Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Complete Collection Two
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The animation is near perfection (save for the over exaggeration that comes with humor, which honestly puts me off a bit), the voice acting is superb (there is a hilarious extra of the voice actors making jokes or reading wrong lines), and the story is sheer genius.
If you are a casual anime fan, watch the series.
If you are a faithful anime fan, why are you reading this review? You should already own this collection.
If you are in any way a fan of action, comedy, or sheer epicness, GIVE THIS SHOW A WATCH. Even my brother, who is not really a fan of anime, enjoyed watching this series from start to finish.
Watch it, own it, love it.
These five discs contain the second half of the series’ 64 episodes. The “recap” episodes are a distant memory; now it’s new material at every turn. A lot of that new material concerns shocking twists (don’t worry, no spoilers here); this stuff will be catnip to viewers who are intrigued by the plot itself, which grows denser with every installment.
In addition, there is a series of lengthy battles against several major opponents. The upside is that these battles are unstintingly well-animated, with details and moves that would perforce have been left out of a lower-budget production. These sequences provide plenty of excitement for fans of the show’s action.
That being said, I think these two features point to the biggest shortcoming of Brotherhood as a series, which is that the characters themselves are de-emphasized. We learn about what happens to the characters (the plot) and we see them fighting each other (the action), but for long stretches we don’t get to learn much about who they are, what they believe, or (to a lesser extent) how they feel about what’s going on. (To its credit, the focus returns to the characters at the end of the series, allowing it to finish strong.)
This is not to say the second half of Brotherhood is “bad.” The plot can seem a bit too convoluted, and without a doubt the fight sequences get overlong, but these episodes still fulfill the promise of the series’ first half.Read more ›
That first half of the series got me laughing (had to get my jaw wired back on) and crying (I think my tear ducts are officially empty now). This half gets a lot darker. Like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo-gone-animated dark. Correction, no hardcore swearing or sexual themes, but it does get pretty graphic in the violence and themes. Including the ancient concept of becoming like God. Or rather, like a god. And the steps taken to get there are unbelievably intense and foreboding.
The animation in this far supercedes the original series, the plotline gets more intricate and deeper, and the characters (at least the main integral characters from the original, which means not Rose, nor Olivier) get deeper personalities.
Towards the end, things got so intense in a lot of firefights (sorry, Roy Mustang!) and the disturbing techniques used for them, it got me tearing up at how even a good soldier can be driven to be nearly a monster, and not only proverbially.
If there were anything I didn't really like, it'd be a few seconds during the fight between Scar and Wrath where it looked like the animation had been hastily drawn rather than thought out. Aside from that, this was immensely better than the original series and worth every penny and then some.
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This is an AMAZING series and I am so happy I finally got the box set with the second half on it. I discovered Fullmetal Alchemist recently and had access to the first 4 seasons,... Read morePublished 3 days ago by JulesJay
This will always be my favorite anime, or story in general. It is so beautiful and well done. The depth of the story is breathtaking and I can watch it over and over again without... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Hannah
Great series so much better than the original a must buy for any anime collectorPublished 18 days ago by jeremy
The DVDs were in good condition and I had no problem watching them. The included extras were very entertaining.Published 21 days ago by KK Bellingham WA
I love this anime! My favorate by far and now i own it, great buy!Published 2 months ago by Elvis sierra
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