Guess what? I’m NOT answering Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood for this.
I know. You’ve fallen out of your chair in shock. After all, I did answer 9/30 questions with some kind of reference to FMAB… that’s 30%! I have a problem. But the thing is, one of the things that I love so much about FMAB is the way the ending closes the series; neat, suitable, and with enough of a hint to get you thinking about what lies ahead for the brothers. Don’t get me wrong, if Hiromu Arakawa announced a second manga or anime that followed up on the story, I’d be in there like a shot. But I’m content with how it is now.
So now that I’ve rambled on so much about FMAB in an answer where I’m not actually answering with that anime, I’ll give you my actual answer. None of them. I love anime, and I love getting caught up in the story-line, but all good things must end. One of the things that marks a truly great story is its ability to finish well. So I don’t think that there is any anime out there I wish would never end. As much as I love One Piece… we don’t need multiple anime with the same idea. Get the story told, finish it, and move on. Otherwise I’ll be even more swamped with everything I’m trying to watch!
And so I’ve finished the 30 Day Anime Challenge! I feel exhausted having to think of a post everyday, but I’m glad I managed to do it. I hope I was at least somewhat entertaining, and I would love it read anybody else’s answers if they did it as well 🙂
My regular weekly posts will probably start up again either this Tuesday or next Tuesday, so watch this space!
I am holding out hope that one day Fruits Basket will be re-made so that it follows the manga. A Fruits Basket: Brotherhood, if you will. I just loved everything that happened in the manga; how the story slowly got more and more complicated and darker as it went on, and then the sweet but suiting final resolution. All the character development, the revelations, the laughter, and the tears. Whilst there are other manga that I’d like to see re-animated (Ouran High School Host Club comes to mind), I think their anime adaptation is already pretty satisfying. But the Fruits Basket anime left so much to be resolved, not the least, the actual breaking of the damned curse. Furthermore, the anime focuses more on the friendship between Tohru, Kyo and Yuki, and the competition between Kyo and Yuki, which left it feeling a little silly… there is so much more to focus on! The manga is also so long, with so much detail, and I think a well-made anime could really do it justice. It’s not going to happen, but I can hope.
All the drama!
It’s another Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood post. I’m sorry. I do consider all of the other anime I’ve watched, but this is probably the only quote from anime that’s stuck with me. It’s okay, I don’t mind being the weirdly-obsessed-with-FMAB blogger. In fact, I will relish that title.
I assure you that when he is not so angry and veiny, he is damn good looking.
Anyway, moving on, the quote is from Ling Yao, who is pretty damn awesome. In the scene, he is talking to Greed just after [SPOILERS/] Greed killed Bido, his former friend. This is actually the second incarnation of Greed, and he snaps at Ling that the memories he has of Bido and his other friends belong to the previous Greed, and have nothing to do with him. Those memories should have been purified. Ling screams at him in return[\SPOILERS];
“Friends are connected by soul! You can’t just rinse off something that’s stained on your soul!“
I think that there’s so much truth to this quote. I believe that if you’ve spent enough time with someone to consider them a friend, then you will always have a lasting reminder of that person in your mind. You may not be thinking of them all the time, but you will get random reminders from different things; e.g. “Oh, I’m eating a mango, I remember that time Simone and I were exploring the creek behind her house whilst eating mangoes” or “Oh look! A cheetah on TV! I remember when Timmy, Becky and I used to play animal games and Timmy would always be a cheetah”. This kind of stuff stays with you for life. Friendship is a powerful thing; it’s not something you can easily forget… it can’t be washed off your soul.
I really didn’t know what to put for this. I know lots of bad-ass characters… One Piece’s Roronoa Zoro, FMAB’s Olivier Armstrong, and Darker Than Black’s Hei are the few that come to mind straight away. However, I couldn’t really think of one bad-ass scene that really stood out… that is, what I would consider the “most bad-ass”. So instead of talking about the most bad-ass scene I’m going to talk about one of my favourite scenes with a bad-ass character in it [FMAB SPOILERS from here until the end]; Olivier Armstrong killing General Raven. So, General Raven has promised her a seat amongst the “chosen” elite of the army if she does what he says. Playing him in an attempt to get information, she agrees, and follows his orders. That is, until he tells her to forget about rescuing her men who have been trapped in an underground tunnel, and to turn a blind eye to the giant immortal thing that has dug its way into her fortress. That’s a step too far. Like any reasonable person, she casually STABS HIM THROUGH THE ARM and attempts to SLASH HIM IN HALF, which causes him to fall into the wet cement that was sealing the entrance to the tunnel.
