Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a retelling of the story based off the manga, and is not directly related to the first Fullmetal Alchemist series.
Edward and Alphonse Elric are two brothers living in a world where the practice of alchemy flourishes. After their mother passes away, the brothers work together to try and bring her back using alchemy, but without success. Their failure results in Edward losing his left leg and right arm, while Alphonse loses his entire body and has his soul attached to a suit of armor. Years later, they join the military for the opportunity to locate the Philosopher's Stone; the one thing that is capable of restoring their bodies.
This guide covers the English version. For the Japanese version, go to: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Fullmetal Alchemist
(01-14) -- "again" by YUI
(15-26) -- "Hologram" by NICO Touches the Walls
(27-38) -- "Golden Time Lover" by Sukima Switch
(39-??) -- "Period" by Chemistry
(01-14) -- "Lie" by SID
(15-26) -- "LET IT OUT" by Miho Fukuhara
(27-38) -- "Tied Hands" by Lil'B
(39-??) -- "Shunkan Sentimental" by SCANDAL… Expand
- Genre(s): Animation, Action & Adventure, Suspense
- Show Type: Ended
- Season 1 premiere date: Aug 26, 2009
- Episode Length: 30
- Air Time: 12:00 AM
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Nov 17, 2013Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is an anime that gets a lot of attention, and it is not hard to see why. When I watched the final episode, I was left in tears. Not just because of the ending, but because I was done with Brotherhood. At that moment, I immediately wanted to watch it again, that's how good it was. The anime isn't only amazing, but the storyline itself is great from an emotional, deep and fluent aspect.
Brotherhood starts of with several episodes about the history of Fullmetal Alchemist and also show some love to the original. The intro easily tells you that. Not only because of the song being named 'again' but also due to the scenes being used. And that's another point which I would like to mention: The intro's. They are so good and also tell the viewer what they can expect from the coming episodes, which is a nice thing. And don't forget about the endings, they are absolutely beautiful. My favourite Japanese song is Shunkan Sentimal, the song that came from Ending 4.
But here comes the most important and probably the best worked section of them all, the characters. I absolutely love how all characters have importance within the story. If one of those characters would be missing, the story could have turned a whole different side. And with that, I litterally mean every character. Even characters such as Yoki, the silly person from this anime, has his moments to help. The personality of most characters are also well worked out to the point that you become very sad to the point where tears join the scene if one of those characters turns out missing or eventually die.
Now, back to the story. First of all, I must say that this story goes very deep. That deep that I wouldn't recommend this anime to childeren younger than 16 years, and eventually 18. This story could easily change people their view on life outside of the anime with a great impact. Nothing dramaticly, but it will most likely let you think about some serious things anyways. Now, this anime actually has a dirty trick: Cliffhangers. They are almost everywhere which makes you keep watching. Not that it's a bad thing, but at some point I wanted to do something else but the anime kept me so hooked that I couldn't.
