So far on my countdown of my top ten favorite animated series, we've seen ninja, a duo that wasn't quite right for television, so what exactly could be next on the list? Well, originally I had only intended for this list to consist of cartoons, but I felt bad at excluding anime, so this list will have a few anime mixed in and the next one on my countdown is an anime and quite a good one at that. It started off with a series on Cartoon Network and got reworked into another series that followed closer to it's manga counterpart, I proudly present number seven on my countdown:
#7 Fullmetal Alchemist
Surprised much? Well, you really shouldn't be since I consider Fullmetal Alchemist to be another one of my favorite anime and manga series around, I dare say it rivals even that of another anime that will show up later on my list, but we'll save that for another time. I actually started off with Fullmetal Alchemist on the anime that premiered on Cartoon Network before they replaced the anime block with other shows. I will admit at first, I wasn't a really big fan of the series since I was young at the time and didn't take the time to learn about the characters and the story.
Other kids in high school started watching the series too and we all had a common interest in the series, so I decided to give the series more thought and started paying attention to it more. I was glad that I did since the series is probably one of the more well adapted manga to anime and despite the first series having fillers, I thought they fit in quite well and didn't take away from the overall plot of the series. Ed and Al got the most focus, but they had a strong supporting cast of characters and the series did well to balance out humor, romance, and action which some series can't really do that well.
The series was popular enough to be remade into another series that stuck closer to it's manga counterpart entitled Brotherhood which was just as good as the original series and despite it being more faithful to the manga, I consider both series equally great. I'm also kinda guilty for not reading the manga until I had finished the original series and despite this, it never changed my opinion on the series. It's still one of my favorite anime and manga series around. I'd definitely recommend the series to anyone since it's easy to get into and once you do, you'll be hooked.
Of course you're always going to have people that say the series isn't anything special, but to me the series and the manga had enough of an impact on me to further my interest in anime and manga in general and for that I really can't deny the series a spot on my countdown, but it just fell short of getting higher on my list because there's some shows I hold in higher regard, still Fullmetal Alchemist is one of those series that stuck out in my head as well done.