Viz Media Original run February 28, 2003 – April 22, 2010 Volumes 10 () Anime • (2003 anime) • (2005 film) • (2009 anime) • (2011 film) Live-action film • (2017) Fullmetal Alchemist (: 鋼の錬金術師,: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, lit. 'Alchemist of Steel') is a Japanese series written and illustrated.
It was serialized in 's magazine between August 2001 and June 2010; the publisher later collected the individual chapters into twenty-seven volumes. The world of Fullmetal Alchemist is styled after the European. Set in a fictional universe in which is one of the most advanced scientific techniques, the story follows two alchemist brothers named and, who are searching for the to restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life using alchemy.
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The manga was published and localized in English by in North America, in Australasia, and in Singapore. Also has the rights for the digital release of the volumes in North America due to the series being a Square Enix title. It has been adapted into two, two animated films—all animated by studio—and. Dubbed the television series, films and video games. The series has generated,, supplementary books, a, and a variety of and other merchandise. A based on the series is also in development. The manga has sold approximately 67 million volumes worldwide, making it one of the.
The English release of the manga's first volume was the top-selling graphic novel during 2005. In two web polls, the anime was voted the most popular anime of all time in Japan. At the in February 2007, it was eligible for eight awards, nominated for six, and won five. Reviewers from several media conglomerations had positive comments on the series, particularly for its character development, action scenes, symbolism and philosophical references. See also: Setting [ ] Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in an, in the fictional country of Amestris ( アメストリス, Amesutorisu). In the world, is one of the most-practiced sciences; Alchemists who work for the government are known as State Alchemists ( 国家錬金術師, Kokka Renkinjutsushi) and are automatically given the rank of in the military. Alchemists have the ability, with the help of patterns called Transmutation Circles, to create almost anything they desire.
However, when they do so, they must provide something of equal value in accordance with the. The only things Alchemists are forbidden from transmuting are humans and gold. There has never been a successful human transmutation; those who attempt it lose a part of their body and the result is a horrific inhuman mass. Attemptees are confronted by Truth ( 真理, Shinri), a and semi-cerebral God-like being who tauntingly regulates all alchemy use and whose nigh-featureless appearance is relative to the person to whom Truth is conversing with; the series' antagonist, Father, and some other characters, claim and believe that Truth is a personal God who punishes the arrogant, a belief that Edward denies, citing a flaw in Father's interpretation of Truth's works. Attemptees of Human Transmutation are also thrown into the Gate of Truth ( 真理の扉, Shinri no Tobira), where they receive an overwhelming dose of information, but also allowing them to transmute without a circle. All living things possess their own Gate of Truth, and per the heavenly bodies like planets also have their own Gates of Truth.
It is possible to bypass the Law of Equivalent Exchange (to an extent) using a, a red, enigmatic substance. Philosopher's Stones can be used to create, artificial humans of proud nature. Homunculi have numerous superhuman abilities unique amongst each other and look down upon all humanity.
With the exception of one, they do not age and can only be killed via the destruction of their Philosopher's Stones. There are several cities throughout Amestris. The main setting is the capital of Central City ( セントラルシティ, Sentoraru Shiti), along with other military cities such as the northern city of Briggs ( ブリッグズ, Burigguzu). Towns featured include Resembool ( リゼンブール, Rizenbūru), the rural hometown of the Elrics; Liore ( リオール, Riōru), a city tricked into following a cult; Rush Valley ( ラッシュバレー, Rasshu Barē), a town that specializes in automail manufacturing; and, a conservative-religion region that rejects alchemy and was destroyed in the Ishbalan Civil War instigated after a soldier (actually the homunculus ) shot an Ishbalan child.
Outside of Amestris, there are few named countries, and none are seen in the main story. The main foreign country is. Heavily reminiscent of, Xing has a complex system of clans and emperors, as opposed to Amestris's government-controlled election of a.
It also has its own system of alchemy, called ( 錬丹術, Rentanjutsu), which is more medical and can be bi-located using; in turn, it is implied that all countries have different forms of alchemy. Plot [ ] and live in the rural town of Resembool with their mother and their father, the latter having left home for an unknown reason. When Trisha dies of the plague, the brothers perform the forbidden alchemic technique of human transmutation in an attempt to resurrect her. Consequently, the transmutation backfires and in law with equivalent exchange, Edward's left leg and Alphonse's entire body are destroyed. Edward sacrifices his right arm to rescue Alphonse's soul, binding it to a suit of armor with a blood seal. Edward is invited by to become a State Alchemist to research a way to restore Alphonse's body.
