Several months ago, my roommate introduced me to the world of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. For those of you who are like me, you might be thinking what is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood? Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an Anime that uses a magic called “alchemy” which is the ancient metaphysical science/mystical art of manipulating and altering matter by using natural energy. This act is known as "Transmutation" (錬成 Rensei) and its sequence is usually described as:
It’s basically an ancient science where one can change an object by reshaping the matter that makes it up.
My roommate and I watched several episodes, but I never really truly got into the series until just a little bit ago. I’ve always been jealous of the people that can watch Animes and truly get into them. I’ve never been that type of person. Rather than TV shows or movies, I found myself intrigued by music. I decided to give this show another try and decided to start from the beginning.
If you don’t know the premise of the show, Edward and Alphonse Elric use this art of alchemy to try to bring their dead mother back from the grave, but in doing this, they committed the “taboo”. Edward lost his right arm and left leg and Alphonse lost his entire body, which Edward bound to a suit of armor using alchemy. The show follows their adventures as these two try to find a Philosopher’s Stone, which can help give them back their original bodies.
The uniqueness of this series is unmatched. It features a lot of tropes of Animes, and even though at times it may seem silly, the tone of the series is dark and serious. I hate to make this comparison, but it sort of reminds me of Avatar: The Last Airbender with the idea that there are certain people that can manipulate materials around them which creates this divide between those who possess the power and those who do not. Also with that series, there is a lot of light-heartedness, but it has a very serious tone to it as well.
Now, I haven’t completed the series yet, but I finished Part 1 which contains episode 1 through 13. I won’t write a review on every part when I finish it, but considering this is one of my first Animes, I felt the need to express my joy and excitement for it. Like I mentioned, I’m not at all an expert in Anime, but little by little, I’m delving into it. After I finish this series, my plan is to move on to Tokyo Ghoul because that one has been suggested to me countless times.
If you haven’t watched this Anime or are nervous about dipping your toe into the world of Anime, I would highly suggest you watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood because, yes it is an Anime, but it feels less like an Anime and more like just a brilliant story. I know Anime can have its negative connotations such as nerdy, Weebo, and other such things, but honestly it’s such a great world of things that I’m excited to explore.
The only thing that sucks about this is the fact that I literally just started like 5 shows today. However, I’m set on finishing this series, unlike my attempt with Deathnote which I still need to return to.
Let me know if you want an episode by episode review of Part 1. I will gladly do it, but know that I’m very short on time, so if you do suggest I do such, it may not come out as soon as expected. Thanks for reading this first post about Anime. I’m excited to do more reviews and posts.
Nottingham, UK delivers a powerful, four-piece Punk Rock band that debuted with their self-titled album As December Falls on February 8th of this year. As December Falls is fronted by female lead singer Bethany Curtis, who brings her own new-formed take on the genre originally led by Paramore, Tonight Alive, and other female fronted bands of the 2000s.
As December Falls is an exploration into this young band and the uprising they’ve taken. Songs like “Ride”, “On the Edge” and “No Money” create a beautifully instrumental that coincides well with Bethany’s harmonic vocals. Ande Hunter, Timmy Francis, and Lukas James add as much to each song as Bethany’s voice with addictive crunchy chords, popping leads, deep, funky bass lines, and rightly timed drum fills.
The dynamics in the song are fairly leveled off but it just makes each of the lower energy moments more profound than ever. The album as a whole is loud, aggressive, and in your face, done in a fun and almost playful way. This album showcases the uniqueness this group has to offer. The stylistic influences of Paramore, Tonight Alive, Blink-182, and other Punk Rock bands becomes hyper-focused in songs like “From the Start” which carries a Blink-182-ish riff and chord progression, but includes some of the softer edges of Paramore’s songs like “My Heart” and Tonight Alive’s “Amelia”.
My personal favorite songs would be “From the Start”, “I Don’t Mind”, and “Don’t Say a Word” which take on a higher level of dynamics, but also features a more complex instrumental and song structure. Honestly, this album was suggested to me by my good friend, Seaun Phillip Atchison, and I’m glad that I liked it because I wouldn’t know how to write an album review on an album I didn’t like. While some of the songs blur together, the album is a great demonstration of what potential As December Falls has and the band should not be taken lightly. They use emotion and captivating instrumentals throughout every song. It’s not Kpop, but it’s music and music is what brings us all together.
Like I've mentioned before, music has no language barriers, it knows no language. I want to dedicate this section of my website to reviewing in any way, shape or form other languages of music. This includes Jpop, Mandopop, OPM, Vpop, Latin music, Russian, German, American, Venezuelan, you name it. If you think it's worth giving a listen, I'll listen to it and give you a review.