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2009 in Perspective: A year of comeback

No. This is not your typical post of Top 10 countdowns and quite frankly, I don’t think I am qualified to do that job because, and I admit it, I have not watch all the animes slated for this year. I am however feeling reflective as this year is coming to end, like anyone else before the coming of each and every new year. This is also my first year-round reflective post on everything anime since I began this blog nearly 3 years ago. I certainly hope I can make this an annual tradition for many years to come. I should not mull over this and saying out my points (honestly, I’m trying my best to avoid using the word “muse” that Scamp thought out to be pretentious, which is not what this post is all about). But first, I have to warn you: this is a very lengthy post. Not sure if it’s an interesting read but I do include my anime pick for 2009 at the end of the post.

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12 Moments in Anime #10: A screenshot tells a thousand words

It’s a cliché phrase I know. But sometimes all you need is a picture, possibly toss in a caption for good measure. So this moment in anime is this awesome scene from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood episode 19, the single greatest scene of the year.


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Predictions for the inevitable ‘best anime of the 00’s’

Toradora vs Minami-ke

Neither of these are going to win but it's the best header image I could find

Are you ready for the inevitable? The newest and largest pub argument amongst anime fans for the next year or so is on it’s way. While others can argue how anime has changed over the decade, most notably in the internet explosion, the average folk will slam their glass on the table and proclaim that ‘Code Geass will be forgotten in a few years’ or that ‘Monster is the most under-rated anime of them all’. So I’m going to try to shed some light upon this topic. Now I won’t be saying what my picks are, oh no. I’m going to be acting like a bookie, weighing up the odds for what will be voted top of the charts. For this I’m going to assume that the winners will be decided by a poll, much like the Animesource polls, where each voter gets 5 votes. Place your bets folks. What was the best anime of the 00’s?

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[PV] HOLOGRAM by NICO Touches the Walls

This is the 2nd opening song for FMA2: Brotherhood. One of the awesome of opening songs for any anime, if not, for the franchise. I don’t really listen to NICO Touches the Walls but I do know the band did a song for Naruto before, which I presume to be where their success had kicked-off. The full PV rip of the song is also available here for download.


Fullmetal Alchemist 2 Episode 6-8 short review

It’s been a while since I blogged FMA2, one of many reasons being : I got a temp job as a data entry admin clerk at a hospital. I stare at the computer the whole day and my brains feels like cheese after a day’s work so much so I havn’t watched anime for TWO weeks since my schedule for weekends were packed as well with long awaited basketball games with friends. And oh, I recently got hooked onto Heroes as well. Nevertheless, here I am, having finished all 3 episodes. Let’s see what these 3 episodes were about and how they fared. Since it’s been a while since the episodes were out, I’m going to assume the reader has watched the episodes and is ready for  a spoiler filled post.

Episode 6 makes up of 2 parts, meeting Dr Marcoh coincidentally at a train station who directed Edward to the first Library branch and having his arm repaired and restoring his brother body back. Short, sweet and straight to the point, armstrong was in the episode to keep it from being too boring since this isn’t exactly an action packed episode but more like a launchpad to the next major point in the whole FMA story.

Episode 7 starts off with Scar being discovered by the homoculous and a fight ensues with scar suffering serious injuries. The latter half of the episode focused on Edward and Al finding their way to the truth behind the philosopher stone and then, the truth behind the truth, that being Lab 5 right? The bookworm librarian makes a show here to assist Edward in his quest who promptly ‘sold’ her to Lt Col Huges when they first met. Despite warnings from Armstrong not to investigate Lab 5, the two brothers snucked in.

In episode 8, the episode gets flashy with action packed scenes. This episode also highlighted a very important point whereby Al starts doubting whether he is for real.

Ignoring the fact that Dr Marcoh was discovered by random chance, episode 7 was pretty enjoyable and showed how Edward begins on his quest to find the truth of the philosopher stone, winry’s voice wasn’t as bad as some people thought it would be but the grandma’s voice is really different, not really used to it. Episode 8 was concise and yet doesn’t feel too rushed at all, we get scar, the progress of the 2 brothers and their entry into lab 5 nicely written into 1 episode though there’s really a lot of SD moments within this episode but it’s within acceptable levels imo.

What I really liked from these 3 episodes was the clash between Edward and Slicer, we can see the budget being utilised properly here, really cool awesome and fluid fight scenes, especially by slicer. Since tucker had already died, the first series whereby tucker made an appearence is totally invalid and no prisoners/sacrifices were ever shown, this makes for a pretty fast paced episode where now you see the lab, now you don’t. In this episode, the homoculous made an appearance before Edward but do not identify themselves, I wonder what Edward will think of them but being such a genius, I’m sure he will come to the conclusion soon enough. With Al beginning to doubt his own existance, will Scar step in to reaffirm his existance as a former human?


Fullmetal Alchemist 2 Episode 5


I almost lost my breakfast when I saw this. Briefly thought it was a flashback but grew suspicious when edward gave his transmuted present to his mother. Fullmetal alchemist additional genre : Horror.

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Fullmetal Alchemist 2 Episode 4 Review


This is a good episode! Edward agrees.

This is a good episode! Edward agrees.

 Just a quick post to say how much I enjoyed this particular episode, the animation once again shows how much BONES has spent on it and I dare say this is the best episode so far with episode 1 being the closest contender despite being less action packed. Read on for a spoiler free short review.

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