Thursday, April 21, 2011
Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Review
This probably the most praised and highest rated Shonen anime of this decade. It's not uncommon to find it in other people's top ten lists, and it's not surprising to see it as their number one anime series.
"The First Law of Alchemy states that in order to gain something, you must give something of equal value."
The story is epic in terms of the vastness of its settings, in terms of character back stories, and in terms of overall content. The story centers on Edward and Alphonse Elric, two alchemist brothers who are searching for the Philosopher's Stone which they believe can help them recover their bodies which they lost after a tragic accident trying to revive their dead mother. Reviving the dead is a sin and is considered a forbidden act according to the laws of alchemy. In order to gain access to research files and people who know more about the Philosopher's Stone, they join the army and become State Alchemists. There are many plot twists along with mysteries and fictional historical context to keep you interested. Even though the story involves many elements, it never feels like the viewer is overwhelmed by its world because of it's excellent pacing.
The characters are very interesting to say the least, each with their own reason for fighting and each with their own full-fledged back story. The relationships between the characters are very well done and they have great chemistry with each other, whether it be best friends or unmatched rivals. The development of the main characters as the story progresses makes you feel like the life lessons they've learned, you've learned too. Great character progression and development makes for a great connection with the characters and it makes it easy for you to sympathize with Ed and Al and their dilemma.
Voice acting is phenomenal. No annoying voices, no over-dramatic voice acting, and not a single voice that was out of place. Background music is also very notable, although it isn't on par with the original Full Metal Alchemist, it stood its ground very well. Opening and ending songs were also very well done with famous Japanese artists at the helm.
No two frames looked the same. This series looks great in 1080p. Fight animations look crisp and clear and are very fluidly animated. Despite its gritty atmosphere and dark storyline, it actually looks very colorful. As expected of Bones, the studio behind Sword of the Stranger and Soul Eater, this was eye candy to those who cared.
FluffyBunnyPwn gives it 10/10 overall.