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Full Metal Alchemist (and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood)
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Posted 5/18/13
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Full Metal Alchemist the series concluded with Alphonse becoming human again but being separated from his brother Edward. Than we had a movie which wrapped up most of the loose ends in the series and concluded with the brothers being together, but in an alternate world. Since than we have had another series and a movie but both take place during the original series. I believe they won't continue the story because they believe they made a mistake in making Alphonse human. I don't think they believe we will accept him as human and I was wondering what everyone else thinks.
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watch full metal alchemist brotherhood it sticks to the manga and the ending is better! and also roy mustang is a beast in brotherhood
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koreissi wrote:

Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is what you should watch. It's simply the best manga to anime adaption for me .




Objectively speaking, FMA: Brotherhood is the best anime ever made.


Posted 5/18/13

chrome_mist wrote:


koreissi wrote:

Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is what you should watch. It's simply the best manga to anime adaption for me .




Objectively speaking, FMA: Brotherhood is the best anime ever made.




Shhh, the dragon ball z fanboys I'll see you! . But seriously, I totally agree.
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i see fma brotherhood a bit lacking in some parts, but i feel that the original FMA fill in those gaps.

but anyways trust me everyone agrees for alphonse to be back to human form again. just watch the re aninimated series.

also this is a good reminder for me to watch the fmab movie.



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dragonball z???

it pains me that dragonball gets overlooked >.> it was a lot funnier ~ source: me

fma if you must know is a troll ending with an even more troll movie ending

fma brotherhood is a good ending and no one had to wait a whole year
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How can brotherhood be the best anime series of all time when it takes place in the middle of another series? We already know everything that happens?
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Posted 5/18/13 , edited 5/18/13

kensiko33 wrote:

How can brotherhood be the best anime series of all time when it takes place in the middle of another series? We already know everything that happens?

Simply because Brotherhood adapts the manga till the end. It's the original story that the author wrote. I've watched Brotherhood after I finished reading the manga, and I can definitely say it's one of the best anime adaptations of a manga series. I've never seen the first series nor do I intend to watch it. I've read that Scar dies in the first one and Mustang doesn't play a major role in it. That's two reasons that make me not interested in the first series.
Posted 5/18/13

kensiko33 wrote:
How can brotherhood be the best anime series of all time when it takes place in the middle of another series? We already know everything that happens?
. It doesn't take place in the middle of another series. It's neither a sequel nor a spin-off. It's a remake like Hunter X Hunter (2011) or Casshern Sins. Unlike the first FMA anime which has an original ending (like the Soul Eater anime for example) and original characters (Dante), Brotherhood follows the real story of the manga Fullmetal Alchemist.

FMA: follows the story until episodes 26-28* (Death of Hughes, 1st fight with Greed) and then becomes an original story. Dante, the main villain, is an original character and she does not exist in the manga. Only the first part of the manga is adapted. (4-star show for me).

FMA Brotherhood: adapts the entire manga. This is the real story. The first 12* episodes basically recap what you've seen in the first part of the first anime but after that it's completely different. The true story of FMA. (5-star show for me).

*My numbers may be off. You should check the wikipedia page to get a better idea.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fullmetal_Alchemist

Either way if you like FMA (2003) you'll love Brotherhood. When the Gods were thinking of making manga into anime, FMA Brotherhood is what they thought of.
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kensiko33 wrote:

How can brotherhood be the best anime series of all time when it takes place in the middle of another series? We already know everything that happens?

Simply because Brotherhood adapts the manga till the end. It's the original story that the author wrote. I've watched Brotherhood after I finished reading the manga, and I can definitely say it's one of the best anime adaptations of a manga series. I've never seen the first series nor do I intend to watch it. I've read that Scar dies in the first one and Mustang doesn't play a major role in it. That's two reasons that make me not interested in the first series.


i say fmab is way better than fma which is saying alot because fma was fantastic also on to the op if they wanted they could continue the series they dont need to at all but if they wanted to the option is there
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kensiko33 wrote:

How can brotherhood be the best anime series of all time when it takes place in the middle of another series? We already know everything that happens?


FMA:B is a remake series that actually follows the manga, it is NOT a in-between story or a spin-off or anything of that sort for the original. FMA:B is really what the story was suppose to be. FMA was made in 2003 while the manga was still on going, and because of that it does not follow the manga. FMA:B was made in 2009 while the manga was starting to come to it's end, so it actually does follow the manga. So, I'll say it again (unless I'm reading what you said wrong), Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is NOT a story that fits somewhere in-between the start of the original and it's ending. It is a remake of the series that actually follows it's manga with a completely different story (the one that was told in the manga). Think of it as a completely different anime series, that has no relation to the original other than a handful of characters and the first 10 to 12 episodes, but other than that it's a completely new series.
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There may be indications of the religion Transcendentalism in the beliefs of Edward and Alphonse, as well as their Alchemy Teacher. What do you guys think about this? It appears to be present especially in Brotherhood in their constantly mentioned belief "All is one, one is all."
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Posted 8/30/13
This again...
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Posted 8/30/13 , edited 8/30/13
Note: having only seen FMA in its entirety, my interpretations are of that series alone, as I've only seen a few episodes of FMA:B.

Spoilers ahead...

Transcendentalism is certainly plausible (or at least interesting to think about). Most of the conflicts presented in FMA are contextualized by the main body of characters who address sociopolitical/military practices, doctrines, or otherwise states-of-being imposed by said groups.

Throughout most of the series, Edward and Alphonse are forced to recognize how science, religion, and polarized societal views can corrupt people and cause pain and suffering to others. All the while they try to maintain their own philosophical ideals and practices. The people of Lior depict a strong negative portrayal of a society's reliance on an false faith--false, because it was literally based around a deceptive manipulator with malicious intent. The manipulator is then exposed and dethroned by the two protagonists who overtly share their belief in self-reliance, until the people gladly replace their faith in another manipulator--again, it's a pretty strong depiction. Then there's the scientific horrors that are inspired by self-righteous ambitions of power; which is significant because of the fact that those ambitions are usually pretty shallow. Remember what Tucker said, he did it because he could, because alchemy gave him the capability, and nothing more. It indicates something about the human condition; that is, people can be quite radical when given more power than they know what to do with. Naturally Ed and Al maintain that the purpose of science is to benefit their fellow man, rather than use it for self-fulfillment.

And even though Ed and Al seem to learn and grow from their mistakes and the mistakes of others, by the end of the story they seem to find peace of mind in living their lives according to their own credo despite the uncertainties around them. If Transcendentalism has any place in this story, these two are the backbone of it.

Their teacher also depicted strong sentiments of self-reliance and strength of mind and body. The boy's training (especially the island) and that scene where the teacher fixes a toy by hand are examples. It's as though her practice of alchemy is more a way of life than a means to competent usage of the science. Hell, even her husband being an absurdly strong individual highlights this quality.

I could go on but I'm already getting wordy. Also, there's probably some gaps in my logic, but take it for what it is.
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zipzo wrote:

This again...


I swear, it's been less than a week since we had this discussion...

EDIT: Yup, not even a whole week. http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-818223/spoilers-a-thought-about-the-end-of-fullmetal-alchemistbrotherhood
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