7 Anime Series For People Who Don't Get Anime

6. Fullmetal Alchemist

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Whether you watch the original series or the more manga-faithful Brotherhood, Fullmetal Alchemist is quintessential to any anime novice's watchlist. Featuring some of the most iconic characters in the medium's history, this spectacular action-adventure series is as full of mystery and intrigue as it is jampacked with genuine heart.

Like most great anime it does a spectacular job of building a detailed world, filling its landscape with unique vistas and imaginitive stories. Whether it be within a desert town dominated by a disingenuous prophet or on the picturesque farm the two protagonists grew up on, the variety of interesting locations means that Fullmetal Alchemist's consistently keeping the plot engaging and forward-moving.

But perhaps most importantly, it's one of the most inviting animes ever to air on TV. Combining its finely-paced narrative and well-written characters, this adventure is a great entry point for those who don't really understand the genre, making sure to be easily accessible to new faces whilst still reminiscent of anime's most addictive characteristics.

Although many will war over which adaptation of this iconic property is better, you will find few who argue over Fullmetal Alchemist's quality as a series. It's one of those shows that has staying power from the moment it begins, and is essential for anyone trying to understand what makes anime tick.


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