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Fullmetal Alchemist is a franchise comprised of 4 movies, 4 anime series, 1 manga series
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Upon many growing email requests for a “Must see before you die Anime & Manga list” I thought I’d go a second round and give a more thorough look into title recommendations for both mediums

Alright so, from weeks of deliberation with my various fellow Otaku brethren on and off the podcast as well as through some extensive research from the likes of ANN, ANIMENFO, ANIDB & MYANIMELIST what I have cooked up here folks is an updated and rebooted list of MUST SEE ANIME & MANGA TITLES…for almost anybody open to the mediums…fanboys and newbies alike!

Now generally speaking these kinds of suggestive lists typically highlight some of the most agreed upon classics most fans would have already known about but let’s be honest here, no matter how impartial and objective you try to be with these things there is always bound to be someone else out there who will find fault or even claim bias on the chosen selection…and that is perfectly fine…..in fact it would be dumb not to be expected

These kinds of lists should be seen as more of a guideline / gap filler into the best or even possibly the overlooked gems that the medium’s have had to offer and as such it can be very helpful for quite a few folks

I’ve tried to generate this list based in terms of agreed quality first and foremost not just on accumulative popularity which is why some of the more obvious long running shows will not be on this list at all, however for this list I’ve tried to stick with titles that have more or less finished their story run – giving you the opportunity to make your own final open and shut case point about each title…..for the most part

This time around I’ve tried to keep it a little bit more varied in terms of genre and target demographic, ya know, so people can pick out something that may be of a particular taste to em

This list is NOT in any particular order


Neon Genesis Evangelion
Action, Dementia, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological

Gurren Lagann
Action, Comedy, Mecha, Sci-Fi

Cowboy Bebop
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Space

Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 & Brotherhoood
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Magic, Military

Death Note
Mystery, Supernatural, Police, Psychological, Thriller

Samurai Champloo
Adventure, Comedy, Samurai

Samurai X (Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal)
Action, Historical, Martial Arts, Samurai, Romance

Action, Adventure, Demons, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Supernatural, Military

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Samurai, Romance, Supernatural

Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Vision of Escaflowne
Adventure, Fantasy, Mecha, Romance

Action, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi

Code Geass
Action, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi, Super Power, Military

Eureka Seven
Adventure, Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi

Welcome to the NHK
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Psychological

Haibane Renmei
Drama, Fantasy, Slice of Life

Action, Comedy, Dementia, Mecha, Parody, Sci-Fi

Madoka Magica
Drama, Magic, Psychological, Thriller

Action, Supernatural

Adventure, Fantasy

Last Exile
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Paradise Kiss
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Fashion

Blue Gender
Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi, Space, Military

Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy, Supernatural


Cyberpunk, Science fiction, Thriller

Battle Angel Alita
Cyberpunk, Science fiction, Action

Battle Royale
Dystopian, Thriller, Horror, Alternative history

20th Century Boys
Science fiction, Mystery

Rurouni Kenshin
Action, Historical, Martial Arts, Samurai, Romance

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Action, Science fiction, Horror, Thriller

Great Teacher Onizuka
Comedy-drama, School, Slice of Life

Eden: It's an Endless World
Action, Cyberpunk

Kare Kano
Comedy, Drama, Romance, School-Life

Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Psychological

Legend of the Strongest Man Kurosawa
Action, Comedy, Drama, Psychological

The Breaker
Martial Arts, Drama, Romance

Mirai Nikki
Action, Psychological, Romance, Supernatural, Survival Horror, Suspense

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Action, Adventure, Horror, Supernatural, Suspense

Slice-of-life, Comedy-Drama, Romance

Our Happy Hours
Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Psychological

Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Psychological

Mystery, Drama, Psychological

Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Sci-Fi, Space, Supernatural, Psychological

Action, Drama, Police, Psychological, Thriller

Hoshi no Koe
Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi

Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Yokohama Shopping Log
Drama, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life

Blade of the Phantom Master
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Supernatural

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Welcome to another episode of DC Vicers! This one I am quite excited about because I really took my time getting the series and watching it through again (which is no small feat). Without further ado, here is what I had to say about FUNimation's BD release(s) of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Give me some equivalent exchange!

WARNING! This video contains explicit language. Also, this video is not edited in any way.

Want to guest-host an episode of Dunce Cap? Go here!

