I’ve long wanted to review this anime but there’s always something that gets in the way. This may be a suitable time, since I have nothing else to post on. I didn’t watch the original FullMetal Alchemist or read any of its manga… and yet I watched the movie. I have one of the PS2 games, which I think is only the first one (Still haven’t finish it yet) and I missed the second installment. The gameplay is not bad, allowing things like the main character, Elric, the ability to alchemise a spear from thin air. Anyway, the original FMA, the animated series, didn’t follow its manga counterpart, at least from what I’ve heard, and that may have brought about its sudden end. Years later, FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood came out and it retained most of the original seiyu. FMA: Brotherhood, unlike its predecessor, stayed faithful to its manga counterpart for the most part, with some filler that wasn’t that noticeable.
The story starts off with two brothers, Elric and Alphonse Edward, on a mission to stop any illegal practicing of alchemy. Elric has worked for the State, and after a few missions, found an alchemist who controlled the whole town with a Philosopher’s Stone, one of the brothers original goals. They lost their mother and decided to resurrect her through illegal alchemy. Not only did they fail to bring their mother back to life, they also paid the price for doing the transmutation. Elric lost his hand while, Alphonse lost his entire body. The Philosopher Stone is believed to be a cure, an aid to help them recover what they lost. In order to recover the stone, the brothers have to face obstacles, mainly from a group of 7 which consists of Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Envy, Wrath, Sloth and Pride. Along the way, Elric meets Scar, the survivor of his clan, while the army of Amestris decides to annihilate the Ishbalan completely. After a while, it is discovered that King Bradley, the leader of Amestris has a hidden agenda of attacking the Ishbalan. Does the Philosopher’s Stone have anything do to with the secrets of Amestris and Homonculi?
The story told in the FMA: Brotherhood is nice as there isn’t a dull moment, unlike some shonen anime. Sure, there are emotional moments which, to be honest, I really don’t like unless they’re done right. That being said, they do balance the action and emotional scenes quite well. As for the quality, they are very top notch in everything. There is one episode where the ending song really suits the scene. I don’t remember which episode it was but the song was called “Let it All Out”. I thought it was me only, but based on the comments, I’m not alone after all. The ending for FMA: Brotherhood could have been done better but it was worth its 1 year span. I don’t know if I can watch the first anime, unless it will be remastered at some point. That’s about it.
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