3 comments on “Review: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (鋼の錬金術師)

  1. “This may be heresy, but I think the original anime, as a whole, also has better storyline than this original reproduction of the manga.”
    Hmm…storyline, storyline. So what was the purpose of naming the Homunculus by the deadly sins in the original? Symbolism? Representation? The reason why that is a heresy is because you really don’t know how to defend your ideas. I would say the manga has a BETTER storyline THAN the original anime because a lot of plot devices were utilized effectively to bring forth an epic. And there were plenty of sublots that just fell onto other to a powerful tower.

    The same reason why the author of Marchen Awakens Romance named the witch ‘Dorothy’? The names of the homunculus in the original manga doesn’t have the same weight as it is in the manga or the remake. Considering the whole context of the original anime (yeah I include the made-up parts in the second half of that anime too), the names are pretty much acceptable. It also makes for cool names too am I right?

    Subplot one is about Edward (yes, subplot!) and the search for the Philosopher’s Stone. In the beginning, we are convinced that alchemy is good and all. And he goes on with Rose about how alchemists are the closest thing to God. But eventually, the journey proves himself wrong about how puny humans can’t even save a girl’s life and at the ending where he answers the Truth about sacrificing his alchemy that he won’t “be an ordinary human” but that he has been one all along.

    For me, Edward’s quest to find the philosopher stoner is not a sub-plot, but instead it is the main plot! It was from here on, courtesy to the common storytelling techniques in the shounen genre (manga, anime or video games), the original premise expanded to a different thing(s) entirely, depending on what the writer wills the story to head to. That may be influenced, or not, by other subplots like the Mustang arc you have mentioned.

    Well you might say, hey – these are character progress! Well, exactly – but where would character progress be without the plot? The plot moved them! That’s why I think the remake has a better storyline. Compared to the original, the remake is ten times better in an epic.

    Did you watch Marchen Awaken Romance, which I used as one of the comparisons to this anime? That anime is merely one of the proof that you can do character progress without depending on the plot. Character developments can be done independently if the writer so desire to, although there are many cases too where it was tied to the story development. Just saying that character developments can be done without a plot. Or else, the existence of the slice-of-life genre and its ilks will be truly threatened.

    However, fiction is meant to reflect reality. What the original did was imitate it – but in a new setting.

    In any good bookstore you can find, we labeled stories like this ‘Non-Fiction’, and the original manga or the first version of the anime did not belong there.

    The original anime made use of a lot of character drama and whip up events just for that. The remake shone because of utilizing its marvelous setting as a device for the plot. I believe this becomes as a matter of opinion then if you want to contest the two, but I definitely don’t see how you could conclude the remake is an “unadulterated conservative shounen title” in a NEGATIVE way by using the word “purely.” You may want to be careful with how you use your words. I don’t know how you missed the issues of killing, death, religion/faith, family, and politics in the remake but it just shows you didn’t try to look in further – and I think you’d want to do that if you’re trying to critic (which you are trying?).

    Sheesh, Marchen Awakens Romance also has the majority of those elements (if not all), and it is still shounen. A cookie-cutter shounen at that. Just because any given shounen anime has the element of, let’s say, politics, doesn’t mean it suddenly become as flexible or riveting as a seinen can be. Marchen Awakens Romance also has a setting which properties (the alternate world makes any visiting Earthling stronger than they are when they were on Earth) is used by its writer as a plot device for the main character. That doesn’t make that anime to be the best of them all at all.

    Or you just decided to compare it to the original season anyway. What you should have kept in mind is to have thought the two series separately. They’re not something to be compared which was better because the two deliberately delivered two separate things. It’s like saying Death Note is better than Detective Conan, or Prince of Tennis is lalala than Slam Dunk. And I think the best example to what you’re doing is saying Naruto is better than Nabari No Ou.
    ’m sure you tried to make the comparison because hey, the beginning started off pretty much bloody the same! Oh yea? If I remember right, original anime started when Ed was 12, when he became a State Alchemist. Remake started when he was 15. That, my friend, is one strong evidence that the two are separate series. Oh and yea, they’re on two different type of fiction on some level

    The original anime are not totally separate than the remake. If what you say true, why then the remake omits plenty of things that is available in the early parts of the manga and was also included in the first original anime (and then used flashbacks to interject it into the storyline)? Why is then the very first episode shows an original event that is not seen at all in the manga or the first anime version? Those two comes from the same roots, it is just that the original one deviates from its source while the remake largely doesn’t. Saying that the original anime and the remake are two different things is like saying that the Itazura na Kiss drama version are different than Itazura na Kiss anime version. One of them deviates from the source manga more than the other version, but it doesn’t make them two completely separate series.

