Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Specials

Alt title: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Brotherhood Specials

DVD Special (4 eps)
2009 - 2010
4.09 out of 5 from 7,874 votes
Rank #643

While on their travels, Edward and Alphonse Elric hear rumors of an alchemist named Judau who has succeeded in human transmutation. Thinking that it may help them regain their former bodies the pair visits him, but can this blind alchemist really help them in their quest? Also, one day, before the appearance of the homunculus, Ed and Al return home to Resembool to get Ed’s automail repaired. Fearing Winry’s retribution for breaking her handiwork yet again, the brothers find a novel way to prevent themselves from being attacked...

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CaseyJewels
8

Episode 1 This one was a little creepy. I'm not going to spoil the ending, but for a short little piece, it was put together pretty well, and the mystery of what is going on keeps it from growing boring. It's a little slow, I think, but not boring. Episode 2 This one is all about Winry's and Ed's relationship with each other, through the years, and explains how Winry got the jewelry she did, in a pretty funny manner. There's also a little bit of Riza in there, and I think her bits were weaved in pretty well. Episode 3 Here we get to see Izumi's adventures in the North, when she lived for a month without her alchemy. It was a fun little thing to watch, and to learn more of what Izumi was like when she was younger. Episode 4 Roy Mustang's and Hughes' past? Yes, please! This is easily my favorite of the four, and I like how it falls right after Izumi's episode. Both Roy and Izumi were eighteen, in their specials, so it's interesting to compare how different their lives are, when they're both alchemists. I also love the political issues brought into this episode, and my respect for Mustang grew with how he handled it. Overall, I really liked these specials. The first was just a random story pulled together, but the last three all deal with backstory type of stuff for the main characters we know and love. I feel like the last episode was the most complex of the four--and that's not just because it had my favorite characters--but they were all pretty good.

ChineseWick
7

 The "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Specials," delve into the backstories and side stories of key characters from the main series. These specials offer fans additional context and enrich the "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" universe by providing deeper insights into the characters' motivations, past experiences, and the series' expansive lore. While not central to the primary narrative, these episodes are a treat for dedicated fans, offering a blend of humor, emotion, and character development. Enriching the Alchemical Mixture Character Depth: The specials shine a spotlight on characters who may not have received as much attention in the main storyline, offering viewers a chance to understand their backgrounds and motivations more fully. This added depth enhances the overall narrative complexity and emotional resonance of "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood." Expanded Lore: By exploring side stories and backstories, the specials contribute to the world-building of the "Fullmetal Alchemist" universe. They provide a broader understanding of the series' lore, including the mechanics of alchemy, the history of Amestris, and the personal histories of its inhabitants. Potential Alchemical Imperfections Narrative Pacing and Relevance: Given their nature as side stories, the specials' pacing and direct relevance to the main plot vary. Some viewers might find these episodes to be a departure from the main series' intense narrative drive, potentially impacting their engagement with these additional stories. Tonal Shifts: The specials occasionally feature tonal shifts that differ from the main series, with some episodes leaning more towards humor or slice-of-life elements. While this offers a refreshing break, it may not align with all viewers' expectations, especially those seeking the more dramatic and action-packed tone of "Brotherhood." Alchemy of Extras Insightful Character Moments: These specials are valuable for their ability to humanize and add layers to the characters, making them even more relatable and multidimensional. Moments of vulnerability, humor, and resolve contribute to a richer understanding of the characters' journeys. Engagement with Fans: The "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Specials" serve as a meaningful engagement with the series' fanbase, providing content that satisfies the desire for more time with beloved characters and the world they inhabit. For dedicated fans, these episodes are a welcome addition that complements the main narrative. Conclusion The "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Specials" are a delightful supplement to the main series, offering fans a deeper dive into the characters and world of "Fullmetal Alchemist." While they navigate the challenges of pacing and tonal consistency, these episodes succeed in enriching the viewer's experience of the series, providing valuable backstory and character development. For those deeply invested in the universe of "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood," these specials represent an essential exploration of the characters and lore that make the series so compelling.

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