Fullmetal Alchemist: Premium OVA Collection
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At Universal Studios Japan, back in 2005, those who took part in the "Fullmetal Alchemist Premiere Tour" ride were treated with an animation (specifically made for the ride) that puts a person on the ride to take on a role as the new member of the State Alchemists. As a rookie, you are introduced to certain key characters from the anime series but then immediately taking part in a battle between the State Alchemists versus the Homunculus. These shorts include a Preshow, Zone 1-4 and a Postshow and the duration is about 18 minutes long.
For the short collection (Duration: 16:48), the viewer is treated with the following shorts (spoiler-less summary):
* Live Action Featurette - This takes place after the television series with Alphonse Eric in his armor form in live/real Japan searching for Ed.
* Chibi Party - This is a humorous animated short in which the characters are in super deformed mode (chibi-small character mode) and celebrating after the filming of "Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa".
* Kids - We watch three children who look so similar to the Elric brothers and Winry Rockbell. But who are they?Read more ›
Released across a single disc packaged within a standard dvd case, Full Metal Alchemist Premium OVA Collection comes in at a total runtime of 35 minutes and wears an appropriate TV PG (13+) rating.
Language options are of typical sub & dub variety meaning the choice of original Japanese dialog audio presented in stereo or an English dub track in Dolby Digital 5.1, and the option of running English subtitles within either.
Typically at this point of my anime reviews, I would take a moment to focus on the extras contained within but to be completely honest, this entire disc is essentially a collection of extras in and of itself; so let me take the easy way out by following the press release in saying that extras include original TV commercials, textless closing song, and some Funimation trailers.Read more ›
The interactive adventure is anything but interactive, basically you are watching a rehashing of the series. Almost all the content is recycled footage. The little bit of new content has almost no plot to it and is very brief. As I said earlier, this is NOT interactive. Some of the adventure takes place in a first person POV but you are not controlling this "mysterious character" in anyway.
The live action adventure is basically a bunch of footage of a statue in a Japanese city (Tokyo?). You hear Al's voice in the background. My overall impression was "MEH".
The wrap party was basically all the characters talking about their roles in the movie "Conqueror of Shamballa" Sort of comical, I guess. Everyone is Chibi/SD style. It's kindah comical, I guess.
The best feature is "Kids", I won't give anything away, but it has a nice tie-in to the series at the end. Nothing profound, but it was heartwarming. But still way too short
This would have been a nice addition as a bonus disc for the movie, or some boxed set. But on its own, my recommendation is save your money. In total there is about 30 mins of footage and half of it isn't entertaining at all.
However, if you are an avid Fullmetal Alchemist fan and this is the only thing your collection is missing, then I would get it just for the sake of having it. I bought it knowing good and well that I was only buying it just to say I have it, but I'm an impulsive buyer and a completionist so it didn't bother me very much.
I've watched it maybe twice and it will probably not leave the shelf for a while.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's like a reunion with everyone in there. It looks amazing and spot on.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The word premium is a bit misleading. It's mostly just some extras that didn't make it to the DVD/Blu Ray. It's not adding to or advancing the story in any way. The live action (? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bruce C.
I am a huge Fullmetal Alchemist fan and I love all the OVAs and movies this one included. So if your a fan of the show you have to add this item to your collection. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jamie Kay Edwards
I fangirl over FMA, so having this in my collection is awesome! Wonderful shipping and handling!Published 16 months ago by Courtney Rypkema
Doesn't really have anything to do with the main story lines, but you get interesting and fun details out of it.Published 17 months ago by Vanessa Moreno