Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Vol.1 details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Genres:||Animated, Anime, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, World Cinema|
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Vol.1 - Disc 1
|15 Disc 1|
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Vol.1 - Disc 2
|15 Disc 2|
|Run time:||5 hours 25 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Aug 2010|
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FullMetal FantasicBy scottsg1 (20 reviews) from Basildon , 31 Aug 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]I loved the original series and couldn't believe it when I heard there was going to to be another one. But a little disapointed that it was going to be basically the same.
But don't be disappointed, this is brillaint. It does run by the same story line but their are new bits added to it (It is meant to be closer to the manga of it- a japanese comic)
It would seem they have put more into one episode too and pulled it along faster.
It looks fantasic in bluray, the drawings look more detailed than the original and as its a bluray it looks brighter. I would imagine the DVD looks better too.
Another good point to add is that it sounds like all the original voice cast are back, I would have been so disapointed if it wasn't.
All in all, a really good series, well worth a watch if you are an old fan or a new one. If you are a new one, you will have no problem understanding what it going on.
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Yes Yes YesBy Reaper89 (5 reviews) , 02 Oct 2011if your think about is this worth getting then the answer isYES.
Full Metal Alchemist is one of thr greatest series i've ever seen and ever been made.
it a defo must see
Full Metal Entertainment?By MatthewOuld (9 reviews) from Liverpool , 14 Jun 2011The tale of Edward and Alphonse Elric is 5 star entertainment. That may discourage you from reading the whole review, but you shouldnt waste time when you could be watching this anime. If youve decided to read on, good for you!
Full Metal Alchemist was originally a Manga, then an Anime (with a differant story). Now its a newer Anime that follows the original Manga. Approximately 20 of the episodes mimic the original anime, before the story turns on a tangent; introducing new characters and locations (which arent new to the Manga fans of course). This sounds confusing, but is unimportant. Just keep in mind that theres more FMA out there if you like this!
In my opinion, the Brotherhood tale is far more compelling then the original. The animation budget is vastly larger making for a widescreen experience thats vibrant yet familiar to fans. The characters that return are well voiced (I refuse to watch English dubs; subs all the way people!). There are few changes to the characters, though some take a much larger role (Hawkeye for example). In each of these cases, the additional screen time is well deserved.
Additionally, the new characters are a delight in the most part. The new Homunculi (is that the plural?!) are very cleverly put together. In fact, its rather odd they werent included in the original; being far more interesting and making far more sense this time round.
On the lighter side you will meet Major Armstrongs other sister (who quickly dominates the screen) and several foreigners from the east (opposite way to the Ishbals homeland). Again, these additions (and their supporting casts) are delightfully quirky additions who quickly become favourites.
The overall story follows and addresses similar issues to the original series (Science vs Soul, war as a means to gain, the nature of alchemy and life cycles). However, the writing is much more organised this time round. This is mainly in thanks to working off a Manga thats already complete. With no need to pad episodes full of flashbacks* and filler, the main arc quickly progresses. Theres also a clear desire to get past the content already seen. The first 20 episodes are very compact.
By the conclusion, I can assure all FMA fans that Brotherhood will impress. With plenty of fan service and a return to the story the creators wanted us to hear; were bound to be happy. Newcomers will find an approachable world/lore and characters you can easily empathise with. All the hallmarks of a classic.
5/5 There is no doubt.
*By flashbacks, I mean repeated animation; re-showing things from the same or recent episodes. The series has many flashbacks of the main casts past, but these are original and therefore acceptable.
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Fulllmetal Animated mangaBy yata (6 reviews) , 17 Apr 2011Allways been a fan of F.M.A. and especially the manga's i love them. When i heard they would be rereleasing the series so it would follow the manga i thought iv got to watch this. The first two epesodes are a bit misleading the serious nature leads it down a differant path than you think it would end up. That said i have no qualms about the rest of the first two disk's cant wait to see the rest.
Like marmite - you'll love it or hate itBy Impartialfan (12 reviews) from Kent , 11 Mar 2011Interesting, and at the same time occasionally jarring and then fascinating and thought provoking. I thought this was rubbish at the start, but watched a few episodes and have found it grows on me, and is strangely rather good.
I have no knowledge of any previous series, or of this type of Japanese style cartoon, other than a couple of feature length films, so cannot compare this to anything similar. It is in English so there are no subtitles, except in the titles at the start or end of each episode. I understand both discs run for a total of 325 minutes, and there are 9 episodes on the first disc, so at around 162 minutes for disc one each episode must last about 18 minutes. They are in sequence, so each episode follows on from the last, building the plot and characters.
Some of the topics touched on in the plot are quite deep and thought provoking. However, some of the reactions by the cartoon characters appear childish at times, particularly in some dialogue or particularly when anger or surprise is displayed, and this put me off at the start. These tend to remind me of Cartman in 'South Park', but without the obscenities spoken. If you can put up with how these jar with the rest of the dialogue and plot you should enjoy be able to get in to the series.
I suspect the creators tried to make it as wide an appeal as possible, and I'm not sure they've succeeded, as it seems to cut across all layers of intellect and taste. However, it is strangely addictive to watch, and certainly NOT a cartoon in any sense Western people would identify with. This one's like Marmite - you'll probably either love it or hate it! A found it entertaining and unique, hence four stars.
fullmetal alchemistBy filmlover2011 (2 reviews) from Devon , 12 Jan 2011This is one off the best this i have seen in my 23 years.
Please don`t think its just a cartoon it is more than that.
And you will find that out if you just watch it,i promise you will enjoy it............