Anime Review: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Part One

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Anime Review: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Part One

This remake doesn't quite live up to the legacy of the original.

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Hmm. You seem to be reviewing only the first thirteen episodes and judging them against the first anime. I can see why you'd think the second comes up short, but to someone who's seen both series, the characterization embellishments in the first would seem bizarre if shoehorned in to the second's plot. I don't know if you've seen the whole thing, but Brotherhood has more than enough character development to go around; judging by location in the plot rather than number of episodes doesn't really make sense.

Well I have to say that I watched both shows and I loved both, and well yeah the first few episodes had a fast pace in the 2nd series, but that was because they had to tell so much of the first series again and didn't want it to get boring. But generally I like some of the characters from the 2nd show better and well I generally thought that the 2nd series was a lot darker and I liked that... and yeah it was closer to the manga and I like the ending of it better.

I'll admit I hated the original full metal alchemist, but brotherhood sounds somewhat interesting to me - kind of paradoxical!

I do really like the original series, and I've only watched the first eleven or so episodes of Brotherhood, but I liked them just as much as the original series. Also, I've read the manga, which I believe Brotherhood follows almost to a T, unlike the original series which branches out about the halfway point. I far, far prefer the second half of the storyline in it's manga form, especially the ending which is better than the original anime. For that, I can forgive some of the trappings Brotherhood has in it's early stages, as the path the story takes is overall greater.

Anyway, a well-written review, even if I disagreed with a fair deal of your points. Full Metal Alchemist is a series I really enjoy, in all it's forms (with the exception of the video games) and so I understand many have their preferences to which form they prefer.

AC10:
I'll admit I hated the original full metal alchemist, but brotherhood sounds somewhat interesting to me - kind of paradoxical!

Im the same way, I dont know if its because its been re-done or something in the way that it had, but, I do find myself been drawn

The original was great at the begining but then got really dull near the end.

Wait, isn't Brotherhood based solely on the extremely good Manga? Manga > original Alchemist IMO

I was trying to nail what was wrong with episodes of Brotherhood. You guys came with the word "pacing".

I still feel like the story is being rushed with Brotherhood.

Note* Although, let's hope they don't pull the same ending as the last anime.

Captain Placeholder:
Wait, isn't Brotherhood based solely on the extremely good Manga? Manga > original Alchemist IMO

Yes it is, which is why I prefer it over the original series.

You should just go DL the rest of the series from a fansub site, it's well over and done with in japan(think it clocked in at 63 episodes) and I thought it was really awesome even better than the first series to be honest. I did miss my english voice actors from the dubbed series I followed on [AS] so I was glad to see the dubbed version hit [AS] in a very timely manner.

I think your issue with the shading being somewhat flat might come from the re-encoding or something like that. (I don't know; I've got a friend who says they mess with the colors when they come to the states) I found that the animation for brotherhood was much more fluid than the first series.

I was actually quite glad for the quick run through of story we had gotten with the first series. I also don't think we lost any character development because the way the story played out people like Hughs became ancillary characters that drove the motivations of other characters like Mustang throughout the rest of the series. Since you've only seen the first few episodes it's very hard to talk any further without major spoilage. (like Bruce Willis was already dead level spoilage)

I feel I can say this without giving anything away. We're introduced to many new interesting characters that are very rich in their own right and characters we were already acquainted with receive some much needed attention they did not get in the original FMA series.

Bortherhood was every bit as epic, if not more so, as its predecessor and I eagerly await to add all of its dvd's to my shelf alongside the first series. (I'll just do a box set this time though)

I was loving Brotherhood... right up until episode 25, when it just stopped. May I ask why? I'm waiting for Adult Swim to air the next episode, instead we're back at episode 1. WHAT'S THE HOLDUP??? Am I going to have to wait another six months for episode 26??

Instead Bleach is back. So now the series slow ridiculous plot collapse can be seen in full animation and voice acting, how great. Now even the anime fans can see for themselves what Kubo has done to a once promising story. GIVE ME FMA BACK YOU BASTARDS!!!

Judging Brotherhood by the first 13 episodes is a bit of a mistake... I wonder if they rushed through them a bit to get to the where the series really separate.

For people who want to see later episodes of FMA Brotherhood LEGALLY for free online there is the Funimation website...

KeyMaster45:
You should just go DL the rest of the series from a fansub site, it's well over and done with in japan(think it clocked in at 63 episodes) and I thought it was really awesome even better than the first series to be honest. I did miss my english voice actors from the dubbed series I followed on [AS] so I was glad to see the dubbed version hit [AS] in a very timely manner.

64 episodes. Anyway, fansubs are technically illegal, and probably shouldn't be recommended on the Escapist. However, it's fair to say their release times ECLIPSE those of their official counterparts, am I right?

llafnwod:

KeyMaster45:
You should just go DL the rest of the series from a fansub site, it's well over and done with in japan(think it clocked in at 63 episodes) and I thought it was really awesome even better than the first series to be honest. I did miss my english voice actors from the dubbed series I followed on [AS] so I was glad to see the dubbed version hit [AS] in a very timely manner.

64 episodes. Anyway, fansubs are technically illegal, and probably shouldn't be recommended on the Escapist. However, it's fair to say their release times ECLIPSE those of their official counterparts, am I right?

There is a free legal way to watch-
http://www4.funimation.com/video/?page=show&b=280

llafnwod:

KeyMaster45:
You should just go DL the rest of the series from a fansub site, it's well over and done with in japan(think it clocked in at 63 episodes) and I thought it was really awesome even better than the first series to be honest. I did miss my english voice actors from the dubbed series I followed on [AS] so I was glad to see the dubbed version hit [AS] in a very timely manner.

