Monday, February 6, 2012

4. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

A remake done right? Can it be so? Can it be true? Yes. The first Fullmetal Alchemist anime was great… until they made up shit whole cloth. Yeah, in the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime they had a problem after a certain point in the story, the manga wasn’t done yet. This factor led the show to becoming ridiculous and completely without the guidance of the creator. Thankfully, just a few years later studio execs realized their screw up, and greenlighted the true story, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. Brotherhood follows the manga to a tee, and is completely without any filler or goofy side stories. The story thus far in Brotherhood is that the Elric brothers, Ed and Al, have lost part of their selves due to trying to perform human transmutation, the one taboo among alchemists. Ed lost a leg and an arm, and Al lost his entire body and only retains his soul in a suit of armor. Eventually, even with their handicaps they become state alchemists (or rather, Ed does, but Al is essentially one too) and become dogs of the military for the chance to get their bodies back. Little do they know that the military is hiding a dark secret, and not all is what it seems in the country of Amestris. There is a sinister plot to destroy the world as we know it, and only the good-natured and pure among the military and civilian populace can rise up and save it. The story in Brotherhood is just phenomenal and it's backed up with terrific fight sequences that stand apart from other shonen energy shootouts. Also, the final battle is epic as all hell, as all the good guys stand together against a titanic and terrible villain. It’s right up there with the Cell fight in Dragon Ball Z.

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