Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Complete Collection Two
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(Jul 17, 2012)
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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.
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Fullmetal Alchemist; Brotherhood the complete collection collects episodes 34-64.
This is a must own for any anime fan, not only because it's super duper popular, but... Read more
The Blu-ray is great, the picture is great, and the soundtrack and dub are great as well. I cannot find anything wrong with it, until the disc starts freezing right about episode... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alex Smith (ShadowHntr)
This show is absolutely fantastic! I have only seen a dozen or so anime but this is absolutely my favorite. It has great animations and fantastic action sequences. Read morePublished 1 month ago by College Guy
Just as described it was brand new still wrapped! Awesome pick up!Published 1 month ago by Hugo Esquivel