This is my freehand drawing of Edward and Alphonse Elric from the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist. My friend was trying to convince me to start watching anime and this is the first one that he recommended and the first one that I watched. I would definitely recommend this series for new anime watchers as well, besides the fact that there are a LOT of episodes. There is a total of 51 episodes in the original series and a grand total of 64 episodes in the reboot series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Compared to other popular anime series such as One Piece and Naruto, this number of episodes may not actually be as overwhelming (One Piece has 516 episodes altogether and more to come), but it can still take a good part of your summer to finish watching both. Set in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques, the story follows the Elric brothers Edward and Alphonse, who are searching for a philosopher’s stone to restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life using alchemy. This series is full of action and emotional feels. It also has a bit of blood so if you get queasy at the sight of blood I don’t recommend watching. If you decide to watch this series then I hope you enjoy and stay awesome ninjas!