“In order for something to be obtained, something of equal value must be lost.”
Alchemy is bound by this Law of Equivalent Exchange—something the young brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric only realize after attempting human transmutation: the one forbidden act of alchemy. They pay a terrible price for their transgression—Edward loses his left leg, Alphonse his physical body. It is only by the desperate sacrifice of Edward’s right arm that he is able to affix Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armor. Devastated and alone, it is the hope that they would both eventually return to their original bodies that gives Edward the inspiration to obtain metal limbs called “automail” and become a state alchemist, the Fullmetal Alchemist.
Three years of searching later, the brothers seek the Philosopher’s Stone, a mythical relic that allows an alchemist to overcome the Law of Equivalent Exchange. Even with military allies Colonel Roy Mustang, Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye, and Lieutenant Colonel Maes Hughes on their side, the brothers find themselves caught up in a nationwide conspiracy that leads them not only to the true nature of the elusive Philosopher’s Stone, but their country’s murky history as well. In between finding a serial killer and racing against time, Edward and Alphonse must ask themselves if what they are doing will make them human again… or take away their humanity. – My Anime List
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In the end Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood was just an outstanding series. It lived up to its name â€˜Brotherhoodâ€™ in terms of the obvious Elric brothers, but also the bonds between the various characters. No one made it to the end of that series alive without help. Simply put, Brotherhood was just a great series. Everything that youâ€™d want from a series from sound to story came together for an amazing ride. If you want a series that will amaze you with action and make you care about the characters this is it. It concludes well and gives you a good picture of what happens to most characters.
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Having said all that, I believe these issues are negligible on the whole. The bottom line is that you should watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, period. (Watch it on Hulu, if you must.) It’s exciting, smart, long, original, expansive, satisfying, and visually stunning. In many cases, anime series tend to be overrated; indeed, it is extremely difficult to find one with an amazon rating lower than four stars. Brotherhood, however, actually lives up to its hype. Anyone seeking a great, high-budget modern anime–or just a beautiful, character-driven story full of loss, struggle, and triumph–need not look any further than this masterpiece.
In an age where contemporary fantasy epics are constantly compared and contrasted with Harry Potter, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood stands strong against such a wildly popular and critically acclaimed modern classic. Brotherhood manages to perfectly blend action elements with a very human tale about the Elric brothers. There are genuinely emotional moments where viewers will feel a strong connection to Edward, Alphonse, Winry, or any other of the number of brilliantly molded characters. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a phenomenal tale for viewers all ages – one that transcends the stereotypes of fantasy fiction and instead sets the bar up another notch for the competition. It is without a doubt one of the greatest fantasy stories crafted in any entertainment medium.
The story is an intense, emotionally beautiful work of art. Definitely check out Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. You can skip the original anime, or watch it afterwards for comparison purposes. I would also recommend the Fullmetal Alchemist manga.
The Forgotten Lair
FMA: Brotherhood is something you really need to watch as an anime fan. It’s also something you can easily share with your girlfriend or boyfriend who isn’t big into anime. While the show does have it’s violent and gruesome moments it plays it so masterfully that the show will never gross you out or put you off the story. In many ways FMA makes a great starter anime and if you’re looking to expose that loved one to the anime world FMA: Brotherhood just very well might be your best bet.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a once in a lifetime masterpiece . An anime that is worth watching again and again. This is an anime that will give you an adrenaline rush, it will break your heart, it will make you laugh, it will take your breath away, it will take you through an emotional roller coaster. Over the years, going through so many anime I seriously doubt I will ever see something so masterfully crafted as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. They say nothing is perfect. But Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood goes the closest in achieving perfection.The word best is subjective. People have different way of judging things, but if it were up to me I would say Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the greatest anime of all time and I seriously doubt I will ever find an anime like it. If you havenâ€™t watched it yet, I urge you to watch it now and even if you donâ€™t want to listen to my advice, you will listen to Lelouch. Because Lelouche Vi Britannia commands you, â€œWatch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. NOW!â€
Under The Fridge
Brotherhood represents the pinnacle of an action adventure show, but does so at the cost of poignant emotional depth.
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FMA Brotherhood will be sorely missed now that it’s finished. It is excellent in every aspect and has very little, if anything, that can be called a flaw (maybe rushed character development at first due to the fast pacing, but this quickly subsides). Each episode feels like it’s too short, a testimony to how much it draws you in to the story and characters. There are moments which leave you smiling, laughing, sad and simply amazed. Try this anime, it’s recommended for absolutely everyone, to newcomers and to those familiar with Fullmetal Alchemist
This story has everything, mysterious plan, military problems and corruption, amazing fight scenesâ€¦ and all of this without feeling heavy. An unpredictable Story full of plot-twists that link everything in the grand finale.
Fullmetal Alchemist is so much more than what this review writes of it. There is only so much I can say without spoiling it. That is what great anime do. Fullmetal Alchemist is one of those few anime in which a fan of literature such as myself can find a substance and profundity that parallels that of a great novel. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood tells the story of a boy who, through his outer and inner journey, will establish an understanding of the moral essence which connects every human being.
As for you deceived fans of the first version who refuse to accept this as superior, I only say you didnâ€™t like it as much because you already knew the story by now and had read the rest of it in the manga, while conveniently filtering out from your mind all the fillers and nonsense that the older one had.
The Anime Review
With these issues, you might think I wouldn’t recommend Brotherhood, yet that’s not the case. Manga fans will eat this up, and most of the other reviews on the Internet suggest I’m in the minority in my view. Yet with that said, I don’t suggest a newcomer start with this series; there’s a very real possibility you won’t like it, and you’d miss the original FMA, which I consider to be among the top television anime ever created. Instead, I suggest going into Brotherhood having watched the first adaptation, realizing that this is more of a companion, a “what if?” series that takes the show in new directions, adding certain layers and gives it a worthy finale, even though it skips blithely over some of the best parts of the first incarnation. Of course, most of my readers have probably devoured every last shred of FMA they could find, and I don’t blame them. It is a fascinating concept, and I’ll always be fond of the Elrics. I just wish that Brotherhood had been as dramatically compelling — and fun — as its previous counterpart.
When Life Gives You Stuff
In short, FMA gets almost full marks from me. The plot is interesting and well put together, the characters are deep and very developed, the action is intriguing and satisfying, and the whole thing looks great. Coulda done without some swearing and innuendo, but what can you do. Take the good and discard the bad.