Top 10 Drama Anime of 2009
1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
In this world, alchemists are those who study and perform the art of alchemical transmutation—the science of manipulating and transforming matter. They are bounded by the Law of Equivalent Exchange: in order to gain something, one must sacrifice something of equal value.
Young Edward Elric, nicknamed the "Fullmetal Alchemist", is a State Alchemist working for the government of Amestris. As a child, Edward and his little brother Alphonse attempted the forbidden art of human transmutation to revive their late mother. In the accident that ensued, Edward lost his left leg and right arm, and Alphonse's soul was sealed in a large suit of armor. To reclaim their original bodies, the Elric brothers embark on a journey to find the Philosopher's Stone, a mythical object said to allow its user to perform alchemical miracles.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a re-adaptation of the original manga that follows the source material closer than its predecessor, the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime.
2. Fighting Spirit: New Challenger
Ippo Makunouchi continues his boxing career and his goal on knowing the meaning of being strong, and the desire on fighting his idol Ichiro Miyata once again. Along him are pro boxers Takamura, Aoki and Kimura that each one of them aspire to their own dreams.
3. Natsume's Book of Friends 2
Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou is direct sequel to the original Natsume Yuujinchou anime.
As with its prequel, Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou is about Natsume Takashi, a boy who has had the ability to see youkai since he was young, and his bodyguard youkai, Madara, nicknamed Nyanko-sensei. Natsume attempts to return names written in his Book of Friends, which he inherited from his grandmother Reiko, to youkai in his village. Throughout these adventures, he meets some youkai that are friendly, some that want to steal the Book of Friends, and some that want to kill him. Natsume learns about himself and his relationship with youkai along the way.
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First season of the Monogatari Series, part 1/6. Contains the arcs Hitagi Crab, Mayoi Snail, Suruga Monkey, Nadeko Snake, and Tsubasa Cat from the Bakemonogatari light novels.
Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student, just experienced a hellish spring break where he was attacked by and turned into a vampire. Although he regained his humanity with the help of Meme Oshino, a specialist in supernatural entities, some vampiric traits still linger. Now, Araragi tries to live a normal school life with the help of his friend, class president Tsubasa Hanekawa.
When classmate Hitagi Senjougahara falls down the stairs and is caught by Araragi, he realizes that the girl is unnaturally light. Despite Senjougahara's protests, Araragi insists on helping her, enlisting the aid of Oshino once more. Through several story arcs involving various mythical creatures, Bakemonogatari follows Araragi's attempts to help those who suffer from supernatural maladies reconcile with their past.
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5. Cross Game
The main character is Kou Kitamura, son of the owner of Kitamura Sports. In the same neighborhood is a batting center run by the Tsukishima family. Due to their proximity and the relationship between their businesses, the Kitamura and Tsukishima familes have been close for many years, with their children going back and forth between the two homes like extended family. Because Kou and Wakaba were the same age and always together, Aoba was jealous of all the time Kou spent with her older sister. Aoba is a natural pitcher with excellent form, and Kou secretly trains to become as good as she was, even while publicly showing little interest in baseball.
6. Major S5
After the baseball season was over, Goro returned to Japan. There he learned from Toshi that there is going to be a Baseball World Cup the following year hosted in America.
7. Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance
In the earliest battles against the monstrous Angels, young Eva pilots Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity's hopes on their shoulders. Now, with the deadly onslaught of the Angels escalating and the apocalyptic Third Impact looming, Shinji and Rei find their burden shared by two new Eva pilots, the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari. Maneuvering their enormous Eva machines into combat, the four young souls fight desperately to save mankind from the heavens—but will they be able to save themselves?
Erin is a young girl who lives with her mother in a village which raises war-lizards, called Touda. We see her daily life, which changes as she grows up. Meanwhile, there is growing tension between the two provinces of the country she lives in.
Based on the fantasy series written by Uehashi Nahoko, also known for Seirei no Moribito.
9. One Piece Film 10: Strong World
The story begins somewhere between the Thriller Bark arc and the Sabaody Archipelago arc. The main villain's name is "Golden Lion" Shiki. 20 years ago he lost a battle against Monkey D. Garp and Sengoku and was imprisoned in Impel Down, but managed to escape. After that he starts to collect his crew and steals Nami to make her his navigator. Luffy tries to get to Shiki's hideout to free his friend.
10. Case Closed Movie 13: The Jet Black Chaser
Kudou Shinichi is living his life as Edogawa Conan, but those days seem to might end pretty soon. The Black Syndicate is coming dangerously close to learning the truth about Shinichi having survived. Conan and everybody around him may end up dead if he doesn't manage to find Irish - a member of the Black Organisation who has infiltrated the police forces, currently investigating a big serial murders case.