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A Beginner's Guide to Anime

For many people, everything about anime is simply absurd. Japanese animation is just too weird, too silly, and too juvenile to be worth watching. Of course, anyone who has ever seen a good anime would disagree with that assumption. But it's hard to convince someone to take the plunge and give anime a shot. That's where this article comes in. I aim to proclaim the virtues of this often overlooked genre, including this tightly kept secret only known by the anime viewing community. Even now, during television's golden era, a lot of the biggest and best shows are anime. Programs like BoJack Horseman , Archer , The Simpsons , and South Park have demonstrated that audiences are hungry for animated shows. But these comedies are nothing compared to the powerful and emotionally charged stories anime portray. The best anime can rival the feels of a classic Disney movie and surpass the sophisticated complexities of House of Cards . How do they do it? Anime is such a rich combination of storytelling and art that its quality often exceeds even the best "ordinary" television shows. If you truly consider yourself a fan of television, it is time you gave the anime genre a chance. And here are some suggestions for how to start. If you like Dexter , try Death Note Serial killer who kills bad guys? Check. Murderer hiding in plain sight while he works with the police? Check. Satisfying conclusions? Well... while Dexter 's ending (and the last few seasons) left some fans disappointed, Death Note is consistently entertaining. Watching as main character Light Yagami uses his "Death Note" to murder evil-doers and create a new world is as addictive as it is fascinating. If you like your television shows smart and dark, Death Note is the perfect anime for you. If you like Game of Thrones , try Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Both of these shows have the familial backstabbing, political warfare, grand battles, and desperate fight for the throne that you crave. In Code Geass , an outcasted prince of Britannia fights against his father's empire to seize control of Japan and the world. This brilliant anime has just the right mix of action, humor, and intellectual depth to sustain you while you wait for winter to finally come. By the time you're done watching Code Geass , you'll be more obsessed with Zero and the Black Knights than you ever were with Westeros. If you like Top Chef , try Food Wars (Shokugeki no Soma) There's a reason why cooking shows are so popular nowadays. "Food porn" (a phrase I am wholly uncomfortable with) is super fun to watch. Seeing delicious-looking food get prepared and learning how to cook it at home has universal appeal. Somehow, Food Wars elevates this art to an entirely new level. Watching as aspiring chef Yukihira Soma cooks mouth-watering dishes and battles other talented chefs combines all of food porn's appeal into one appetizing show. Not only do you learn about amazing high-end cooking techniques, this show features more exquisite international dishes than you'd see spending a whole day watching the Food Network. If you like The Walking Dead , try Attack on Titan The Walking Dead and Attack on Titan have the same premise. The few people still alive after a global catastrophe band together to fight off human-eating monsters in an attempt to kill them all! In The Walking Dead , Rick and the gang just have to kill some plain old zombies. In Attack on Titan , Eren and his friends have to kill giant naked people-eating monsters called titans that have destroyed most of humanity. Both of these shows are exciting, action-packed, and often depressing. But not only is Attack on Titan faster-paced and more interesting, it actually offers up the hope that humanity can defeat these monsters. If that midseason premiere left you hating life or you've been off the TWD train for a while now, try Attack on Titan . It's just as hyped as The Walking Dead , but much more deservedly so. If you like American Horror Story , try Another Nothing is as thrilling as a terrifying mystery. While AHS runs the gamut of mildly scary to just plain weird, Another is a show that's guaranteed to scare the pants off of you. Kouichi Sakakibara is a new student at his school. In his class there is a mysterious girl who everyone else seems to ignore for some reason. As his classmates begin to die in strange accidents, the mystery surrounding this girl and these deaths only grows. If you enjoy a satisfying and scary mystery, Another is an anime worth checking out. If you like Supernatural , try Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is considered by many to be the greatest anime ever made. It is centered around the Elric brothers, who, after the unfortunate death of their mother, try to use the power of alchemy to bring her back to life. Edward (who lost an arm and a leg trying to bring his mom back) and Alphonse (who lost his whole body) journey out into the world desperate to find a way to get their original bodies back. Like the Winchesters, they battle against demons called homunculi, all while trying to overcome an incredible loss. If you only view one show mentioned in this article, this is the one you should see. It is a truly moving tale of sacrifice, human nature, and the innate goodness inside of all of us. While not exactly comparable to television shows currently on the air, there are many other anime shows that beginners to this genre should consider checking out: Durarara!! , Madoka Magica , Steins;Gate , and Naruto are all fantastic anime to start with. If you think I'm a jerk for leaving out your favorite, you have a question about a show I recommended, or you have a recommendation of your own, leave a comment below! div.post p { text-align: justify; }

