Saturday, September 20, 2014

Book Cover Rough Sketch

Heyo everybody! I just wanted to show you all the rough sketch for the book cover to my next book, Part II of the American Kitsune series, A Fox's Tail. I would once again like to thank Kirsten Moody for creating such amazing artwork, and I look forward to seeing the finished product.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

So, having watched this anime for the third time in, well, a few years I guess, I can say in all honesty that Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is definitely one of the best anime I have ever watched. It's the story about Edward and Alphonse Elric, who seek to regain their original bodies after breaking the taboo by trying to transmute a human. Along their journey, they meet dozens of interesting characters, go through phenomenal personal growth and get caught up in an evil plot that has been in the works for well over a hundred years. This story has everything: an excellent plot, an epic story, solid character development, amazing artwork, incredible animations and of course, this:

What's not to like?

So, let's start with the first part of any anime: the story. The story behind FMA seems simple at first. After breaking the taboo of all alchemists by trying to bring their mom back to life, Edward and Alphonse end up losing their original bodies (or part of their body in Ed's case) and are trying to get them back. Simple. However, as the story progresses and we learn more about the world they live in and the things happening in it, we begin to realize that there is far more at work than what we initially see. The storyline becomes incredibly complex, yet somehow manages to bring all the story elements together in an epic 65 episode package. The pacing is smooth, the story awesome, and unlike a good deal of anime, this one manages to tie up all their lose ends rather nicely.

Now for the second aspect I loved about this story: character development. One of the things that most anime skimp out on is the development of their characters. This is understandable, since most anime don't have more than a single 12 episode season. FMA is lucky in that it has 65 episode with which to develop their characters.

I think what makes the character development in FMA so great is that all of their characters get a good deal of it, from the two heroes Edward and Alphonse, to many of the supporting cast. Hell, even the anti-hero and the villains get some major development. How often do you see that? Of course, the personal growth of Edward Elric, iconic figure of FMA is definitely the greatest. He and his brother face incredible moral dilemmas throughout the entire series, forcing them to come to terms with things like killing, what it means to be a dog of the military and a whole host of other issues that make for some serious drama.

FMA is also one of the few anime that have ever given me a really bad case of The Feels. Seriously. There are times when something happens in that anime, and I just start bawling my eyes out. There's some really serious issues in here, along with a lot of tragic events that force the characters to reevaluate everything they thought they knew about themselves and others. If you're looking for an anime that will really make you think and feel, this one should be at the top of your to watch list.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one of the few anime that will ever get a perfect 10/10 rating from me. If any of you have not seen this anime, I suggest you drop whatever you're doing and watch it, NOW. This story is epic and not something you should miss out on.