Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 1
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Edward and Alphonse Elric s reckless disregard for alchemy s fundamental laws ripped half of Ed s limbs from his body and left Al s soul clinging to a cold suit of armor. To restore what was lost, the brothers scour a war-torn land for the Philosopher s Stone: a fabled relic which grants the ability to perform alchemy in impossible ways.
The Elrics are not alone in their search; the corrupt State Military is eager to harness the artifact s power. So too are the strange Homunculi and their shadowy creator. The mythical Stone lures exotic alchemists from distant kingdoms, scarring some deeply enough to inspire murder. As the Elrics find their course altered by these enemies and allies, their purpose remains unchanged and their bond unbreakable.
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insofar, provided more action, more character development, and more of almost everything else, than the first thirteen
of the 2004 series. There is (almost) no filler, and the plot moves along at a more satisfying clip than before.
The reason for this is that "Brotherhood" hews a lot closer to Hiromu Arakawa's original manga, and has a lot more
material to adapt than the first series. Those who were weary of the initial series' slow start need have no worries
with this new version.
The English voice acting is as amazing as ever, with the talented Vic Mignogna giving his all as tormented young
alchemist Edward Elric, the role which made him famous in the anime community. There are a few changes in casting,
the most noticeable being Maxey Whitehead taking on the role of Alphonse, Edward's bodiless younger brother, a
role original occupied by Aaron Dismuke (for those curious about that change: Dismuke's voice had matured too much
for him to be able to reprise the role; he does, however, play the part of Young Hohenhiem in "Brotherhood.")
Whitehead does a good job with the part, though, and diehard fans will get used to her voice after the first
episode or two.
The animation is top-notch, and looks especially good on the Blu-Ray release. The music is also phenomenal,
especially the excellent opening and ending themes by Yui and SiD, respectively. But really, would you expect
any less than great animation and music from the sequel to one of the most skillfully-animated and musically-interesting
anime of the past decade?Read more ›
In order to impress upon the audience that this isn't going to be a continuation of the first series, the first episode is completely original and occurs right before Ed and Al head off to Liore. After that it follows the manga with a few exceptions. Because certain parts of the manga were already done in the first series they decided to skip it if it weren't part of the main plot. The confrontation on the train and in the mining town is left out this time, though, hinted at later.
The episodes which are a rehash of what was reliably done in the first series, everything up to the Greed episode, comes across as rushed, getting only an episode per act instead of stretching it out. However, once we encounter Greed things slow down a bit, since this is all new material. People say this series is more lighthearted than the original but when you read the manga you find it's similarly lighthearted. As the plot rolls along, however, it does grow darker.
To put it simply, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a masterpiece. I have watched many, many anime series, but very few can compete against this show's amazing production quality and high budget. Everything about the show is extremely polished and done very well. All of the characters are multi-dimensional, interesting, and unique in their own way. The world is filled with rich history and described very well that it gives the feeling that the world really exists and has existed well before the events in the show. The soundtrack perfectly fits the anime and is definitely rememberable. The work of the passionate creators shows and really sucks you in, and before you know it, you will be craving for more and more.
One thing that really impressed me was the choreography of the fights. I have been training in martial arts for a long time in many styles including Kung Fu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kendo, Freestyle wrestling, and more. So, I enjoy watching (and sometimes scrutinizing) fight scenes. Typical Shonen Anime battles (like those of Dragonball Z, Naruto, and Bleach) show characters screaming and attacking with a colored background filled with speedlines followed by a big explosion or dust cloud. But not this show. Every fight is well choreographed and every punch, kick, strike, or explosion is shown with great form. Particularly, the swordsmanship that is shown in later episodes is remarkably well done.
Most Animes with such high budgets start out very well and slowly spiral downward in terms of production quality and refinement. However, in this series, it's just the oppisite. The show starts out with very high production quality and ends with near anime movie-like animation and sound.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too bad it split into like 4-5 Overpriced Sets, i love this anime but not enough to 150-200$ on. ill just go watch it for free somewhere elsePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good series. I would recommend it if you enjoy anime and followed the original manga.Published 7 months ago by Sean P. Richards
Amazing Part 1 to an amazing series! It is a really great show, especially if watched the original because Brotherhood rushes a little bit in the beginning, but if you saw the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Justin
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