The Art of Losing

Picture this scenario. A buffed up male character with scratches all over his body, slits of blood leaking out from his stomach and across his face. He’s seemingly unconscious until a voice rings in his mind. It softly tells him to get back up on his own two feet. A villain stands over his body, grinning menacingly, perhaps holding his hands at his waist, and then let’s out a bellowing evil laugh. Suddenly, the brutally beaten up character gets up slowly, the villain stops laughing and says in shock, “I- Impossible!”.  And so the main male character pulls out some hidden move that obliterates said villain, before finally collapsing. This is not the art of losing. This is the art of winning. And winning. And winning.

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Anime Review: Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

So it’s been awhile since I wrote a review, and I know that this was already reviewed by Ven and Racc on a show we did, but I’d like to share my thoughts on what I thought about the series.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, is one of the most highly praised series of anime, reaching the the top ranked charts of anime sites all over the web. It first made its debut in 2009, revitalizing the series as it remained close to the manga adaptation. There was a lot of buzz floating around about how the series had changed its course from the original material, and how it set out to tell the story of FMA as it was meant to be told.

The premise was this: Two brothers have conducted the ultimate taboo of alchemy, as they attempt to perform human transmutation to bring their dead mother back to life. This costs one of the brothers, Ed Elrich, to lose his left leg, and his brother, Alphonse Elrich, to lose his entire being. In an attempt to bring his soul back, Ed binds his brother’s soul to a suit of armor. Now to get their bodies back, the brothers decide to join the military, in search of the philosophers stone, which holds the key to getting back their bodies. In the midst of their search, the Elrich brothers are met with various people who assists them or stand in their way of reaching their ultimate goal.
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