Fullmetal Alchemist - Season 2, Part 1
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The Elric brothers have fallen once more under the care (and the stern eye) of the one who taught them the art of Alchemy The formidable Izumi. But as a new player emerges from the jungle, it seems as if everyone has plans of their own for this mysterious young boy. Disgusted with the reckless pursuit of their goal, Izumi sends her former students away
As both good intentions and the best laid plans go astray, the Elrics are soon separated by kidnappers and Ed must face the homunculus Greed alone. Must death be the only path to reunion? With reinforcements seeking to help the two brothers, they are soon on the path to Ishbal once more. Between the flood of new questions and the trickling flow of answers, this site of the mysterious war looks to be their only source for truth. But as the journey to the ruins and their guide reveal a dark series of events, will Ed and Al be ready for what they find? Or will they be forced to question everything they believe?
The first episodes of the second season of Fullmetal Alchemist focus on the origins of the Homunculi. Izumi reveals that when Edward and Alphonse attempted to bring their mother back from the dead, they disturbed the order of the universe more profoundly than they could imagine. Ed remembers confronting a mysterious Gate that seemed to guard the path to all knowledge. The artists based the design on Rodin's Gates of Hell, and its swirling human forms lend an appropriately grim power to the visuals. A new Wrath appears at the same time Greed has been freed from decades of confinement. When Ed fights Greed, he discovers that the Homunculi have weaknesses and can be destroyed under the right conditions. The fallen city of Ishbal remains at the center of the search for the Philosopher's Stone. Sheska's research into the death of Gen. Hughes suggests a link to Ishbalan war and the mysterious Col. Juliet Douglas who supposedly triggered it. Ed and Al reach the ruins of Ishbal and learn the true story of its destruction before Cols. Mustang and Kimbley arrive with an army. In nearby Liore, Ed finds himself caught between a monstrous plot hatched by Scar, Lust, and Gluttony, and the sinister plans of the Scarlet Alchemist, Lt. Col. Frank Archer, and their military superiors. Many series falter and grow repetitious in their second season; Fullmetal Alchemist only gets better. As the saga of the Elric Brothers unfolds, director Seiji Mizushima deftly blends powerful emotional drama, physical action and broad comedy into an unusually engaging adventure-fantasy. (Rated TV PG: violence, grotesque imagery, tobacco and alcohol use, nudity) --Charles Solomon
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Now, this box set covers episodes 17-28 (3 disks). Ed reunites with the Rockbells (since Scar destroyed his automail), discoveres how the Philosopher's stone is made, battles in Laboratory 5, sees his "fave teacher" Izumi, gets shipped off to Yock Island, and discovers a mysterious boy with unhuman powers.
First of all, this set is not a good starting block when you are trying to bring someone into the series. It continues from where it left off in the "first season part one" set, and the story gets even more complicated. However, it does have more action, philosophy, and adventure than the first set, showing Ed's pure heart, Al's perhaps too trusting personality, and Winry's sisterly care for them.
I love this set the best out of the first three sets, though it cannot be compared to the last set, which, if you have watched all previous sets, is tear jerking and beautiful. Hiromu Arakawa really thought this series out, as well as the directors, and it shows.
My only complaints are with the packaging and the fact that after episode 28, it strays off from the manga. There are only three disks in this set, as opposed to four the first and third sets. I really enjoy seeing sets with individual DVD cases, but this one folds out like a brochure, and has some DVDs lie halfway on top of each other to save space. A box is home to this "brochure", and also contains another box with the guidebooks in it.
I do not like the fact that the episodes after 28 stray off from the manga, but it was inevitable, since the decision to make fma a tv series was made early. The directors came up with a great plot though, going off from volume 6 of the manga, touching on #7 with Greed, and then going off course by episode 40 or so with Dante and Wrath. It has a great ending though, and in some parts, I think they did better than Arakawa actually. It is nice to only follow one plot with characters though.
All in all, you should buy this set, and complete the series by purchasing the other sets. Heartfelt and well thought out, hilarious and outstanding, this is truly a work of art.
We learn more of Ed and Al's past, but new enemies and events emerge while old ones become allies to some extent.
There are alot of emotional rides in the second box. But to tell the truth, the end of the second box makes me ache from waiting for the 2nd season, or the 3rd box set to come out. this is one series I AM resolute to finish collecting.
As ~I said in my review with the first box, I had an affinity with Dragonball, because of my Chinese roots, I have watched it as a child, from the innocent young Goku series, to his adulthood. Then the slight links with the original Chinese epic fantasy classic Journey to the West or Saiyuki, or as us cantonese speakers say "Sai Yau Gey". I collected all the boxes with Dragonball, but in Cantonese.
But FMA and a few others I had to get in English and Japanese. Not to mention the quality of english subtitles tend to be better from Funimation. But Funimation also seems to try to include all the original content, or extra mini shorts.
My message from this is... BUY this, and watch Ed and Al complete their resolution to their goal and the reasons for things happening.
The secondary characters that the brothers meet and befriend are important in discovering how the brothers develop also.
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My problem with this box set is that it ends at episode 25 and season 2 part 1 starts on episode 29.Read more