An amazing anime that left me on the edge of my seat! 🙂
This story is about two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric who are raised by their mother, Trisha Elric. While growing up, the two brothers decide to learn alchemy by reading their absent father’s books. One day their mother dies of an illness and the two decide to bring her back by using alchemy. They end up failing and Edward loses his left leg while Alphonse lose his entire body. Edward realising he’s going to lose his brother just like he lost his mother, decides to bind Alphonses’s soul to a suit of armour which he does successfully, although he sacrifices his right arm for it.
The two boys search for the Philiosopher’s stone in order to get their original bodies back. To do this, Edward decides to join the military and becomes a State Alchemist. They soon find out that the military and the country is not all it’s cracked up to be. With secrets and lies all around them, who can they trust?
Edward is a stubborn and strong willed character that I actually disliked at first because of his stubborness and quick temper but as the series went on I found him to be a funny and remarkably selfless character especially when it came to protecting his loved ones. Edward cannot ignore people who have suffered and goes out of his way to help people. Edward draws from his own experiences when he gives people advice.
As he has an automail arm and leg, he tells people with healthy bodies to use their bodies to do some good. Throughout the series Edward came of as cynical as he would tell people who believed in God that they were delusional and that everything that came to be was due to science and alchemyand nothing else. This actually made for some intersting conversations with different characters.
Alphonse is the opposite of Edward. He is calm, kindhearted and patient. He is also selfless in a more protective way this extends to not only his loved ones but some enemies. Alphonse is as passionate as Edward when it comes to finding the philosopher’s stone so he can get his body back. Alphonse’s misses his body as he is just a soul bound to an empty suit of armour.
He is afraid that he will never get to experience being human again and this is shown when he gets into arguments with Edward. Alphonse doesn’t only wish to be human again to he can feel touch but he also want to get his body back so he can eat delicous food, one of the foods including Winry’s apple pie.
Edward and Alphonses’s relationship is one of the best relationship’s in the series. Both of them have an amazing bond to the point where the two of them are willing to give up their life for the other which I find is beautiful but also terrifying. The brothers have wildly different personalities that they get into arguments throughout the series. Sometimes these arguments were funny and other times emotional.
Edward tells Alphonse that he will do whatever it takes to get their bodies back, Alphonse has a lot of faith in Edward but he does mention to Edward he would like to get his human body back if it means Edward gets his arm and leg back. The brotherly moments these two have in the anime are amazing. They feel like people as you can relate to their struggle and desperation in acheiving their goal to be human again.
The art in this anime is beautiful. I love the way each character is drawn. I absolutely love the action scenes in this anime they are drawn beautifully and it’s easy to follow. I ended up feeling sad when some characters I had latched on left the scene as they had interesting and unique character designs. The blood shown in the anime is a fair amount, I love they way the blood is shown on character’s faces it really makes they injuries look real.
The main draws of this anime are all the characters even the minor ones that you don’t think will have much of a presence are great and realistic. The emotions you feel when watching each episode of this anime will leave you wanting more. The themes that are shown throughout the anime are not for children. They are mature themes such as Genocide,War, Child Abandonment and that’s just some of the few. These themes leave you questioning everything in this anime, from character’s motives to the fictional world itself.
For those of you that don’t know there are two Fullmetal Alchemist animes. There’s this one the 2009 one which follows the manga all the way to the end and the 2003 one which deviates from the manga after episode 13. This was due to the anime catching up with the manga at the time. I have only seen Brotherhood I haven’t seen the 2003 version so I can only recommend due to what i’ve heard about the 2003 one. If you want the slow burn on connecting with characters, watch the 2003 version which is said to be more emotionally driven of the two. If you can connect with characters easily, then watch Brotherhood.
The story in Brotherhood is emotional and amazingly well done. I was always excited for the next episode as it would sometimes end on a great cliffhanger. The characters are well written and realistic, you can really feel the struggle they all go through. I loved a lot of the characters before I even found out their backstory which to me says that the characters came across beautifully. The art style was lovely and fluid. The fights scenes made me bit my nails anxiously.
The story, art style and characters were all done amazingly well. This anime is up in my Top 10 anime spot which I’ve only just decided to have as i’m writing this XD.
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Title: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Genre: Action, Military, Adventure, Drama, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen
Released Date: April 5, 2009 – July 4, 2010
Director: Yasuhiro Irie
Animated: By Bones