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Post Reply FMA Brotherhood vs. Reading the Manga
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So I'm the biggest fan of FMA, both series. More so Brotherhood, just because in my opinion its one of the few perfect animes. I'd go as far as to say it has one of the greatest, most satisfying endings of all time. However I love Conquerer of Shamballa as well. But anyways, I've seen Brotherhood about 5 times, but never read the manga. As a FMA should I just read because I love Fullmetal or did I miss a lot by not reading Manga?

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Posted 2/12/14
I love all the versions of FMA but the manga is definitely my favorite. You're not missing too much necessarily plot wise by just watching Brotherhood, but obviously certain things have to be changed to animate better or fit the episode limit, so here and there are extra bits of characterization in the manga that I think are nice. I'll warn you though, you really oughta pay up for the official translation on this, the scanlatted version is prone to typos and mistranslations that make it somewhat awkward to read at times.
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Posted 2/13/14 , edited 2/13/14

lazerem wrote:

I love all the versions of FMA but the manga is definitely my favorite. You're not missing too much necessarily plot wise by just watching Brotherhood, but obviously certain things have to be changed to animate better or fit the episode limit, so here and there are extra bits of characterization in the manga that I think are nice. I'll warn you though, you really oughta pay up for the official translation on this, the scanlatted version is prone to typos and mistranslations that make it somewhat awkward to read at times.


You should always pay up for the official translations in your language. Anyway, I think reading the manga wouldn't hurt. It is the source material, after all. Personally, I preferred the first FMA over Brotherhood, simply because it deviated from the manga and was overall darker than Brotherhood, but ah, I would give the manga a shot. You'll love it, I'm sure.

v It wouldn't hurt. So what if it deviates? It's an adaptation, not a copy & paste.
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Posted 2/13/14
You're not missing much by not reading the manga. Brotherhood stays mostly faithful to the manga. If you are a huge fan of the series, then checking out the manga wouldn't hurt. I too am a huge fan. I read the manga first then watched Brotherhood and I love them both.

I still haven't watched the first anime nor do I think I will ever watch it, simply because I love the series created by Arakawa and I don't know if I should watch something that deviates from the original story.
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Posted 2/13/14 , edited 2/13/14
anime is a better medium, IMO. Yet, there are hardly ANY animes BETTER than the manga they are based on - simply because it's being mistreated most of the times and the outcome is less than what the manga represents.

In this particular case, though, the anime is the definite winner
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Posted 2/13/14
First will say I barely remember FMA, if I even finished it I am not sure.

Onwards then: I have read previews of the FMA Manga. Small little tidbits like 10-20 pages long maybe. Just going from that I can say it is a pretty good Manga series. I would probably buy it if I had the money and wasn't currently collecting other series.
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I love FMA. I really love it!
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Posted 2/13/14
I read the manga first, and while I found it a fun read, I can't say I loved it, or it is one of my all time favorites. Oddly enough, in this case I think the anime made the story more appealing - both animes. The anime was a better medium for the story this time around than the manga. I don't know; I always felt the manga lacked something (even though Brotherhood was incredibly close to the manga).

Still, I enjoyed both animes better than the manga, the almost always the manga/original is better than the adaptation.

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Posted 2/13/14
I just finished FMA Brotherhood, i almost shed a tear or two while watching the last episodes, lol... Very satisfying end to an extremely satisfying anime. 10/10
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Posted 2/13/14
FMA: Brotherhood is a treat, loved it. Definitely worth the watch. Having said that, I really enjoyed the manga too.

They both have strong sides, if you ask me it doesn't really matter - but if you really had to choose; the anime.

Main reason for saying that is one particular scene in the anime, where Edward just looks really badass.

Thooough.... The manga gives you more information, back stories and details.
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Posted 2/24/14
I really liked the manga I have the big box collection set. I haven't watched an of of the anime yet, but my friend has told me that Brotherhood pretty much matches up with the manga
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Posted 4/26/14
Ok overall, the manga is much more organized and much better.

Overall the first few parts like the liore stuff is much bigger in the manga, you also have the yoki chapter, the train chapter, which was absent from the manga

The ishbalan war is much more detailed in the manga, the final fight with father is a little bit longer and has more dialogue.

The dublith arc just fucking amazing, it's really well paced, there are also a lot of extra episodes that develop other characters like izumi and shows us more of Ed and Al's childhood as kids.

There is also a more detailed first meeting with Dr. Marcoh, May Chang's introduction was more detailed.

Pride appears more earlier

Envy and gluttony's fight scene with ling and lan fan that are missing from brotherhood.

Overall there is much more interesting stuff in the manga that is mission from BH and also the manga is more fast paced.

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Posted 4/26/14
I always felt Brotherhood surpassed the manga, with its amazing orchestra score, voice acting, and epic action
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Posted 4/27/14
I always recommend watching FMA and then Conqueror of Shamballa myself. For me, the emotional impacts of some of the events that happen in FMA are far superior to those in Brotherhood, and FMA has a darker edge in general.
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Posted 4/27/14
There are some things here and there that are a little different in the manga. A lot of stuff they animated for the original FMA anime would only referenced in Brotherhood until later. (Youswell)

I've noticed that chapter one was never animated 100% exact. (Rose hiding in Al, which was actually put in one of the Ps2 games. Cornello never transformed.)

I feel just seeing how Arakawa chose to plan out scenes/panels as well as the art style are worth checking out.
The shot with Ling jumping out of the sewers is a good one in the manga. Arakawa uses characters popping out of panels well.

The problem with Anime and Manga is you can't really compare them. They're different mediums of entertainment with a similar styles.
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