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Fullmetal Alchemist, after losing their mother, Alphonse and Edward Elric attempt to bring her back using the forbidden science of human alchemy. However, alchemy operates on the theory of equivalent trade, and breaking the human alchemy taboo carries a heavy price. Ed loses his leg, and Al loses his body.

Ed and Al's journey is to search for any information on the fabled Philosopher’s Stone, hoping it will allow them to regain their old bodies. All of their hopes rest with this mythical stone, which may not even exist at all. However, the brothers soon learn that they are not the only ones after the powerful stone.

This series is been around for a while and is quite popular and decided to give it a go. I did find it a little dark, whenever you've got leg and limbs lost at the begining it is gonna be a dark story. I like the story plot and it is very exciting to see if Ed can actually come up with new magic.

Bleach, Ichigo Kurosaki is a 15-year old boy with an angry face. He also has the ability to see ghosts. One day, he meets a Death God named Rukia Kuchiki, one who destroys Hollows, destructive beings created from dead people who are left on Earth. In an incident with a Hollow, Rukia transfers her energy to Ichigo, to create him into a Death God. As mysterious new characters arise, Ichigo must learn that the Hollows aren't his only enemy, and to destroy them, he must learn the way of a Death God.

I find Bleach really entertaining, the plot is kept fresh and real all the way and it doesn't get old or repetitive. You are really drawn into Ichigo's adventures as he balance school, family and a part-time job as Death God.

Planetes, in the year 2075, mankind has reached a point where journeying between Earth, the moon and the space stations is part of daily life. However, the progression of technology in space has also resulted in the problem of the space debris, which can cause excessive and even catastrophic damage to spacecrafts and equipment.

This is the story of Technora's Debris Collecting section, its EVA worker, Hachirota "Hachimaki" Hoshino, and the newcomer to the group, Ai Tanabe. I like realism in some of my anime shows and this fits the part. A nice balance of drama, adventure and humor in this space serial.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, U.C. 0079 - In the middle of the One Year War, Ensign Shiro Amada is transferred to South East Asia to command Kojima Batallion's 08th MS Team, a small army of soldiers piloting RX-79[G] Gundam Ground type units.

During the skirmishes in the jungle, he confronts ace Zeon pilot Norris Packard and falls in love with Aina Sahalin, a pilot involved in testing Zeon's top-secret mobile armor. This relationship leads to the Federation doubting their trust in Shiro. Now Shiro must prove his loyalty in the battleground or die a traitor.

In the Gundam universe, 08MS is my one and only series that I actually dig. I'm not much of a Gundam nutter but 08MS hooked me in real good, a balance mixed of strong story plot, an almost real-life character, a bit of drama, tension, humor, romance and a whole lot of action. My previous anime mad posts here and here.

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