Edward passes the State Alchemist exams, becoming the Fullmetal Alchemist, the title based on his prosthetic automail limbs and use of alchemy involving metal materials. Three years on, the Elrics search for the mythical to achieve their goals. They free the citizens of the city Liore by exposing the corrupt motives of the local cult's prophetic founder. They are targeted by, an Ishbalan who murders State Alchemists per his anti-alchemic religious beliefs, and their encounter with him forces them to return to Resembool to have their bodies repaired by their childhood friend and mechanic,. The Elrics meet, a reclusive former State Alchemist who created Philosopher's Stones during the Ishbalan civil war.
Marcoh sends them to find his notes, but they learn the key ingredient to make the Stone is. Reaching a dead end thanks to the Homunculi, the Elrics go to meet their alchemy teacher., Mustang's friend, carries on their research, but is shot dead by a disguised for discovering the Homunculi's plans.
Visiting Izumi, the Elrics learn she committed human transmutation on her stillborn child. Alphonse is captured by the rogue homunculus, but is rescued by Amestris' president, revealed to be the homunculus Wrath. Greed is consequently melted down by and reabsorbed within the Homunculi's creator,. The Elrics and Winry return to Central City to visit Hughes but learn of his death. Lieutenant is framed for Hughes's murder, but is seemingly murdered by Mustang. However, Edward learns Ross's death was staged so Mustang could smuggle her out of the country to Xing, assisted by Xingese prince.
Meanwhile, Scar forms a small band with former soldier, Xingese princess, and later Dr. Edward reunites with Hohenheim but hates him for his lengthy absence from home. As the story progresses, the protagonists encounter the Homunculi repeatedly. Is killed by Mustang; is captured by Mustang and Lin, but he ends up swallowing Edward, Lin, and Envy into his void-like stomach. Gluttony takes Alphonse to meet Father, but when the others escape from Gluttony's stomach, Father turns Lin into a Homunculus, namely the new incarnation of Greed. The Elrics are released to continue their quest as long as they don't oppose Father.
The Elrics go to northern Amestris where they inform the soldiers of Fort Briggs of the conspiracies in Central. Finding an underground tunnel beneath Briggs, the Elrics and General discover that Amestris is practically nothing more than a human farm created by Father, who has been creating a nationwide transmutation circle and plans to cull its citizens by converting them into an extremely powerful Philosopher's Stone, which he shall use as a weapon to ascend to godhood. The Elrics are forced to work with to track down Scar, with Winry as a hostage.
They learn Scar's brother created a new type of alchemy to combat Father, leading them to team up and go on the run from the military, though Edward is left behind to divert Kimblee. Greed regains his past self's memories and betrays Father, teaming up with Edward, Kimblee's chimera minions, and later Hohenheim. Hohenheim reveals to his sons separately that he is, turned into a living Philosopher's Stone by Father four hundred years ago.
The Promised Day arrives and Father prepares to initiate his plan using an, whose light and shadow represents a perfect being, and those who tried human transmutation as his key sacrifices. The numerous protagonists battle Father's minions, with most of the Homunculi dying. Father activates the nationwide transmutation after the Elrics, Izumi, Hohenheim, and a forced Mustang are gathered as the triggers. However, Hohenheim and Scar activate countermeasures to save the Amestrians. Father is confronted above ground where the protagonists battle him to wear down his Philosopher's Stone, but Greed is destroyed by Father.
Alphonse, whose armor is all but destroyed, sacrifices his soul to retrieve the right arm of Edward, who in turn destroys Father's Philosopher's Stone, sending him back to the divine Gate of Truth from which he was created. Edward sacrifices his ability to perform alchemy to retrieve Alphonse's body and soul. Hohenheim visits Trisha's grave where he dies with a smile.
