Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Complete Collection One [Blu-ray]
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Two brothers search for a way to make their bodies whole again after an alchemy experiment goes wrong.
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. The streamlined and simplified animation style seems to suddenly break free during some battles and they really do some artistically masterful things that would normally be reserved for feature films.
I realize I'm mostly preaching to the choir for most people who will see this review but I honestly can't recommend this series enough to newer fans of anime who may have not seen it. In fact, I recommend it not only for fans of anime but also for fans of animation in general, fans of adventure, fans of epics, fans of anime, fans of good storytelling. People talk about Harry Potter and James Camerion's Avatar or those types of things as being immersive worlds, well FMA Brotherhood is not only an immersive experience but one with a substantially more well constructed story than those aforementioned stories and a perfectly satisfying ending. Those who have seen the series knew how great it was long before I did, but I've been converted and having now viewed this show, I know it will be a while before I have such a fulfilling and rewarding viewing experience again anytime soon. They just don't tell stories with this attention to detail that often.
With the new more affordable price this set offers, fans who have been holding out will no doubt now see this $60 retail price as much better than an equivalent exchange for all they're getting. If you buy this set then I'd say according to equivalent exchange you'll still owe much more than that.
**I Love the artwork selection, I was sad Al didn't make the cover of the 5 individual series releases.
Well all that has changed...I started my new obsession with avatar the last airbender and the legend of korra, even though those aren't technically anime, then moved on to this series. I am happy to say that I finished it 4 days because I couldn't stop and I have now bought the original series, the OVA and both feature movies. I can't get enough. ...if you were to take someone's advice on if this show is good...I guess you could take mine...this show is amazing....I have never felt whatever it is that I am feeling right now from a show before. The feeling is amazed, shocked, excited, happy, and oh so many feels...It's almost like anxiety. ..but in a good way...
This has probably become my favorite show of all time...take my advice and buy this show....or at least rent it or borrow it from someone....if your feeling down or something is missing from your life or your simply wanting to binge watch a new show....this will fill that void
Thanks for reading and if you took the leap...enjoy one awesome show..
The voice actors in this did a amazing job on this, the writing is superb, and the suspense keeps me up in the night till 2 in the morning. I'll admit that in the beginning I was very "if-ie" about another person playing Alphonse Elric, especially since it was a girl, but over time I grew fond for the "girly" Al. When I went back a few days ago to watch the original it was strange for me to hear the other persons voice playing as Alphonse! I have to say that the animations are also wonderful as well as the writing. Every point gets across as the Elric's discover a evil plot involving the philosopher's stone, what it is it made of, and what they have to do with it.
I would recommend FMAB to any FMA fan who didn't like the ending (like me), or anyone who was a fan of the darkness in Soul Eater or the drama in Fruits Basket (the manga).
One of the reason's why I bought FMAB on Amazon was to make Amv's and post them on Youtube. What I didn't factor in was that the DVD's might have been copyrighted (which they are) which means that I can't upload them to Movie Maker or PowerDirector. The only way how to get rid of the copyright (as far as I know and if you've got a better solution please reply with it) is to get a DVD Ripper (AKA more money down the drain). Also another problem arose while trying to make these videos: you need the disk in the player while having it up, so I couldn't have more then 7 episodes (ex: Ep. 1,2,3,4,5,6, and 7). The point is this is that if your buying this to make Amv's DON'T buy off of Amazon and make my mistake over again. If you have had this problem already easiest solution is to buy it off of Itunes. This makes to so you can have what ever episodes you want in it so you can have the 1st episode and the last in the same Amv .Keeping that in mind, the first season costs around $30 while the second season is split up in parts so I can't tell you how much is the total cost is, but you will have to invest money in this.
The only problem I found in the anime is that the beginning feels a little rushed to me. The first 5-8 (?) episodes that spanned the first 1st and (in some cases) 2nd volume of the manga gave very little time for character development and attachment that was found in the first go at the Fullmetal Alchemist "world". For example, Nina in Brotherhood didn't have much time to develop (Rose was another character I felt they didn't do justice to).
Don't be surprised that a some of your favorite characters didn't come back to do Brotherhood. A some new people had to come and do the voices characters such as Roy, Alphonse, Maes, and more.
If you have doubts about whether to watch this or not, go to dubbed online or Youtube and then buy FMAB if you like it. I give it 5 stars for the suspenseful action and drama this anime has to offer. Well done Funamation!
In part one of the series there is no nudity. But there is violence and blood.