For the longest time, I've been out of it when it comes to anime. Maybe it was because I don't watch much TV or don't have cable anymore, but for me not to be watching one of my favorite genres of entertainment, well, it felt like a piece of my soul was missing. Well, the void has been filled thanks to a few animes I've been watching over the past few weeks.
Since Dragon Ball Kai isn't available in the states just yet (who knows when it will be, but it WILL come to the USA, mark my words), I've been watching the fan subs. They weren't kidding when they said the pace of Kai was much quicker than that of the original anime series. The Saiyan Saga is wrapped up in the first 18 episodes. There are still some filler parts, but they are pretty short so I'd say we're looking at series that is less than 130 episodes easily. It looks nice too, but if they were going to redo the series, they should have just went with the newer art/animation style that we've seen over the last few years for DBZ (think the 2008 TV Special).
I'd always wanted to check out Slayers but I never thought I'd get around to picking up the DVDs or find a friend who had them. Luckily for me, I can watch the series for free on Funimation's own website! This show had me hooked from episode one and I just finished episode 10 today, where Lena and her crew fought what looks to be the series' first big bad. The last hack & slash/mage & wizard anime I can remember seeing and liking this much was Record of the Lodoss War.
There were 25 subbed episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on Hulu when I first started watching it so I had a lot of catching up to do. I loved the first FMA series and I'm aware that it made some deviations from the manga (something the creator actually encouraged). Since I haven't read the manga yet, Brotherhood is perfect for me because it sticks very close to the source material. Like the series before it, it looks great, has a gripping storyline, lots of LOL moments, and the music is nothing short of astounding. It feels great to be back into anime again.