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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Best Shounen Anime Ever Made?
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Posted 6/3/12 , edited 6/3/12
it depends on taste, prefereably i like hunter x hunter, like dragon ball there is a true sense of character development. i would even go as far as calling it the best. i also prefer one piece more.

but without a doubt fma and its brother: brotherhood. is and are amazing series. there are things about it that i don't like. such as ed unable to do something and about one particular automail issue. wished for some hope.

the only shounen to get me to copy it. the hand clasp is a hallmark.

the series itself will forever be a hallmark along with other great series from the past.

honestly though i think 64 is such a small number for this series, but because of seeing the original anime it fills it up. i don't think brotherhood can fully exist without the original FMA.

before i seen it i was really skeptical, i held it off for 2 or 3 years after seeing the first episode. i thought it was another horrible remake that would surely fail. but than my roommate shed some light on it.

i find that it get straight to the point and don't linger in the past events, other than their one regret. i don't really like that, i wanna know my characters inside out.
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I don't think this series is overrated.

Overall, I found this series to be quite entertaining and overall, executed quite well. As a remake that follows the manga, I enjoyed this series much better. Of course, the animation improved being more fluid and that's also a little bonus. And those glorious OP songs...I still have them stuck in my head.

FMA: Brotherhood represents the faithful style of Arakawa Hiromu's hit manga that I enjoyed. As a shounen anime and me being a fan of the genre itself, I found this series to be quite interesting. Nearly very character that I've seen in the series has an unique characteristic and personality that I found interesting. It is because of these colorful cast of characters that I continue to enjoy each episode that I've watched. Their goals, ideals, ambitions, and personalities drives the plot and with an large addition cast of new characters, I found them all appealing to the overall plot.

Of course, I can recall from the interactions between the two brothers. Those two are close from childhood and is quite entertaining to watch the interaction between the duo. Whether dramatic, comedic, or cliche, I never got tired of their bond. Oh but that's not all, I also enjoyed watching some of the other supporting characters chiefly Yao Ling and Greed. Their character development was fasincating till the very end and it gave me that feeling of enjoyable when seeing their character go so far.

And my favorite character...Envy. Honestly, I hated the damn bastard in the beginning for what he did and his supposely jealousy on humanity. But overall, I found his character to be on my top favorite of the series after watching the arc between him and Roy Mustang later on in the story.

Although I do see a darker tone in the original series compared to Brotherhood, I ultimately liked the remake better as the plot significantly improves and being a fan of the manga, I can say that honestly now. Overall, I'd say that this series is a great example of what a shouen manga should be. If all remakes were this damn good, I'd watch them all.

Is it the best shouen manga ever made? Hmm, I think that might be an overstatement but it certainly deserves a lot of praise. Now that I think about it, I might consider re-watching this in dubbed as I've seen the first 3 episodes on YT before and thought the VA weren't too shabby. Good times, good times.


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AHTL wrote:


kufirst wrote:

FMA: Brotherhood and Eureka Seven are two peas in a pod if you ask me.

BOTH FUCKING GREAT!


Please, don't.


Renton is one of the worst ever. I can't remember the last time I saw an anime with someone that dense, so socially inapt, so incapable of empathy, indecisive and weak. I actually got so fed up with him that I stopped watching the anime halfway in or so.

Only good thing with Eureka seven was the soundtrack.


I think the hi-light of the last episode I saw was about goddamn make-up.


The only negative thing you could call Edward, would be that he is somewhat shy against his love interest. When you compare Renton with Edward, it would be like comparing a spineless slime-creature with a human who has actually met setbacks and tragedies, which helped forge him into a stronger being.


He might be one blemish on the show but that isn't enough to make me call the show anything other than great.

