Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Complete Collection Two [Blu-ray]
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For the past several years, I had considered the original Fullmetal Alchemist to be my favorite anime of all time. It featured everything that I loved most about the genre: driven young protagonists, a fantastical and vibrant fictional world, a coherent set of combat mechanics, dynamic fight sequences, gorgeous animation, a well-thought-out and complete plot, and darker, more mature themes. Thus, when I heard that the series was being remade to more closely reflect Hiromu Arakawa's original manga series (which I have not read), I was excited to see the result. Could the full story written by the creator of the Fullmetal Alchemist universe manage to outdo the already-phenomenal anime that was more loosely based on her work?
The two answers to this question, I am happy to declare, are yes and hell yes. Although it gets off to a slightly uneven start, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood manages to surpass the quality of its predecessor by a healthy margin. It is one of the best television series I have seen, and it fulfills the promise of modern anime in a way that no other title has.
For those who are not familiar with either series, a brief plot synopsis is in order. Brotherhood follows the journey of two teenaged boys, Edward and Alphonse Elric, as they travel in search of the legendary philosopher's stone. Their world is a bit like Europe in the early 1900s, but with a significant twist: humans can tap into the power of alchemy, a mysterious science that enables its practitioners to reshape and reconfigure matter.Read more ›
Even the overall pacing is pretty balanced, especially for Japanese storytelling. It's not until close to the end that I want them to skip showing everyone's opinion on a matter, but that's because there are so many characters who come together in the last battle and my personal rabid desire for them to get to the ass whopping.
What is really worth knowing is that the Blu-ray IS worth owning over the DVD version. I've streamed it, owned the first three DVD sets before I purchased a Blu-ray player, and now I own this. I'm not a big tech fanatic, but there really is no comparison. Side by side the visuals and audio are noticeably better.
Many anime series are not worth getting on Blu-ray because of the original level of film quality, but this series is truly fantastic on the newer media. If you already own it on DVD and are waffling over upgrading, I say do it when the price is right for you. You won't regret it.
Definetly should watch the original series before watching brotherhood, to understand the characters better and enjoy the contrast.
That being said, the Blu-Ray release itself is not well made in my opinion. The discs and packaging are okay, nothing more than the basic essentials of a release, but where Funimation really hits you hard is the subtitles. They claim to have both Japanese and English audio (which is true) but then they also claim to have English subtitles. The problem is, they only allow you to view the English subtitles if you watch the Japanese audio version. That's right, if you have difficulty hearing spoken audio or don't have the fancy 5.1 Surround setup to get crystal clear audio in all channels, you CAN'T turn on the subtitles and still watch in English! This is a major problem that is introduced during the manufacturing process for seemingly no reason at all - they *can* lock the subtitles to an audio track, so they simply do it without caring about whether or not the customer actually wants that. It's a huge issue when trying to watch the show in English, particularly when the audio itself is mixed just like any other movie - ie quiet scenes with audio are way too soft, so you turn the volume up, but the next scene has gunshots and explosions so loud your neighbors call the police on you because they think something's actually going on. I have generally perfect hearing, but even I can't make out dialogue when I have the volume down enough to keep the sound effects from shaking the house - and my hard of hearing friends/family members? Forget it, they can't even watch the show with me unless we switch to the Japanese audio!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great second part of the series that wraps up the anime in a satisfying bow. It leaves you happy that you watched it but sad that it's over.Published 3 days ago by RaZZeX
FMA:Brotherhood is one of the best anime series i have ever seen. This series trumps the original. it follows the manga series closely and really delivers on all fronts. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Matt_Dudley
Its a phenomenal show! But as for the quality of the discs: they were in great quality and arrived two dayd early! But, like all blueray, they don't play on my computer! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Dewey Davis
One of my favorite and first anime i have seen. I would highly recommend watching this series.Published 1 month ago by Jaylyn Martinez
One of the very best Anime series you can buy! Once you start to watch you will not be able to stop! Addicting!Published 1 month ago by Tazza & Brad
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Well, if Amazon doesn't price match, guess I'll buy this through family video.
Jul 3, 2012 by C. Gallo | See all 13 posts
I, also, am curious to know if these have English dubbed audio or only subtitling.
Oct 15, 2014 by Big John | See all 3 posts
Yeah, this collection will have the second half of the series. I'm hoping the price will go down to around $37 like the first collection
Apr 29, 2012 by MajinStylee | See all 4 posts
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