Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Part 3

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

On DVD: 
Friday, January 28, 2011
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Brotherhood is the second series in the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise and continues the Elric brothers' search for their original bodies. Years ago, after their mother died, the brothers attempted to revive her using forbidden alchemy. As a result, Ed lost his left leg and right arm and Al lost his entire body and was transfered into a suit of armor.

This all sounds very confusing but the first episode of Part 3, "Interlude Party," provides a well done recap of the series so far. Even if you've never seen an episode of Fullmetal Alchemist before, you won't be lost if you start off with Part 3. Still, I'd suggest starting from the beginning anyway.

I was surprised to find out how dark and twisted the anime can be, especially in the early on episodes. Sacrifice and mass extermination are just a few of the many themes present in it. Still, even when being serious the anime manages to throw in some occasional humor or over the top expressions. Usually it tends to be in the form of Ed and Al being surprised at something said. Personally I'd prefer if they kept away from the childish antics and went for a more serious tone overall.

Overall, I've enjoyed what I've seen with Fullmetal Alchemist. It's definitely one of the better animes out there. While a talking suit of armor may be confusing at times, you'll instantly be drawn to the characters and plot. Definitely give Brotherhood a shot if you have the chance. Plus, these episodes have yet to air in the US so you'd be seeing them beforehand.

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Matt Rodriguez
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