THIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE FIRST 35 EPISODES ONLY!
The story is definitely FMA Brotherhood's highest point. That's because, like the original anime, FMA Brotherhood is very story-driven. I the story flows beautifully from one mini-arc to another. The action scenes are ramped up in terms of violence this time because now it takes more to kill a Homunculus than a few bones. The Homunculi are the main antagonists who are immortal because they have Philosopher's Stones inside them. The Philosopher's Stone is what the main protagonists Ed and Al want because they want to restore their bodies after they were badly hurt in a rebounded attempt to bring their mother back to life. So, Ed and Al and the Homunculi's path cross in many perfectly-timed places. The drama was also spot-on in FMA Brotherhood. Themes such as killing, war, and of course brotherhood are executed very well. Plot twists appear more than in the original Fma while the comedy, on the other hand, was the story's only flaw. While the comedy is still cute and could make you smile, people who saw the original anime will be disappointed because they re-use comedy skits.
Unlike my long winded story review i'll keep this short and sweet. Animation was very solid and flowed very well. You knew exactly what was going on in each fight and extreme camera angles are unfortunately kept to a minimum. The main reason I don't give this a higher score is because the art doesn't really do much to go above and beyond "very good". The art was really good, but not outstanding. There are also some character designs, such as armstrong and scar, i just really don't like. Nonetheless, I still stand by with my 9/10.
The openings and endings are very catchy along with the main theme. However, all the other tracks are like the art style; very good, but not outstanding. Since I only speak English, I cannot judge the Japanese voice acting very well. But, at least from my perspective, all the voices sounded like they fit the characters. But oh man, I cannot wait for that dub. Get a move on it FUNimation!!!!!
This was FMA Brotherhood's main flaw. I felt the Homunculi's characterization was much better in the original. Their characters weren't bad, but not as good as the original anime. Also, I felt i didn't know Hughes, Falman, Breda, Havoc, and Fuery as well either. But, Ed, Al, Winry, Mustang, and many other characters including Ling and my favorite new character, May (she's my channel icon!) had many great moments and places to develop.
Just so you guys know, this is a review for the first 35 episodes. But so far, this anime is astounding: a great follow up to the original anime, a perfect adaptation from the manga, and more addictive than pie. If you haven't watched this, watch it now! Even if you haven't seen the original anime or read the manga!
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