Several months later, Edward and Alphonse return home where they are reunited with Winry, though they both leave home two years later to explore the world. The epilogue finishes with a family photo of Alphonse, May, Edward, Winry, and Ed's and Winry's son and daughter. Production [ ] After reading about the concept of the Philosopher's Stone, Arakawa became attracted to the idea of her characters using alchemy in the manga. She started reading books about alchemy, which she found complicated because some books contradict others.
Arakawa was attracted more by the philosophical aspects than the practical ones. Savita Bhabhi Holi Rape Comik Hindi Pdf on this page. For the Equivalent Exchange ( 等価交換, Tōka Kōkan) concept, she was inspired by the work of her parents, who had a farm in and worked hard to earn the money to eat. Arakawa wanted to integrate social problems into the story.
Her research involved watching television news programs and talking to refugees, war veterans and former. Several plot elements, such as Pinako Rockbell caring for the Elric brothers after their mother dies, and the brothers helping people to understand the meaning of family, expand on these themes. When creating the fictional world of Fullmetal Alchemist, Arakawa was inspired after reading about the in Europe; she was amazed by differences in the culture, architecture, and clothes of the era and those of her own culture. She was especially interested in England during this period and incorporated these ideas into the manga. When the manga began serialization, Arakawa was considering several major plot points, including the ending. She wanted the Elric brothers to recover their bodies—at least partly. As the plot continued, she thought that some characters were maturing and decided to change some scenes.
Arakawa said the manga authors and Hiroyuki Eto are her main inspirations for her character designs; she describes her artwork as a mix of both of them. She found that the easiest of the series's characters to draw were, and the little animals. Arakawa likes dogs so she included several of them in the story.
Arakawa made comedy central to the manga's story because she thinks it is intended for entertainment, and tried to minimize sad scenes. When around forty manga chapters had been published, Arakawa said that as the series was nearing its end and she would try to increase the pace of the narrative. To avoid making some chapters less entertaining than others, unnecessary details from each of them were removed and a climax was developed.
The removal of minor details was also necessary because Arakawa had too few pages in to include all the story content she wanted to add. Some characters' appearances were limited in some chapters. At first, Arakawa thought the series would last twenty-one volumes but the length increased to twenty-seven. Serialization finished after nine years, and Arakawa was satisfied with her work because she had told everything she wanted with the manga. During the development of the first anime, Arakawa allowed the anime staff to work independently from her, and requested a different ending from that of the manga.
She said that she would not like to repeat the same ending in both media, and wanted to make the manga longer so she could develop the characters. When watching the ending of the anime, she was amazed about how different the creatures were from the manga and enjoyed how the staff speculated about the origins of the villains. Because Arakawa helped the staff in the making of the series, she was kept from focusing on the manga's cover illustrations and had little time to make them. Themes [ ] The series explores social problems, including discrimination, scientific advancement, political greed, brotherhood, family, and war. Scar's backstory and his hatred of the state military references the, who had their land taken by other people. This includes the consequences of guerrilla warfare and the amount of violent soldiers a military can have. Some of the people who took the Ainus' land were originally Ainu; this irony is referenced in Scar's use of alchemy to kill alchemists even though it was forbidden in his own religion.
The Elrics being orphans and adopted by Pinako Rockbell reflects Arakawa's beliefs about the ways society should treat orphans. The characters' dedication to their occupations reference the need to work for food. The series also explores the concept of equivalent exchange; to obtain something new, one must pay with something of equal value. This is applied by alchemists when creating new materials and is also a philosophical belief the Elric brothers follow. Media [ ] Manga [ ]. Main article: Written and drawn by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist was serialized in 's monthly manga magazine. Its first installment was published in the magazine's August 2001 issue on July 12, 2001; publication continued until the series concluded in June 2010 with the 108th installment.
A side-story to the series was published in the October 2010 issue of Monthly Shōnen Gangan on September 11, 2010. In the July 2011 issue of the same magazine, the prototype version of the manga was published. Square Enix compiled the chapters into twenty-seven volumes. The first volume was released on January 22, 2002, and the last on November 22, 2010. A few chapters have been re-released in Japan in two 'Extra number' magazines and Fullmetal Alchemist, The First Attack, which features the first nine chapters of the manga and other side stories. On July 22, 2011, Square Enix started republishing the series in format. Localized the tankōbon volumes in English in North America between May 3, 2005, and December 20, 2011.
