FMA Brotherhood an Improvement

Posted by Neko Kyou in Thoughts on June 2nd, 2009

The original Full Metal Alchemist anime was good. But I didn’t quite like it all that much. The main attraction was definitely Mustang and his love for mini skirts.

When the first episode of Brotherhood came out, I was disappointed that Mustang was now Lockon. Took a while to get used to, but I still strongly prefer the original. The new voice just doesn’t have that sarcastic feeling anymore.

But after 8 episodes, I find that I’m enjoying Brotherhood a lot more than I did the first time. Brotherhood goes straight to the point instead of dilly-dallying around and letting the solemn atmosphere sink in deeper than the South China Sea.

The first FMA was way too gloomy and I hated that. Some liked it for that, but not me.

The only reason I continued watching was because the story was quite interesting, and with majority of the people around saying that FMA is a must watch, that probably helped me finished the entire series – except the movie.

With Brotherhood, I find myself somewhat looking forward to the next episode. While the main plot remains, the execution is different, although I admit that my memories of the original plot is rather hazy.

But whatever.

I had my doubts at first, but Brotherhood will be a lot more enjoyable, for me at least. One way they can improve it even better is by killing the voice-over during the mid break.

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15 Comments to “FMA Brotherhood an Improvement”

  1. misao | June 2nd, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I didn’t watch the previous season and for this season I don’t have much to comment…
    the anime feels like any other big anime and nothing that triggered my interest
    Edwards may just died in any of their battle
    sometimes the enemy was imba strong then when he’s about to die, other military freinds came by imba enemy suddenly not imba anymore
    it’s not like i was expecting him to die but they should think of better way to finish every battle scene…

  2. Keiri | June 2nd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    LOL, agree with you on that awful voice-over during the eye-catches. I even went as far as designating a shortcut key so that I can mute it whenever the eye-catches show up.

    As for FMA, FMA wasn’t FMA without Neya Michiko as Riza Hawkeye but I’ve somewhat gotten over it. And I kinda liked the somber atmosphere. Brotherhood irked me a bit in the early beginnings because it was showing way too much humor during no-joke situations but it’s getting better now. I too look forward to upcoming episodes. 😀

  3. Mr. Black | June 2nd, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I happen to like both but i have been noticing that they seem to take things a hell of a lot less seriously, where they throw jokes into every situation. Not depressing but just as annoying.

  4. 0rion | June 3rd, 2009 at 5:23 am


    Yeah, I know what you mean about the Engrish eyecatch announcer. Probably the same guy who did the eyecatch for Initial D back in the day. xD

    As the balance of comedy / dark drama, the current series is much more faithful to the manga in that sense. The manga has constantly wacky comedy, even sometimes in the middle of intense battle scenes. It also used a lot of chibi / comedic style art.

    So this new anime series really is just showing that’s more accurate to the original source material, which I think is a very good thing. :)

  5. Neko Kyou | June 3rd, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    misao: That’s true. Edward hasn’t really done that much so far other than getting their ass kicked last minute and waiting for reinforcements. The same goes to Mustang, he’s always out of the battle before it even began.

    Keiri: Riza’s personality has become much more mellow, she used to have that no-nonsense air about her.

    Black: The better balance of comedy/darkness is better for my taste, never did like a show that went too “dark”. Maybe I’m just a happy guy lol

    Orion: At least the guy in Initial D doesn’t sound so… gay… *shivers* I’ve not read the manga but it’s good to know that Brotherhood is more faithful to it. Keep hearing others complaining that the first series went too far away from the manga.

  6. Aki | June 6th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    I agree with you. Brotherhood at least has some semblance of humor. I detest shows that are overly brooding and brotherhood does a nice job of finding the balance. Random jokes here and there never hurt as long as the storyline remains strong.

  7. chris | June 10th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    I have yet to watch the new FMA. I had loved the old school one, the doom and gloom made it what it is. XD Well in the sense that it would be all doom and gloom, but the characters would be comical. My friend said the same thing you did about the new one; how it was horrible in the beginning, but started to get better later on.

    after reading your other comments, i think i’m the only one here liking the doom and gloom, lol

  8. Densha Otoko | June 10th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I think Brotherhood is more funnier than FMA and its a remake because FMA is a just another Manga X Anime Ripoff . They make Brotherhood because its to stay near the plotline like the manga .

  9. Neko Kyou | June 11th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Aki: Random jokes here and there also helps strengthen the plot too imo 😀

    chris: I know a few others who preferred the original for being dark and gloomy so it’s really a matter of what your tastes are.

    Densha Otoko: I don’t really know why they remade FMA but it would make sense that a remake would stick closer to its manga roots if the original strayed away from it.

  10. Shiori | June 18th, 2009 at 4:24 am

    The first anime wasn’t all doom and gloom, it had its share of dramatic and emotional scenes along with humor and fun. Brotherhood though goes overboard with the goofy chibi drawings and same worn out humor (seriously, we get Ed doesn’t like to be called small, they don’t need to run through the same gag three times an episode!) The chibi drawings quickly got old, especially in the middle of a serious scene. I though the 1st anime did a good job of keeping both the angst and humor in moderation. Brotherhood, especially the first few episodes, glossed over the sad and emotional scenes far too quickly. (The Elric brothers’ background was revealed in only one episode!) I admit, I’m biased though, I watched and loved the anime way before I tried getting though the manga.

  11. Neko Kyou | June 18th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Shiori, I actually felt glad that they sped through the flashbacks, as well as the part with Tucker and Nina XD

    The chibi joke is probably overused because it’s the easiest joke to crack. Every new person Ed meets is a potential trigger. He is small, and when you put him next to Al, he looks that much more smaller lol

  12. Jay | August 17th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    The thing with the first anime is… well first of all the animation I didn’t care much for; I’ve read someone else’s blog about it and I completely agree that in the first they did bishi Ed up which was kinda stupid and that just made him look very typical. (though that’s my opinion). That and even though he doesn’t look that way any more I think he looks even cuter. (He also shows his emotions better without the use of tantrums and sulking.

    By the end the story didn’t make any sense at all and the film just made it even worse.

    I don’t get peoples problems with the random humour in brotherhood, if anything it is more realistic. People don’t generally dwell on horrible things constantly otherwise we would all go insane… you know with death and such lurking around every corner in real life too etc. That and the short jokes make sense too… actually maybe they are supposed to start to become annoying so we get to know how Ed feels when everyone keeps saying he is short – kinda like character development.

  13. Neko Kyou | August 18th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    actually maybe they are supposed to start to become annoying so we get to know how Ed feels when everyone keeps saying he is short – kinda like character development.

    I don’t know about that. Don’t think I can ever get annoyed with too many “shorty” jokes about Ed 😀

  14. Jay | August 19th, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    True his reaction is always awesome. But some people would probably still disagree.

  15. jason | August 5th, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    FMA was better it held true to the definition of a homunculus that both animes shared, an artificial human. It also showed the problem with equivalent EX, were does the power to put something back to gether come from?


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