Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood : Season 1

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  • Summary: 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
    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.

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    This guide covers the English version. For the Japanese version, go to: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Fullmetal Alchemist

    Opening Themes

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    (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

    Closing Themes

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    (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
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  • Genre(s): Animation, Action & Adventure, Suspense

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  1. May 20, 2016
    10
    Gory, Dark and Absolutely Hilarious

    Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood: one of the few sequels in the world that are better than the
    Gory, Dark and Absolutely Hilarious

    Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood: one of the few sequels in the world that are better than the original. With an incredibly detailed plot, charming and often hilarious characters, realistic fantasy ‘rules’, and just the right amount of gore and action, it’s very easy to get pulled into the show.
    The main subject of the show is; Edward and Alphonse (the main characters) work for the military, Ed as a ‘State Alchemist’, while Al kinda just tags along. While both can perform alchemy (basically changing the shape of an object, or changing the chemical formula of something) Al requires a ‘transmutation circle’ (a circle with glyphs and words specific to the kind of alchemy being performed) whereas Ed has the unique ability to perform alchemy with nothing but his hands. That’s the main reason he was accepted as a state alchemist. And thanks to his ability to manipulate metal into almost any shape, the Feur King Bradley gave Edward his military name; Full Metal Alchemist. Hence the name of this anime.
    And unlike other shows with similar combat and ‘limitations’ (ex. Naruto, Fairy Tail, etc.) FMAB’s rules are realistic and most of the time, predictable. It doesn’t feel like there’s an infinite amount of powers and moves which all have cheap tricks up their sleeves. FMAB is actually very strong on the fictional rules straight from the beginning, and are the whole reason Edward and Alphonse get involved in the plot.
    The fictional rules are mostly based off the real-world rule of conservation of mass; “Matter cannot be created or destroyed”. Ignoring the rule, Ed and Al gather the ingredients for human transmutation, and in an attempt to resurrect their dead mother, Al loses his body, and Ed lost his leg as the price to create an abomination which dies seconds later.
    Ed, wracked with grief, gave up his arm to bond Al’s soul to a suit of armor. And so came the Elric brothers we know and love.
    FMAB takes place in a dark setting, has morbid characters, but is really good at showing you the light in the dark. It’s wonderfully paced, the characters are awesome(-ly morbid in some cases), but before the morbidity of those characters can get to you, they throw in a couple characters that radiate happiness. They are really good at keeping the metaphorical scale of light and dark balanced, it’s not throw up butterflies and rainbows, but it’s not face-tearing dark.
    One of the only flaws is that the animation style is a little weird, but you get used to it quickly. The blood is a little much at some moments (which some people like), but it doesn’t get to the point where you’ll see guts and eyes torn out.
    Along their adventures, Ed and Al will team up with other State Alchemists to fight great evils, uncover the truth about the myth of a philosopher’s stone, find out about the Feur’s secrets, and ultimately discover a plot that could very well end everything Ed and Al have ever loved.
    Overall, this is a great anime. If you can handle the gore and the animation, man-o-man are you in for a treat. I recommend watching it if you like action, memorable characters, mysteries, and enjoy a little insanity in your life.
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  2. Dec 10, 2014
    10
    This was an anime done right. Everything about it was amazing. The characters, music, animation, story, it was a very dark and touching story.This was an anime done right. Everything about it was amazing. The characters, music, animation, story, it was a very dark and touching story. When I first watched it, I was immediately drawn in. The voice cast was exceptionally well done in both English and Japanese (I personally preferred the English cast). Each voice actor fit their roles perfectly. This anime will leave you, laughing until you hurt, crying until you run out of tears, on the edge of your seat, all in one episode. The ending was perfect. This anime was amazingly perfect Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2011
    10
    I'm keeping this review brief. I actually started watching Brotherhood with the notion to watch the original Fullmetal Alchemist series. I hadI'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! Collapse
  4. May 19, 2013
    10
    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is my all time favorite show. It's great. I watched it after I watched the original Fullmetal Alchemist animeFullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is my all time favorite show. It's great. I watched it after I watched the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime (which is also great) and I thought there wouldn't be anything new. I WAS DEAD WRONG. The original anime left out very important parts, the the Xingese immigrants. They also changed a lot of things, like Wrath and Sloth. And other things they just added in. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood seems to stay much more true to the manga. However, I recommend you watch the original anime before you watch Brotherhood. Even though Brotherhood is better, the original is better, and Iknow people who watched Brotherhood and then watched the anime and they hated the anime. They're both great shows, though. Expand
  5. Mar 29, 2015
    10
    A perfect mixture of sadness, action, comedy and even some between the lines romance. From start to finish, this show to me was amazing and IA perfect mixture of sadness, action, comedy and even some between the lines romance. From start to finish, this show to me was amazing and I would never have thought in my life that anime could be so good. The story is compelling and the characters are so likeable, even the big big villains that were written with the intention of you HATING them. Even thought it uses cliche powers like Fire (Roy Mustang), Metal (Edward Elric)... etc. The idea of alchemy is really original and well put out, with a lot of thought behind it. The ressemblance of this fictional universe with the real world is pretty big also, Amestris is Europe, Xing is China, and Ishval is a critique to all the wars that lead to destroying entire villages our universe. The ending might be cliche but it is damn satisfying unlike the one for the original series. Throughout the series and amazing Orchestra inspired OST, will make the battles or even the dialogue scenes way more epic. It is so addicting, every time you finish an episode you'll just want more more and more. The relationships between the characters are so strong you fear they might get separated, and when they do get separated they don't seem as likeable as they usually are (Edward and Alphonse or Hawkeye and Mustang). The openings set the mood for the vibe of the series, each one of them having a different sound. The battles are greatly animated and don't feel as short and stupid as in the first series, here they last longer and the action element that it needs is really present here. Overall, I just gotta say that I'm considering watching more anime now and I fear I might not find something as good as this because this was an amazing experience. Expand
  6. Oct 17, 2011
    10
    Easliy one of the best animes I've ever seen! Brotherhood is really amazing and has an awesome story, while it really follows the manga muchEasliy one of the best animes I've ever seen! Brotherhood is really amazing and has an awesome story, while it really follows the manga much more correctly. I could watch this over and over again without getting tired. Expand
  7. Jan 31, 2014
    7
    This 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.
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