Fullmetal Alchemist Commentary review – episode 3

So this episode is a basically a giant flashback and I must say it did not disappoint so if you would like to watch the episode you can follow this link. Now here’s the review, hope you enjoy.

 

0:09 – Well that’s a bit dramatic.

0:37 – Hooray, a flashback!

1:46 – That’s a bit creepy… Oh they made a doll, now it’s not so creepy.

creepy formation of a cute little doll

creepy formation of a cute little doll

2:27 – This intro song is pretty good; the opening themes with it are also pretty interesting.

4:18 – Whose sons? Who is their dad?

5:07 – Nice, way to wreck the stack of books.

7:00 – Aw, poor Winry, that’s so sad.

8:26 – This is so sad. ūüė¶

8:54 – Oh no! What happened!?

The mother's death

The mother’s death

9:57 – Why must this be so sad.

10:57 – Ed sounds so determined but then again who wouldn’t be if they thought there was a chance.

Emotions from 1st half of episode

Emotions from 1st half of episode

11:12 – Hey, there is Al’s¬†armor.

13:19 – Who is he?

Who is this guy?

Who is this guy?

13:49 – Nooo!!!!

14:20 – Oh my gosh this is intense!

16:02 – This guy again. What’s a state alchemist?

16:57 – He has a cool name… “Mustang”, i like it.

17:31 – Real smooth Winry.

19:20 – You’re a good guy Ed.

20:12 – They’re some pretty good fighters.

The Elric brothers sparring

The Elric brothers sparring

21:07 – They’re such good brothers, they care so much about each other.

22:16 – That’s deep Al.

Emotions for 2nd half of episode

Emotions for 2nd half of episodeClosing thoughts:

I think this was a great episode. It was one large flashback that helped reiterate the Elric brothers’ situation and introduce a few more characters and how they met they are related to the brothers. This was a pretty sad episode with the death of their mother. I think what made it so sad was the viewers already knew she died and their attempt to bring her back was a failure that seeing them as little boys and being completely blindsided by the events and trying to fix everything just made it a lot sadder. I think with the introduction of Mustang we can expect to find out about state Alchemists and how the brothers are doing presently. I am enjoying this series a lot so far so I hope you consider watching it if you haven’t already, remember there is a link to the episode at the top.

 

Thank you and please feel free to leave your thought on the series so far and how you like this new way of reviewing.

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Fullmetal Alchemist Commentary review – episode 2

So I’m just going to jump straight into the commentary but first here is the link for the second episode if you wish to watch it.

 

0:01 – Sweet, straight into the action from the end of episode 1!

2:21 – Wow, that’s a big mini gun (i think, feel free to correct me on its name if ¬†I’m wrong)

Cornello's mini gun?

Cornello’s mini gun?

2:27 – Those are some quick reflexes.

2:54 – That’s a pretty nice saying Edward.

3:28 – Uh oh.

5:54 – Those statues are not nice at all.

7:00 – I like that grin, clearly Ed knows something or has a plan.

Ed's sneaky grin

Ed’s sneaky grin

8:10 – Freaky snake, oh it’s that lady from the bar last episode… I think.

9:09 – Oh Jeez that’s freaky.

9:33 – RUN ROSE, RUN!!

10:53 – What’s Al doing?

Emotions for first half of episode

Emotions for first half of episode

11:15 – You guys are so sneaky.

11:30 – You’re done for now Cornello.

11:44 – Nice face Edward.

12:46 – Nice.

Ed's cool blade

Ed’s cool blade

13:08 –¬†yep, he’s done for.

13:27 –¬†Wow man, just give up already.

14:15 – Wow…

14:40 – That’s got to hurt, oh wait never mind he hit next to him, still scary though.

15:13 РThat arm reminds me of Akira SPOILER SPOILER when he starts getting really big near the end of the movie.

see it looks like Akira

see it looks like Akira

15:33 – Well great, it’s a fake stone.

16:30 – Aw, poor Rose.

17:10 – Nice recovery for Ed there Al.

18:10 – What the heck??

19:47 – That’s a beautiful and slightly sad flashback.

Emotions for second half of episode.

Emotions for second half of episode.

Closing thoughts:

Overall, I think this was a great second episode, it began answering some questions while providing more questions at the same time making me want to keep watching. So if I remember correctly the lady next to the man who ate Cornello was Lust but when she was shown at the end looking at the “new” Cornello she called it Envy. ¬†I would like to know who these people¬†¬†are and what they are up to. I’m assuming Rose will end up following Al and Edward or at least leaving that town soon. I think Al and Ed had some great teamwork and I like how you can easily tell that they’re good brothers and friends to each other and help each other grow as people… or suits of armor in Al’s case. I am definitely looking forward to the upcoming episodes.

