Fullmetal Alchemist brotherhood
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Posted 1/6/11
I loved the ending to this version, this entire series even the old one had me sitting and watching for hours on end it is one of my favorite.
I would recommend watching brotherhood
I give this series a 10/10
I would also recommend watching the original version
The plot for both was great
The character development was great.

I havent watched the ovas yet so if anyone did, please leave a few words about it.

Thank you
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FMA is the best my favourite ova was the after party one
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I found Brotherhood to be horribly rushed while lacking any form character development.
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Posted 1/6/11
Well there are things I liked and didn't like about both. I actually just recently finished watching Brotherhood too, so I'm glad you made this thread. I'm not sure how to organize my thoughts on it all so well, as I was never much of a writer, but here goes.

In Brotherhood I really didn't like how there was a serious lack of explanation on how the original Homonculus was created. He was born of Hohenheim's blood, and he was born of the gate, but it seemed like he was the source of all knowledge of alchemy, so how could he have been created (from the gate) if nobody even knew what alchemy was? Another thing that got to me is that it was necessary to perform a human transmutaion to open the gate of truth, but yet the toll paid was only for the viewing of truth itself, since the being created in the transmutation had absolutely no relation to the person that was supposed to be resurrected. That just seemed a bit off. I also think it didn't make much sense that Wrath, after being injected with the philosopher's stone still aged normally, while Hohenheim was a Philosopher's Stone in human form that didn't age at all. In general I'd have to agree that the character development was a bit lacking for some characters, although I liked how you got to see how badass Mustang and Hawkeye really were, as well as getting some more insight into their past.

Now for things I really did like about Brotherhood. For one I really liked the Wrath in this version. The whole super shadow attack thing was pretty cool. I also LOVED those crazy eastern bastards. They were pretty hardcore. I also liked that Winry was a more important character in this version, as she didn't get enough face time in the original series. The happy ending was nice in this version. The ending of the original was cool, but yet I was still kind of pissed that it ended up that way.

As for the original, I thought the idea of the Homonculus being created by the failed human transmutations was great. The background story of Hohenheim and Dante was pretty interesting as well. The background story for Lust and that guy who wanted to heal the stone disease with alchemy was a personal favorite. It was nice to actually be able to connect somewhat to one of the villains. All in all I would say that I was more drawn to the characters in the first one, and more drawn to the storyline as a whole in Brotherhood.

I could probably think of a couple of complaints about the original, but I'm getting tired of writing, and there's nothing wrong with it that's screaming in my head, so I'll just leave it at that.


Oh, right, the OVAs. They were really for fun more than anything else. It's not like there was important content in them.
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I totally agree Chronic, and by the way, I think you write very eloquently. First off, I liked the exposition and framework of the first one, but certainly liked the more action-oriented narrative of the second series a bit more. In a fictional setting I don't try to rationalize everything, even if they're a bit contrived. If a series attempts to be uber-realistic then flaws will probably ensue, but FA doesn't have that problem. To me, the first half of the first series was awesome. It went into a lot of detail about many things (Lior, Nina, origin of the Homunculi). The end was a bit of a letdown. However, I really liked the parallel universe idea they used; with alchemy being important in their world and technology relevant in ours, but seeing Ed and Al split up left me with a slightly bitter taste.

I forgave the second one for being a bit rushed because I would think most audiences already knew the gist of the series anyway. For some reason, I also felt the first series dealt with the Nina story better as well. I wish they would've dug into alkahestry a bit more too. It seems clear that they went for an even more enthralling take on the story in Brotherhood and it pays off. It was nice to see Mustang and Hawkeye get more time to shine in this one as well, and seeing Mustang go off on Envy was very fun. I also agree that, except for Lust, all of the Homunculi were very well developed and much better in Brotherhood. Pride was one of my favorite characters to watch. The emphasis on Hohenheim and Scar in the second series was a welcome one too. Looking back, I combine the two to make one really badass story and I think both series have been some of the most entertaining anime I've ever watched
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Posted 1/15/11

llamaben wrote:

I found Brotherhood to be horribly rushed while lacking any form character development.


thats probably bc of the fact that they had expected u to watch the first series and had already known the history behind all the characters and all the "development" and all of that. the first series was the BACKGROUND STORY, while the second was the true fullmetal alchemist.
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Posted 1/15/11

Amuchan12345 wrote:


llamaben wrote:

I found Brotherhood to be horribly rushed while lacking any form character development.


thats probably bc of the fact that they had expected u to watch the first series and had already known the history behind all the characters and all the "development" and all of that. the first series was the BACKGROUND STORY, while the second was the true fullmetal alchemist.


I have seen the first series, and I'm not only talking about the first 13 episodes but the rest of the series too (albeit to a lesser degree). Anyway, Brotherhood is made to be a standalone series so it really shouldn't expect people to have seen the first series, even if most people would have. However if you do take the original into account, it still leaves the characters that were not introduced in the original to be completely hollow in Brotherhood.
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Posted 1/16/11
i heard that brotherhood was more like manga, is it correct?
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