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Blaze016's Fullmetal Alchemist Tv Review

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist tv Review

"You can't gain something without sacrificing something else of the equal value. This is the principle of the equivalent trade."

The story takes place in Amestris, in the early 1900's. Two brothers, Edward and his younger brother Alphonse Elric, live with their mother, Trisha, in the small village of Resembool. Their father left home when they were still very young, but Ed and Al inherited his passion for alchemy. In 1909, Trisha dies of an unknown illness, which ten-year-old Ed blames his father for. When Edward finds out about flesh forging in an alchemy book that belonged to his father, he engages in an intense training with Al in order to be able to perform a human transmutation and bring their mother back.

In 1910, the Elric brothers cross the forbidden line during the resurrection. Unfortunately, the endeavor is a complete failure, as Ed loses his left leg and Al — his entire body. In a last desperate attempt, Ed uses alchemy to restore his brother's spirit by putting it in a suit of armor, at the further cost of his right arm. The two decide to embark on a journey to find the legendary Philosopher's Stone, rumored to create anything from nothing, in hopes of getting their original bodies back.

Story & Characters

This anime I believe is a classic in terms of originality and to me is a blast of fresh air. The story is about two brothers Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric who lost their mother and went to great lenghts to revive by using alchemy. But of course you can't play God and so Ed looses his leg and arm and Al his body and his soul is now trapped in body of armor. Afterwards Ed becomes a state alchemist in order to obtain the philosophers stone and get back their true bodies. The story may seem abit boring but its far from that. Fullmetal Alchemist has some of the BEST cliffhangers I have ever seen in anything; book, movie, anime whatever. The plot moves at very fast pace too. One of Fullmetal's strongest points though in terms of its story is how the plot gradually unravels through each episode as the boys come closer and closer to the real meaning of 'equivalent exchange'. Many people might not realize that compared to many other anime (like Cowboy Bebob, Scryed and Dragon Ball Z) their isn't much action. But the plot does such a great job of pushing you through each episode that you really don't realize it. But the strongest point of Fullmetal Alchemist would have to be the main character Ed and how he matures throughout the entire show. I swear I have never in my life seen a book, movie, anime do what Fullmetal has alchomplished. You can actually see Ed mature throughout the stage of the show and it shows in the way he behaves and in the overall presentation of the anime. To me Fullmetal Alchemist has one of the best story lines there is and it shows what a small action (such as the deat of thier mother) can lead to big things (like in the end of the anime)

Rating: 10

Art

The art in this anime is quite good (compared to many others) and considering that it has alot going for it in terms of moving parts and all (transforming things into bigger things ain't easy). I've herd that from other people that there were a couple bad scenes but I haven't seen that. There are a vast amout of landscapes in it too actually and the animation doesn't change quality and it really has that early nineteenth centuary look to it too. All in all there isn't much Fullmetal has done bad in this department except for the fact that too me nothing really stands out as being spectacular or a beauty to see its pretty much the same throughout. There's also the characteristic anime behaviour (like suddenly falling down, the long sweat in there head and the nerve appearing) that really fits in well with the overall tone of each episode but this graudally disppears during the course of the anime and for good measure too as it would not have fit the plot in the later episodes as they get more serious.

Rating: 8

Sound

The sound in Fullmetal is one you'll expect from a game made by Square. Excellent. The voice acting in Fullmetal is suprisingly good actually good in comparison to alot of other anime. The voicing for each character fits perfectly with what they are saying and the dialogue flows smoothly. In fact there isn't any point in the anime in which the characters said some out of the way line that made you wonder where those that come in. The music is of top quality. The music does not exactly match the whole early nineteeth centuary theme but its for the better good though cause there are parts in which I was really blown away by the music. The good thing though is that no one song is over used to the point in which it gets annoying because each song that comes adds more power to the overall feel what's going on like when Ed was trying to find his brother and when the brothers are slowly unraveling the truth behind alchemy. The starting songs are particullary good and so are the ending songs but they lack the kind of muster herd in other anime starting and ending songs though like Inuyasha. All in all the sound department is one of the best though and its with this that automatically seperates Fullmetal Alchemist from the rest of the crowd

Rating: 9

Presentation

Fullmetal Alchemist is very much enjoyable and can be watched by anyone (well anyone over ten years of age that is). There is quite alot of humor too suprisingly especially in the early episodes too and will have you laughing but when Fullmetal Alchemist gets serious, boy those it get serious and quite fast too. This is one of Fullmetal Alchemist best quality which is conveying just how serious things are getting without directly telling you through funny dialouge and stupid actions. But the best quality of all in Fullmetal Alchemist is the inner message that it leaves for about the principal of equivalent exchange and its appilications. I don't think anyone who watches Fullmetal Alchemist straight through would stay the same. I think that if you take to heart what Fullmetal Alchemist says as it goes through each episode, then you'll become a much stronger person able to make choices on your own and being that person who's not afraid of being different from the rest of the crowd. If you're already that person then it will only strengthen you. The way in which this is representing is through the actions and dialogue of the the main character and the way in which he interacts by making choices. Fullmetal Alchemist is one of those anime who's main focus is not only to get people to watch it but to teach them that inner lesson and that's a score in my book. If you can get past some of the blood and some comments in between thenFullmetal Alchemist is a great teaching tool for little children showing them the basic principals of life

Rating: 10

Final Verdict

9.50 (excellent)

Reviewed by Blaze016, Jun 26, 2006

Comments

  1. mcheddadi Restricted Member Jun 27, 2006

    I hate this anime, because I think the story sucks, this is my comment.
    Nice review, lots of work went into it and I acknowledge it.

