Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric try to use alchemy to bring their mother back to life and fail, stripping Alphonse of his physical form, and robbing Edward of an arm and a leg, which he replaces with metallic prosthetics. From disaster, Fullmetal Alchemist is born. Their quest to get Alphonse’s real body back is an action-packed ride that spans the entire continent, draws in the entire army they’ve enlisted in, and exposes the shadows that hide within. Long anime tend to have rather uneven productions as resources and staff get spread thin, but this show’s consistently outstanding action setpieces defy the norm, as the iconic effects animation by Yoshimichi Kameda ensure to burn themselves into your retinas. The series had previously been adapted into anime with the more conceptually ambitious yet flawed Fullmetal Alchemist (2003), also available on Netflix, but Brotherhood’s complete tale offers a much more rewarding experience. If that isn’t enough by itself, however, you can also watch its complementary The Sacred Star of Milos, a spinoff movie with a more generic self-contained narrative, but that justifies its prize of admission with its visual experimentation alone. If you want to get into Fullmetal Alchemist, which I can only recommend, you’ve got plenty of exciting material to go through!