You never finished it though...?
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EUREKA SEVEN soundtrack > FMA soundtrack
Only due to Homemade Kazoku Op
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one piece
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um2456 wrote:

one piece


I love the shit out of One Piece but isn't it good to see a series complete it's story in a decent amount of episodes too?
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I've only read two manga volumes and seen only about 13 dubbed episodes of the original Alchemist anime and have seen roughly the first 2 seasons of Brotherhood dubbed. Having seen all of Brotherhood subbed, in retrospect, it's the Winry fan service moments that was my favorite part about it.

While best is so subjective, DBZ is what really popularized shounen here.
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I refuse to call anything the best. It was, however, very good.

@AHTL:

If you finished Eureka Seven you would find that Renton starting out, for lack of a better word, a brat while not necessary, was part of the story, he does manage to grow up some by the end. And Renton didn't exactly have a life without tragedy either, but I do agree Ed's was worse in most respects.
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Shrapnel893 wrote:

There's no such thing as the 'best'.


I agree it's highly subjective. If I said POKEMON was the best anime ever I couldn't be wrong because that is my opinion.


Haven't seen all of FMA:B. I did see the last two episodes on Adult Swim (+random episodes). I do have a problem with people over hyping it because whenever I see an episode of it (on Toonami) I analyze the crap out of it and can't really 'just watch'. Don't know when I will watch it in the future since I already know the ending and having to shut down my brain to watch it is a bummer.

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Even though it's very mainstream & all over the place, there's a reason for why that is, & duh. It's because it IS the greatest. ^.^
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it's pretty rare for a 50+ ep anime to stick to one plot without overdoing the fillers.
FMA had that trait thus making it one of the best out there as a fact, not an opinion. sorry h8rs
but the first FMA is a different story... filler wonderland. FMA was not even FMA anymore after the 3rd episode if i recall correctly lol.
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Not my cup of tea..

I rather watch Desert Punk if I have to watch a shounen..

Other wise I stick to anime like 1. Welcome to the NHK. 2. Genshiken Series. 3. Planetes.
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Fullmetal Alchemist is one of my favorite series, and, definitely, my favorite shonen series, though I also really like Eureka Seven, Death Note, and Inuyasha. FMA has extremely likable characters, an engrossing plot, and pretty quality animation. I do think the background music in the first series was better than in Brotherhood, but, overall, I enjoyed Brotherhood more because it covered my favorite parts from the manga which didn't make it into the first series.

One of the biggest reasons that I like FMA so much is because I can connect with the characters so well and find it easy to get emotionally invested in what is happening to them. They are very human characters with clear motivations. I also like the fact that Ed isn't some god-tier main character who always wins no matter how much stronger his opponent is and that a lot of the battles are won through planning and forethought as opposed to sheer strength. Also, Roy Mustang.
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jenapanese wrote:

it's pretty rare for a 50+ ep anime to stick to one plot without overdoing the fillers.
FMA had that trait thus making it one of the best out there as a fact, not an opinion. sorry h8rs
but the first FMA is a different story... filler wonderland. FMA was not even FMA anymore after the 3rd episode if i recall correctly lol.


FMA:B had the advantage of being made at a point where the manga was near completion, so there was no need for filler.

I wouldn't call the original adaptation filler though. There was some filler early on I think, but they reached a point in the story (just after the lab where they meet Barry, IIRC) where it was clear they would catch up with the manga, so diverged into an original story. Not ideal, but IMO better than sinking into Filler Hell after every arc.

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Out of all the shounen anime that I have watched it is the best by a million miles. However I can't say it is the overall best shounen anime since I haven't watched everything yet and probably never will! After watching the series though I can't imagine finding anything better than FMA:B. The characters are brilliant, the story, the length just everything about the show is spot on. I watched the first series after seeing a video with people talking about it and it sounded like the kind of anime I was looking for. Before I didn't know much just that it seemed popular and a lot of people going crazy over some guy called Roy Mustang. After the first episode I was hooked and bought the DVDs after only watching a few episodes. I then bought FMA:B straight after. Brotherhood deserves all the praise it gets and people who say it is over hyped but like Naruto and One Peace are just... there isn't a word for them.
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