Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Part 5 [Blu-ray]
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The heavens tremble and the planet quakes as the souls of heroes and villains teeter on the edge of darkness and light. The final chapter of the sweeping epic – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – is here.
The Flame Alchemist’s rebel army pushes the forces of Central to the brink of collapse – until the enemy’s fallen leader returns to take control. As mortals and monsters wage war, young Edward and Alphonse Elric must face a cruel being with the unholy power of a god. After endless adventures and countless struggles, the boys find the fate of the world in their weary hands. When the Gateway closes and the circle is complete – who will be left alive to celebrate the astonishing sacrifices made in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Part 5?
Textless opening song - rain
Textelss closing songs – Ray of Light and Hologram
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As a side note, I give props to the English VAs. Emotions really start running high in the final stretch of the story, and the cast gives some stellar performances here.
As far as the actual product goes, the video and sound quality of this Blu-ray is on par with previous releases. If you didn't have a problem with Parts 1 - 4, you won't have a problem here. Apparently the source material wasn't animated in full 1080p, which can be apparent in a few places, but regardless it's pretty solid-looking throughout. The same goes for the packaging: holofoil cardboard keepcase housing an eco-friendly BD case with two discs. Also comes with four more postcards (art cards?) to add to your collection. The inner artwork might spoil the ending for some viewers, so if you haven't seen it or read the manga, you might want to close your eyes when you pop the second disc out of the holder.
The episode count is only 12 this time, and there isn't much by way of extras: 1 commentary track and an outtakes reel. While I haven't listened to the commentary (they're really not my cup o' tea), I found the outtakes enjoyable. With a runtime of about 10 minutes (just an estimate there), it's more a case of the actors ad-libbing humorous lines rather than flubbing them up. There's some adult language that pops up here and there, and Mike McFarland gives the viewers a short warning about it in the introduction, but it's all in good fun.
This is a flipping-sweet conclusion to what has been an amazing series. I highly, HIGHLY recommend watching it, even to non-anime fans. Chances are, you won't be disappointed.
Ok, I'm one of the rare few folks who started into watching FMA:Brotherhood without having seen the original series at all. To be honest, while I like some shounen series like DBZ, I do find the classic shounen anime cliches and tropes to get a little repetitive and when the original FMA series aired on US TV, I caught a few random eps and it seemed pretty good, but something about the show failed to hook me in. Fast foward to the present and I learned about the new remake series that came out in 2009 and thought 'whats the point?' and was intrigued at the premise that this series follows the manga series faithfully, which was reportedly a much better story than the original anime, which thru no fault of its own, had a very incomplete (barely the first quarter) manga story to work with. They stretched out what they had to work with into half a tv series then completed the rest with their own original storyline that concluded with an ending that runs hot or cold with fans.
Luckily, hearing about FMA:Bro late, the entire series was already aired and fansubbed but since the first 4 volumes were out commercially, I rented all the available discs released by Funimation and finished the rest of the series with what I could find elsewhere. And all I can say is:
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood probably ranks among my top 10 favorite anime series...of all time.
And that is saying something for someone who has been watching anime since the late 80s.Read more ›
There are no bonus features included on the first disc of this set. However, there are six extras included on the second disc. The first extra is a commentary for episode sixty-four ("Journey's End"). The next feature is labeled as "Outtakes." This feature opens with an introduction from the ADR director for the English dub, and he explains that this feature is comprised of actual dubbing errors and some humor from when the cast was goofing off in the studio. He also gives a warning that there is some "adult language" included in this feature, which ends up running for about seven-and-a-half minutes. Personally, I found this feature to be rather amusing.
Next is "Textless Opening Song," which is a textless version of the opening credits that appears on this set. Next is "Textless Closing Song," which is a textless version of the main ending credits that appears on this set. There is also "Textless Closing Song #2," which is a textless version of the ending credits that appear at the end of the final episode of the series. The final extra on the disc is trailers.
I overall found this to be a satisfying ending for the series, and I would recommend this release to anyone who is a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
I wrote a review of this DVD set after checking out a copy through the King County Library System.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First of all Fullmetal alchemist: brotherhood is amazing. It is the best anime I have seen in years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Allan MacKenzie-Graham
Perfect finale to an amazing anime! Came with collectible cards which are really awesome.Published 6 months ago by Katie G.
Boo on Netflix for cutting out the last few episodes of FMA: B, but at least Amazon has the Blu-Ray at a decent price. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K S
Yes this is great! Brotherhood is great overall, and the quality of the BlueRay is awesome. Got this because Netflix doesn't have the last season, and my husband refuses to watch... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rina_Stuff!
I love this anime!! The original series was good too but Brotherhood just brought more to the table. You get a better insight into the main characters and what motivates them. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bethany Trumbull
Was great to watch at the time and still is today. I have had a lot of lovable memories watching this with my dog before she passed away in September 2011. Thank you so much! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nick