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dizburazngurl'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

Unlike many animes out, Fullmetal Alchemist isn't the typical anime you would expect. It's located around Germany, rather Japan, and Edward Elric isn't your typical high schooler. He probably already had his life planned out by some form of a deity.
Having failed the Human Transmutation, that is forbidden and yet he believed that he would be able to pull it off for some reason, he and his little brother, Alphonse Elric, set out in search for the Philosopher Stone. With the Stone, Edward will attempt to undo all his mistakes that he's done.
Within this anime, it's filled with many dramas, twists, action and even comedy in it. It also has very few flashbacks and filler, that mainly everyone hates. However, if there is a flashback, it rather succinct and goes along with the storyline.
Rather than a pure fantasy, Fullmetal Alchemist links to our actual world seeming more realistic. It has many Earthly things such as betrayal, courage or fear. Instead of the famous "Knightly act," There are reactions that many people can relate to.
Even as relative to us as our world, there are many things within Fullmetal Alchemist that is left, unexplained.

Rating: 10

Art

Rather than the big-eyed, long-haired school girls, Fullmetal Alchemist actually has a diversity in the shape of the characters eyes. Also, in action scenes, the artists don't just get lazy and draw it all blurry with action lines. They actually go into detail with the fighting; whether it's blocking a punch or taking a hit, it's all shown. Aside to all the detail, Fullmetal Alchemist has very few recycled scenes and are mainly recreated for a variety of footage. Also, in many fighting scenes, the artist gets lazy and has an effortless character with poor animation, Fullmetal Alchemist doesn't have any significant ones that stand out. If there was any, the storyline was so intense you'd never notice it.
The emotions found within Fullmetal Alchemist seemed to be priceless. Their emotions aren't very common but they match that moment in time.
The artwork here was also matched the story. It wasn't a brightly colored anime with shining lights. Instead it was a bit dull-but not to dull, you'd notice it but it wouldn't really matter because it seemed to fit perfectly into it.

Rating: 10

Sound

The beginning and ending theme songs really happen to fit the anime as a whole but aside from that, there were 4 opening songs along with 4 ending songs. Each song seemed to match that certain section of the anime. In my point-of-view, the openings and endings that stuck out the most to me were- Ready, Steady, Go!, Rewrite, Kesenai Tsumi and I Will. Rewrite moreover all the others because the whole story is basically about trying to rewrite his life.
Other than openings and endings, the sound that was in the actual anime seemed almost flawless. The voices for the characters matched them and their personality entirely.

Rating: 9

Presentation

Overall, Fullmetal Alchemist had a steady pace but did happen to drag along at time-piling the suspense. Near the end, it did seem to be rushed quite a bit but it could also be that the producers planned it that way. They wanted it to be so much at one time to increase the drama and intensity.
What made Fullmetal Alchemist such a prized anime, was that it had just a bit of everything-not to much or not to little. Filled with lots of humor, intense action and even the horrors of reality.
Fullmetal Alchemist is overall not the average predictable anime that you'd expect. For one, not everything turns out perfectly.

Rating: 9

Final Verdict

9.50 (excellent)

Reviewed by dizburazngurl, Oct 03, 2008

Comments

  1. aspirationless Nov 03, 2008

    I agree with you. Though some may note how vastly different the anime is from its manga counterpart, the anime definitely has its loads of ups and its own unique story.

  2. NFFly Nov 05, 2008

    Think you managed to summarise most of this master piece anime's aspects in a clear view, not an easy task.
    Good job

  3. peta14 Dec 23, 2008

    A wonderful review that describes this anime. It's a great series and I can't wait for the next season next year.

  4. neonstegosaurus Jan 18, 2009

    I just started re-watching FMA and am paying more attention to the animation this time... What you said about the eyes is so right; I really like how each character has such distinctly different eyes (shapes and colors). I feel like a lot of animes rely on hair to keep the characters apart, and I like how in FMA it goes beyond that.

  5. crazy-kuro Banned Member Feb 09, 2009

    FMA is really a masterpiece indeed . The story plot is so amazing . One of my favorite anime series ever .

  6. tsuyoshi7171 Feb 21, 2009

    esperando la segunda temporada

  7. Kiara4ka Mar 01, 2009

    Cool anime, perfect ^^ the art & story is sugoii, waiting for the second season =)

  8. DOUBLESKIPHEART Mar 07, 2009

    FMA is one of the few animes out there that actually deserves the fandom. Right on. :'D

  9. chumbariwap123 Apr 21, 2009

    this anime is great

  10. pigmypuff Jun 05, 2009

    edward elric ^__^

  11. pmgbapm Jun 23, 2009

    ^ ^ it is a perfect anime!

  12. Onlyrockman Aug 01, 2009

    The manga is fantastic! The anime- so so. The anime Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood has a better animation I think.

  13. SchRita Aug 23, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  14. nainoi Sep 12, 2009

    excellent point!

  15. david2331 Sep 20, 2009

    Loved this series!

  16. Sanisa Sep 22, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  17. weaponxshinta Oct 07, 2009

    I'm a fan of the series. Especially now that the new FMA Brotherhood is released which is more dependent in the manga. Great animation and storyline. I love both the manga and the anime series. ^_^

  18. SchRita Oct 31, 2009

    Thanks for the review!

  19. rukasu04 Mute Member Nov 10, 2009

    Nice review

  20. animalandia Nov 14, 2009

    esta es una muy buena serie, que buena rese

  21. hikaCamui Nov 17, 2009

    thanks for the review *-* !
    its a great animation x3

  22. Claireooi Jan 16, 2010

    Is extremely nice manga to read...it's getting climax...very worth it to chase

  23. Sanisa Feb 24, 2010

    Thanks for the review! Nice ^__^

  24. Bara-hime88 May 11, 2010

    They're the exact and perfect words to describe this anime. Not only, that it has a great plot, but I also get inspiration from it. So I can say Full Metal Alchemist is a MUST WATCH ANIME :)

    merged: 05-11-2010 ~ 07:10am
    They're the exact and perfect words to describe this anime. Not only, that it has a great plot, but I also get inspiration from it. So I can say Full Metal Alchemist is a MUST WATCH ANIME :)

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