64 episodes. Anyway, fansubs are technically illegal, and probably shouldn't be recommended on the Escapist. However, it's fair to say their release times ECLIPSE those of their official counterparts, am I right?

I actually started watching it on the funimation website, but then their videos section exploded and didn't work properly for many weeks. So I did the next best thing and got rather hooked on the HQ releases the fansub group Eclipse was doing, also by that time funimation had fallen behind in its releases. Still it's not stopping me from buying the dvds or watching them on [AS].

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While I appreciate everyone pointing me to the funimation website I was quite aware of it and the explanation of above explains how I wound up using a fansub site.

KeyMaster45:

llafnwod:

KeyMaster45:
You should just go DL the rest of the series from a fansub site, it's well over and done with in japan(think it clocked in at 63 episodes) and I thought it was really awesome even better than the first series to be honest. I did miss my english voice actors from the dubbed series I followed on [AS] so I was glad to see the dubbed version hit [AS] in a very timely manner.

64 episodes. Anyway, fansubs are technically illegal, and probably shouldn't be recommended on the Escapist. However, it's fair to say their release times ECLIPSE those of their official counterparts, am I right?

I actually started watching it on the funimation website, but then their videos section exploded and didn't work properly for many weeks. So I did the next best thing and got rather hooked on the HQ releases the fansub group Eclipse was doing, also by that time funimation had fallen behind in its releases. Still it's not stopping me from buying the dvds or watching them on [AS].

Well, I started watching them on Adult Swim because even though I have broadband my computer sucks. But I think I stopped watching it on the website after like episode 40. I don't know if I have the patience to wait till the series gets to the point where I was watching so maybe I may deal with my crappy computer and watch it on Funimation. I mostly recommended the Funimation site because it is a legal and free way to watch later episodes, I didn't say the site didn't have drawbacks. =)

JoshV:
Anime Review: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Part One

This remake doesn't quite live up to the legacy of the original.

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Except it is not a remake.

I have watched the entirety of both the original and brotherhood. I found Brotherhood to be far superior once it hit episode 30 where it truly started to separate itself from the original. The ending is also far more satisfying.

I'll have to throw my hat in with those saying you shouldn't judge it by the first 13 episodes. I felt that Brotherhood was, on the whole, a better series. The initial pacing might be off, compared to the first series, if only because Brotherhood was replaying the same beginning sans embellishments.

Both series are great, of course, but I slightly favor Brotherhood.

It's going to be repeated ad nauseam in this thread but the Brotherhood version follows the manga which doesn't branch off from the anime until like 15 eps in. It's a bit early to make opinions. The manga has a much bigger universe than the anime which is why some major plot points in the first anime may seem glossed over in Brotherhood, they aren't as important in the grand scheme of things.

Again I hate to say it but there will be much nerd rage over calling the first anime 'the orginal'.

Grr..

Brotherhood is my favourite anime of all time.

Grr....grr.

Prefer original to remake, more gritty and has more depth, although I enjoyed the remake greatly ;).

I'm betting someone is going to feel quite embarrassed to have judged an anime based on just it's first 13 episodes when there are 63 episodes in total. :o

FMAB is one of those rare animes that keeps getting better and better, and they are quite different from one another. I for one prefer FMAB storyline much more.

IMO the animation is superior in FMAB than the first one.

I don't blame the second reviewer for getting angry... if I ended up getting FMA instead of FMP, I'd be pretty angry too... FMP is a great series.

As for Brotherhood? So far I'm enjoying it. True that it initially retreads the same storylines basically, that was expected, since as mentioned, the beginning is based off the manga, and that is the sole reason the two diverge.

I actually like the 2nd better than the original. The differences for Barry make him... rather interesting, and so far my favorite characters have to be the ninja girl with the panda, and Lin. Its nice to see both someone who uses alchemy in a very different (and ninja like) way, and someone who can contend with even the Homunculi without it.

Darktau:
Prefer original to remake, more gritty and has more depth, although I enjoyed the remake greatly ;).

It's not a remake, this is the manga storyline.

13 episodes? You haven't gotten anywhere into the plot yet... This series is so good because of the amount of character development and story that occurs between the beginning and the end. Not to mention that the last 10 episodes are the best ones.

elvispt:

Darktau:
Prefer original to remake, more gritty and has more depth, although I enjoyed the remake greatly ;).

It's not a remake, this is the manga storyline.

I know, it's just easier for me to say :P

Darktau:

elvispt:

Darktau:
Prefer original to remake, more gritty and has more depth, although I enjoyed the remake greatly ;).

It's not a remake, this is the manga storyline.

I know, it's just easier for me to say :P

It's all just semantics. Tomato & Tomahto. Potato & Potahto, Black Hole Generating Vortex of Doom & Hadron Collider. :P

I only got into Brotherhood recently, but it blew my mind. If the original series was that much better, I should probably check it out.

There was alot of filler in the first series and a bad end to it since the manga was still half done but between the music choices and pacing I did enjoy it more but the new one is as good after 10 or so eps.

I really dont approve of this review. Brother hood follows the manga far better. The story is better but I can understand you will be disappointed by this by only watching the first 13 episodes.

Brotherhood has already come full circle. I watched the final episode a month ago on hulu. This is old news.

I have also watched both series, they are amazing. I am in a state that I prefer BRotherhood, cause of a fact that also is its weakness. BH is bigger than the original in every sense. More characters, more development, more action.
But that also made me feel like the Elric brothers were less important in the plot. Like they were observers while other characters were doing "more of the job". I dont know, maybe only I felt like that.

I would have to say that it would be unfair to judge the entire series on the first 13 episodes, especially because I believe it began to surpass FMA after episode 13. Do the part 2 and we'll talk.

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