Please feel free to provide suggestions for an anime or manga for me to talk about and I will do my best to oblige. Also, if you are curious about anything discussed in this-or previous-episode(s) don't hesitate to ask me for more information/opinions.

Last episode: Noblesse Oblige

-Will McQuigg ( sotyfan16) is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter ( bildo_88)

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I've been reading some manga for a few years and so far there have been a few I like but are over. I like: Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Hellsing, InuYasha, Rurouni Kenshin, Death Note, Dragonball (Z), Rave or Rave Master, whatever its called, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, & Full Metal Alchemist. All are some interesting series to read. Some of these are ending, some are over and some are still ongoing so I was wondering if they're other good series out there to read.

I was curious about: Fairy Tail, Berserk, Trigun, Shaman King and Ultimo? They sound good but are they worth reading? If anyone can put there opinions down I would appreciate it.

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With today’s release of the second Fullmetal Alchemist film “The Star of Milos” we at Anime Kiosk took the time to sit down and watch it and get the reviews rolling.


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Fully titled: Tits N' Ass, but I don't want to be weeded out as mature content on Youtube.

This episode I'm answering Sotyfan16's question on fanservice and my opinions. I had to do this in a rush, so it's not the best, but HAY you guys'll get two this week so yay!! Hope you enjoy, and send your Q&A in any format (AV, youtube, Twitter, Tumblr) and I'll answer them in the upcoming two episodes.

Sorry! I forgot to ask this in the video so.... What's your opinion on fanservice?

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 Anime Vice now has a full catalog for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
 Anime Vice now has a full catalog for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Anime Vice Now has a Completed Catalog on the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime!!

The end of the Fullmetal Alchemist
The end of the Fullmetal Alchemist
I've undertake a few series projects in my time here as a member and Mod on Anime Vice. All in order to try and create a more solid site with extensive information on popular series. To make sure that if someone wanted to learn about the series that Anime Vice is the place to go. I have worked on series such as Negima!, Strike Witches, Okamisan, One Piece, and others. Now, I've turned to fleshing out the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
Originally, I wasn't too interested in this series. I already watched the first season. While i enjoyed it, the finale was an absolute let down that left me feeling unfulfilled, and that movie didn't help things. I wasn't sure why I would want to put myself through that again. Even if the ending was different. Iknow this series was more designed to follow the canon of the manga. That the first 2003 anime went off on a wild direction. It was a once bitten and twice shy scenario I found myself in.
Everyone was telling me to watch it, but like with most things I can be pretty stubborn. It didn't help matters that I already knew that Martel dies in both versions the very same way and even faster in this series. It wasn't until Christmas Eve of last year that I actually sat down and gave Episode 1 of FMA: Brotherhood a try. It was weird how wildly un-canon the episode was, but I stayed in. It took a few episodes in, but I was really pleased with how things progressed the canon became stronger and more so.
Olivier Milla Armstrong
Olivier Milla Armstrong
Arakawa may of killed off the adorable Martel, but replaced her with someone just as nice. That being the lovely and fearful Olivier Milla Armstrong. She is so entertaining to watch. Equal amounts power, strength, and passion. I'm not one who's much for figures, but I'd like one of her.
I will say that I was rather disappointed in the Anince Vice community when I saw just how poorly filled out the FMA: Brotherhood episode profiles were filled out. For a series that everyone was telling me to watch. Almost no one was doing much of anything with them. Many characters were missing from episodes, concepts weren't filled out, and almost no object associations. Well, I couldn't really tolerate that. So, I undertook it to fill out the episodes and create character profiles while I was already marathoning the series off FUNimation's official youtube site. I made sure each episode page had at least one picture, and all the major cities of the story now have profiles as well.
The idea was to try and catch up with Tom Pinchuk's Watch & Learn articles on the new page, but those have seem to be coming less and less frequently. I eventually caught up with the series and got impatient. I instead polished off the rest of the series. Now, all 64 episodes have intensive detail on each page and full cast listing. I only need to make some episode profiles for a few minor characters.

The finale was truly incredible. I was disappointed in one tiny, tiny aspect of the finale, but I wont mention anything in case of spoiling for those following Tom's articles. Past that, it was an incredible anime. This is one of those times I am so happy to be wrong about something. I was so entertained by this series, it has made be very seriously question lifting my blanket boycott of all VIZ Media manga for this series.That should tell you something about this story and how good it is. VIZ can just be such pantywaists. I already know in the Fullmetal Alchemist manga they call Bradley President in place of "Fuhrer".

