It is solid around the board, but it isn't actually truly great at anything! However, I was constantly frustrated by the show's apparent lack of respect for its viewers and by its absolutely abysmal humor. Unfortunately this means they have to serve under a rather evil government and face strong moral dilemmas. Sure, they could have easily been better, but they fulfill their purpose and for that alone they are not failures. Unlike the first adaptation the homunculi in Brotherhood have very different origins, even though they still deal with similar obsessions. Compare the first opening theme of Brotherhood to the 1st opening of the 2003 series.
What books do they like? The show obviously wants you to take it seriously it sure loves its drama and when Al is portrayed as a big grey mound with a squiggle for a mouth it makes this difficult. Mustang had to kill lots of people. In the 2003 series, Scar fights his ultimate battle against the pure evil State Alchemist Zolf Kimblee, who murdered his brother and gave him his namesake scar. Archived from on May 17, 2010. Overall 9 Story 8 Animation 9 Sound 9 Character 9 Enjoyment 9 Adaptations have long been a thorn in the side of anime viewers, but not because they are inherently bad. The Holocaust, Cambodian Genocide, Rwandan Genocide, and Armenian Genocide were not caused by Mr. The background music which play during the episodes usually fit very well with the situation, although some tracks seem to be overused a little at first.
The same principle applies to Alphonse, Roy Mustang, in fact to most of the characters. Archived from on October 20, 2009. I probably would have enjoyed it more myself if I hadn't heard nothing but angelic worship for it before going into it. The homunculi made me want to start looking for ingredients to make a philosopher's stone with. Please just use good judgement on what a spoiler is, and if you're unsure, tag it anyway. Total episodes: 51: Language: japanese audio + english hardsubs. The quality of the acting is possibly the main reason why Brotherhood is able to pull off its feat of developing not only the familiar characters, but also the new additions.
Winry's parents were murdered in cold blood. I could understand if it didn't have the time to make these characters anything more than chess pieces for its grand and elaborate plot, giving them a few distinguishing traits because that's really all it can manage without dragging itself out immensely. Unlike the 2003 adaptation, Brotherhood is a faithful representation of Arakawa Hiromu's hit manga, and while many fans of the franchise laud it as the best thing since sliced bread, there are a number who consider the original anime version to be the superior tale. Have you ever wondered why that is? The voice acting is of an excellent and consistent quality, and I think that pretty much all the characters have voice actors which suit their personalities. One big advantage that Brotherhood has is that the seven year gap has allowed for improvements in various aspects of production, and it shows in a number of areas. Archived from on July 8, 2009.
Now let's look at the Arab anti-hero Scar. The character designs are sometimes a little bland, but for the most part they are memorable and the homunculi look brilliant so I don't have any real complaints there. Archived from on March 7, 2010. Archived from on March 4, 2011. Please, I take it back! Archived from on August 14, 2009. From the original on July 19, 2011. Edward, who lost only limbs, joins the State Military, which gives him the freedom to continue the search as he tries to restore his brother, whose soul is tethered to earth by a suit of armor.
By the final episode, all loose ends are neatly tied up and what's left is a hugely satisfying epilogue. Archived from on July 8, 2009. Archived from on July 8, 2009. There has been one episode which shows a lot of flashbacks of events so far, but that's forgiven as it shows the most epic moments of the series, and also provided us with some history on the father of the Elric brothers. It is very likely that the intensity of many fanbases is in part due to the ability that openings such as these have to maintain feelings in regards to the show, oftentimes perhaps even distorting or altering memories of the show itself into what the opening would have you believe the show was like rather than what it was actually like.
It single-handedly established a sense of finality, a long-endured struggle of these characters and their causes. It is excellent in every aspect and has very little, if anything, that can be called a flaw maybe rushed character development at first due to the fast pacing, but this quickly subsides. The series follows the story of two alchemist brothers, and, who want to restore their bodies after a disastrous failed attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy. Now, alongside his brother, Ed uses his status within the military to attempt to find any way that he can return their bodies back to their original state. Archived from on June 11, 2010. What are their favorite places to eat? In Brotherhood, Scar fights his ultimate battle against Wrath, who was only the 3rd strongest homunculi, not the real mastermind behind the Ishvalan genocide, and had no real connection to Scar since they had never met.
First of all, the exposition is handled extremely poorly. Now normally one might consider this a recipe for disaster, but it's a testament to the quality of not only the actor's abilities, but also the scriptwriters, that this series easily stands shoulder to shoulder with the original. Archived from on October 29, 2009. The character designs will be very familiar to any fan, but are subtly sharper and more defined than in the previous series. Archived from on April 22, 2010. Archived from on July 8, 2009. However, Edward and Alphonse are not the only ones seeking the powerful stone.