As he drowns, she coolly informs him that he doesn’t need to organise a chair for her; she’ll simply take his. And then, calmly wiping the blood from her sword; “General, you are among the weak who will become the foundation for this country. Literally.” Throwing the bloodied gloves into the cement, she orders her men to smooth it out and marches off.
Holy hell. She’s so freaking bad-ass. I want to be her when I grow up.
See this face? This is a face you don’t mess with.
WARNING: There are spoilers in this post concerning the ending of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Please do not read if you intend to watch the series.
So if you’ve been reading any of my other posts, my choice for this will not surprise you: everyone vs. Father; the major, final fight in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Although this fight may not be as intense or action-packed as other fight scenes, I still consider it the best because of what it represents for the series. Not only is it the climax of the entire series, you have everyone fighting together; not just chimera, homunculi, and humans, but mixed races; Xingnese, Amestrian, and Ishvalan, as well as people from different sections of the Amestrian military; Brigg soldiers, Central soldiers, and Eastern soldiers. A little bit corny? Yes, but for a series that shows the constant division between all of these different groups, it’s an important moment where, for once, everyone’s on the same side. It allows Mustang and co. to move forward into an era of unity; something he has strived for since he first decided to be on top of the military; something that is only possible because of this fight. To top it all of you have Al with the ultimate sacrifice to save Ed; a reversal of what kicks the story off in the first place; Ed willing to sacrifice himself to bring back Al’s soul. Then Ed finally defeats Father single-handedly; a fitting ending after all that he’s been through. Although it’s not the most action-packed, it is one last chance for the animators to show off all of the different fighting styles and all of the characters.
I was tempted to post a video of the fight, but I think the fight can only be fully appreciated if you’ve seen the whole series, or at least experienced the build-up over the last few episodes. With so much at stake, and everyone involved, I consider this the best fight scene.
Mustang goes on to prove that rain really is the only thing that makes him useless.
WARNING! This post has some SERIOUS spoilers for Code Geass/Code Geass R2. Please do not read this post if you intend to watch these anime as you will be very disappointed.
I don’t want to get into the technicalities of whether this death is a death or not (a lot of the fan-base argue that this person is actually immortal), but even if it isn’t his actual death, it is still his death in the eyes of everyone who knew him. I’m talking, of course, about Code Geass’ Lelouch Lamperouge. Even now when I watch this scene I still tear up. It’s just such an emotional scene and such a dramatic end to the fast-paced, action-packed series. It is unexpected after everything that Lelouch fought for. Personally, the part that gets me the most is when Hitomi Kuroishi’s “Continued Story” starts playing and Nunnally starts yelling out to her brother. Although Lelouch constantly uses Nunally as both an excuse and a motivator, he never once actually asks her what she wants, and here she states it very clearly “I would’ve been happy just being with you, brother”. So sad.
P.S. Happy Australia Day out there to any other Aussies. Hope your day was bogan-free 🙂
WARNING! This post contains spoilers for Another. Whilst they aren’t terrible spoilers, if you have any intention to watch the anime Another, please do NOT read this post because it will ruin the start of all of the excitement of the anime. The reason why this scene is such a shocking scene is because it is completely unexpected.
Okay, hopefully that’s deterred anyone who doesn’t want to be spoiled. For me the most shocking anime scene is Yukari Sakuragi’s death in Another. Throughout the first few episodes of Another, you know something’s up, and you have the feeling that something is going to happen, but you just never expect this. On top of that, it’s a fairly gruesome scene; the animators don’t hold back with the graphics and the sound details are pretty gross. It catapults the rest of the series into action, and you know that it’s only going to be the beginning. Gruesome, unexpected, and certainly shocking.
WARNING: the following video has graphic details. Watch at your own discretion.