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Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« on: November 13, 2012, 12:28:17 AM »

I figured since this is one of the more popular animes, that it should be one of the first to get a discussion thread.

So, this is a place to discuss anything about either the original anime or Brotherhood or both if you'd like. Which do you like better? Who's your favorite character(s) and why? What about the anime do you like the most? And etc.

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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 12:43:22 AM »
Anyone who watches anime would watch Brotherhood.
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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 12:57:48 AM »
Don't you mean "should"?


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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 01:42:05 AM »
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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 01:46:27 AM »
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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2012, 01:57:59 AM »
Just blame Father. For all the things.
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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2012, 02:04:22 AM »
Of course, he's the fault of everything. The weather, natural disasters, pencil lead breaking. He's just that evil.


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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2012, 03:44:45 AM »
Actually, I'd say both "would" and "should" are probably good answers.

Speaking of both, the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise has two stories. The 2003 anime adaptation, and of course Awakawa's own original vision, known to many as the manga, Brotherhood anime, or, via both, the Mangahood. To me, the 2003 anime was a good adaptation with a compelling story, but in the end the Mangahood story just gels much better IMO. Between the character development for a lot of the main players, the ultimate scope and scale of storyline implications, ending satisfaction value, and the things that happened in similar ways but different packages through both canons, the Mangahood story feels like an easy candidate for the most mature, heartbending, and absolutely epic tale in anime/manga history, whereas the '03 anime, while with its own merits, was really just a good-but-not-great anime.

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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2012, 03:49:35 AM »
Actually, I'd say both "would" and "should" are probably good answers.

Speaking of both, the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise has two stories. The 2003 anime adaptation, and of course Awakawa's own original vision, known to many as the manga, Brotherhood anime, or, via both, the Mangahood. To me, the 2003 anime was a good adaptation with a compelling story, but in the end the Mangahood story just gels much better IMO. Between the character development for a lot of the main players, the ultimate scope and scale of storyline implications, ending satisfaction value, and the things that happened in similar ways but different packages through both canons, the Mangahood story feels like an easy candidate for the most mature, heartbending, and absolutely epic tale in anime/manga history, whereas the '03 anime, while with its own merits, was really just a good-but-not-great anime.

Also…

Just blame Father. For all the things.
Of course, he's the fault of everything. The weather, natural disasters, pencil lead breaking. He's just that evil.

Why not? He is practically the devil.

Yeah, that' my thoughts almost exactly. I do love the 2003 version, I mean it's what got me into anime in the first place. I owe a lot to it. But Brotherhood is on a whole different level. I've watched a lot of anime, but nothing has quite topped it in my opinion. Some have come close though.


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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2012, 05:08:21 AM »
I can just say, though, that one other good thing about both stories existing -- plenty of characters exclusive to one version that you could adapt into a sequel fic for the other if you want to include new players but don't feel comfortable making an outright OC.
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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2012, 05:20:57 AM »
I've only watched Brotherhood. It was good, solid 8/10 work for me.

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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2012, 01:31:21 PM »
I've watched both versions and I think I prefer Brotherhood. The 2003 version had a great story, and music and a lot of other things, but to me Brotherhood felt more... epic? It had more action, and it showed better how the philosopher's stone affected Amestris' history and the lives of so many people, it showed a bigger picture than the characters alone. And the characters were portrayed in a better way, in my opinion. But I love them both, anyway :D
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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2012, 01:42:09 PM »
I have a couple of series on my to watch list. When I'm done with Tonari no kaibutsu and little busters, I've got hanbun no tsuki ga nozoru (I believe that's the title; I'm 2/6 eps in so nbd), then planning to watch ao no exorcist and then FMA and FMA:B.

Question to those who have seen both: which do I watch first for chronological correctness?

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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2012, 01:45:09 PM »
Take your pick and enjoy. They're two different stories which diverge after a certain point, not part of the same timeline.
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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2012, 03:31:05 PM »
I'm not a big anime watcher, but I love Brotherhood to pieces. I want to give the 2003 series a watch at some point, but I've heard it's not as good as FMA:B...do ya'll think it's still worth taking a look at?
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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2012, 04:45:03 PM »
If you're wondering which to watch first... -ponder-

Okay, FMA actually has little tidbits that they didn't put in Brotherhood because it would be repetitive, and then they make vague often for laugh references to these things in Bro. Like Yoki. Yes :l

But for the most part, when it comes to canon-canon, go with Brotherhood. It follows the Manga to the T.
FMA got about halfway through anime and then didn't have any more material because the manga wasn't done yet, that's why it goes in such a different direction, they were given creative freedom to wing it. It's interesting to watch, but not the best.

Brotherhood also has this major cast of characters that, without their presence, FMA feels so.. empty.

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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2012, 05:49:58 PM »
I'm not a big anime watcher, but I love Brotherhood to pieces. I want to give the 2003 series a watch at some point, but I've heard it's not as good as FMA:B...do ya'll think it's still worth taking a look at?

I've heard both to be honest. There are people who say that FMA is superior to Brotherhood. A friend actually thinks that Brotherhood was just garbage because it catered the manga which he described as too shounen-esque for his tastes and it just became more of a battle anime than something he found entertaining. Another friend of mine thinks along similar lines but thinks that Brotherhood is solid, but the 2003 production was far superior for its darker elements and better characters.

You obviously have the flip side with many people here saying that Brotherhood is far superior to the original 2003 version for a plethora of reasons.

Honestly, if I watched one, I wouldn't really bother watching the other, simply because I never thought that Fullmetal Alchemist had much rewatch value anyway, and watching another retake just to watch the same first half and a deviation around the middle would be too repetitive for my liking, and I'd rather spend my time watching stuff that I think is just straight up better.
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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2012, 03:20:28 AM »
Too shounen like? How many shounen series has this guy even watched?


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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2012, 03:29:09 AM »
Too shounen like? How many shounen series has this guy even watched?

I mean, FMA:B is pretty much just a shounen show done right, but to the question, I think he's watched/read enough stuff for him to make his evaluation. I might have mispoken his words when saying he thinks it's too "shounen-like" but on the whole he just thinks Brotherhood is bad and is vastly underwhelming compared to other things he's watched (sorry scratch that, he never watched 2003, nor is he probably interested).

Keep in mind his tastes though are vastly different from everyone here, including myself, but I think the point stands that there are a good amount of people that consider the 2003 anime either better or vastly superior to Brotherhood for one reason or another.

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Re: Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2012, 04:09:24 AM »
I agree. It is a shounen basically done right. It's just that "shounen-like" to most people are probably series like Naruto or Bleach, which frankly are  just "battle manga". And I can't see FMA like those two much at all. But what do I know? I mainly stick to Shounen romance series anyways. XD

That's alright, I may not understand why people like the 2003 version more, but everyone has different opinions.


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