So Netflix finally has the new Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie as part of their library and Tobie and I are giving it a shot tonight. What surprised me more is the fact that they've also made available the original anime runs for the first Fullmetal Alchemisti series and the second attempt at telling the story, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I've been wanting to re-watch these cartoons for some time now but haven't had the patience to "secure" a copy online.
I've never been one to answer the question "are you into anime?" very positively as it's quite the sweeping question that ignores the various genres of stories told through these features. But I have watched a few shows from (more or less) start to finish here and there and the first Fullmetal Alchemist always stirs up positive memories as it's quite the good show. But anime as a "genre" is always tricky as it often means subtitles and in our busy lives it's actually harder for us to multi-task while watching a subtitled series. It may make more sense when you're watchin alone on a laptop or other mobile device with the sound turned low but it's not as convenient when you're sharing the viewing experience.
Cue memories of my high school years when my brother and I would try to keep up with shows like this and Rave via the Animax cable network. That's what I like to think about more when I consider shows like this. And I guess that's a bigger part of the charm for me more than the story in itself.