FMA: Brotherhood – Anime Review

Let me start off this review by saying Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an awesome anime series, so awesome that it has made its way unto my list of favourite anime ever! Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way I’ll get into the meat of the matter on why FMA: Brotherhood is so awesome but first lets me explain why it is different from the first Fullmetal Alchemist series many might be familiar with and give a short overview of the story including the main characters.

The Fullmetal Alchemist Edward Elric

Follow the manga, or else?

The Original Fullmetal Alchemist series diverted from the main story of the manga, resulting in the awesome meter of the series taking a huge nosedive. The series creator Hiromu Arakawa beat back the anime into submission and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood was born in the spring 2009 season that rewinds to the point of the diversion and chooses the manga path forward, sticky to the story of the creator and allowing the awesome meter of the show to soar once again. As a follower of the manga this was awesome news although now the manga has ended and the anime series has done the same.

Kawaii desu ne?

and this brings us back the story

Edward and Alphonse Elric are brothers who in an attempt to bring their dead mother back to life using alchemy has paid a dear price. Alphonse has lost his body but has his soul affixed to a suit of armour while Edward has lost an arm and a leg which are replaced by advanced mechanical limbs or automail. The brothers set out on a journey to find the legendary philosopher’s stone – a legendary item used in alchemy which they believe can help them recover what they lost for trying to do human transmutation, an act strictly forbidden. The brothers run into all kinds of characters along their way while discovering a diabolical plot by the series antagonists, a plot they aim to foil.

X Marks the spot?

Why I like Brotherhood

What makes me a big fan of FMA: Brotherhood is the excellent pacing of the story which is seamlessly broken up into arcs with pulsating plot elements, truly hilarious comedy, interesting characters all around and excellent pacing. I believe the ending could have been a little more creative but overall it was an excellent series with overlapping story elements that keeps things relevant and interesting.

My favourite of the various antagonists - King Bradley

Perfect for newbies and casuals

Even if you have not seen the first half of the anime before it diverted FMA: Brotherhood is the perfect series for anime newbies or casual fans of anime no matter the age group but it still remains a solid show for picky anime veterans. Check it out if you haven’t already done so and if you have I’ll love to hear what you thought of it in the comments below. In an effort not to inadvertently spoil any part of the anime I have used images captured mostly from the first episode of the series in this post, lots more below.

Lust displaying her mark that identifies her as a humunculi
The Flame Alchemist at work
The Elric brothers Edward and Alphonse