Fun read, thanks. i noticed a couple episodes in the beginning were a bit different but after that it seems like they are all the same so far. A far greater consequence than what he had to deal with in brotherhood. When the first Fullmetal Alchemist series aired in October 2003, five volumes of the manga had been released, with the sixth arriving later that month. It will absorb Xehanort and become Kairi's grandma, the final villain!!! But I’m still having to stick with the 2003 version for the prime reason that it had depth. It reminded me of the way Miyazaki took the fairly rote and facile “Howl’s Moving Castle” from its literary source and turned it into something maybe a little less logical, but altogether more poignant and moving in his adaptation. In the original series, Homunculi were actually made by people who tried to bring someone back from the dead. How does Full Metal Alchemist: The Brotherhood work with the way FMA ended? The two share the body, Ling allowing Greed to take over when they're in a fight or he needs to say something. Aww X-x thanks – I didn’t think I was that good at writing! I really liked what I saw but came to find out later just how much it had diverged from the original work. On top of that, 03 has blatantly better scene composition, foreshadowing, and pacing, most notably with the characters who died, as they were given the time to be actual characters the viewer just expected to be a part of the series from then on, as opposed to being introduced and killed off in the same episode. I think of it like Spongebob Squarepants. Kind of cool, but the fantasy take on real grounded science is just much better. The artwork is just as strong, but with more focus on animating things in the background, making the action sequences flawlessly smooth, with lots of movement. okay i know i’m a little late i watched fma a couple months ago and and i watched the 2003 one first and I LOVE IT i didnt really like brotherhood. By the end of the series, Lust acts as one of the good guys even with all the bad that she has done. Hi there, I’m a female for one. Saw Brotherhood on Netflix and started thinking about FMA all over again, and lookie what I stumbled onto. Thanks everyone! No lessons learned, bad guys gone and now everyone has a happy ending. Many have noted the ending has a lot of holes and is generally confusing – however, the series remains solid. That energy they use comes from human souls from a paralell dimension (ours) The philosopher stone is a corruption of that process, actually killing people for their soul energy and storing it in a capacitor instead of letting it go back through to the other dimension to continue the cycle. I started writing about anime when I was 15 and it looked far worse than this. Fullmetal Alchemist (Japanese: 鋼の錬金術師, Hepburn: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi) is a Japanese anime television series adapted from the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa.Comprising 51 episodes, it was co-produced by the animation studio Bones, Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS), and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Mizushima. The English dub has the same cast of the original, which I am very happy with, even though Edward sounds way too old! Did you know this trick? I also like darker anime & the 2003 version definitely gave me a more adult anime feel verses Brotherhood, which was vibrant in color but just as well a little safer for ages. The 2003 version had a main theme “Bratja” which was played multiple times – a vocal version, violin and piano solo. You know energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but transferred (transmuted) to different forms. The 2003 series didn't end in the show, but rather in the following film, Conqueror of Shamballa. No doubt the story was still complex, with twists and turns matched by few. It also fills in some gaps that are glossed over in Brotherhood. Great article Jordan, im a huge anime fan and i gotta say i never watched brotherhood before because i thought it was basicly the same thing with better graphics….well how wrong i was lol….in my opinion brotherhood is better but i do think you guys need to watch both series because ….well its awesome. I think there are plenty of anime out there that are better than Fullmetal Alchemist, but they all tend to have fairly strong adult themes, and be super depressing into the bargain. I watched FMA 2003 first and I liked the story, but it got me real confused after the introduction of Research Lab 5. Thank you, Donna! After the initial show's vast variation, the author of the manga decided the show should be revived to be heavily based on the manga. Screenfice covers the latest Film & TV news. Ed and Winry always seemed to have special and deep feelings for one another within both series. Some characters in the anime aren’t in the manga or are different versions between the anime and manga. And will i understand brotherhood if i didn't watch the original full metal alchemist? … NEXT: 15 Anime To Watch If You Like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Xehanort's guardian is the will of Kairi's grandma. The sense of simply ‘a bunch of talking heads’ is less obvious here. Media creation technology was movingbat warp