Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Illustrated and written by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist first appeared in the magazine Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan. It ran from August of 2001 to June of 2010. There are a total of 27 volumes. There have been two separate animated TV series adaptions, two animated films, video games and several light novels.
As of 2014, Fullmetal Alchemist has sold around 64 million volumes. It is most noted for its character development through out the series. It has won five awards at the American Anime Awards of 2007.
It is set in a fictional European Industrial Revolution era. The story is centered around the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, on their journey to get back their bodies. After a transmutation goes wrong, Al is left without a body while Ed only lost his leg and arm. They are in search of the philosopher’s stone. Ed becomes a State Alchemist to get them ‘not-open-to-public’ information. They uncover more than they bargained for on their journey.
Why I chose this anime: I loved the manga, so naturally I wanted to watch the animes. I heard that Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood was closer to the manga while the original anime series differed greatly. So I loved the anime almost as much as the manga. If you are set for an anime with adventure and action, this is it!