Thank you and please feel free to leave your thought on what you think of this style of reviewing or any comments you have on the show but please refrain from any spoilers.

Fullmetal Alchemist Commentary review – episode 1

So this is the first of my commentary reviews and because there were only two votes( thank you) and each one was for a different show I simply chose the longer of the two, the other anime will be next however.   If you would like to watch the episode as well so you can see what I was commenting on you may follow this link. So with that aside here is my commentary for episode 1 of Fullmetal Alchemist.

 

0:05 – I like the opening music

1:19 Р This is an intriguing opening scene, nicely done.

2:01 – Pretty intense.

2:38 – Oh man that’s freaky and pretty messed up.

mom from FMA ep. 1

5:00 – That’s a pretty cool fountain, who wouldn’t want a wine fountain… even though I couldn’t drink any of it yet.

5:36 – Man, that’s a religious town.

6:38 – I have a feeling Cornello is a scam or some sort of conman.

7:23 – That’s some sweet alchemy.

8:30 – Rose has some cool hair with the pink bangs, I think those are bangs at least.

Rose with cool hair

8:46 – Edward seems like a bit of a hot head.

10:01 – Yep, he’s definitely a hothead.

General emotions for first half

General emotions for first half

 

10:33 – Cornello’s a big guy but he seems humble.

11:01 – poor Rose

11:36 – Cornello has a pretty nifty ring there., but where’s the circle?

Cornello's ring

13:28 – Uh oh, that can’t be good.

15:48 – well that seems a little drastic don’t you think.

17:30 – See, I knew he was a fake, well sort of a fake, he is an alchemist but he’s not a holy man.

19:50 – Things are getting intense.

Edward fighting giant bird

21:58 – OK, that’s pretty cool.

22:21 – The closing music and scenes are pretty good too.

general emotions for second half

general emotions for second half

Closing thoughts:

So the first episode was really good in my opinion, it got right into telling you how things work and who is who. I think it has left a lot of room to move and develop into a great anime and you should definitely check it out. Remember if you would like to see exactly what I was commenting on or just want to see the episode yourself you can follow the link at the top to watch it on a free site( http://www.animefreak.tv/ ).

Thank you and please don’t hesitate to leave your thoughts on how this first commentary review went and if you think an adjustment should be made.

Review of Another – Complete series

 

 

Another

 

(pictures at bottom contain graphic images and the death of main characters )

Another is a horror anime and for good reason. Many of the episodes left me sitting at my desk with only the light from the computer screen to illuminate my room and comfort me from my thoughts about what could be behind me. The story starts in the year 1998 in the town of Yomiyama in class 3-3; this is the same class where a girl named Misaki died suddenly 26 years ago.

Yomiyama

The town of Yomiyama

Another¬† had a great story line with lots of ¬†interesting twists and turns that kept me interested the whole way through. I loved how it portrayed Sakakibara’s thought process with the information available to him and his suspicions of class 3-3; by portraying what he was thinking the show was able to make me¬†conclude one thing about someone and then later realize something that caused me to reconsider at the same time as him which allowed you to really get engrossed in the story.

This show had tons of action throughout the entirety of the series. I must say though that the action increased exponentially in the last five episodes which kept me interested but also left me feeling a little taxed after each episode from everything happening. The action in Another is a bit different from what I would usually consider action. This action was more from the main group of characters working through the mystery of who the extra person was.  Most of the action involved the deaths of the students or their loved ones which ties into the violence of the show.

Another is not an anime for anybody that faints at the sight of blood because the blood looks extremely realistic and it’s obvious the animators took every opportunity to show ¬†just how gruesome and bloody the deaths are. ¬†I loved how each death is expertly shown and the moments leading up to it foreshadow the character’s death in such a way that I started getting chills down my back from suspension and then when the suspense was at its climax and they finally died I was both horrified from seeing it but also in awe at how exquisitely it was executed. ¬†The final two episodes are by far the most gruesome and horrifying episodes of the entire series. These two episodes take place in the hotel he class is staying at for the class trip and is basically a blood bath as the class attempts to hunt down and kill the student they believe is the “extra person” in the class. There are some students who are simply killing everybody as most of them are now not thinking clearly and seem to be in some sort of daze as they run around looking for the “extra person.”

Throughout the series there is lots of background music to help portray the feelings of everybody and what’s happening or about to happen. I absolutely loved the background music because I felt like it was written by the characters themselves to show exactly how they felt; the music helped set the mood and know when something horrible was happening when my hands were covering my eyes from the graphic and disturbing scenes at times.

