Review written by Dominic
Fullmetal Alchemist is a great series, and Brotherhood really gives anime fans the series they should have gotten from the beginning. The original Fullmetal Alchemist anime premiered in 2003, and started out great, but as manga fans know, quickly went in a completely different direction, and to some it was ok, but to most it wasn’t. Now I’m not going to complain about the original series as I am a fan of that one, and treat it as its own universe. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a remake but this time the story is going to follow the manga all the way through.
Fullmetal Alchemist is a story about two young boys, Edward and Alphonse Elric that live in a world where alchemy is prevalent as a science. Alchemy in this world is described as taking one object and changing its shape or form into something else. When their mother falls violently ill and dies, the boys commit the cardinal sin of Alchemy: Human Transmutation. Human Transmutation is pretty much using alchemy to attempt to resurrect a person back from the dead. This experiment results in Ed losing his leg and Al losing his entire body. In an attempt to get his brother back, Ed binds Al’s soul to a suit of armor, thus sacrificing his right arm. To gain their original bodies back, Ed becomes a state alchemist and sets out on a journey to find the Philosopher’s Stone, which is said to be able to grant the user the ability to perform alchemy like never before. Unfortunately the government has plans of their own, and a shady group of villains called “Humunculi” are also after the stone.
The first thirteen episodes are included in this set and plays catch up with the original anime series before it went its own path. Any fans of the first series will probably feel bored with this set since these episodes were already covered in the first series, but there are minor differences with the series of events which for some reason just feel so much better paced than the original series. Thankfully Funimation was able to get a lot of the same voice talent to reprise their roles in this series. Vic Mignogna is still a great Ed, Travis Willingham is back as Colonel Mustang, Christopher Sabat is Major Armstrong, and Sonny Strait returns as Major Hughes. Only two characters voices were changed: Maxey Whitehead took over the role of Alphonse from Aaron Dismuke, and J. Michael Tatum took over the role of Scar from Dameon Clarke.
On the DVD/Blu-Ray side of things I am happy to say that Funimation did their job with this set. Not only is the animation wonderful(both DVD/Blu-Ray) but we get a couple commentaries from the actors on this set. Episode 1 has a commentary with Mike Mcfarland(Havoc), Colleen Clinkenbeard(Hawkeye), Travis Willingham(Roy Mustang), and Maxey Whitehead(Al). Episode 10 has Caitlin Glass (Winry), Sonny Strait(Hughes), and Laura Bailey (Lust). Both commentaries offer a nice glimpse into a different side of the production process and entertain to no end. We also get some trailers and textless openings and endings.
This set is a great start to the series and should please both fans of the old series and newcomers who have yet to enjoy Fullmetal Alchemist. Unfortunately the last episode of this set ends right where the series starts to get really exciting and into unseen territory. When Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: Part 2 comes out which it already has then maybe both sides will be happy.
Pros: It’s Fullmetal Alchemist, ‘Nuff Said!!
Cons: Repeat of the original series, Ends right as it’s getting good