On June 7, 2011, Viz started publishing the series in omnibus format, featuring three volumes in one. Has the rights for the digital release of the volumes in North America since 2014 and on December 12, 2016 has released the series on the website. Other English localizations were done by for Australasia and in Singapore.
The series has been also localized in Polish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Korean. Main article: has published a series of six Fullmetal Alchemist Japanese, written.
The novels were licensed for an release by in North America, with translations by and illustrations—including covers and —by Arakawa. The novels are of the manga series and follow the Elric brothers on their continued quest for the philosopher's stone. The first novel, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand, was animated as the episodes eleven and twelve of the first anime series. The fourth novel contains an extra story about the military called 'Roy's Holiday'. Novelizations of the games,, and have also been written, the first by Makoto Inoue and the rest by Jun Eishima. Audio dramas [ ] There have been two series of Fullmetal Alchemist audio dramas. The first volume of the first series, Fullmetal Alchemist Vol.
Sport And Exercise Psychology A Canadian Perspective Ebook Reader. 1: The Land of Sand ( 砂礫の大地, Sareki no Daichi), was released before the anime and tells a similar story to the first novel. The Tringham brothers reprised their anime roles. Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 2: False Light, Truth's Shadow ( 偽りの光 真実の影, Itsuwari no Hikari, Shinjitsu no Kage) and Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 3: Criminals' Scar ( 咎人たちの傷跡, Togabitotachi no Kizuato) are stories based on different manga chapters; their characters are different from those in the anime.
The second series of audio dramas, available only with purchases of Shōnen Gangan, consists two stories in this series, each with two parts. The first, Fullmetal Alchemist: Ogutāre of the Fog ( 霧のオグターレ, Kiri no Ogutāre), was included in Shōnen Gangan 's April and May 2004 issues; the second story, Fullmetal Alchemist: Crown of Heaven ( 天上の宝冠, Tenjō no Hōkan), was issued in the November and December 2004 issues.
Video games [ ] based on Fullmetal Alchemist have been released. The storylines of the games often diverge from those of the anime and manga, and feature original characters. Square Enix has released three (RPG)—,, and. Has released two RPG titles, Fullmetal Alchemist: Stray Rondo ( 鋼の錬金術師 迷走の輪舞曲, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Meisō no Rondo) and Fullmetal Alchemist: Sonata of Memory ( 鋼の錬金術師 想い出の奏鳴曲, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Omoide no Sonata), for the and one,, for the.
In Japan, Bandai released an RPG Fullmetal Alchemist: To the Promised Day ( 鋼の錬金術師 Fullmetal Alchemist 約束の日へ, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Fullmetal Alchemist Yakusoku no Hi e) for the on May 20, 2010. Bandai also released a,, for the PlayStation 2. Released a game based on the in North America for the Nintendo DS. Of the seven games made in Japan, Broken Angel, Curse of the Crimson Elixir, and Dual Sympathy have seen international releases. For the, Akatsuki no Ōji ( 暁の王子, lit.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Prince of the Dawn) was released in Japan on August 13, 2009. A direct sequel of the game, Tasogare no Shōjo ( 黄昏の少女, lit. Fullmetal Alchemist: Daughter of the Dusk), was released on December 10, 2009, for the same console. Funimation licensed the franchise to create a new series of Fullmetal Alchemist-related video games to be published by Publishing Corporation in the United States. Destineer released its first Fullmetal Alchemist game for the Nintendo DS, a translation of Bandai's Dual Sympathy, on December 15, 2006, and said that they plan to release further titles. On February 19, 2007, Destineer announced the second game in its Fullmetal Alchemist series, the Fullmetal Alchemist Trading Card Game, which was released on October 15, 2007. A third game for the PlayStation Portable titled Fullmetal Alchemist: Senka wo Takuseshi Mono ( 背中を託せし者) was released in Japan on October 15, 2009.
A European release of the game, published by with Namco Bandai, was announced on March 4, 2010. The also received special in-game items based on the anime series. Arakawa oversaw the story and designed the characters for the RPG games, while Bones—the studio responsible for the anime series—produced several animation sequences. The developers looked at other titles—specifically Square Enix's action role-playing game and other games based on manga series, such as, or games—for inspiration. The biggest challenge was to make a 'full-fledged' game rather than a simple character-based one. Tomoya Asano, the assistant producer for the games, said that development took more than a year, unlike most character-based games. Other [ ] The Fullmetal Alchemist has received several artbooks.