speeds in the early 2000’s, a year was an eternity, but 6…. And make the existence of homonculus more reaaonable. And if i didnt, i would have wrote my own opinions and why i felt that way. Is it really that good? Izumi's child and Ed's mother both stayed dead after their attempted resurrections failed. There were more fighting that felt like how it was supposed to be. While Scar has redemption in both takes of the series, his redemption in Brotherhood is a lot more impactful. Thank you so much! Here is my perspective: I saw FMA first, then I read the completed manga, and then I saw brotherhood. Two reasons why I want to watch the original fma is because my brothers who are way older than me watched it along with other great animes that aired in the philippines in early and late 2000s and wanted to know what it felt like watching the shows they used to love. The Way Back (帰路) Equivalent Exchange (等価交換) Melissa (TV size ver.) She gains morality and has a hard time choosing between good and evil once she meets her past life's lover. . Years ago I watched a handful of episodes of the original series as they aired on tv and found it interesting but a bit cartoonish and overly dramatic. so is it there are any different between in manga and the both anime? While Greed's initial story in both the original series and Brotherhood are very similar, Brotherhood decides to continue it. As mentioned, the Homunculi take up the largest percentage of differences within the two series. Although using this technology was faster and far cheaper than FMA03’s hand painting, it did not always look better, particularly in some of that background and environment art during certain lighting conditions…. It is indeed true to the manga authors original vision, in that sense it would be the ‘true’ FMA story. If anything, watch the first half of FMA (through episode 26), which were made with the manga until they ran out of written material, then, start brotherhood from the beginning to catch the slight differences (Brotherhood catches up to that point in only a few episodes). i still quite confuse in the stories timeline and plot. And in the red corner, a whopping 64 episodes is the newer, shinier anime adventures of the Elric brothers, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood! Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is following the manga story line of Full Metal Alchemist. Excellent article, you have comments for years! FMA original all day. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (FMAB) FMAB se trouve être la deuxième adaptation du même Full Metal Alchemist. Refereeing the battle is the original manga written by Hiromu Arakawa, an unknown artist… Plus, you can’t make such sweeping generalizations like this. One of the biggest differences between Fullmetal Alchemist and Brotherhood lies in its villains. So, yeah, FMA is literally the only anime I have come across I feel is superior to its manga, and thus, superior to the anime that directly follows it. They are animated beautifully, though. I think FMAB delved more into philosophy, war, alchemy which was what FMA was about, imho. You remember all their names, and that is a great achievement. Now Brotherhood is an entirely different matter. I watched both shows years ago, and wanted to revisit now that they’ve just been added to my country’s Netflix, but I just couldn’t quite remember which version I preferred, except that I for some reason remember being more emotionally moved by the 03 series… The article didn’t really help. I didn’t care about the other characters and their backstories. While Catherine Elle Armstrong makes appearances in both series, she is the only sister the Major has in Fullmetal Alchemist (2003). Lv 4. I was expecting the manga to be a better written version of the anime, (well, this is at least true for brotherhood) smoothing out the rough spots and going more in depth on all the themes brought up in the anime. Craig Elvy Jun 9, 2020. In the original series, he stayed the same height and just overcame his insecurity about it. Maybe it’s because I watched 2003 first and then brotherhood but I feel like it lacks the depth that 2003 had. That being said, brotherhood also benefits from the halo effect… However, this isn’t a part of the list, because it in itself is not a real tangible thing. They even made an English version with Vic Migogna! Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is not a sequel to the original Fullmetal Alchemist, and there are some big differences between them. I am cringing so hard at this post. ^ The first Fullmetal Alchemist ending sequence – one of the most unique of them stylistically. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. However, for me I felt Brotherhood was more rushed and about the world where the original I felt was about the true love the brothers had for one another. This is why I prefer FMA 2003… it even gave chilling moments. That means that Bones, the animation studio behind Fullmetal Alchemist, had only a fragment of the ultimately 27-v… Want to write about Anime or other art forms? While the original had its flaws, it didn’t warrant a remake. