United States I watch each show as it is released, one episode a week. Until recently I watched anime in a very different way, I would watch anime after all the episodes were released, usually four or five episodes at each sitting. This led to… Continue reading How to watch your anime
Choosing the best anime of 2009 is no contest for me, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood wins it hands down every time.
Something that ‘outsiders’ probably don’t realise about Fullmetal Alchemist is just how grotesque and disturbing it can be for mainstream shonen; it has never been a story that shys away from death, even when the victims are cute little girls and their pet dogs! This lurched back into focus during episode 20 of Brotherhood, when… Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist is overlooked as horror
I still read my fair share of blogs and forums, so I had something of an inkling that this episode of Brotherhood was going to be quite special, but even still, I loved it to pieces, and once the credits were finally rolling, all I could think is that this was the exact moment that… Continue reading A love letter to FMA: Brotherhood #19 and why I love anime
I’m really enjoying Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I haven’t read the manga, but I loved the first anime, even when it diverged from the source material, so I’m not someone that demands an adaptation be a frame-for-frame duplicate, it just has to be good! Anime is a totally different medium of entertainment to manga and as… Continue reading So, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is bad because it isn't a perfect adaptation of the manga?