Here's Your First Good Look at Edward and Alphonse In Japan's Live-Action Fullmetal AlchemistMovie

Although theres been a short teaser trailer for the Japanese live-action adaptation of Hiromu Arakawas beloved manga, we didnt actually get to see all that much of the Elric brothersuntil now that is, even if theyre hidden in shadows and steam. ...Read More... http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/m2CuOfZqzIQ/heres-your-first-good-look-at-edward-and-alphonse-in-ja-1790687472

Fullmetal Alchemist: Yakusoku no Hi e/ Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Game [RPG]

Take Ed and Al on their quest to fix what they have done. Walk their path, meet Roy and Risa and fight the homonculus. Created by the staff behind the anime production and voice acted by famous seiyuu such as Park Romi and Kugimiya Rie, Full Metal Alchemist Yakusoku no Hi e is an alternative journey to redemption. Be adventurous, take the unbeaten path, don’t be afraid to make unconventional choices and you’d be able to unlock secret scenarios within the game. Combine attacks with the comrades you meet during your journey, pull them to your side and they’d do something to help you out of tight situations. 3D models and wonderful characters, the fate of Ed and Al depends on you The trailers is really cool and must have game for fullmetal alchemist fans, the english version release this month. Source: Full Metal OVA

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Airs on Adult Swim Starting Tomorrow - Featured

For those of you who don't care for simulcasts because they don't want to have to read tiny subtitles on a small screen, Cartoon Network and FUNimation have announced that Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will air on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block starting Saturday, at 12 AM. Sadly, the broadcast will be in Standard Definition only, with no High-Def broadcast even on Cartoon Network's HD channel. Still, this is a great announcement for Fullmetal Alchemist fans - the first DVD release isn't until May 25th, so this is a good way to fill the gap until it comes out. Will you be watching?

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Dub Cast Announced - Featured

At New York Anime Fest, FUNimation announced the cast for its dub of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood . The list includes many returning favorites from Fullmetal Alchemist , like Vic Mignogna as Edward Elric, but several key members of the cast have changed for the new show. Most notably, Aaron Dismuke is no longer going to be the voice of Alphonse Elric, though he will return in an unspecified role later in the series. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is currently available streaming online with subtitles and will be released with an English language track starting in Spring 2010. The series is a retelling of the popular Fullmetal Alchemist story, with a few story changes that adhere more closely to the manga source material than its predecessor. The official listing from FUNimation follows. Reprising their roles from the first series: Edward Elric - Vic Mignogna Winry Rockbell - Caitlin Glass Roy Mustang - Travis Willingham Lust - Laura Bailey Envy - Wendy Powell Gluttony - Chris Cason Maes Hughes - Sonny Strait Fuhrer King Bradley - Ed Blaylock Riza Hawkeye - Colleen Clinkenbeard Jean Havoc - Mike McFarland New Cast Members: Alphonse Elric - Maxey Whitehead (Antonio from Romeo x Juliet, Czeslaw Meyer from Baccano) Scar - J Michael Tatum (Eneru from One Piece, Isaac from Baccano) Isaac McDougal - Bryan Massey (Ladd from Baccano, Nino from Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino) Source: FUNimation Blog