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Original Full Achemist animation looks better than Brotherhood?
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Posted 8/14/13 , edited 8/14/13

RolexKid wrote:

somehow this discussion drifted from animation to which is better overall, not that that's anything new round here

anyways i like both animation styles, but since opinions often get bashed in CR here is an object of comparison:



Wow, that picture couldn't be an any worse representation or comparison of the two. Let's just ignore for a second that one series came 6 years before the other, but the animation style for the most part is pretty damn close across the board. Also Edward is a kid in the scene being compared so it's not like unusual that he would look young. Brotherhood attempted to make Edward look supremely older than he really was at all age windows in the show.



Brotherhood however, decides to give the same mouth line to every single character in the show without scrutiny. Top one is Brotherhood...how's this for a comparison?





Male or female, didn't seem to matter. Give em that huge gaping line for a mouth.

The original series just has more defined outlining. That's really the only difference. Scar is also a lot less freaking ugly in the 2003 series.
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My client, Edward Alric, is NOT small and therefore he is tall. My other client, Alphonse Alric, is NOT the fullmetal alchemist. Creepy things could crawl unto the Alric Bros. But I do know that Gluttony would rather have 10 buckets of KFC than to help out Envy and the others. Fat drunkie.... I wonder why he had money and an SG4, but those were just 9 hours of stupid documentaries thst Coronel Bradly made along called "Coca-Cola" and when he gets the Philosopher Stone, he will rule the world and call it "Modern Family". He understand why he wanted a W2 to pay for Taco Bell at 1am. If you take Homunculi and Monopoly and mix them together, then you'll make Rose feel like Reese Witherspoon or Tina Fey. As a result, Both Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist : Brotherhood are two of my favorite shows.
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I have finished watching the original full metal alchemist for the third time over the course of my life and now I am finally getting around to watching Brotherhood. I know the animation is not the end all be all, but a few things, to me anyway, look better in the original and I am curious if other people think the same. For example, Rose looks flat in Brotherhood. Her colors, her body movements, her hair, she looked much more fluid and believable in the original. That is really the only thing that is striking me about the animation. Besides that, everything else is above and beyond the original. The alchemy especially looks breathtaking and incredible.

Just some characters and objects look so flat and lifeless compared to the original. Another example is the Chimera in the third episode. It looks so much worse than the original anime; not the actual design, just the animation. Does anyone notice this or am I just going crazy?


God how can anyone watch the first series more than once. That ending made me HATE the series so much and Shambala just made it worse.
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Wow. You went pretty deep with that one. "LAWL"

And the first FMA was at 2003. Damn. Freakin' time just pass by.
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Wow. You went pretty deep with that one. "LAWL"

And the first FMA was at 2003. Damn. Freakin' time just pass by.


why i don't usually post on vs. threads, even if you're neutral you're still gonna get bashed

people are passionate about these kinds of topics
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why i don't usually post on vs. threads, even if you're neutral you're still gonna get bashed

people are passionate about these kinds of topics


Well, if you have too much time in your hands, then why not feel good about yourself by demeaning someone's opinion about something that's pretty trivial. "LAWL"

Yeah. I stop doing that part of the internet a while back. It's just not worth it for me. I rather have fun and dance around and such. "LAWL"
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OP - Did you watch both series in the same format?

Given that it had access to both modern time/effort saving animation styles, a bigger budget.. FMA B is more likely to have had "better animation" though as with all art, its difficult to quantify something that has its core values based in opinion

Depending on where you are, you will either be less likely to have access to Blu Rays of brotherhood, or no access (yet)

could be a factor
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Haha, I came here expecting animation comparisons but of course that's not what's going on in this thread at all. Silly comparisons of which is better story wise, blahh.
I didn't watch a lot of Brotherhood and it has been a while since I even looked at it, but I must say I felt a bit of "This isn't all that great..." to the animation, too. I think there's a lot of gag animation in it that bugged me, and the coloring is just a little bland. The direction just felt so... average, undefined maybe?
I don't know how fair it'd be to compare a show from '03 before Bones had an outstanding budget and a recent series with a much higher budget and all. Obviously, Brotherhood would be technically better (assuming, I haven't seen enough to say), but direction is important too! You can have gorgeous animation with just lackluster direction that makes anything else look better, which is how I feel towards Brotherhood. I don't think the animation direction made use of it's medium and played a lot of things safely, it's not that the animation is objectively bad, it's just not put to good use. That's just my personal view of it, maybe when I finished the series (someday) I'll have a better opinion of it, but I do much prefer the style of '03 as it is right now.
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I think in Brotherhood they did not want to cover over the stuff that was already covered in the original fma and just wanted to get to the point where they split off asap. So that maybe why the animation is a little lacking with rose and the chimera?

But for me personally, I actually enjoyed the the original more than brotherhood. I loved the fact that it was darker and I preferred the Homunculus more in the original. The way they were created in the original was better imo. That said though, yes Mustang was a super baddass in brotherhood so credit for that!
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I think in Brotherhood they did not want to cover over the stuff that was already covered in the original fma and just wanted to get to the point where they split off asap. So that maybe why the animation is a little lacking with rose and the chimera?

But for me personally, I actually enjoyed the the original more than brotherhood. I loved the fact that it was darker and I preferred the Homunculus more in the original. The way they were created in the original was better imo. That said though, yes Mustang was a super baddass in brotherhood so credit for that!


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I don't like either series, and am always perplexed at the enormous popularity of Brotherhood.

In terms of animation I would say the original is a little bit better. But they're pretty comparable. The different aspect ratios are so jarring that it's hard to determine when I watch them side by side. Seeing those comparison images though I have to say I am in agreement with 2003 having superior character designs. I also think FMA had a better color palette but Brotherhood had more depth. Plus Brotherhood had better action which is pretty important for a shounen.
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To be honest I didn't really notice it they both looked good but I haven't watched FMA in awhile just brotherhood couple months ago.
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Argh! I've never watched either one of the FMA animes, though I've read the manga fully more than twice.

Should I start on the original (which I know changes the story) or just watch Brotherhood?


Watch the original first and watch shamballa it is a good movie, then watch brotherhood and star of milos
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puellapeanut wrote:

Argh! I've never watched either one of the FMA animes, though I've read the manga fully more than twice.

Should I start on the original (which I know changes the story) or just watch Brotherhood?


I'd say watch Brotherhood first since it will be familiar. Then go into the 2003 ver. With an open mind.
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puellapeanut wrote:

Argh! I've never watched either one of the FMA animes, though I've read the manga fully more than twice.

Should I start on the original (which I know changes the story) or just watch Brotherhood?


I'd say watch Brotherhood first since it will be familiar. Then go into the 2003 ver. With an open mind.


go 2003 first then go into brotherhood with an open mind while you watch roy mustang go ape shit on envy and lust best parts byfar
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