All that is really left to be done is to fill out the voice actor and other credits on the pages. 

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood VA Master List

I'm making this list because trying to hunt through Anime News Networks (ANN) jumble of characters takes an absolute eternity to go between English and Japanese. That's because they organize alphabetically by the actor and not the character. I'm trying to fill out those profiles, having a list of them in alphabetical order will just make things faster and much less annoying. I do still need to hunt for some names that ANN didn't list. (Note: Some characters don't have an English VA listed because these characters appear later in the series, and the English dubs had not been release to that point. I will try and update this list when available.)

Main Cast

Edward Elric
Romi Park
Vic Mignogna
Alphonse Elric
Rie Kugimiya
Maxey Whitehead
Winry Rockbell
Megumi Takamoto
Caitlin Glass
Van Hohenheim
Young Van Hohenheim

Unshou Ishizuka 
Daisuke Namikawa
John Swasey
Aaron Dismuke
Trisha Elric
Young Trisha Elric

Yoshino Takamori
Yuuki Mitsugi
Lydia Mackay
Kenta Miyake
J. Michael Tatum
Ling Yao 
Greed 2
Mamoru Miyano
Yuuichi Nakamura
Todd Haberkorn
Troy Baker
Lan Fan
Nana Mizuki
Trina Nishimura
Katsunosuke Hori
Kenny Green
May Chang
Mai Goto
Monica Rial
Shao May
Rie Kugimiya
Tia Ballard
Olivier Milla Armstrong
Yoko Soumi
Stephanie Young
Alex Louis Armstrong
Kenji Utsumi
Christopher R. Sabat
Maes Hughes
Keiji Fujiwara
Sonny Strait
Izumi Curtis
Shoko Tsuda
Christine Auten
Iemasa Kayumi
Kent Williams

Mustang's Squad

Roy Mustang
Shinichiro Miki
Travis Willingham
Riza Hawkeye
Fumiko Orikasa
Colleen Clinkenbeard
Heymans Breda
Biichi Satou
Jeremy Inman
Jean Havoc
Yuji Ueda
Mike McFarland
Kain Fuery
Tetsuya Kakihara
Kevin M. Connolly
Vato Falman
Kenji Hamada
Kyle Hebert


Iemasa Kayumi
Kent Williams
Minami Takayama
Wendy Powell
Tetsu Shiratori
Chris Cason
GreedYuuichi Nakamura
Chris Patton
King Bradley
Young King Bradley

Hidekatsu Shibata 
Hidenobu Kiuchi
Ed Blaylock
Christopher Bevins
Kikuko Inoue
Laura Bailey
Selim Bradley
Yuko Sanpei
Brittney Karbowski
Fumihiko Tachiki
Patrick Seitz

Supporting Cast (Alphabetical)

Barry the Chopper/ Number 66
Barry's Body

Hideyuki Umezu
Kenji Hamada
Jerry Jewell
Jason Grundy
Basque Grand
Shin Aomori
R Bruce Elliott
Berthold Hawkeye
Atsuki Tani
Bob Magruder
Yuji Ueda
Greg Ayres
Takashi Hikida
Tyson Rinehart
Briggs Doctor
Risa Hayamizu
Lucy Todd
Ryuzaburo Otomo
Phil Parsons
Cathrine Elle Armstrong
Rie Kugimiya
Kate Oxley
Rintarou Nishi

Kiyoshi Katsunuma

Seizo Katou
Andy Mullins
Hisao Egawa

Masayuki Shouji

Masuo Amada
George Manley
Denny Brosh
Yuuki Hayashi
Jim Foronda
Anri Katsu
John Burgmeier
Shozo Iizuka
Greg Dulcie
Masuo Amada

Elicia Hughes
Misato Fukuen
Cherami Leigh
Bon Ishihara
John Gremillion
Chie Sato

Shinsuke Nagashima
Brian Mathis
Shinya Fukumatsu


Hiroshi Ito

Kenta Miyake
Antimere Robinson
Masaki Terasoma
John Gremillion
Tomoyuki Shimura
Andrew Love
Giolio Comanche
Tadashi Miyazawa
Charles Campbell
Gold-Tooth Doctor
Bon Ishihara
Mark Stoddard
Gracia Hughes
Tomoe Hanba
Anastasia Munoz
Rokuro Naya
Bill Flynn
Tora Take
Phil Parsons

