Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a retelling of the story based off the manga, and is not directly related to the first Fullmetal Alchemist series. Edward and Alphonse Elric are two brothers living in a world where the practice of alchemy flourishes. After their mother passes away, the brothers work together to try and bring her back using alchemy, but without success. Their failure results in Edward losing his left leg and right arm, while Alphonse loses his entire body and has his soul attached to a suit of armor. Years later, they join the military for the opportunity to locate the Philosopher's Stone; the one thing that is capable of restoring their bodies. Japanese Version This guide covers the English version. For the Japanese version, go to: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Fullmetal Alchemist Opening Themes eps (01-14) -- "again" by YUI (15-26) -- "Hologram" by NICO Touches the Walls (27-38) -- "Golden Time Lover" by Sukima Switch (39-??) -- "Period" by Chemistry Closing Themes eps (01-14) -- "Lie" by SID (15-26) -- "LET IT OUT" by Miho Fukuhara (27-38) -- "Tied Hands" by Lil'B (39-??) -- "Shunkan Sentimental" by SCANDALmoreless

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  • Brilliant!

    10
    absolutely perfect. What's more to be said. :)
  • Fantastic

    10
    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is the best!

  • With an incredible plot, mesmerizing action sequences, amazing characters, and deep themes, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a masterpiece of an anime

    10
    This anime... it leaves me speechless. Tears were literally streaming out of my eyes as I watched the climax, simply because of the power of the show. It's incredible. It really is. The story follows Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse as they set out on a journey to recover the bodies they lost after attempting to use alchemy to bring their dead mother back to life. As they meet many different people along the way, they soon become entangled in an elaborate and nefarious conspiracy that spans hundreds of years and hundreds of conflicts involving the country they live in, Amestris.



    Plot: The plot of this show will blow your mind. Seriously. Its scope and scale is enormous, and the number of different plotlines creates an awesome story boggling in its complexity. Everything is planned out, as small hints dropped along the way accumulate slowly until it all culminates in grand, magnificent revelations and mind-blowing plot twists. Nothing is as it seems, and the multiple plots involving tons of characters all intertwine together, creating a plot that's brilliant and genius. Even more amazing is the way philosophy is integrated into the show's structure, and is closely tied with chemistry. The series explores deep themes relating to philosophy and in particular morality, and is incredible thought-provoking. It is far from black and white, and at times you may find yourself wondering if you should be for or against certain characters with their own controversial agendas and philosophies who are not expressly evil. It almost never drags



    I should mention that this story is really meant for an older audience. There's plenty of silly humor, especially regarding Ed's height, sure, but at its core the story is very dark and has some incredibly disturbing parts that will make you shudder in revulsion at the incredible brutality and evil demonstrated by certain individuals and governments. The Ishvalan Civil War and the Nina incident in particular are chilling in their mercilessness.



    Characters: Its amazing that despite such an enormous cast, everyone gets their moments to shine. There is an abundance of lovable and awesome characters, and there is also an abundance of character depth. The anime finds time to develop many of the characters thoroughly, so that they feel real and can be emotionally attached to. Be aware that many awesome characters do die in the series, so be prepared for sorrow and tragedy, of which the series has plenty.



    Action: The anime is far more concerned with having a proper, solid story and deep characters than many action sequences, which frankly makes it better than all other action anime out there, in my opinion. When the action sequences do come, however, they are fast-paced, frantic, and generally just awesome and worth the wait, and they really do blow away action sequences from most other series, even the Big Three (One Piece, Bleach, and Naruto). They are relatively short, but they are still incredible in that short time period.



    Animation: The anime was obviously made on a high budget, as it is wonderful to look at, and the movements, facial expressions, and battles are all animated fluidly and almost flawlessly, so there's nothing really to complain about here.



    Music: The openings are all awesome, and the soundtrack withing the show really helped set the mood.



    I really don't think I did the show justice in this review, I really don't, so you'll have to watch it to understand why it's one of my most favorite anime of all time. It's just incredible, so I recommend you get up right now and watch it, because otherwise you are seriously missing out on a experience you'll never forget.



    Trust me.moreless
  • A great and lasting anime

    10
    I first saw this show on adult swims, "Toonami", and I have to say I could not have been happier from the first episode. The plot is great, there is always something interesting going on, enough to keep you in the show 'till the end of the episode. If your a fan of anime and for some reason HAVEN'T seen this series, I would highly advise you to do so, for it is a great one.moreless
  • Excellence through and through

    10
    This a show that, at first, wasn't that great. The first few episodes are like Fullmetal Sparknotes. They speed through the stuff we have already seen in the first anime to get to the new stuff, which is all well and good, but I would prefer them just continuing the story normally, and not compressing it. Serious moments are ruined by comedy. Around episode 16 or so, the comedy goes away and the show gets great, and it makes up for the earlier episodes. Episode 19, in particular, is one of my favorite episodes of the show. The storyline is the same as the original, but it is based off the manga, which doesn't automatically make it better, but I think the story of the manga is better. Overall, it is an excellent anime adaptation of such a great manga.moreless
  • Fans of the manga, I need your help!
    I remember this one panel from the manga that I really liked and want to find it but I can't remember what volume it is from. The ...
    08/07/12
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  • How does it compare to the original?
    I have to say that so far they are about the same in my opinion but I would like to hear what everyone else has to say.
    04/18/12
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  • 2012 FMA or FMAB Calendar
    Hi everyone, For the last couple / several years I've been using a Fullmetal Alchemist calendar and I really enjoy them. In fact,...
    03/18/12
    2
  • FMABridged
    Has anyone seen this? It's brilliant! http://www.youtube.com/thefmabridged They're only new, but they're brilliant!!
    02/19/12
    1
  • Hiatus ends soon
    Starting on January 9th, Adult Swim will air more english dubbed episodes of FMA:Brotherhood at 1AM. Currently the scheduled dates...
    01/08/11
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