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What animes would you guys like to see next year?

What manga would you guys like to see next year?
This months anime is Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket.
Fruits Basket (フルーツバスケット, Furūtsu Basuketto) is a shojo manga series created by Natsuki Takaya (pseudonym, real name unknown) serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese Hana to Yume (Flowers and Dreams) magazine, which is published by Hakusensha. It won the 2001 Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo. Fruits Basket has also been adapted into a 26-episode anime series by Akitaro Daichi (director) on TV Tokyo. The word "Fruits" in the title is always plural.
The title is often shortened to Furuba or Fruba, a portmanteau of the two parts in the Japanese pronunciation of the title, Furutsu Basuketto.

Below are episodes 1 and 2

Ok correction - I want to make this last post to end off November. This one is about L'arc~en~Ciel and next month I'm going to do one about Asian Kung-fu Generation. 

L'Arc~en~Ciel (ラルク アン シエル, L'Arc~en~Ciel), also known as L'Arc or Laruku (ラルク, Laruku) to their fans, is a popular Japanese rock band. L'Arc en Ciel translates from French as the rainbow. They have sold over 25 million copies of singles and albums in Japan alone.

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The video for New World: 

Ready, Steady, GO! 

Stay Away

So the last thing I want to post for November and FMA are a couple of really awesome anime music videos for you guys to enjoy. Also if you'd like to go more into Fullmetal Alchemist two great just general communities would be fm_alchemist http://community.livejournal.com/fm_alchemist/profile and fma_reread http://community.livejournal.com/fma_reread/profile - they are currently on chapter 15 of the manga and this one is a great way to get a deeper look into the mangas. Now onto the videos:

Music: Lemon Demon - The Ultimate Showdown Of Ultimate Destiny
Author: LaCidiana

Music: Sugar Ray - When Its Over
Author: megapunk1235 

Music: This one is a mix of random things - its totally insane 
Author: bensolo - go check out her other fma youtube stuff - its crazy

Music: Jennifer Saunders - Holding Out for a Hero
Author: Heathenesque

This post has two more of my favorite Fullmetal Alchemist episodes; number 9 - "Be Thou For The People" and another classic episode, number 37 - "The Flame Alchemist, The Bachelor Lieutenant, & The Mystery of Warehouse 13." I know I did a huge episode skip but, unfortunately, I can not post every Fullmetal episode on here. If you have not seen what happens between these episodes, they can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=OmfgAnime as well as episodes of Air Gear and Naruto. 

Our second manga review for November is Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki. 

Saiyuki, also known as Gensomaden Saiyuki (幻想魔伝最遊記) in Japan, a popular manga series created by Kazuya Minekura loosely based on the famous Chinese novel Journey to the West (Xī Yóu Jì). Though adapted into an anime by Studio Pierrot, the storyline is not yet complete.
Saiyuki is the story of four reluctant - and irreverant - heroes: the monk Genjyo Sanzo (or "Genjo"), the monkey deity Son Goku, the half-demon Sha Gojyo (sometimes, "Gojou"), and the demon Cho Hakkai, dispatched by the Sanbutsushin to India to stop the possible resurrection of the Bull Demon King, Gyumaoh. Along the way they are beset by (inept) assassins, bad weather, and their tragic personal pasts. Meanwhile, the villains, two unlikely confidants, Gyokumen Koushou (Gyumaoh's concubine) and mad scientist, Dr. Ni Jainyi, continue their attempts to restore the long-dead king. Due to these experiements, a forbidden mixture of science and holy magic spawns the Minus Wave, infecting all the demons in Shangri-La with maddness, shattering the fragile peace that once existed between human and demon. As the violence escalates, it's up to these four misfits to save the world. Eventually.

