So, I just finished watching Full Metal Alchemist after spending 24 hours DLing it and then every moment of free time in the last three days watching it (hence my absence from the forums). After watching the last episode, I realized that I liked this anime much more than I do Naruto or Bleach or any other anime I have ever seen. And I was thinking about why this is. My conclusion? Read below, but please exit the thread if you are a CN viewer. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... Okay. It doesn't pull any blows. That's why. It shows you raw human emotion and is real in doing so. I saw the episode where Nina died and I realized that this anime was different than anything I've seen so far. They killed off a little girl. They killed off Hughes. Scar became a good guy and they killed him too. Hell, in the last episode they "killed" Ed. Compare this to other animes. Naruto hasn't killed off any of the "main" characters. All twelve genins live through the time skip, despite how dangerous being a ninja is. How do all 12 live? In Bleach, no captains or VC or anyone at all really has died. I don't see how Ichigo can repeatedly slice his opponents to bits and yet none of them die. Its not real. In FMA, not only did they kill off main characters, but they made you afraid for all the characters' lives. I thought Al was going to bite it so many times, and each time I was just as worried as I was the first time; that is to say, I never became used to the feeling he was about to die. And Ed's sensei, I always thought she was in trouble. Every time she started coughing up blood I just knew she was going to die. And all the officers in the military. I suspected that some of them might die. Hawkeye seemed a likely canidate for some reason, and Havok. And Rose, she seemed primed and ready to go. Another reason I liked the anime is because all the characters were used. There wasn't any characters that only had one shot at the big time. Rose came back, the brothers, some of the villains from earlier kept reappearing. In fact, the only person who appeared and never made a reappearance was that thief chick who used the playing cards. I didn't read the manga, but was that a filler episode or something? I think there might have been a few... but unlike Bleach and Naruto I could never tell. And things weren't expected. Certain things happened that you wouldn't expect to happen. Lust turning good. Roy getting shot at the end and still living (when it showed that they weren't afraid to kill off main characters). The British thing through the gate and the fact that it looked as if it would be lame but wasn't at all. The brothers being seperated at the end (which is the saddest part to me). Wrath not dying. The developments with Rose and Ed's father and Dante. The anime kept me guessing on what exactly would happen. There were mysteries, and they weren't like the ones in other animes that are kinda lame and not interesting, these had me at the edge of my seat. When I finished an episode I had trouble not watching the very next episode based on wanting to uncover just a little more of the truth. Anyway, anyone else want to contribute their own reasons? Maybe speculate on things that happened in the show? Opinions? To me, no other anime I have seen beats this one. And it would be hard for an anime to. I've got high expectations for any future anime I watch now. Maybe when Bleach and Naruto start coming to an end they will start getting serious with their plots and start killing off main characters and stop pulling blows and giving us the expected. Here's to hoping.