This is one of those anime that I could not stop watching until I had gotten a hold of every single episode. It is a long series, but still I was sucked in and waiting anxiously for each and every Netflix disk to arrive in the mail. The story has the type of heroes that most of us cannot get enough of. The sweet boy trapped inside the body of a robot, a feisty older brother who makes up for what he lacks in height with true grit and magic, to boot.
“Fullmetal Alchemist (鋼の錬金術師Hagane no Renkinjutsushi?, literally “Alchemist of Steel”), is a Japanese manga series (and anime) written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. The world of Fullmetal Alchemist is styled after the European Industrial Revolution. Set in a fictional universein which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques known to man, the story follows the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who want to restore their bodies after a disastrous failed attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy.”
I watched this anime a few months ago and could not stop until I had seen every single episode. Since viewing it, I have wanted to write something about it in my blog. It was mentioned as one of my favorite anime in a previous blog entry. At present the best thing I can say is to watch the episodes and find out why I was hooked from the first moment.
Balsa is a wandering warrior, whose special technique is wielding a massive spear with incredible accuracy. Her entire adult life has been spent saving lives as atonement for a past sin. Her path crosses that of a young prince, Chagum, whose mother hires Balsa as a bodyguard because she believes her son’s life is in grave danger from the boy’s own father, the emperor of Japan. Chagum’s father believes that the boy is possessed by a dangerous spirit that will destroy everything if Chagum is not killed immediately. In fact, the emperor has ordered his son’s own assassination.
Balsa and Chagum find themselves on a perilous journey, not only to elude the emperor’s many assassins, but also to stop the dangerous creature that is growing inside the boy’s chest. Desperate choices must be made along the way, as well as peeks into Balsa’s dramatic and traumatized past.
The link below contains every episode of the anime. If you enjoy Japanese History and a good fantasy adventure, tune it. You won’t be disappointed.
The magic and mystery of onmyōdō and the onmyōji, who practice the ancient art, are an esoteric combination of Wu Xing, Yin and Yang, Taoism, Buddhism and Shintoism. It came to Japan in the fifth and sixth centuries.
In the popular culture of film, manga, anime novels and video games, there are a host of these magicians and soothsayers, tweaked with extraordinary, supernatural power.
The anime, Ghost Huntpresents the character, Lin Koujo, an onmyōji, who can exorcise or summons spirits and control shikigami–spirits similar to a witch’s familiar.
In the live-action film and manga, Onmyōji,the fictitious account of the famous, real-life magician, Abe no Seimei, is based on the novel series of the same name.
In the manga series, Shaman Kingand the novel, Chō Senji Ryakketsu, Yoh Asakura is an onmyōjiand a medium who can communicate between the world of the living and the world of the dead, who spends much of his time hanging out in graveyards. His goal is to hone his skills onmyōdō and win the title of Shaman King.
In the award-winning anime series,Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, childhood friends Arumi and Sasshi find themselves pulled into another dimension where they learn onmyōdō from the famous wizard, Abe no Seimei.
The anime and manga, Onmyō Taisenki delves into I Ching and Taoism for its magical resources.
The manga series, Ask Dr. Rin! features a powerful onmyōji named, Takashi Tokiwa who is infatuated with Meilin Kanzaki, a young girl, endowed with Feng shui powers, who can read people’s fortunes and advise them concerning the best way to ensure good luck.
The Playstation fighting game, Evil Zone features an onmyoji named Keiya Tenpouin, “The Man in the Shadow” whose main goal is to kill and claim the power of Ihadulca, who can exist in multiple dimensions at the same time.
The novel,Shōnen Onmyōji is set in the Heian era of historical Japan and portrays the life of Abe no Masahiro, the youngest grandson of the famous onmyoji,Abe no Seimei,whose greatest desire is to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. .
In the manga and anime series, Steel Angel Kurumi, (an artificial humanoid with superhuman physical abilities) the main protagonist, Nakahito Kagura belongs to a family of onmyojimystics.
The PlayStation game Final Fantasy Tactics includes a “Job” entitled, Onmyoji,which is translated in the English as “Oracle.” The practicing onmyojihas “Yin-Yang Magic” that can inflict blindness, paralysis or sleep on their opponents.
In the card game, Magic: The Gathering, one of the cards is entitled: Goryo’s Vengeance. The card type is arcane which includes spells represented spells by spirits or kami (Japanese word for spirits and natural forces, used in the Shinto faith).
In the anime, “Tsukuyomi’s Moon Phase,” Hazuki and his mother have the ability to summon a shikigami spirit.
In the horror, survival game, Kuon, the main characters are onmyoji. Most of the magic seals and puzzles are based on onmyõdõ.
Manga, comics and print cartoons, helped propel the growth of anime due to fact that many were later adapted into animation format.
Osamu Tezuka was particularly adept at translating Manga into Anime. He was key in inspiring others in this field and helped create the fundamental elements of today’s anime. He also developed the giant robot genre–called “Mecha” outside of Japan.
The month of February has been hectic, while I get the last edits on my novel, LEGEND OF THE TENGU PRINCE finished so that I can self-publish it on Amazon.com. Also, I have been working on adapting the novel to screenplay format so that I can enter it into contests this year. Since time is sparse and I have missed the last few weekend blogs, I have decided to list some of my favorite Anime series and movies for you to enjoy.