9. Fullmetal Alchemist
Episodes: 51 ep. (Fullmetal Alchemist), 64 ep. (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Seasons: One for each series
Fullmetal Alchemist tells the story of two brothers who make an attempt to bring their mother back to life. According to the fundamental law of alchemy, in order to get something, an alchemist must sacrifice something of the same value. Thus, one of the brothers loses an arm and the other loses his entire body (his soul becomes bonded into a suit of armor). Soon, the brothers learn about the existence of the Philosopher Stone, which has the ability to transcend the laws of alchemy. Our heroes decide to embark on a quest to get that stone. The further they go, the more they realize they are drawn into a far darker battle than they imagined.
As you might have already guessed, this series belongs to one of the most popular anime genres, shounen, which is aimed at teenage boys. They usually feature a male protagonist who embarks on a dangerous adventure. Actually, Fullmetal Alchemist has a more intricate and complex story then many other shounens. It’s also different from many other entries in this genre because it takes place in a fictionalized world with a setting of somewhere in European the early 20th century. This action fantasy anime is considered a must-watch for any anime fan as well as those who are new to the world of anime!