Main Characters
The "Sanzo Ikkou" (Sanzo Party)
Generally called "Sanzo" by his traveling companions, though his full title is "The 31st of China, Genjo Sanzo." A brutal, wordly man, he doesn't fit the stereotypical image of the passive, or pacifist, cleric. Disregarding basic buddhist principles, he smokes, drinks, swears profusely, and generally follows his own path. Sanzo is a cold, rational thinker and somewhat aloof. Arrogant and short tempered, he nonetheless prefers to remain above the melee unless the situation is desperate. He is strongly opinionated, and despite his terse demeanor, highly moralstic and quick to defend the weak. His primary weapon is a Smith and Wesson revolver which he wields as an expert marksman, and is rarely without it in combat. A secondary "weapon" is the holy sutra he carries on his shoulders, the Meitan Sutra(scripture of darkness). Last but not least, he's often quick to whip out his harisen (paper fan) and whack his way through the occasional interparty conflict.
Cho Hakkai, formerly known as Cho Gonou. Though originally human, Hakkai became a demon (and changed his name) after he slaughtered a thousand demons of the Hyakugenmaoh tribe for the kidnap and rape of his beloved sister/wife, Kanan. (According to Japanese legend, a human can become a demon, or youkai, after bathing in the blood of a thousand demons). He is polite and softspoken with a deceptively innocent demeanor. He is often the straight man of the group, known for his dry observations and aphorisms in the heat of combat. Hakkai's primary weapon is his Ki, a type of metaphysical energy. He wears a monocle over his right eye, the remnant of a self-inflicted injury sustanined shortly after his dealings with Hyakugenmoah's tribe.
Half demon, half human, Gojyo belongs to both worlds and to neither. His red hair and eyes betray his status as a halfblood, and he's often labled taboo and unclean in general society. Part kappa (a water demon) and wholly a ladie's man, he can be friendly and easy-going until someone or something offends his innate sense of justice. As he was an abused child, he's quick to defend and fight for lost or wayward children, often without concern for his own wellbeing. He smokes and drinks almost as much as Sanzo, fights constantly with Goku, and never passes up a chance to woo the ladies. His primary weapon is the shakujou, a long, double-bladed staff not unlike a trident.
Though often referred to as a demon, and rarely so as a God, Goku is really neither. From his illustrious roots in the Classic novel, Journey to the West, by Wu Cheng'En, to his downsized, but nonetheless unforgettable characterization in Minekura's Saiyuki, Goku has always been a study in contradiction. He was born from of rock of primordial chaos, and is nearly indestructile. He is at turns child-like and ingenious, often at the same time.
From Classic Novel to Anime
Saiyūki is the Japanese name for Journey to the West西遊記) in Chinese. While Saiyūki is normally written "西遊記" ("Journey to the West"), Kazuya Minekura最遊記" ("Journey to the Extreme"). This is a pun, as both are pronounced "saiyūki." It is a popular Chinese novel that has inspired several Japanese works, including: writes the title as ", or Xī Yóu Jì (
Names of characters in the Chinese novel are pronounced differently in Japanese:
Themes: Shounen Ai
Sometimes referred to as Shounen Ai in the United States and elsewhere, though it's known as Boy's Love in Japan, Saiyuki, among other anime with all male leads, contains elements of Boys Love, or stories that typically focus on the emotional interaction or interdependence between young attractive men, or bishounen. Not to be confused with the more sexually explicit genre, Yaoi, Boy's Love nonetheless suggests that such relationships could develop between the characters given the impetus.
Minekura's series are noted for their complex male characters and the relationships they form. While many of her works feature Boy's Love overtones, Saiyuki is primarily an action series - Boy's Love content is mostly subtextual. However, the series was extremely popular among doujinshi circles; though it reached its peak in 2001, it still inspires doujinshi creators, and is popular fodder for yaoi adapatations in fan circles. The Boy's Love content is tame compared to Patalliro Saiyuki; another anime/manga parody of Zaiyuji and one of the few Boy's Love series by a male mangaka.
This post has two of my favorite Fullmetal Alchemist episodes; number 10 - "The Phantom Thief" and number 13 the classic "Fullmetal vs Flame." I know I did a five episode skip but, unfortunately, I can not post every Fullmetal episode on here. If you have not seen what happens between episodes 5 and 10 and 10 and 13, these episodes what be spoilers for those and they can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=OmfgAnime as well as episodes of Air Gear and Naruto. 