Three artbooks called The Art of Fullmetal Alchemist ( イラスト集 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, Irasuto Shū Fullmetal Alchemist) were released by Square Enix; two of those were released in the US by Viz Media. The first artbook contains illustrations made between May 2001 to April 2003, spanning the first six manga volumes, while the second has illustrations from September 2003 to October 2005, spanning the next six volumes. The last one includes illustrations from the remaining volumes. The manga also has three guidebooks; each of them contains timelines, guides to the Elric brothers' journey, and chapters that were never released in manga volumes. Only the first guidebook was released by Viz Media, titled Fullmetal Alchemist Profiles. A guidebook titled 'Fullmetal Alchemist Chronicle' ( 鋼の錬金術師 CHRONICLE), which contains post-manga story information, was released in Japan on July 29, 2011.
Action figures, busts, and statues from the Fullmetal Alchemist anime and manga have been produced by toy companies, including Medicom and Southern Island. Medicom has created high end deluxe vinyl figures of the characters from the anime.
These figures are exclusively distributed in the United States and UK by Southern Island. Southern Island released its own action figures of the main characters in 2007, and a 12' statuette was scheduled for release the same year. Southern Island has since gone bankrupt, putting the statuette's release in doubt. A trading card game was first published in 2005 in the United States by Joyride Entertainment.
Since then, six expansions have been released. The card game was withdrawn on July 11, 2007.
Destineer released a Nintendo DS adaptation of the game on October 15, 2007. Reception [ ] Overall, the franchise has received widespread critical acclaim and commercial success. Manga reception [ ] Along with, the series won the forty-ninth for shōnen in 2004. It won the public voting for 's 'Favourite Manga' in 2010 and 2011.
The manga also received the for best science fiction comic in 2011. In a survey from in 2009, Fullmetal Alchemist ranked ninth as the manga that fans wanted to be turned into a live-action film. The series is also popular with amateur writers who produce (fan fiction) that borrows characters from the series. In the Japanese market Super Comic City, there have been over 1,100 dōjinshi based on Fullmetal Alchemist, some of which focused on romantic interactions between Edward Elric and Roy Mustang. Said the series had the same impact in 2004 as several female fans were seen there writing dōjinshi. Sales [ ] The series has become one of Square Enix's best-performing properties, along with and.
With the release of volume 27, the manga sold over 50 million copies in Japan. As of January 10, 2010, every volume of the manga has sold over a million copies each in Japan.
Square Enix reported that the series had sold 67 million copies worldwide as of May 16, 2017, fifteen million of those outside Japan. The series is also one of Viz Media's best sellers, appearing in 'BookScan's Top 20 Graphic Novels' and the 'USA Today Booklist'.
It was featured in the ' polls of graphic novels and Best Seller Manga list. The English release of the manga's first volume was the top-selling graphic novel during 2005. During 2008, volumes 19 and 20 sold over a million copies, ranking as the 10th and 11th best seller comics in Japan respectively. In the first half of 2009, it ranked as the seventh best-seller in Japan, having sold over 3 million copies.
Volume 21 ranked fourth, with more than a million copies sold and volume 22 ranked sixth with a similar number of sold copies. Producer Kouji Taguchi of Square Enix said that Volume 1's initial sales were 150,000 copies; this grew to 1.5 million copies after the first anime aired. Prior to the second anime's premiere, each volume sold about 1.9 million copies, and then it changed to 2.1 million copies. Critical reception [ ] Fullmetal Alchemist has generally been well received by critics. Though the first volumes were thought to be formulaic, critics said that the series grows in complexity as it progresses.