Tetsu Shiratori
Charles Campbell
HeinkelShinpachi Tsuji
Bradley Campbell
Henry Dougals
Yasuyuki Kase
Rob Mungle
Kiyoyuki Yanada
Cole Brown
Isaac MacDougal
Kouichi Yamadera
Bryan Massey
Ishvalan Boy
Atsushi Abe
Micah Solusod
Ishvalan Leader
Yoshinori Sonobe

Ishvalan Old-Man

John Swasey
Jin Horikawa

King of Xerxes
Takkou Ishimori

Kinryuu Arimoto
R Bruce Elliott

Kiyotaka Furushima
Ian Sinclair
Liore Shopkeeper
Tadashi Miyazawa
Logue Lowe

T.A. Taylor
Madam Christmas
Youko Matsuoka
Pam Dougherty
Madam Shan
Noriko Uemura
Linda Young

Maria Ross
Kaori Nazuka
Meredith McCoy
Takako Honda
Tiffany Grant
Shuuhei Sakaguchi
Josh Martin
Mitsuru Ogata
Greg Dulcie
Kazuya Nakai
Jason Douglas
Mrs. Armstrong
Romi Park

Mrs. Bradley
Ai Satou
Dana Schultes
Tooru Nara
Justin Cook
Nina Tucker
Sumire Morohoshi
Brian Mathis
Akemi Okamura
Cynthia Cranz
Philip Gargantos Armstrong
Kenji Utsumi

Pinako Rockbell
Young Pinako Rockbell

Miyoko Asou
Mami Koyama
Juli Erickson
Shelley Calene-Black
Katsuhisa Houki
Christopher Ayres
Rebecca Catalina
Naomi Shindoh

Yuka Nishigaki
Jamie Marchi
Tokuyoshi Kawashima
Christopher Bevins
Tetsu Inada
John Gremillion
Rose Tomas
Satsuki Yukino
Colleen Clinkenbeard
Sara Rockbell
Yuri Amano
Caitlin Glass
Susan Huber
Scar's Brother
Takehito Koyasu
Robert McCollum
Scar's Master
Yuzuru Fujimoto
Grant James
Chika Fujimura
Gwendolyn Lau
Shou Tucker
Makoto Nagai
Chuck Huber
Sig Curtis
Seiji Sasaki
Bob Carter
Slicer Brother (older)
Slicer Brother (younger)

Dai Matsumoto
Kenji Nojima
Bill Jenkins
Duncan Brannan
Solf J. Kimblee
Hiroyuki Yoshino
Eric Vale

Shelton Windham
Gô Shinomiya
J Paul Slavens
Yuki Kodaira
Leah Clark
Tim Marcoh
Masayuki Omoro
Jerry Russell
Urey Rockbell
Masaki Terasoma
Joel McDonald
Seiko Ueda
Leah Clark
Kiyoshi Katsunuma
Brad Hawkins
Kazuki Yao
Barry Yandell
Takashi Hikida
Chris Rager
(** Currently no Anime Vice profile)

This will make things much easier to do the credits. Jana.
-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ animevice / @ FoxxFireArt
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 YAH! Anime Vice comments are working again!!
 YAH! Anime Vice comments are working again!!
Well, it's been a hectic 12 hours since Anime Vice when all Hellen Keller. No could write much of anything. I was even right in the middle of working on this week's Anime Vice Japanese Lesson. While that's still coming, I wanted to share with you some of the latest purchases I made in the world of manga and anime today.
Back when I first reported on Anime Vice that Yen Press would start releasing Highschool of the Dead to the US. I was really excited. I wanted to start covering that and I looked forward to the release for Jan. 25 since I first heard that date last month. I waited all month and held off using any of my holiday gift cards. I drove to my local Borders only to find that Borders will not be carrying Highschool of the Dead in store. You can only purchase it online. Now, that is irony. I held off pre-ordering, because I wanted to get it on it's release date, in place of waiting a week or so for delivery. I really wanted to write a review of Volume 1 and submit it as an article for Anime Vice. Saying I was disappointed would be an understatement.
I did order Highschool of the Dead online, but through Amazon. Borders.com wanted $13 for this. I got it on Amazon for $8.26, and yet Borders still wonders why they can't compete. Once you have removed the convenience factor of having the product same day. They're pretty well screwed. While I was at it, I also pre-ordered Summer Wars on blu-ray, which if you been following the Oscar buzz was denied a nomination. Good news, I'm getting two things I wanted. Bad News, to get the free shipping. I will have to wait until February to get that Highschool of the Dead volume with my Summer Wars.
I did use my roughly $90 worth of gift cards today, anyways. Borders was having a special of Buy 4 Manga and Get 5th Free. I really couldn't pass up on that kind of deal. So, here's what I got.
 The advantages of holiday Gift Cards. Roughly about $100 worth, and I didn't technically pay for any of them.
 The advantages of holiday Gift Cards. Roughly about $100 worth, and I didn't technically pay for any of them.
I know some of you are probably going to be pretty shocked about what you might see here. The selection is a bit random. I tend to buy volumes that have scenes I really enjoy and fill in from there.