    Anyway, I’m done ranting. I’m sure you agree it is annoying to have people voice out their opinions with the attempt in trying to be “reasonable” and “unbiased.” No wonder this has no comments at all!

    Nope, I do take any comments and answered them appropriately. Reviews are, after all, also opinions.

  2. “This may be heresy, but I think the original anime, as a whole, also has better storyline than this original reproduction of the manga.”

    Hmm…storyline, storyline. So what was the purpose of naming the Homunculus by the deadly sins in the original? Symbolism? Representation? The reason why that is a heresy is because you really don’t know how to defend your ideas. I would say the manga has a BETTER storyline THAN the original anime because a lot of plot devices were utilized effectively to bring forth an epic. And there were plenty of sublots that just fell onto other to a powerful tower.

    Subplot one is about Edward (yes, subplot!) and the search for the Philosopher’s Stone. In the beginning, we are convinced that alchemy is good and all. And he goes on with Rose about how alchemists are the closest thing to God. But eventually, the journey proves himself wrong about how puny humans can’t even save a girl’s life and at the ending where he answers the Truth about sacrificing his alchemy that he won’t “be an ordinary human” but that he has been one all along.

    Subplot two is about Roy and pals. Similarly, he makes the statement that they’re just a bunch of puny humans but is a breakout character because of his ambition to become Fuhrer. But then even in a journey not his own, he is challenged about the future of the country.

    Well you might say, hey – these are character progress! Well, exactly – but where would character progress be without the plot? The plot moved them! That’s why I think the remake has a better storyline. Compared to the original, the remake is ten times better in an epic. However, fiction is meant to reflect reality. What the original did was imitate it – but in a new setting.

    For instance, the remake reflected reality by using alchemy as a way to compare science. Alchemy is pretty much at fault at what happened in the remake and it is exactly what Edward gave up. The Truth replied by saying, “Take it all!” implying that alchemy lost is not a lost, but a gain. This reflects to the situation of the modern world about science where similar advances in technology caused arrogance, like the right to use nuclear weapons. Isn’t losing nuclear weapons a gain, or a lost?

    The original imitates reality by having characters behave and react like real ones. There’s a lot of…sick people in the original, haha. They’re all somehow plagued by anguish, like watching a drama. Heck, the movie? Yea, that’s a foolproof that they’re totally imitating reality. It’s still fiction (realistic fiction) but it is of a different genre.

    And thus elaborating on the next long blabbering:

    “This anime is purely an unadulterated conservative shounen title all the way to the ending just like Märchen Awakens Romance and unlike the edgier first Fullmetal Alchemist anime.”

    The original anime made use of a lot of character drama and whip up events just for that. The remake shone because of utilizing its marvelous setting as a device for the plot. I believe this becomes as a matter of opinion then if you want to contest the two, but I definitely don’t see how you could conclude the remake is an “unadulterated conservative shounen title” in a NEGATIVE way by using the word “purely.” You may want to be careful with how you use your words. I don’t know how you missed the issues of killing, death, religion/faith, family, and politics in the remake but it just shows you didn’t try to look in further – and I think you’d want to do that if you’re trying to critic (which you are trying?). Or you just decided to compare it to the original season anyway. What you should have kept in mind is to have thought the two series separately. They’re not something to be compared which was better because the two deliberately delivered two separate things. It’s like saying Death Note is better than Detective Conan, or Prince of Tennis is lalala than Slam Dunk. And I think the best example to what you’re doing is saying Naruto is better than Nabari No Ou.

    I’m sure you tried to make the comparison because hey, the beginning started off pretty much bloody the same! Oh yea? If I remember right, original anime started when Ed was 12, when he became a State Alchemist. Remake started when he was 15. That, my friend, is one strong evidence that the two are separate series. Oh and yea, they’re on two different type of fiction on some level :D

    Anyway, I’m done ranting. I’m sure you agree it is annoying to have people voice out their opinions with the attempt in trying to be “reasonable” and “unbiased.” No wonder this has no comments at all!

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