Called Arakawa one of the best at creating action scenes and praised the series for having great female characters despite being a boys' manga. He also noted how the story gets dark by including real-world issues such as government corruption, war and genocide. Thompson finished by stating that Fullmetal Alchemist 'will be remembered as one of the classic series of the 2000s.' Melissa Harper of praised Arakawa for keeping all of her character designs unique and distinguishable, despite many of them wearing the same basic uniforms. 's Hilary Goldstein wrote that the characterization of the protagonist Edward balances between being a 'typical clever kid' and a 'stubborn kid', allowing him to float between the comical moments and the underlying drama without seeming false. Holly Ellingwood for Active Anime praised the development of the characters in the manga and their beliefs changing during the story, forcing them to mature. Mania Entertainment's Jarred Pine said that the manga can be enjoyed by anybody who has watched the first anime, despite the similarities in the first chapters.
Like other reviewers, Pine praised the dark mood of the series and the way it balances the humor and action scenes. Pine also praised the development of characters who have few appearances in the first anime. In a review of volume 14, Sakura Eries—also of Mania Entertainment—liked the revelations, despite the need to resolve several story arcs. She also praised the development of the homunculi, such as the return of, as well as their fights.
Light novels reception [ ] The first Fullmetal Alchemist novel, The Land of the Sand, was well received by Jarred Pine of Mania Entertainment as a self-contained novelization that remained true to the characterizations of the manga series. He said that while the lack of backstory aims it more towards fans of the franchise than new readers, it was an impressive debut piece for the Viz Fiction line. Also found the novel to be true to its roots, and said that while it added nothing new, it was compelling enough for followers of the series to enjoy a retelling. The reviewer said it was a 'work for young-ish readers that's pretty clear about some darker sides of politics, economics and human nature'. Charles Solomon of the said that the novel has a different focus than the anime series; The Land of Sand 'created a stronger, sympathetic bond' between the younger brothers than is seen in its two-episode anime counterpart. See also [ ]. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
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Synopsis Cross Academy is an elite boarding school with two separate, isolated classes: the Day Class and the Night Class. On the surface, Yuuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu are prefects of the academy, and attempt to keep order between the students as classes rotate in the evenings. As the Night Class is full of utterly gorgeous elites, this can sometimes prove to be a bit difficult. It is completely necessary, however, as those 'elites' are actually vampires.
Yuuki and Zero act as guardians, protecting the secrets of the Night Class and the safety of their ignorant morning counterparts. As the adopted daughter of the academy's chairman, Yuuki takes her job with a serious and energetic attitude. It also allows her to interact with her secret crush and savior, the president of the Night students' dorm, Kaname Kuran. Zero, on the other hand, has a deep-rooted hatred against vampires, and at times, does not hesitate to kill. Can vampires and humans co-exist, even in the strict setup of the Cross Academy?
Only time will tell. [Written by MAL Rewrite].
Overall 5 Story 5 Animation 6 Sound 7 Character 3 Enjoyment 3 Story Some aspects of the setup I liked, like the school divided into day class human students and night class vampire students. I would have loved the human heroine who patrols the grounds and night, making sure the vampires are in line, except.Yuki was TOTALLY lame. Episode after episode was her chasing after Zero, stupidly getting herself into danger, being saved by a male lead, and then feeling guilty. Really weak story, with few redeeming features. The characters didn't grow, events didn't build up into a climax, and the resolution was contrived and lukewarn. It was very much one of those animes annoyingly full of longing, melodramatic gazes and characters saying each others' names in quiet, tortured voices. Art The art was all right.
Yuki was cute, Zero was handsome, and Kaname was gorgeous. The other vampires were pretty lame though, just a bunch of generic bishounen who were totally loyal to Kaname cuz the mangaka said so. I found Yuki's absolutely massive eyes irritating. I've seen a lot of anime by now so I'm used to the huge eyes, but hers actually distracted me at times, maybe because the story had so little pull. Sound Good soundtrack.
Lots of classical, which I enjoyed, and I like both the intro and ending songs. Character The characters are what I disliked the most, especially Yuki. She was an extremely boring protagonist. She carried around a cool-looking staff that seemed to have magical properties, but never once used it well. Usually, she'd just bring it out only to drop it when someone said something upsetting or when she tripped.
She was then promptly rescued by Kaname or Zero. Maybe the next season will explain why she is in the middle of all of this, but I think season 1 should give the heroine SOME value. Sure, she was very generous with Zero, but I hate shoujo heroines who only stand out because they're SO good at being martyrs. As for the other characters, they weren't much better.