If I had to be honest, this anime is not perfect, and due to Metacritic's rating system, it lands as a 10 out of 10. But in reality, my final mark for this anime is a 9.5 out of 10. This anime is so amazing, I would recommend it to anyone, anime fans or not.… Expand
Oct 4, 2011I'm keeping this review brief. I actually started watching Brotherhood with the notion to watch the original Fullmetal Alchemist series. I had no idea it was a brand new series that actually stays closer to the manga in plot and to be perfectly honest, after seeing both series, Brotherhood deserves a lot more recognition than the original. The original was a good show, but when it comes to the plot twists, character developments and the overall conclusion to the series, Brotherhood reigns much higher than the original. The story really makes me wish I could meet some of the writers of the series and the animation is amazing! I have never been happier to have found a TV series to watch other than FMA: Brotherhood. I watched it, loved it and loved it even when I was sad as the series ended. I got my coworkers, brother and even my dad into the series. My brother and dad were great accomplishments because my brother never wanted to watch the series until he saw one episode that I watched with my dad and he became hooked. Then my dad is over 50 and finds adjusting to anime sequences and certain animation styles very odd or out of place and yet he's still watching with me and loves the series. This show contains graphic content, language and overall, very philosophic and religious points that might bring up certain conversations, but the series is amazing and one of the only TV shows where I can't wait to buy the complete box set (which I hope they make). So much for brief, but that should be a sign for this show. You expect a brief, fun to watch TV show, but then it surprises you with its epic depth and detail. Vivid anime fans might avoid this series or think its shorter length (64 episodes) will detract from the enjoyment, but do not be fooled. I've always been an anime fan and no series I've seen before tops this one and I don't think one ever will!… Expand
Sep 22, 2011I own all 5 parts of the FMA:DVD releases, and I've got to say, if your going to watch an anime, this would be the one to watch. Of all the ones I've seen, only 2 or 3 really come close to being anywhere near as addictive or fun to watch, and I don't think any had me clamoring for the next episode after I'd watched the final one on the disc that had just been released as FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood did-
Voice Acting and Music are both spot on, the animation is clean and story is really something you can get into. I recommend watching this ENTIRE SERIES to anyone I know that even remotely interested in Anime, and the Manga is pretty good too, although it's basically exactly like the anime, which is the way it should have been in the first place I feel....… Expand
Jan 31, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Wait -- the first Season's over already? I had no idea I was on the last episode of the Season and I checked multiple times just to make sure. 13 episodes of a 30 minute series is quite short but this is partly due to the first Season ending in an odd and anticlimactic way. Notwithstanding, I feel a lust for more Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
While "Fullmetal Alchemist" introduces us to the characters and the world around them, the next episode,"The First Day", is the first episode that shows us the series' true potential. The episode proves the series can handle darker themes as it gives us Edward and Alphonse's tragic backstory. In fact, I'm not really sure why this episode was aired second instead of first since not knowing Ed's past led to a just plain awkward scene in "Fullmetal Alchemist" where he flips out over almost nothing. Yes, I'm aware of the concept of foreshadowing but the scene felt weird on my first viewing.
I digress, Ed and Al seem to be good characters that I can care about. I would, however, argue that, despite a lack of screen time, Roy Mustang is the best character so far. He's a badass who can control fire and it's a shame he hasn't had many fight scenes yet. Roy has noble purposes too as he looks to expose corruption after Maes Hughes' emotional departure. I look forward to more of Roy's story next Season, since I think "Separate Destinations" was the Season's best episode.
The other characters aren't given a lot of attention, aside from Winry. Other than fixing Ed's arm occasionally, I honestly can't see her doing much other than get in the way in the future. She's more than a tad nag-y but it is nice that she seems to be the voice of reason when Ed and Al aren't thinking straight. In particular, Al's frustrating naivety led to him thinking his memories are fake. Winry thankfully squashed that bug the very next episode. Still, the episodes that feature her the most significantly tend to be the most boring and few important developments occur. And really: does she have to scream at everything?
I also don't really think the dramatic and comedic elements meshed together very well. Too often would a serious scene be ruined by a comedic outburst. Too be fair, the show can be quite humorous (admit you were laughing when Hughes pulled a gun on those little kids), and the drama and comedy occasionally actually complemented each other. The closing act of "An Alchemist's Anguish" wouldn't nearly be as heartbreaking if the Elric brothers never played with Nina and Alexander. And Hughes' constant obsession with his wife and daughter made his death all the more impactful.
I expected the threat in "Beasts of Dublith" to be a one episode arc but it being the Season finale, there's obviously something more that most likely ties into that mysterious chick and her shape shifting buddy. It was a great episode but it was a weird way to end the first chapter. Izumi appears, pushes Greed into the wall... and that's it.
The animation is rock-solid. Action scenes are fast paced but we never loose track of what's going. FMAB can also be pretty damn violent at times thanks to exceptional blood animations.
Despite a weird ending, I think the gears are moving in the right direction. With Izumi and Roy hopefully getting bigger roles in Season 2, and loose ends like the aforementioned duo (or trio if you count that flesh-eating thing) and Scar, I can only imagine the series getting even better from here on out.… Expand