This video contains all four original openings and endings. The openings that are on the episodes that have been posted so are are slightly altered. The music is L'Arc~en~Ciel's "Ready Steady Go" but the video is actually for Porno Graffitti's "Melissa." So here are all of the series openings and endings. The video does all the openings in order and then all of endings in order.

The composer for Fullmetal Alchemist is Michiru Oshima. 
1.       "Melissa" by Porno Graffitti (Episodes 2-13, also used as ending for episode 1)
2.       "Ready Steady Go" by L'Arc~en~Ciel (Episodes 14-25)
3.       "Undo" by Cool Joke (Episodes 26-41)
4.       "Rewrite" by Asian Kung-Fu Generation (Episodes 42-51)
  • "Ready Steady Go" and "Rewrite" are the only openings playing on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim because of a deal with L'Arc~en~Ciel and Asian Kung-Fu Generation to promote their songs. The DVD releases from FUNimation include all openings in their original places and format.
1.       "Kesenai Tsumi" (Indelible Sin) by Nana Kitade (Episodes 2-13)
The alternate title used by some fansubbers is "Unerasable Sin", which is also the title given to it on the American release of the first soundtrack but not on the American DVD releases.
2.       "Tobira no Mukou e" ("To the Other Side of the Door") by YeLLOW Generation (Episodes 14-25)
The alternate title used by some fansubbers is "Beyond the Door"
3.       "Motherland" by Crystal Kay (Episodes 26-41)
4.       "I Will" by Sowelu (Episodes 42-50)
The movies Openings and endings were both done by L'Arc~en~Ciel. The opening is called "Killing Me" and the ending is "My Dear." Both songs, along with Opella (a.k.a Ready, Steady, GO) can be found on the L'Arc~en~Ciel album Awake; which I will put up for download later this week.
Episode 51 - This is the only Full Metal Alchemist episode that doesn't end with music. Alphonse reads: "Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is Alchemy's First Law of Equivalent Exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world's one, and only, truth. But the world isn't perfect, and the law is incomplete. Equivalent Exchange does not encompass everything that goes on here, but I still chose to believe in its principle: that all things do come at a price, that there's an end and a way, that the pain we work through did have a reward, and that anyone who's determined and perseveres will get something of value in return, even if it's not what they're expecting. I don't think of Equivalent Exchange as a law of the world any more. I think of it as a promise between my brother and me. A promise that someday we'll see each other again."
Each of the theme songs were performed by artists under Sony Music Entertainment Japan's label, whose anime distribution unit, Aniplex, handled the production and music for the series.
All the ending theme songs and animation on Adult Swim are edited down for time. The DVD releases from FUNimation include the unedited full endings.
Episode 51's ending is from the english version.
In Japan, some time after the series' end, all four opening and all four ending songs were released together in a single CD titled "Fullmetal Alchemist Complete Best", including a special DVD containing the series' creditless openings and endings. An American music-only version of "Complete Best" was released recently.
The ending of episode 25 consists of a piece of very short music from the series followed by "Tobira no Mukou e" ("To the Other Side of the Door"). The end credits for the episode on DVD are presented on a black background.

I will post music videos for both L'Arc~en~Ciel and Asian Kung-Fu Generation, along with a link to download to L'Arc~en~Ciel Awake CD later this week and all this month. I might show some vidoes for other FMA bands as well and will probably post all the openings and endings for anyone who hasen't seen them. 

This video contains all four original openings and endings. The openings that are on the episodes that have been posted so are are slightly altered. The music is L'Arc~en~Ciel's "Ready Steady Go" but the video is actually for Porno Graffitti's "Melissa." So here are all of the series openings and endings. The video does all the openings in order and then all of endings in order.

This weeks episodes are 3 "Mother" and 5 "Automail! Dash"

Episode 3 is the full story of what happened to Ed and Al and episode 5 is the start of their journey and the introduction of Maes Hughes, Riza Hawkeye and *squees* Roy Mustang! 

The first one is all of episode 3 and the other 3 boxes are parts 1-3 of episode 5.

The first manga for November is Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita

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