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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - OVA Collection (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack) [Blu-ray] (2012)

Maxey Whitehead , Vic Mignogna , Caitlin Glass , Mike McFarland  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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Product Details

  • Actors: Maxey Whitehead, Vic Mignogna, Christopher Sabat, Caitlin Glass, Travis Willingham
  • Directors: Caitlin Glass, Mike McFarland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Color, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BMIGQ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,038 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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)

Product Description

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.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to the Brotherhood Bluray Sets May 23, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First off, I am a huge fan of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. It is the first anime in about 10 years or so that i've watched more than once. The characters' emotions and developement felt very real to me, and I love the mix of humor and seriousness that makes you both laugh and cry throughout the story. I also happen to love the english voice actors, even though I realize there are huge sub vs dub camps out there. I personally tend to try to watch the English versions if the voice actors do it justice, and I think they largely succeed in this particular anime. But enough about that.

This dvd/bluray combo, especially at the roughly 13 dollars price, was worth it for me. I know some are upset about having to buy both, but i've paid 13 dollars for just a dvd before, so a 2-for-1 deal for what I got was good for me. I primarily buy bluray now but still enjoy having dvd or digital copies for use with my computer player.

I enjoyed all 4 of the OVA's, having never seen them before. Each one averaged about 15 minutes in length (the total for all 4 was about an hour). The first one, The Blind Alchemist, was a relatively serious OVA that deals with the Elric brothers investigating a report of a possible successful human transmutation. It had the usual funny Al/Ed faces and antics in a few spots, but overall it had a rather grave tone, similar to Shou Tucker episodes.

The second OVA, Simple People, focused on the Elrics visiting Winry for repairs. It explains Winry's fondness for earrings. Riza Hawkeye has cameo appearances as well, and a rather poignant scene at the end. I really enjoyed this one, it had me laughing out loud at parts, and was a lighthearted break after the first OVA.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase May 22, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
For the inexpensive price, this DVD/Blu-Ray is well worth it. It contain 4 OVA's (all entertaining in their own special way) and 16 funny mini episodes presented in a comic-strip format parodying the series as a whole. This is a standard release, no commentary, only extras are the 16 mini episodes. The ovas all together run about 1 full hour. Buy this if you're a fan its a great deal.
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41 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FMA OVAs: A Must for Fans! March 23, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
I DID NOT BUY THE BOX SET. However, since I saw there was so few reviews, I decided to write one, since I have seen the OVAs that are on the set.

OVA 1: The Blind Alchemist
Ed and Al hear of a blind alchemist named Judau who had supposedly performed successful human transmutation. Is it possible that human transmutation can be used to bring back the dead?

OVA 2: Simple People
A short story about Ed and his many trips to Risembool for arm repairs.

OVA 3: The Chronicle of Teacher
A story about Ed and Al's teacher, Izumi Curtis, and her training near Briggs.

OVA 4: Yet Another Man's Battlefield
A look into back at an 18 year-old Roy Mustang and his time at bootcamp.

Unfortunately, I don't know anything about the Comic Theater. However, I really enjoyed all four of the OVAs. However, they are side stories, and are not essential to understanding the basic plot of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Hope I helped!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
In Japan, "Fullmetal Alchemist" (Hagane no Renkinjutushi) has been a popular long running anime and manga series created by mangaka Hiromu Arakawa. The original manga series was serialized in Square Enix's "Shonen Gangan" since 2001, while the 51-episode TV series created by BONES was shown on television in 2004 and was followed by a film to conclude the series.

The popularity of "Fullmetal Alchemist" has led to many novels, OVA's, drama CD's, soundtracks and video games and a lot of these releases have been distributed in various countries and its popularity is a testament of how people have come to love the series which has won many awards in Japan including being voted for the #1 most popular anime series of all time.

Despite it's popularity, the series could have gone on longer but because the anime series was created when the manga was only several years old, the anime series only lasted 51-episodes and there were differences between what the director featured on the anime series and what Arakawa had in the manga.

So, in 2009, a new series titled "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" (Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Furumetaru Arukemisuto) was created by BONES and this time around, the series would follow the manga much more closely. A total of 64 episodes were made, including a film and also 4 OVA's. With the series and film being released by FUNimation Entertainment in the United States on Blu-ray and DVD, now the four OVA's will be available on Blu-ray and DVD in May 2012.

To make sure that there is a difference between this series aside from the storyline differences compared to the original, the staff is different this time around as well as the character designs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get it for the 4-koma shorts! December 1, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Well worth getting - not just for the four side stories, but especially for the Fullmetal 4-Panel Comic (4-Koma) Theater shorts! To hear Travis Willingham do a goofy, rapping Colonel Mustang is definitely an awesome highlight.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all was good
Published 1 day ago by clarence r.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the hardcore fan
I liked it, but it wasn't really what I was expecting. Only had four episodes and a bunch of shorts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BMaze
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime DVDs
I bought this for my anime fans, (children). They are teens who are into the different anime books and movies. they were delighted with this series and can't wait for the next. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars FMAB -OVA IS AMAZING
For the price that amazon offers it this one is really a steal. It's a no brainer, more FMAB what more could you want?! There are some extras but nothing to special. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ariel Aponte
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps to enrich the already brilliant story.
None of the shorts or episodes are necessary but it adds greatly to the full story. Some are quite humerous while others are dramatic. Just like the show. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joshua A Hines
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
The 16 mini extra episodes make this purchase absolutely worth it and the OVAs really do help tell the story.
Published 3 months ago by Allyson Worden
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Addition
These are just some side stories that you may or may not enjoy. Overall it was a fun watch, but you aren't missing out much.
Published 3 months ago by Adrian M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and sweet.
Four amazing stories about some of your favourite Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood characters, all being quite funny and sentimental. Buy it, if you can.
Published 3 months ago by Jinn Remona
4.0 out of 5 stars good quality
This is a very good product that ties along with the rest of the series very well. The only thing that I did not like about it is that I wish that there were more episodes on it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kelsey W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best from 2009 for OVA, I think. And I mean 4-part alchemic...
The very side story from a TV anime I've never known. I still like it. It only starts out with The Blind Alchemist which centers around Edward and Alphonse, then it's Simple People... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ryan
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The copy I received from Amazon was in the DVD sized case. A bit disappointing that it doesn't match up with the rest of the set.
May 29, 2012 by James |  See all 4 posts
Will there be a non-blueray release?
Because it's a combo, it's unlikely we'll see just a DVD release, unless Funi releases the whole FMA:B series in a single box set and includes the OVAs.
Mar 17, 2012 by C. Gallo |  See all 5 posts
Blu Ray Region
Nope, it's locked to region A.
Jun 3, 2012 by Nils |  See all 3 posts
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