Tag: Full Metal Alchemist Retrospective

Full Metal Alchemist Retrospective: FMA vs. FMA:Brotherhood An Analysis

225px-Fmab-posterFullmetal_Alchemist_2003So when I first started this earlier in the day, I was merely reviewing Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood as part of the Full Metal Alchemist retrospective. But after I finished I quickly realized that it was practically the exact same review as my review of Full Metal Alchemist. In order to save myself from the dregs of redundancy, I decided to scrap my original review and do something a little different. So just as I did a year ago with my compare and contrast of Battle Royale and The Hunger Games, I have decided to do it again. Considering the similarities between FMA and FMA Brotherhood it feels like a very fitting way to look at two great series and decide which of the two is a better series. So what I will be doing is looking at both series and decide which of them is the superior. Keep in mind, I have nothing but positive things to say about both series. They are phenomenal, so this is a competition of the best of the best.

To be clear before we get started, for those of you who have do not know or have not seen it, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood is not a remake or sequel to the original series but more of a retelling. It is a similar story to the original with many of the same characters, only instead it follows more of its manga source material. So with that in mind, let’s get started. Continue reading “Full Metal Alchemist Retrospective: FMA vs. FMA:Brotherhood An Analysis”

Full Metal Alchemist Retrospective: Conqueror of Shamballa

Fullmetal-alchemist-the-movie-conqueror-of-shamballa-movie-poster-2005So with the obvious success of an anime like Full Metal Alchemist, it is needless to say that you are going to need to start milking that baby for all that it is worth and with that comes a movie to tie up all the loose ends that the original anime left dangling after the conclusion of the original series run. With that comes an interesting and thought-provoking movie called Full Metal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa. Complete with a healthy amount of intrigue and a just a pinch of good ole fashion Nazis, The Conqueror of Shamballa is a must watch of anyone that is a fan of the original series.

Taking place two years after the conclusion of the original series, Edward and Alphonse find themselves torn apart by different planes of existence. Alphonse, now with his body intact remains in the world of Amestris, while Edward is sent through the gate and has found himself on Earth in the early 1920’s where modern science has won over the alchemical process. While studying rocketry in Weimar Republic Germany, Edward learns that his world and Earth parallel each other with several people looking like people that he knows in Amestris, like his brother and Führer Bradley. After being kidnapped by a group of people known as the Thule Society who are attempting to open a gate to Amestris as is Alphonse along with the help of Wrath. So the story becomes of a rift between two world as the Elric Brothers attempt to thwart the Thule Society and reunite once and for all. Continue reading “Full Metal Alchemist Retrospective: Conqueror of Shamballa”

Full Metal Alchemist Retrospective: Full Metal Alchemist

Fullmetal_Alchemist_2003So it is Sunday and today I plan to go to Roanoke’s Grandin Theater to see a new release this week. But with helping my parents move and with the limited time on the internet, I have decided to tackle something a little more easily to critique in my book and seeing as how I have been wanting to start a new retrospective for a little while now and thought to myself, you know? What better time to start than now and what better place to start then one of my favorite Animes of all time, Full Metal Alchemist. This post will also be a little short today, sorry but I’m struggling to find longer than one hour to sit down and write over the weekend..  The popular Anime from Bones Studio has become one of the most popular main stream animes in recent years and for good reason. Spawning several movies and a second retelling of the series called Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. This show digs into some deep and interesting areas of a world that evolved around alchemy and steampunk like fashion while linear to the world that we see today.

Full Metal Alchemist is the story of Edward and Alphonse Elric (Vic Mignogna and Aaron Dismuke/Maxey Whitehead) who live in the country known as Amestris where the art of alchemy is a treasured trade. After the death of their mother, Trisha Elric (Lydia Mackay), Alphonse and Edward attempt the forbidden alchemy to bring a their mother back to life. This fails horrifically and leaves Edward without his arm or leg and Alphonse without a body, his soul now fused with a suit of armor. The story of Full Metal Alchemist then follows the boys as they search for a mystical object known as the Philosopher’s Stone in order to have their body parts and missing limbs returned to them while along the way getting caught up in political intrigue as well as a conspiracy that shakes to the very core of Amestris. Continue reading “Full Metal Alchemist Retrospective: Full Metal Alchemist”