FMA icons

Sat, Mar. 24th, 2007 10:26 pm
oyceter: Ed Elric looking at a grave (fma)
1. 2. 3. More icons )

Feel free to snurch! Comments and credit highly appreciated. I can modify text on icons if you'd like. All icons for sharing unless modified for you.

Oh, and just in case, please no spoilers in the comments!
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I watched A LOT of anime this year. I largely blame credit [livejournal.com profile] rilina and [livejournal.com profile] umadoshi for this, although [livejournal.com profile] octopedingenue and [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija also deserve incriminating glares praise for their enthusiasm.

It seems a little lopsided to have 5 out of the 10 series I watched in the "favorite series" section, but I watched a lot of good anime this year. Also, it helped that I was getting the cream of the crop; [livejournal.com profile] rilina was doing a lot of the screening for me by watching a whole lot of series and then pimping her favorites to me. I also finally watched some oft-praised series which I've had on the to-watch list for a few years (namely, Princess Tutu and FMA).

This was actually a great way to watch anime, since I got the fun experience of the FMA and Princess Tutu pile up, and I got to squee to other people most of the time.

Unsurprisingly, I watched a whole lot of shoujo. Again, unsurprisingly, most of my favorite series were shoujo.

No spoilers below for any of the series. I'm also including pimping information for my favorite series, since I naturally want people to watch them. If you want more information on the other series, I'd suggest checking out [livejournal.com profile] rilina's giant 2006: the Year in Anime post, since she includes helpful links and info for all the series she watched, which overlap all of my series, with the exception of Gunslinger Girl. Or you can check out the series-specific tags below, or my Memories in the sidebar.

Series that I am not really fond of but don't actually dislike

Bleach )

Last Exile )

Yami no Matsuei )

Series I am fond of

Gunslinger Girl )

Saiunkoku Monogatari )

Favorite series of the year

Honey and Clover )

Ouran High School Host Club )

Princess Tutu )

Samurai Champloo )

And my very favorite series of the year was easy to pick this time:

Fullmetal Alchemist )
oyceter: Ed Elric looking at a grave (fma)
This was actually much better than I had expected, but then, I went in with really, really low expectations, given people's warnings and my general experience with movies made after anime series.

GIANT SPOILERS for FMA the series and the movie! )
oyceter: Ed Elric looking at a grave (fma)
These are going to be brief notes rather than an actual argument, largely because my brain is still broken from watching all of FMA and from the beginning episodes of Princess Tutu.

Disclaimer and standard grain of salt: My understanding of shounen tropes is taken from sports anime/manga, fighting anime/manga, and some mecha anime, though most of the tropes that I'm used to come largely from the arena of fighting anime/manga. Also, my samples pretty much consist of Bleach, Naruto, Hikaru no Go and Kenshin. I also don't read/watch that much shounen, so again... grain of salt.

Also, I generalize a ton with regard to shoujo and shounen; I don't mean to imply that female equates emotion while male equates physical. I'm being more descriptive than prescriptive in terms of the genres, given what's largely out there in the market.

Spoilers for all of FMA

1. Dangerous Sekrit Techniques that Usually Aren't All That Bad )

2. Very Precious People )

3. Speshul Abilities )

4. Fight scenes )

5. Violence and war in FMA )

Anyway, I am running out of bullet points.

In conclusion, go watch Fullmetal Alchemist!
oyceter: Ed Elric looking at a grave (fma)
Um, many apologies to all those people who have no idea what I'm talking about. I swear, I will eventually stop burbling about FMA sometime in the near future.

Also, now I am mad at myself for not watching when everyone else in LJ-land was watching, because I desperately want to burble at people and squee and wail and talk about it.

And finally, my spelling of everything will be completely off, given that I watched the DVD sub and various other subs, all of which spelled things differently.

My favorite, though, is: Jork J. Kimblee vs. Zolof J. Kimbley. Unfortunately, this made me and Rachel laugh so hard we nearly fell off the couch, quite probably at a very inappropriate moment. I mean.. Jork! HEE!

yes i am twelve

Spoilers for ENTIRE SERIES )
oyceter: Ed Elric looking at a grave (fma)
Why yes, I am obsessed!

Again, spoil me and die painfully.

Spoilers up to ep. 42 )
oyceter: Ed Elric looking at a grave (fma)
Spoil me and die. Usually I am less up-in-arms about spoilers, but since this show is so tightly plotted and has such great cliffhangers and OMGWTF moments, I will very vehemently yell and spew venom at anyone who spoils me.

Giant spoilers up till 42, not split up by episode! )

FMA summary

Sun, Oct. 22nd, 2006 10:51 pm
oyceter: Ed Elric looking at a grave (fma)
So I ended up Netflixing FMA to watch it rather casually; I was watching it before, maybe about a year ago, but I stopped after episode 26 and just never quite got back to it for some reason. I decided to just pick it up again, largely because most anime conversations I have tend to say something about it, at which point I must admit that I've only seen half of it and then stopped (this happens to me a lot in conversation re: quite a few things).

I got up to around episode 23 while casually watching, then [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija showed up. And since I only had one more episode on the disc, we watched that together.

That was on Friday. I'm now up to episode 42, after obsessively mainlining the thing, and ohmygod I am so hooked. The rest of tomorrow is probably going to be episodes 42-51, after which I will even more obsessively scour the internet for fic and episode writeups and etc.

Anyway, please no spoilers in the comments. There will be some sort of summary post later after my mental abilities return, but for those of you who haven't watched it, it has meticulous plotting, great characters, and really daring writing. I keep thinking that it won't go certain places, or that I can't see how they will resolve something, given that one resolution is pretty much set in stone but too out there to actually narrate, and then they'll actually go there.

Gaaaaaaaaaaah.
oyceter: Ed Elric looking at a grave (fma)
Look! I finally made myself a FMA icon! I figure I will be posting on this enough to warrant one.

Spoilers for all three eps )
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I spam LJ because I need a break.

At least having bright red toenails makes things somewhat easier to bear. And must remember, am watching Batman tonight. Batman pretty. Fire bad.

Note: I watch episodes in chunks, so I am not too good at differentiating between episodes.

Spoilers )
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spoilers )

Hrm, I need a good FMA icon now...
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Ok, you can now count me as hooked onto FMA. I was somewhat interested in the first six episodes or so, but not really hooked. A lot of it seemed like any other anime, with the exception of the resurrection scene of Edward and Alphonse's mother.

Anyhow, the series seems to be about Edward and Alphonse Elric, who have done some pretty bad damage to their bodies due to the previously mentioned botched resurrection scene, and are seeking a way to put things right again. I'm really not quite sure what the series is really about, theme-wise, but I'm going to make a wild guess and say that it has something to do with equilibrium and that you can't get something without paying for it in equal weight. At the beginning of every episode, we hear Al's voiceover, reciting the law of equilibrium in alchemy, basically something like Newton's law of the conservation of mass. Everything has its price.

Episode 7 was the real hook. I watched that and thought, wow, this series really isn't going to pull any punches! I am now very excited and interested ^_^.

I wasn't all that interested in the boys' stories... well, I like Alphonse a lot, because he's so sweet and cute and in a giant suit of armor too! I like seeing a giant suit of armor looking really sheepish. And I feel sort of bad for him because it looks like his story is going to be overshadowed by Edward's. Also, I am still slightly irked that all the female characters are perfect mothers or sweet little girls. Ok, maybe except for Winry's grandmother, who I like. And Lust, who is instead the evil sexy woman. But I am interested in her, just because she is evil and sexy, so there. Oh, also, Roy is awesome and manipulative and really really cool.

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