Zero spent most of his time wanting to die. Kaname constantly rescued Yuki, yet never explained her importance to him. A little mystery is good, but too much 'she's so precious to me but I won't say why' gets boring and annoying. The 'villain' only appeared at the very, very end, and I found their behavior inconsistent and what happened to them way too abrupt and anticlimactic. Enjoyment I don't have high standards. I might've adored this show, if Yuki hadn't been such a weakling.
What I usually enjoy in anime shows is watching the protagonist learn and grow. It's okay if the protagonist starts out ordinary or weak or with a massive crush, so long as they become stronger. Yuki really didn't, though. Kaname kept protecting her without explaining anything.
Zero usually pushed her away and also refused to share things. She had a big heart, but I like heroines who're genuinely strong, not just good at sacrificing themselves. Sorry, but anyone can say, 'Bite me.' Overall Maybe this is a good show for teenage girls, but I think anyone who just finished Ouran Host Club or Hana Yori Dango or other such shows will be disappointed by the heroine. Most shoujo is so entertaining because the heroines are so intelligent, or plucky, or independent. Yuki was none of those things. Of course, fangirls who just want to see a cute big-eyed girl get bitten by various bishounen will still love it.
Overall 8 Story 8 Animation 8 Sound 8 Character 9 Enjoyment 10 If you think that shojo series are all flowery, romantic (comedies) and cheerful, you're quite wrong, and Vampire Knight will prove that more than anything else. Keywords for VK are drama, emotional struggles and tragic pasts. Throw in a dash of vampire, and there you have Vampire Knight in all its glory. The story revolves around the students of the Cross Academy, which is divided into the Day Class for humans, and the Night Class for Vampires.
The main characters, Zero and Yuki, both have very sad pasts; Zero had his family killed by a vampire, and Yuki's first memory was a vampire attacking her. These pasts, which are revealed fairly early in the series, make a good base for their relationship and their emotional struggles.
During the course of the story, the characters face one event/experience after another, which makes room for emotional struggles, lots of character development and, of course, some romance (hey, this is a shojo series after all), though the latter is overshadowed by the other stuff. The artwork is both standard shojo and something else at the same time. We have the pretty bishonen boys in place, complete with all the fallen-head-over-heels girls, and there's also the standard shojo eyes; large, with pupils that are almost larger than the actual eyes. But since the series has a darker, sadder tone to it, there's no lack on that end either.
The coloring is often very dark, and the occasional lighting effect helps on this aspect of the series. The soundtrack is good, with sad pieces helping the sad mood, and overall good quality. There's nothing spectacular about the soundtrack though, and while the OP theme is very good, the ED theme isn't very cool, though it fits with the dark mood of the series. Voice acting is perfect; the moods are portrayed very well and there's an overall good quality. One of the things I love about this series is the characters.
I mean, I really love them. They're very deep, with their pasts and emotional struggles. Off course, there's superficial characters as well, but they're mostly supporting characters; the main characters are mostly deep and they have a lot of character development for such a short series.
Their relationships with eachother are very deep too, and a pleasure to watch. Overall, I enjoyed the series very much; this is a candidate for the best Spring 2008 anime. It's a bit open at the end, but I just read that there's a second season coming in October, so I'll accept that, and look forward to it.
To 'Not Helpful' voters (and you 'Helpful' voters too): Feedback greatly appreciated =). Overall 7 Story 8 Animation 7 Sound 9 Character 7 Enjoyment 7 Vampire Knight is the 13-episode anime adaptation of the famous manga by renowned manga-ka Matsuri Hino. Revolving around a cast of teen-aged characters, or rather some teener-looking century-old vamps, the story unfolds with a female character named Yuki Cross, a renowned student who keeps one of the biggest secrets her school has to cautiously conceal, as the point-of-view.
The typical shojo anime protagonist, she exhibits the traits (candy eyes, cheerful attitude, encouraging words, beautiful face, and most specifically attractiveness) many viewers would like her to. As the main of the main characters, she, of course, is most likely to have different interactions with the other characters. Some of which are Zero Kiryuu and Kaname Kuran, of which both are considered in the anime as the 'guys' girls often have in their little dreamland.
