Anime Review: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Fmab-posterIn this world there exist alchemists, people who study and perform the art of alchemical transmutation—to manipulate objects and transform one object into another. They are bounded by the basic law of alchemy: in order to gain something you have to sacrifice something of the same value.
The main character is the famous alchemist Edward Elric—also known as the Fullmetal Alchemist—who almost lost his little brother, Alphonse, in an alchemical accident. Edward managed to attach his brother’s soul to a large suit of armor. While he did manage to save his brother’s life, he paid the terrible price of his limbs.
To get back what they’ve lost, the brothers embark on a journey to find the Philosopher’s Stone that is said to amplify the powers of an alchemist enormously; however, on the way, they start uncovering a conspiracy that could endanger the entire nation, and they realize the misfortunes brought upon by the Philosopher’s Stone.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a re-telling of the story from the manga’s point of view.

Extra Details {supplied by Myanimelist.net}:

  • Episodes:64
  • Genre: Shounen, Adventure, Action, Fantasy, Magic, Military, Drama
  • Duration: 24 minutes per episode
  • Rating: R 17+ (violence & profanity)


This is another anime that’s hard to find really hard critiques for, so I’m going to say right off the bat that this is a positive review. Since this is Brotherhood this is the remake anime from the original and is based more firmly off of the manga. I never watched the first Fullmetal Alchemist because most of what I heard was negative, so I can’t do much of a comparison other than that the first one apparently spins off of the manga too much and that upset viewers, a lot.

First, I’ll talk about the idea of the story. The idea of alchemists that manipulate the objects around them in various ways using mutation circles and of course, the art of alchemy. The strongest moral behind the story is very simple: equivalent exchange. The most necessary part of using it. I’ll leave the details of it a mystery to you other than saying its meaning is actually very in-depth and in ways, can be related to real life. This is an aspect I always enjoy as its genre includes fantasy. The morals that goes along the alchemist code are unique and relatable. The other magical add-ins like the homonculus and the philosopher’s stone are stunning and well created.

The plot itself has a nice smooth progression. The length of the anime allows for this and every episode is important in some way whether in plot or character development, and of course in giving us viewers hints . The few fillers that an anime this long would have are still really good and enjoyable. The plot folds out with plenty of action and a series of events that gives the main characters, Ed and his little brother Al, unexpected allies and enemies along the way. The enemies in this have a nice dose of OPness.

Along the lines of characters, they’re all awesome and kickass in their own way. I fell in love with and will never get over some of the idiots. Every single character has moments of hilarious comic relief, Ed especially as humour can easily be expressed because of his ill-tempered nature and his shortness. The blond shorty is strong and will hold his own. The antagonists in this story also became something for me to love for their different attitudes and characteristics. Some cruel irony and altogether, the total amount of sarcasm made them awesome to watch and learn about. I enjoyed every moment of watching them and for once, the one character that annoyed me the most, actually died in a horrible way. In my twisted Otaku-way, it was wonderful. You will connect with characters like Ed so easily and fall in love with Al and his positivity and remaining naivety. Any of the other characters are yours to learn about. Like him: 0b05fbf3d3efc0eb6d1639deaabe484a.jpg (600×481)

Something else to take note of is, once again, the emotions you will go over, feels. Let’s just say, they are there and they’re to reach into your heart, make it swell and then rip it out. Then repeat. Very emotional. There are also lots of laughs and amazing relationships between characters. The way they begin to work together and rely on others is phenomenal. Not to mention the ships in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood add on to the feels. BE PREPARED for face palm moments and times where you’re laughing in your room so much your family comes in like “Child, the hell is wrong with you?” Answer? “Everything.”

I recommend this anime to those who are into fantasy and action. It’s definitely more for shounen lovers, but like I said before, the drama and feels are in there as well. It’s also military with former-war basis so that’s another aspect to think about. And anyone who wants to see an awesome brother relationship will enjoy this one immensely. Hope you enjoy watching this one, again anyone who’s seen it, I’d love to share thoughts with you on it.

Until next time,

ShaylaSig

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