Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Complete Collection One [Blu-ray]
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This search pits these young alchemists against the magic-wielding military, mystic vigilantes and a group of beings created and named for the seven deadly sins.
The brothers must fight for their lives and seek out the truth if they are to ever regain what they have lost.
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This set includes the first 33 episodes of the series. A nice even breaking point that leaves the remaining 34 episodes on the eventual Collection 2.
As far as the episodes, yeah the first thirteen or so are repeated material for anyone familiar with the first series and they feel arguably compacted as such, but any arguments about the series quality disappears by episode 14 and onward where the series departs from the first anime and plays true to the original manga.
I highly recommend this series on Blu-ray over DVD, it's not the best blu-ray picture you will ever see but this is among the most unique and beautiful anime animation I've seen and I wouldn't want to risk missing any detail of it if I didn't have to. Towards the end of the series some of the battles are evocative of the best work of Miyazaki.Read more ›
At first it seems this way. Granted the very first episode is radically different than the first episode of the first series. Still for about 8 episodes these series side by side are very much the same. THEN a divergence happened, things started to radically change. The two series were no longer mirrors of each. In time I actually had forgotten about the original series, the new rendition is that good.
Plot wise this series is a 10 out of 10, versus the original which I now rate a 5 out of 10. The Humunculi are really delved into in this series. There are better ones than in the first series. PLUS, all the original voices returned for this series, which is another 10 for me. The original voices were PERFECT and having them return was genius.
This Anime series is supposed to be strictly based off the manga series. The original series was based off the manga as well. But the manga was still being written and released, so the developers decided to go in their own direction with the Anime, much to it's detriment.
The fight scenes are epic in this release. The mysteries are drawing. The lessons are so profound and true. One theme I always liked about this series, (either one), is that when you do something truly bad the consequences are with you forever, no matter what you do. Such is the case for Ed & Al and for us here in real life.
I don't want to give any spoilers away.Read more ›
My review here is based on the first half of the series on the blu-ray release from the individual releases, though it seems that the only difference was that I ended up paying about 3x the amount for the first half of the series.
Fullmetal Alchemist was a manga before anything else. Around volume 9, a noted anime publisher contacted the manga publisher and offered to make the manga into an anime series with BONES as the principal animation studio. They originally planned on 24 episodes, though the original series was so popular that the writers extended the series. So the original anime flows along with the manga for about 10-12 episodes (with minor changes). Some of the 'extra' stories from the manga (in the back) were added in as episodes as well (such as warehouse 13, Havoc and Armstrong's younger sister, etc...). Because the anime was being pre-planned very early in the manga's run, the story diverges greatly at the point where her last manga had been published. The writer didn't have much input, and she states as much in later issues of the manga, almost as an apology for the series varying so much.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is a series that was created due to overwhelming fan demand. Fans wanted to see the anime follow the manga more faithfully. Bones and Aniplex decided "Hey, why not? We can make even MORE $$$"! So Brotherhood varies from the manga early on, but lines up with the manga later on. (I have read every issue of the manga as well as seen every FMA and FMA Brotherhood episode). There are some key changes, so that Aniplex didn't overlap too many story arcs from the first series.Read more ›
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ordered this series as a gift for a friend we both love FMA and brotherhood is really goodPublished 9 days ago by Kay
One of my favorite series. Love having it on Blu-Ray as the fight scenes look really cool.Published 28 days ago by Aya J
The greatest anime of all time. I have re-watched this series so many times. It is incredible.Published 1 month ago by Noname643
Another great set of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood episodes.Published 1 month ago by Mr. Cornelius
A must watch. It has a fascinating setting, lovable characters, and an encaptivating story.Published 1 month ago by Josh Dark