I really enjoyed FMA as well, thought by the time I first saw it the fan craze had already swept in and I was a little hesitant to watch it because of it. I am glad that a buddy of mine convinced me to watch it. I thought it was going to be your average pre-teen anime but I was encouraged to find out that the series involved many mature themes and interwove them seamlessly into the plot.
As for Beach, I used to keep current with the series but I began to lose interest and eventually stop watching the series altogether. Things just seemed too formulated although I was a good action series. I might pick it up again if only to see if they are still doing the end of the world, must become more powerful, check out my new super abilities script. There were soo many characters in it that I really like and I wished they got more screen time.
I really should check out R.O.D. the series, I saw the OVA and loved it but unfortunately never got around to watch it.
doh... sorry didn't mean to start rambling
Why...what is this thing called "rambling" of which you speak? I never do that.
The R.O.D. OVA is absolutely marvelous! It's only three episodes and one coherent storyline. I still have a shameless crush on a fictional anime woman
. A gal with a bigger book collection than mine AND she's a hottie? If she were real, I'd ask her out on the spot.
R.O.D. the series is good but it could be better. It's set five years after the OVA and the main characters are three female paper masters who live as sisters running a detective agency. Two of the girls love books as much as Yomiko Readman in the OVA but the youngest girl doesn't. There's also a female author who's a friend of Yomiko's and Yomiko has been missing for 5 years.
The sisters come from a manga called "Read or Dream". The female author appears as a young girl in the "Read or Die" manga but she's an adult in the anime series. Personally, I found the "Read or Die" manga rather depressing while the OVA was glorious. The "Read or Dream" manga is quite a bit different from the anime series but still very charming and often quite fun.
Anyway, the series is very good until Yomiko gets discovered roughly halfway through the series (There are 26 episodes and Yomiko first comes back in episode 16 or so). The series starts out with very good chemistry between the Paper Sisters and the female author...they're all great characters and the shows were fun.
When Yomiko comes back, the series gets a bit darker and just isn't as fun as the first shows were. While I like Yomiko, she doesn't quite blend well with the Paper Sisters. The series is still worth seeing,if you get a chance.
**I like FMA quite a bit: Good writing, decent stories, good animation, the shows are funny and sometimes makes me cry, too. I also enjoyed the movie.
***"Bleach?...I may give it a second chance but I'm in no rush to see it.
"It's impossible to be neat and tidy amidst the natural majesty of mountains of books."
Michelle...Read or Dream