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Full Metal Alchemist (and Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood)
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Posted 8/31/13
Interestingly enough the VA efforts of brotherhood are shoddy and inconsistent despite being the same actors from the first series. Much of the dialogue in brotherhood is cringe-worthy, though I think the idiotic story is much to blame none-the-less the copy-paste from the manga. You get tons of "Brock"-isms where they explain to you every detail of a fight or event. I'm a believer in showing, not telling.

I'll go ahead and re-post this thread again because it contains the large part of my opinion on the matter in great detail...because I see no reason to essentially echo all of this when it's all written right there.

http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-809381/fma-2003-vs-fma-brotherhood

The first series doesn't take you for a moron. Also, the ending is not a "troll", it wraps up nicely and I don't see how you can call it a "troll" ending. It's no less ridiculous than the brotherhood ending.
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Posted 8/31/13 , edited 8/31/13
is this the 6th or 7th vs. thread?
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Posted 8/31/13
The most notable post in the thread I linked...with a very interesting article written by Gen Urobuchi.


So, guess what? You're not the only one who prefers the original to Brotherhood.

A very smart critic who's thoughts I respect a lot says that Brotherhood is the weakest out of the two shows and the manga because of its terrible pacing problems.

She said that it blindly dumped the manga on screen, so it's an anime told at a manga pace.

Gen Urobuchi talks about adaptations in this


I don't hate Brotherhood, but I've started to become annoyed with people who claim it's better because it "follows the manga". I've gotten into arguments with people who say that the original was bad just because it wasn't written by Arakawa Hiromu, to which I tell them that not only did she approve of the way that they took the show, I hear she was even at the meetings and provided input. It upsets me that everyone suddenly loses respect for the original, which I've never heard anybody say anything bad about before, until Brotherhood came out. Now all I hear is "The original sucks, Brotherhood is so much better".

About 2 years ago when I started watching anime in my free time, I had not seen either all the way through. I'd seen a few of the original as a kid and all my friends, even some family loved the show. I saw a handful of episodes and liked it, but I could never keep up with the schedule. I decided over summer I'd marathon a bunch of shows. I was gonna get caught up with Shippuden, Fairy Tail, One Piece, and the two FMAs. I watched a few episodes of the first three, watched one of FMA and got hooked instantly. I killed the whole thing in like a week. When I started Brotherhood a month or so later, I had to force myself through. It didn't grab me until like 30 + episodes in.

The main thing between them is how much respect I hold for one and not the other. The original took 6 volumes of manga, changed what they had to, and came up with something completely original all on its own. Becoming one of the most well received and popular shows out there, still being a show that most if not all anime fans have seen.

So I completely agree with you Zipzo. Brotherhood comes off as a fanservice show. Not fanservice in the sense that there are boobs bouncing around everywhere, but a cash grab. Scoring money off the manga fans, and the pre existing FMA fanbase with the promise of following the manga to a T. A lifeless adaptation with a massive budget on it because they knew people would eat it up.
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Posted 8/31/13
it is thread that warrants people of either faction to impose his or her own opinion that x is better than y.

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Posted 8/31/13 , edited 8/31/13

AnimeKami wrote:

it is thread that warrants people of either faction to impose his or her own opinion that x is better than y.



if they're willing to spend that much time time to degrade the other party for a moderate boost of the epeen, than I see no reason to address the issue.


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Posted 8/31/13
FMA: Brotherhood had the better ending obviously
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Posted 8/31/13
oh wow, a full page.
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Posted 8/31/13 , edited 8/31/13
0-0.....
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Posted 8/31/13 , edited 8/31/13
Did we just enter the Twilight Zone?


Or is this some mod conspiracy?
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Posted 8/31/13
Mods...lol
It was a beautiful discussion too
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Posted 8/31/13
It's not as though people are discussing which one is rated higher by the majority, because that would just make for a boring conversation.

If you allow statistics to express your opinion for you instead of saying something of substance then you're either a complete twit or a bored troll.
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Posted 8/31/13
i should have saved the convo...
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Posted 8/31/13
Aw man...that asshat even replied to me...

I wanted to see!
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Posted 8/31/13 , edited 8/31/13
So, about that FMA and Transcendentalism...

Or anything about FMA and FMA: B, really. (As long as it doesn't lead to bickering.)
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