Amazing secrets and startling facts are exposed for the first time in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection, a new assortment of stories set in never-before-seen corners of the FMA universe. Join Ed and Al as they chase rumors of successful human transmutation into a web of shocking family drama and lies. Sneak a glance at hidden sides of Winry and Hawkeye's personalities. Survive the frigid north with a young Izumi Curtis as she fights to gain a deeper understanding of alchemy. Explore the legendary friendship shared by Mustang and Hughes and watch them grow from military school rivals into hardened brothers transformed by the horrors of the Ishvalan War. You thought you knew the whole story. You thought all the tales were told. The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection offers proof: You were wrong.
The four brief OVA adventures in this collection suggest short stories that explore the pasts of the main characters from the popular Fullmetal Alchemist
continuity. In "The Blind Alchemist," Edward and Alphonse Elric pursue Judau, an alchemist serving a wealthy family, following a rumor that he successfully performed human transmutation. The melancholy tone of this episode recalls the Elrics' visit to Liore and their grisly encounter with Shou Tucker, the "Sewing Life" alchemist. Episode three recounts the student days of the Elrics' teacher, Izumi-sensei. She was every bit as formidable as a teenager as she is as an adult: a bear carcass served as an introduction to her soft-spoken future husband. In "Yet Another Man's Battlefield," cadets Roy Mustang and Maes Hughes forge the deep friendship that will become a key element in the later narrative. The "Comic Theater" mini-episodes offer the animated equivalent of the four-panel cartoons Hiromu Arakawa put at the end of her manga collections. The slapstick antics involving simply drawn versions of the familiar characters suggest a blooper reel from a live-action film. (Rated TV 14: violence, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon
(1. The Blind Alchemist, 2. Simple People, 3. Chronicle of the Teacher, 4. Yet Another Man's Battlefield)