Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Alchemy-the science of understanding, deconstructing and reconstructing matter. However, it is not an all-powerful art. It is impossible to create something out of nothing. If one wishes to obtain something, something of equal value must be given. This is the law of equivalent exchange, the basis of all alchemy. In accordance with this law, there is a taboo among alchemists: human transmutation is strictly forbidden, for what could equal the value of a human soul…

Yes, I’m doing yet another anime review, but I think that this is going to be one of the last, if not the last (unless the rest of Hunter x Hunter is spontaneously dubbed before the end of the school year). And why not go out with a bang? So, the five people who are reading this blog post, I bring you the supposed greatest anime of all time: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

Oh yeah, and if you haven’t seen the show, there are SPOILERS. Probably not too many, but large enough that I recommend you watch the show before reading this (I VERY highly recommend this show)

Keeping with my review pattern, we start with the story first. We begin with Edward and Alphonse Elric, who had each lost parts of their bodies after a failed human transmutation to bring their dead mother back to life (an arm and a leg in Ed’s case, and Al lost his entire body and had his soul bonded to a suit of armor). The only way that they can get their bodies back is to obtain a legendary philosopher’s stone, and with their extensive knowledge of alchemy, Ed joins the military under the name of the Fullmetal Alchemist. They set out to find a philosopher’s stone, and on their way, they face the corrupt government, a mysterious alchemist called Scar, the evil homunculi led by a mysterious figure known as Father, and the dark secrets of their country and the philosopher’s stone.

With this being a reboot and all, the story remains mostly the same, but there are minor differences from the original Fullmetal Alchamist, like the origins of the homunculi Sloth and Wrath. These changes are made to more closely follow the story of the manga, and to make an overall better story.

Time for the animation, and while there are definitely instances of it’s-a-static-image-and-the-only-thing-moving-is-the-mouth, most of it is far from lazy. In particular, the fight scenes have some absolutely fantastic animation. And, I don’t really have much to talk about here, it’s just pretty good.

Now, as for the audio- IT SUCKS, ITS THE WORST THING EVE- no I’m kidding, it’s actually quite good, the first and fourth openings are absolutely amazing. I don’t usually listen to endings, but I actually do sometimes watch this. Also, the voice cast is pretty great, same as the original, and while I really don’t like certain voices (Envy and Gluttony  I’m looking at you!), most of them do a fantastic job and really do their characters justice.

Oh dang, this is getting long, I should really end this here, but yeah, there certainly is a reason that this is highly regarded as the bast anime ever. While it’s not my favorite, I absolutely agree that it’s one of the best. So yeah, it’s good.

Everyone’s probably getting tired of my reviews being super-mega-ultra-extra-positive, so I fell like I should review something that really is just trash. Right now I’m thinking Cool Cat Saves the Kids.

Oh yeah, some people think that the original is better, and I very highly doubt that. This post is 600 words now.

 

One thought on “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

  1. My daughter showed me Full Metal Alchemist years ago, and I was surprised how much I liked it.

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