Of all the other characters, these three make the story move on to a different chapter. Other characters play a not-so-catchy role as the mentioned three do, but practically their 'existence' in the series would prove them essential to the story. Evolving in a slow phase, the characters-- of which most female viewers would note their totally 'hot' appearance— make up most of what the audiences really stick their ass to. Since the bishies in this anime are the ones made to stand out, most VK-tard viewers are females!
But don't consider this show 'gay!' It's good, I tell you (and no. I'm not being bias)!
All the characters, be male or female, are candy-eyed. The main characters themselves have, obviously, their own life stories.
They evolve in the same phase as the story does, of course. In my case, I hate none of them. Given equivalent weights of parts in the story, such characters are highly guaranteed to please us the viewers; thus, I give them a commendable 8 ^_^ The story, on the other hand, evolves in the same phase as the characters do: not rushed yet not slow. To put simply, the story it features has an assortment of drama, romance, and, noticeably, a bit of horror (quite a good 'chemistry' if you ask me). The 'horror' part is not highly emphasized, even though the title itself suggests it would offer a good hair-raising experience. What I call true horror would involve ugly demoniacs. On the contrary, there ain’t any fugly bad guys—just them who have killer smiles!
What I think is the main highlight is romance (I relate it with the 'Knight' in Vampire Knight)! Consider a girl interacting between two dependent guys a romantic story featuring a tense love triangle. The genre drama is given the same importance as romance— good romance must involve good drama! I take back what I said about it not plunging into a deep plot. I admit the story is nice! Following a stream of media res, there's quite a good number of flashbacks. The first episodes of the anime don’t really offer a good number of twists.
It was only at the latter part that things turned out to be the unexpected. With these ingredients in the story, it deserves an 8 ^_^ I have not read a single page of the manga, but many say the art of the manga was a lot better than in the anime. Perhaps it is. I do think that the art and animation aren't exactly that good. There are quite some distortions in the face of the characters. Some viewers commented that the manga was just too ‘sketchy’ for the art to be animated. Then again, it wasn’t at all that bad.
I give the art and animation a 7. The music or sound, on the other hand, furthermore adds eeriness to the already-creepy theme, or whatever emotion the scenes require.
The music presents a good vampire-ish theme. There is nothing more to say about the sound, so I give it a 9 ^_^ Vampire Knight is not exactly my type of anime, but it still gives me the urge to watch it and as they say, “let VK show you a sweet dream next time!”. Overall 6 Story 5 Animation 5 Sound 6 Character 7 Enjoyment 5 If you like pretty anime vampire boys, this might be right up your street. However, if you like something with a decent plot as well as the associated carnage and animalistic nature that vampires usually have, this will likely leave you somewhat disappointed (and that's me being rather kind.) and wishing it had delivered more for the time you put in. I began watching this on a friend's giddy recommendation and was intrigued somewhat by the first few episodes; although, all the way through near enough, it stayed at the same steady pace of mild intrigue and a general niggling wonder as to when the hell the plot was going to kick in so that the story had some sort of point to it aside from a glorified love triangle.
The plot itself, somewhere beneath the anime itself, has a lot of potential. The on-screen variation just doesn't seem to deliver. The characters, despite my 'fangirl-esque' fondness of a fair few of them, aren't particularly well mapped out and a lot of the character basis is shrouded in mystery, although not really in the right way - there are far too many vague bits and not enough explanation when it comes to motive and persona as well as situation.
In fact, most of the characters seem not only 2D, but slight variations of the same 2D character. Also, most of the vampires you encounter in this series are rather fluffy aside from the pointy fangs, and the supporting cast are, to a fair extent, pretty forgettable. Visually, it was somewhat pleasing, although a lot of time seems to have been wasted on trivial matters while the potentially good bits have been glossed over or given a moment or two of screen time when they should have had a scene, or at the very least, *more* screen time. Overall, I'd say this series is probably worth a watch if you're just looking for an easy vampire related anime fix, but after spending a good few hours ploughing through this series, I am left wondering if I want to bother at all with its counterpart; leaning heavily towards the 'No' vote.
Bear in mind that I've not read the manga, nor am I in the 'anime connoisseur' league, but I am a writer (of sorts) and would know a good story when it hit me in the face: sadly, this failed to deliver such a pleasant blow.