FMA: Brotherhood – First Impressions

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is an anime that made my watchlist for Spring 2009 anime. I had watched most of the original Full Metal Alchemist series a few years ago but didn’t see it through to the end. I learned afterward that the story of the first anime had diverted away from the original manga and many fans were disappointed at this. That’s when I started to catch up on the manga online and follow every update.

The Fullmetal Alchemist himself – Edward Elric

Sticking to the Manga’s Story

FMA: Brotherhood is a re-adaptation of the series but this time it sticks strictly to the manga source material which tells the story of brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric who were basically abandoned by their father as young children. Their mother dies a few years later from an incurable disease and  they try to revive her using alchemy resulting failure and dire consequences for the  young brothers. They end up in the military and set out on a quest to find a mysterious and powerful object called a philosopher’s stone and run into all kinds of characters and adventure along the way.

Al and the ever annoying Winry

No Fillers Please

Fullmetal Alchemist is a well paced action anime with lots of comedy that is not too complicated and enjoyable by all. The entire cast is well thought out and is tied in well with the story. Being ahead with the anime is will be interesting to watch FMA: Brotherhood’s story animated (and hopefully without fillers!) although it might seem as a rehash by some.

Lust is one girl I wouldn’t advise you to take home to meet your parents

The Naruto and Claymore connection

FMA now joins Naruto Shippuden which is an example of another manga based anime that I have been following for years. I read ahead in the manga and then watch the episodes to see the action animated and explained a bit more. Claymore is also a good example, but of an an anime series that has an awesome manga that the anime followed initially, before diverting after a while, forging it’s own story and messing up everything. Hopefully Claymore can get a remake in the future that sticks to the still ongoing story of the manga.

I’ll be following the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood closely as I find it interesting and worth watching.


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