Let me just start off by saying that this series will make you poop your pants, cry, laugh, scream, and cheer and that is not a over exaggeration. Fullmetal Alchemist was created by Hiromu Arakawa as a manga. The first FullMetal Alchemist series aired in 2003, while Brotherhood was launched in 2009. The differences is that Brotherhood follows the manga specifically, while the original had various filler plots.
The story follows brother Edward and Alphonse Elric who live with their mother Trisha in a small village called Risembool. Their father, Hohenheim who was known as a gifted alchemist had abandoned them at an early age. The two brothers eventually start learning alchemy themselves at an early age and show promise. However, their mother Trisha dies from a lingering illness and ended up in the care of family friends the Rockbell’s. After doing research, the brothers try to bring back their mother using alchemy. However this effort end tragically when Edward loses his arm and leg and Alphonse looses his whole body and has his soul sealed inside of metal armor. After this incident, years pass and the Elric brothers both become state alchemist in order to help the search for the philosopher stone, a stone in which gives the user unlimited alchemic powers with no draw backs in order to get the full bodies back. During the story you meet various characters such as other state alchemist members, Scar who is a villainous character out for revenge against the state alchemist, and the homunculi, each one a almost invincible embodiment of the 7 deadly sins which are Greed, Gluttony, Wrath, Sloth, Lust, Envy, and Pride.
The stories plot is honestly one of the best plots I’ve seen in just about anything I’ve ever watched or read. The way everything sets up one another is done beautifully and couldn’t have been done any better. The character builds of the
many characters you meet in this epic story are done very well and there is a great amount of depth in every character in the story and everyone has their own goals, but somehow they all meet up in the end to form a sort of understanding. The action is very superb and the animation is flawless every episode you watch. I honestly think this series could be a very successful live action movie as long as there was a big studio behind it. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is easily one of the best put together animes/mangas ever put together and I would suggest EVERYONE to go sit down and enjoy this series. You’d be a fool to yourself if you didn’t.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: 10/10
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-Ashtin D’Motta | @rebelDMotta
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