I thought I should post something cheerful in lieu of my usual posts.
I am quite the fan of Full Metal Alchemist. For those who do not know, the story is about two brothers seeking the Philosopher’s Stone in order to restore their bodies. As is typical of any anime/manga plot, the story really is not about that at all. That is just the hook to get you to follow the story.
I enjoy both the manga and the two anime series. The first series heavily deviated from the manga, but the second anime series follows it. While there was a slight animation style shift in the second series, what did not change were the spectacular opening and ending animation sequences. My favorite opening remains Rewrite by Asian Kung Fu Generation. I liked the first series’ endings, but the current ending, Ray of Light by Shoko Nakagawa, is definitely my favorite.
The song itself is beautiful. It fits the show perfectly. However, to really get the effect of just how good the song is you need to watch an episode where the song starts as the last scene ends, like in episode 51. It is simultaneously cool and irritating. It is a cool way to end the episode, but irritating because you have to wait a week until the next one.
Oddly enough, despite memorizing this song, Rewrite, and dozens of other songs by Japanese artists, I cannot speak a lick of Japanese.