  2. Hilariousity Jun 27, 2006

    Quote by mcheddadiI hate this anime, because I think the story sucks, this is my comment.
    Nice review, lots of work went into it and I acknowledge it.

    you think full metal alchemist sucks? NO wonder your banned!

  3. Crosse Jun 28, 2006

    ^ He even posted at the other thread... lol... XD

    @Review: Exactly what I would have said. :P

  4. larrymoon Jun 28, 2006

    muy buena, sus 52 capitulos valen la pena, la peicula tambien me gusto mucho

  5. Loneprincess Jun 29, 2006

    lol not a bad review

  6. sin-shenlong Jun 29, 2006

    Good review, I love fullmetal ALchemist, an instant classic in my book. The plot is incredible and you're right it has some episodes that end in such a way that you are COMPELLED to watch the next one. My only problem is that in your closing you said its great if you dont mind the blood etc. In my opinion I think this anime portrays death in a very original and artistic way. I wont give any spoilers but if you watch the episodes, you will see what I mean. There were some death scenes that will never leave my memory. Well thats all I love this anime, I think the review and the score was accurate , good job.

  7. Lichking Jun 30, 2006

    Wow i think the art is very good with all those animation and fuzzy alchemic reaction.

  8. shinmeiryu Jul 06, 2006

    Well that anime was awesome!
    however the first opening and ending
    were kinda childish....
    but the rest was so good!
    i would give it a straight 10!

  9. shoujoboy Jul 07, 2006

    When I see something getting a near perfect score, I have to worry if it is going to be the rantings of a mad fanboy. Thankfully it looks like you are pretty level headed and wrote an overall good review. I haven't actually watched FMA as I'm waiting for all the DVD's to come out, hopefully I'll be able to agree with you one day.

  10. Leosam096 Jul 09, 2006

    i love fullmetal alchemist, one of the best stories told to me.
    the story and plot is great. decise of actions have made this anime into a masterpiece!
    clearly the best twist in anime and manga i've ever seen!

  11. centaurs Jul 14, 2006

    One of the best anime I've seen. I totally enjoyed their hunt for the mythical sorcere's stone. Full of surprises here and there, definitely good to see something good for a change.

  12. AlexFate Jul 16, 2006

    Nice review. FMA is one of the best anime out there today, IMO.

  13. onitori Jul 19, 2006

    I like this anime.... good review!

  14. almina Aug 01, 2006

    Good review. I really like this anime (really more than the manga but maybe it's because I read the manga after watching the anime). One of the thing that I really like is the awesome role of Al, it's nice too hear and see that he's actually a young boy even in this body (great seyuu and adequate portraying). Even if I like better Ed.

  15. qrdel Aug 03, 2006

    Good review but still I dunno why I hate FMA ... :| I've seen it twice but somehoew I cannot start liking this shit... it's weird... totally freaking...

  16. anime-xp Banned Member Aug 11, 2006

    full metel alcomist is one of my fave shows and i watch it night this show is just awsom and a nice few other good frends but im speechless because its so good thats why i never rote very much and excuse the spelling im very horable at it

  17. cheza2283 Aug 15, 2006

    Well, I liked your review even though I thought that you were vague on some things. I love Fullmetal Alchemist and there is so much detail to this show that it is not surprising that you can't get it all into one review. I do have to add though that I love the music to Fullmetal. Although I do not particularly care for the openings and ending animations except for the final opening animation of the series. That one rocks!
    Thanks for a good review!

  18. Rhyme097 Sep 14, 2006

    All i can say is I love FMA ! it's my favorite anime! great job !

  19. nursherin Oct 12, 2006

    Thanks for the review.I think I will like this anime too!

  20. Lionhearted911 Nov 02, 2006

    ahhh, FMA one of the best i ever watched...i love the soundtracks and the storyline...very sweet and heartwarming as well as sad and deep...

    thanks for the review and i did love the anime!

  21. Snoopy78 Jan 09, 2007

    Yeah FMA is my absolute favorite anime. It's true about the voices most anime have grown up people with high pitched and sometimes annoying voices, but FMA has characters with voices that actually sound like their right age. Nice review!

  22. foxmagic71851 Banned Member Jan 27, 2007

    fma is a graet anime and you put allot of work into it but i just got to say no matter how many reviews i read or how many shows i watch my heart belongs to inuyasha

  23. tainted3 Jun 04, 2007

    fullmetal alchemist is one of the best anime ever.good review.

    i disagree with a small part though.fma CANNOT be viewed by anyone older than 10.the gore in it is rather too much for a ten year old.besides,i doubt whether any 10 yr old anime fan that generally loves pokemon would appreciate the depth in the fullmetal alchemist series.

  24. Andrei2000PC Aug 14, 2007

    FMA is the best Anime to my heart for life besides Sailor Moon and Ex-Driver. Most of the New Anime Shows are kind of creepy and cool but nothing like FUllMetal Alchemist. Why heck I would sell my soul for it. Have the series and the Movie! Going to see if the MAnga people talk about is really that great...the Thing you wrote is a Top 10. Every song in FMA is Top 10, The Characters are Top 10, The Art is Top 10 The Creater is Top 10 and she's a girl..soo I would mostly do about anything for her lol..even give her money over the Millions just for her on the creation on FullMetal Alchemist. Im not a freak in Anime but the 3 main Anime what I could watch over and over for the reast of my life is (Sailor Moon, Ex-Driver and FullMetal Alchemist). Some times I think I kind of go a lit crazy over it like Im doing now. Who cares if others dont like it but if you dont like it...no reason to comment and say your Childish hate feelings. Besides me really not giving a damn what you think if its not Good. Peace out everyone and Cya later!

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