Post Reply Need to watch other Full Metal Alchemist before Brotherhood?
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Posted 7/21/17
Hi, I was recommended Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood.

Since it says "Brotherhood" as a subtitle, were there preceding FMA that I need to watch first?

Thanks.
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Posted 7/21/17
You could watch the original.
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Posted 7/21/17
No. Brotherhood is basically the same except it follows the source material closer. You should just watch that one.
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Posted 7/21/17 , edited 7/21/17
The original followed the manga up to a point and then caught up to where the story was still being told and made an "original" story to finish the anime instead of waiting.

Brotherhood on the other hand was made after the manga was finished and is true to source material and is also arguably much better.
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Posted 7/22/17
I only watched Brotherhood and I understood and enjoyed the story just fine
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Posted 7/22/17
FMA and Brotherhood are made by the same team, with FMA being the original anime and Brotherhood being a re-telling following the now completed Manga, which was still being released during FMA"s run.



The classic answer is that if you watch Brotherhood you won't watch FMA, and if you watch FMA you'll likely watch Brotherhood.


I'd argue that FMA is the better series early on, and Brotherhood manages to sqeek ahead only after about 20 or so episodes. And by that barely. FMA just has a lot of amazing moments that brotherhood just skips over, you know, because they already did that part. They put 100% into the new parts of FMA in Brotherhood.
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Posted 7/22/17
Just watch brotherhood and pretend the original didn't exist.

Only the first half of it is cannon and the other was made up in order to close the story since they had caught up to the manga and didn't want to wait.
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Posted 7/22/17
No. you absolutely do not NEED to watch the original series.

I still think it is worth a watch.

That said, Brotherhood is far superior and I personally consider it pretty much the best and most "complete" anime period.

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Posted 7/23/17
Thanks everyone! This helps a lot!
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Posted 7/24/17 , edited 7/24/17
The original isn't the same but better. There are plenty of people like the original better. The original even has some stuff from the manga that isn't in Brotherhood. It has better directing and commonly considered to have a better opening 12 episodes.
I'd recommend watching both but it doesn't matter what order you watch it in imo.
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