The other music was from the opening and closing scenes which were amazing. The opening music fit the opening scene flawlessly as it reinforced the eerie and disturbing images and story that the opening scene depicted. The scenes themselves depict lots of dolls that will move on their own and are creepy in that they look life-like and each one tells a different depressing story. The scenes are dark ominous compared to the closing scene which is the main characters in a room together relaxing and looking overall happy. Mei is the only one not in the room as she is out on the balcony facing away from everybody before gently fading away to show the scenery she had been looking at. This scene is accompanied by a more reassuring song that helped to calm me down and see the characters in a nicer light; sadly though as the series progressed the ending became harder to watch because seeing some of the characters brought back memories that they were no longer living and had suffered horrible deaths but look so peaceful in the end.

Now as much as it hurts me to say this simply because I really enjoyed this anime is that the character development hurt it the most. I say this because although some of the characters received great attention to who they are and how the curse is affecting them many other characters received almost no attention and were simply there and then they were dead or one of their family members were dead. I understand that shorter anime shows can feel rushed in character development or have ploy holes but at certain times it really dulled their death because I wasn’t able to form a bond with them; I couldn’t feel overly upset because I barely even knew their name. The characters that did receive a background though received a great background with depth and stories that sounded believable and only enhanced my feelings for them so that when something happened to them I was devastated and felt like I had lost a friend.

In conclusion I really enjoyed this series and would recommend this to anybody that can handle lots of blood and is looking for a great horror anime with some mystery to keep you on your toes. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on the anime or questions.

 

Action – 8

Violence/depiction of injuries and blood – 10

background music – 10

opening/closing scenes and music – 10

character development – 6

OVERALL – 8.8/10

 

PICTURES

 

(the rest of the pictures were to shy to be on the review so here are the brave ones, the rest will hopefully buck up and join the review soon)

Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) Review! I have finally made it to this point

Before I get into my first ever review I just want to thank Bun E. Hill Publishing once again for recommending this anime to me.  I have tried to refrain from saying or showing any spoilers, however I must caution you that I am new to reviewing and may ACCIDENTALLY reveal something important. Please take caution when reading if you have not read the manga or seen the anime.

attack on titan pic 1

I will start my review by saying that Attack on Titan was an anime that kept me interested all the way through and kept me on the edge of my seat (WARNING: sitting on the edge of your seat for certain scenes can be hazardous to your safety).

I started off knowing that there would be blood shed but I didn’t realize just how gruesome and realistic this show was; this is in no way a con, it is most definitely a pro and made watching it even better.

I think the story flowed very well and stuck to the original story very well; every episode seemed to serve a great role to the overall story with important details would leave you confused if they were skipped over. I enjoyed how the story was balanced between fight scenes full of blood and time to hear about the characters and learn about everything else going on so that the fight scenes can mean more than just senseless killing.

Since I have just brought up the character development I should say that the main characters were beautifully developed and thought out. I got to see Armin grow more independent and confident with himself; I saw how Eren adjusted his view of the world and his purpose on what he had to do whether it be trusting his comrades or taking initiative and acting to protect/ avenge those same comrades. I also saw the other main characters develop and learn about them.

Now coming back to the violence; there was massive amounts of bloodshed in this series as would be expected from an anime like this. I enjoyed how the muscles and anatomy of the various titans for the most part looked great, some of the titans didn’t look quite right but then again they are their own “species” so who am I¬†to say how they are supposed to look.

AoT skull

a partial titan

bloody titan death

bloody titan death

Now for the music and the opening/closing scenes; I think that the background music was nicely chosen because the songs helped enhance the intense emotions apparent during fights, arguments, training, or self realization. There were two openings and two closings; the first opening had a great music choice that accompanied the opening scenes nicely; the closing music was equally nice and worked very well with the closing clip. The first closing clip depicts Mikasa as a child right after a life changing decision and then shows her in the present day; it then shows Eren as a child and shows him transform into the young man he is becoming.

The second opening and closing are about the same in quality and help to depict how now they are no longer kids and shows them fighting harder and stronger than before; the closing shows the main characters relaxing or arguing depending on who it is, this represents how some characters are dealing with their current situations.

Overall I think this was a great anime and since I have no experience in reviewing anything my review is what I think and not based off of how anime is suppose to flow or how a character has actually developed.

action: 10/10

violence/ depiction of injuries and blood: 10/10

background music: 9/10

opening/closing scenes and music: 10/10

character development: 9/10

OVERALL: 9.6/10 – (I will always take the average of the five category scores)

Please feel free to leave comments and helpful tips for reviewing anime or manga(anything really). Please refrain from leaving spoilers in the comments also although I do welcome constructive criticism please do not leave any heinous comments. Thank you