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the second anime television series based on Fullmetal Alchemist, the first being 2003's Fullmetal Alchemist. Brotherhood needs FMA in order to really feel the character development. Fullmetal Alchemist is a shounen manga written by Hiromu Arakawa, with two anime adaptations, both made by Studio Bones. I think FMAB is better just cause it how Arakawa visualized the story. There are some differences between the two but not that much. A great guideline to keep in mind, but letting that itself be the sole decision making process is indeed a logical fallacy and one that’s bound to mess up. There is no reason to rage that hard at someone. I am just starting season 4 of Brotherhood. The story just tied together better in my opinion in FMA: B, but FMA had some good ideas, they just didn’t tie together well to me. But if your gonna start a series watch the 2003 one. The argument begins at, which is the better story, the one laid out in the manga, or the one FMA 03 came up with. was opposite to me , 2003 is better for me. Let’s just be glad BONES only improves on its trade, and Brotherhood was the 2003 version with a visual make over. I watched FMA first but the storyline lacked for me, things didn’t add up completely or make much sense. Ed is in a life or death battle with greed, and ends it with a brutally lethal strike in the heat of the moment…. In Brotherhood, however, Winry becomes vital to the story in a number of moments. Not much worse than someone who looks for opinions to conflict with so they can get theyre “i matter” moments in for the day. Go 50/50. And i agree with these opinions. This version was made when the manga was half finished – so it went on a completely different tangent to the source material. Both Fullmetal Alchemist soundtracks are of high quality – movie quality orchestrated compositions, with a few key themes here and there. Your best, or even the best that could possibly be done in a given situation, isn’t going to be good enough every time. Watch FMA up until Lab 5 and then give yourself a break….then go to Brotherhood and watch the 12 summarized episodes of the 25 you just watched. Oh wow. I just finished watching Full Metal Alchemist and it's movie sequel for the first time, and now I'm confused. The plotlines relatively hold the same essence, both feature Ed and Al trying to find the Philosopher's Stone to get their bodies back. Moving on. I agree with gpdc (above comments), I’m watch Brotherhood first than the 2003. or are they two different ones with two different stories? Akira: An Analysis of the A-Bomb and Japanese Animation, Daria and the Clichéd Representation of Teenagers, The Good Fight: The Real, The Plausible, and Donald Trump’s Legacy, Cells at Work! Hell with both. Both versions of the story feature the Homunculi as recurring enemies for the Elric brothers, and since these characters appear early, their basic function and overarching seven deadly sins theme remain consistent. The second reason is the rewrite op. It just kept going, new characters new places zero introspection, turn and burn. So I went back to the 03 to see if I was just crazy, and the way 03 sets up the story and the characters is…strikingly superior. Character development is literally the driving force of the series. Pride was made by the Father as the first Homunculus. Shoot. They’re great! I had to admit, when I watched Brotherhood at that time, (think it was around 2009), I had completely forgot most of the older FMA series, but from what I can remember, as compared to when I was watching Brotherhood, I still like the latter more, especially characters-wise, Brotherood has quite a better character cast overall, new characters like Ling Yao kicks ass , gonna have to agree here, anyways it was a good article overall. Barry the butcher is at large and kidnaps Winrey, Ed screws up and winds up Barry’s next victim, tied up, his automail disabled, the powerful alchemist is now just the child that he is, at the hands of violent brutal death. The 2003 is incredible nostalgic to me but brotherhood is definitely the better version. Hikari. . It seems the general consensus is the Brotherhood ending is superior to that of the original though. I will try not say which one is “better”, but point out the key differences and leave the decision up to you.First thing is first: this is a great show for anime newbie… It was a gradual growth and wasn't fully noticed by fans until this scene he shared with Winry. This is why I preferred Brotherhood which I finished last year. The author of this review talks as if animation has gotten better with time, which only shows his ignorance in the matter. FMAB is, shall we say, more “shounen”. Lastly, gotta shout out my boy Maes Hughes. I think Brotherhood is better although it seems to show a little bit more about Mustang and the politics of Central a lot more than in FMA, but FMA is a little better than Brotherhood in length wise with explaining the story. The book is often vastly superior to the movie, the manga is often vastly better than the anime, etc. Many of the Homunculi and their stories are vastly different between the two shows, sometimes even having different characters completely. Brotherhood just doesn’t have that level of heart, of darkness, at the start, to make you want to cheer the same way for Al and Ed. I still watched it through the last episode but my enthusiasm for