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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic content...Inferior package, June 18, 2012
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This review is from: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Complete Collection One [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I feel obligated to write a review for first class entertainment I've received from the series. Like other reviewers mentioned, this remake (following somewhat strictly from the manga) is very different from the first series, which I found it distasteful...really.

Story - 10/10:
Intense and flawless. You wouldn't find so many anime series that tell the story this well. Everything is so concise, yet fulfilled. I was driven emotionally, and I learned lots of well-thought messages throughout the series. It's great for all ages, really...except numbers of bloody scenes that might rule out younger audiences. Great character design also contributes to the story. Almost every supporting character is interesting and full of background story that have purposes and contribute to the main storyline as well.

Art - 9/10:
I appreciated the artistic drawings of this anime. There is very limited use of CG. Characters are drawn sharply with great details, while backgrounds tend to be blurry or with rough textures. This might not be for everyone's taste though.

Voice - 9/10:
This is for original Japanese voice talent only. I don't watch English dub, so I couldn't comment about it. I'm glad that they were able to get the whole cast from first series back. They did fantastic jobs contributing to the overall impact of the series.

Soundtrack - 10/10:
Ok, I'm not talking only about their OP and ED theme songs. In fact, I want to point out the actual music throughout the series that are totally amazing. These soundtracks are surprisingly performed by a full symphony orchestra...some even performed together with a chorus. With the talent of Akira Senju, the music is absolutely beautiful and well suited for scenes they were selected for. ("The Intrepid" and "To Be King" are some of the prime examples here)

Package - 6/10:
This is the only part that is bad about this product, in my opinion. Something this Epic shouldn't be packaged in one of the most "vanilla" box ever. However, the price is cheap. So some might say "You get what you paid for..." which I agree for the most part. Just that I'm utterly disappointed. Although, I think Funimation might have marketing genius, because if they make the collector edition eventually...I will buy it again.

Overall - 8/10:
It's a great buy, nonetheless. You would never regret spend this much for the hours of entertainment you would get from it. This is one of a few series which you can watch it over and over again...and appreciate it over and over...again, if not more. I seriously watched the series back to back. I couldn't make any statement for Funimation, so I don't know if there would be a collector edition later or not...although I bet there will be. If you can't wait on this loosely speculation of mine, just get it...no need for second thought.
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