Full Metal Alchemist Vol.1
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It's easy to understand why Fullmetal Alchemist has regularly topped viewer polls in Japan since its debut in 2003: the fantasy-adventure by director Mizushima Seiji (Generator Gawl) offers a satisfying blend of slapstick comedy, exciting adventure, and genuine warmth. Young Alphonse and Edward Elric delve into forbidden knowledge when they use alchemy to try to bring their mother back from the dead--and pay a terrible price under the principle of "equivalent trade." Al becomes a disembodied soul in a suit of armor; Ed loses an arm and a leg, but later receives mechanical prostheses. The brothers wander through a world that resembles late 19th century Europe, seeking the legendary Philosopher's Stone, which they believe can restore their bodies. Unlike American programs that juxtapose smart-aleck humor and heavy-handed sermonizing, Fullmetal Alchemist has real heart. Neither the comedy nor the action detract from the bond between the brothers that constitutes the emotional core of the series. (Rated TV PG: violence, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
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I would have to say that this is one series NO ANIME FAN IN THEIR RIGHT MIND should pass up. Dealing you a clear understanding of Alchemy at a time, FMA offers just about everything. From action to those little funny moments to the painful emotion of losing someone. This series really reached out to me, because I have lost someone close to me in this way. Sudden and unexpected. I feel so close to Edward and Al (The main characters. After their mother dies, they seek to bring her back to life using alchemy, but, it goes horribly wrong. I won't give that way though ^^) because of this. They are going through the same things as me. I was very impressed as to how Ed was played in English. He played the perfect 'rock' for his little brother. Hopefully, if I ever meet the actor, I will get to tell him what a wonderful job he did.
Even if you have never been through a tough moment in your life like losing someone, you still can't help but put yourself in their position. It makes you want to turn around say to your loved ones, 'I love you.'
If the emotion isn't enough to grab your attention, this series doesnt flop in the action and comedy department either. It can be very amusing at times.
The Collectors Box also features a CD that you can only get with the box, plus a beautiful tin. The CD is beautiful. It contains all the background music used in the series, including the TV size versions of 'Mellissa (opening theme),' 'Indelible Sin (Ending theme),' and a special vocal version of 'Brothers'( we believe this to be a Russian vocal).
To all those who are thinking of buyng this DVD, go for it. I can promise you that you won't be disappointed. I know...I sure wasn't.
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Fullmetal Alchemist generated a lot of hype before it was even released in America, and I have to say it lives up to it. This is an instant classic. Its greatest power is its underlying poignancy, because the brother's problems were born out of their love for their mother. Who hasn't suffered the loss of a loved one in their life? Except these two boys thought they had the power to change fate. Realizing their tragic mistake, they now rely on each other, and their uppermost thought is to restore each other, a testament of their love if there is one. There are also great moments of humor and the symphonic score accentuates all the changing moods. Masterpiece!
There are tons of artwork galleries on this disk, lots of promotional videos, the usual opening/closings, character profiles. It is also available in manga form.
A good companion anime to Fullmetal Alchemist is Scrapped Princess. It hits all the same themes of Fullmetal and is even animated by the same studio, Bones.
I'm sure just about everybody knows the basic story,Edward and Alphonse Elric lose their mother,they begin to study alchemy in an attempt to bring her back to life.When this goes horribly wrong,(by the way,human trasmutation is sticktly forbbiden)Ed loses an arm and leg, and his brother Al loses much more. In order to return things to the way they were, their only hope is to search for the legendary Philosphers stone,an alchemic modifier said to grant it's posseser the abillity to ignore the laws of equivelent exchange!So they set out on a journey to recover what they have lost.What am I willing to sacarifice? It's this question Ed and Al struggle to answer throughout FMA.But will they ever find the answer,or is the price too high to pay!
After watching all 51 episodes myself I can say this without any doubts, it's a stunning accomplishment in modern tv animation,and without a doubt one- of- if -not- the greatest anime series of all time. With very solid characters in a very human drama, the moment you step into Ed and Al's world you're hooked. Watching them as they grow-up,and to realize that not everyone uses alchemy for "good" or for "right",you begin to feel their frustration,their frustation of believing in the power of alchemy,a power that can cause so much pain and yet can help people just as much.It's truely a 'heart-breaking,thought-provoking',and beautiful series.Destined for a place in modern anime history.
As fo the english dub there is little to worry about in the way of a "Fun-imated" disater.The dub of the show is very well done the tin box is cool,but the coolest thing has to be FMA OST cd.It's awesome. This is one series not to be missed,for more full- metal fun be sure to catch FMA on Cartoon Networks' Adult Swim every Saturday night!!!So buy it right now,even if you don't read this review.This is one series to buy and to really enjoy time and again, and is one of those rare series that I was totally addicted to from the start.You will never look at anime the same again.
The 1st soundtrack CD that comes packaged with this DVD has some great tracks (I'm listening to some of them as I write this actually), and you'll be humming the opening and ending themes for weeks. The metal box for the next 5 discs is pretty darn spiffy as well.
Everyone should check this anime out. You won't regret it one bit!
So, it had my attention...
I went on from there to watch a startlingly good and well-researched story. It centers around the journeys of the Elric Brothers who are suffering because of a mistake they made five years ago when they tried resurrecting their mother. This mistake locked the spirit of the younger brother, Alphonse, into a suit of armor, and the older brother, Edward, lost both an arm and a leg. Undaunted, they now go about trying to fix the mistakes of their past and are in search of the darkest secrets that alchemy has to offer. In this volume, we get a glimpse into the Elric brothers search for items needed to fix their problem, but a majority of this volume is a glimpse into the past of these two kids, showing what happened to them and why they are so determined to right the wrongs they have done to themselves and their mother.
To be honest, I did enjoy this enough to give it a five star rating but I don't think it's the greatest anime series ever, at least not after watching the first volume. The story was good but hasn't yet revealed many of the key players, the animation was okay, and the music was alright, but it has yet to completely impress me to the point where I could proclaim this to be the biggest and the best on the block right now. Still, I would recommend this anime series to anyone who has enjoyed or is enjoying other Studio Bones productions such as Wolf's Rain and Eureka Seven.
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