it dropped considerably. Amestris’s is different, since father is so alchemically powerful, Alchemest there actually just leech off his latent ambient energy. With 64 episodes, the Brotherhood is longer than the original and more life-like, considering Brotherhood features more advanced animation than the original FMA. You know which side is bad and there is little empathy toward they enemy nor toward the death. If you aren’t satisfied go ahead and go back to FMA and finish till the end but in my opinion it’s not even worth the effort. Lots of great opinions. im half way threw brotherhood after watching the whole 2003 version. King Bradley takes on the role in the original 2003 series, while his "son," is Pride in Brotherhood. I was still in elementary when my bro lent me his series for the FMA 2003. For it’s time, the 2003 version had quite good animation. We also love Attack on Titan so that’s kind of our taste. fma doesn't have anything to do with the first fma series or the movie. By the end of the series, Ed is almost an entire head taller than her. Wynter is my writing heroine/idol. The best animation is found during the 80s-90s period, FMA being a rare and pleasant surprise. Is it really that good? But in brotherhood, they skip it to make it more logic, they make the first epispde with ice alchemy and other basic alchemy. I actually like Brotherhood much more. But … Saw the 2003 version back in the days and it remains one of my all time favorite animes. I honestly don’t like brotherhood. Then there are things like mustang being the one who killed Winrey’s parents because he was practically broken from learning how to survive the horrors of war. (メリッサ(TV size ver.)) Title (称号) Sky-High Pure Spirit (天高気清) Road (街路) Memories (思い … Thank you for explaining. When comparing FMA and FMAB, I totally forgot that Ed had such traumatizing experiences in the ’03 version. Turned out for the best. 2. However, in Brotherhood, neither of these characters exist. Evil beings split off from an evil artificial dust ball, with a groovy grin. The style is darker, with a greater variety of instruments. By the time Ed is rescued in the nick of time, he is severely traumatized. I had feelings towards the characters and their trials in the 2003 version. The new characters were fun, but depthless, compared to FMA03, there was zero character development in the manga (and even less in brotherhood) some of the characters were super cool (like the ishvalan in the military, what want his name… Read the manga or watch the show!) It varied a lot – from mediocre to excellent. I call it The Chrono cross effect, where you go from having a small cast of well done and explored characters, to a huge cast of cardboard cutouts. It seems that this theme is still a highlight of the original, and Brotherhood didn’t come up with something as memorable as this, even if it came close! 26 years old. I thought it an was an informative article. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is NOT a sequel, it is an anime adaptation of the manga. Good review. I decided to give Brotherhood a go today after having written it off as a reboot when it first came out, but three episodes in and I was like…this is somehow…bad? Il ne serait pas faux de dire que ces séries de dessins animés sont des versions indépendantes ou des adaptations… Some of the ones that left an impression on me: 1: Ed experiences his mortality. Its downfall would have to be the number of stills. Brotherhood/Manga ed: naive child who believed he could get everything he wanted if he tried really hard and nothing bad would ever happen to good people, nobody needs to die, I’ll protect them all! (>o<)/. They were always busy doing their own thing, and while fans knew it was there, it never really came to light. Fullmetal Alchemist 1st ending song: Kesenai Tsumi, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Opening 1-Again creditless. The manga goes in a completely different story line than the 2003 anime, and almost everything changes after one point in … But I will give it a go now! The series ran for 64 episodes on MBS–TBS from April 2009 to July 2010. Unlike the previous adaptation, Brotherhood is an almost 1:1 adaptation directly following the original events of the manga. F=ma (Full=metal x alchemist)!!! Even 6 years later, anime can sometimes have hideous visuals. So anyway, I googled a comparison to see what other people thought, to see if it was worth delving into Brotherhood, just to revisit the characters with that fresher animation look, and your review pinpointed everything I was feeling just in the span of those three episodes. Pride, the strongest Homunculus in both series are two totally different characters. Yes, FMA:B might finished what it started with the plot and the Equalvilant Exchange thing and loyal to the manga, but I prefer “There’s no perfection in this world.” from the FMA, which makes everything you see from the world more beautiful and precious. This pairs very well with the lessons in Izumi’s training. Continue browsing in r/FullmetalAlchemist. Damn trolls. It makes more sense to see what Fullmetal Alchemist was intended to be first- and then after, if you like you can see the ‘spin off’, which is the 2003 version.

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