 Chibi General Grievous is pleased with these purchases.
 Chibi General Grievous is pleased with these purchases.

FoxxFireArt's Pull List

  • Fairy Tail Vol. 5
  • Fairy Tail Vol. 12
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 10
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 17
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 21
  • The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan Vol. 1
  • One Piece Vol. 46
  • One Piece Vol. 53
  • Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Vol. 2
  • Soul Eater Vol. 4
That's right, mixed in with the Del Rey and Yen Press books are VIZ Media mangas. I've been considering for a long time relaxing my boycott of VIZ manga. Just seemed as every time I started to soften. Someone would make an absolutely ignorant comment to make excises for censorship. New Flash, people. There is no excuse for censorship of books. Censorship has never improved anything. The ball started rolling with just how great Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood way. I recently finished the anime and was very impressed.
Just don't get the false impression that means I'm not going to keep commenting against VIZ Media any changes I get. Nor am I going to stopped using scanlations for VIZ series. Here's the funny thing. Since it was a "Buy 4 and Get the 5th Free" deal. I technically paid more money to Del Rey and Yen Press. I didn't pay anything for those two volumes of One Piece.

It was hard to select which Fullmetal Alchemists to get. I kind of went with a theme. One is Riza Hawkeye, Olivier Milla Armstrong, and Lan Fan.
 Riza Hawkeye / Olivier Milla Armstrong / Lan Fan - Three ladies you don't want to piss off.
 Riza Hawkeye / Olivier Milla Armstrong / Lan Fan - Three ladies you don't want to piss off.

I plan to read and review all of these volume for Anime Vice. I've currently written 64 reviews on Anime Vice and I have a have a 96% recommendation rate on my reviews. No one on Animce Vice as written as many reviews, and I'm not even staff. You can see complete list of all my reviews HERE
I kind of wish I could be a staff writer for the site. I could afford to then buy more manga and anime and write even more reviews. I am a little green in the eyes how Tom Pinchuk was sent a big batch of anime DVDs by FUNimation. Still, I'm happy for him, too
So, that was my day. How was your's?

-Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.- Follow for news updates: @ animevice / @ FoxxFireArt
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Dynamic Theme Now Available!!

The science of alchemy may be out of reach for most of us, but you can enjoy it on your Playstation 3(PS3) every time you press the power button. Now available on the North American PlayStation Store you can download a dynamic theme based on Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (FMA:Brotherhood), courtesy of FUNimation. It's not just still images, but semi-animated as it shows both Alphonse and Edward Elric as teens to their childhood versions when the image changes. The animation is mainly blinking of the eyes with their clothes and hair constantly flapping in the wind. The background also subtly changes from day to night. The icons that adorn the different options on the PS3 are also replaced with new character icons from FMA:Brotherhood. They include Ed, Al, Roy Mustang, Maes Hughes, and Riza Hawkeye. The video preview FUNimation offers mentions that there are custom sounds you will hear as you browse the menu, but none are displayed in the video.

Finding the theme may be a bit tricky, but just do a search for "Fullmetal Alchemist" and it will pop right up. 

This dynamic theme is priced at $2.99(USD).

Along with a new dynamic theme, the Playstation Movie Store is also offering for download both FMA: Brotherood Season 1 (Ep. 1-26) & the full series of the original anime Fullmetal Alchemist. Each episode is priced for download at $1.99(USD) and only offers the English audio (no subtitled option shown).

Source: FUNimation Blogs

 -Kristoffer Remmell ( FoxxFireArt) is a freelance graphic artist, writer, and over all mystery geek.-
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