My FMA experiences:
Tried watching Brotherhood - got bored.
Tried reading the manga - got bored.
Tried watching the older anime - absolutely loved it for the first 25 episodes but eventually had to quit at the 3/4 mark because it got so bad.
The first half of the old anime was brilliant because it made me engage with and care about the protagonists right from the start, and did the same with an expansive cast of supporters impressively quickly afterwards. The stories were always fun, exciting or interesting and above all it created a perfect balance between episodic and arc-based that I've never seen bettered in a show. The reason it went downhill is because it abandoned that perfect balance, making the story just go on and on. Also, and this might be more important, it stopped being about the Elric brothers. Their quest became a framing device for the less engaging stories of Izumi, Scar, Rose etc, who were better off in supporting roles. It sidelined the brothers into becoming minor characters in their own story. And the new story was just boring.
You can't really debate Brotherhood VS the first one because it is all a matter of personal opinion. Someone could dislike Brotherhood because of the fact that they did not explain the minor characters as much, but someone else could like it because it let more time for the main characters. So as I said, I think that it is just a matter of opinion and that there is no seri better than the other one.
Short post, but explains my point of view very well.
RAWK ON and sorry for the late answer.
Last edited by Necro101; 12th January 2013 at 5:37 PM.
I knew Envy was a guy going in. These are the kind of things I know going into some anime. (Sometimes it's actual spoilers though, bad habit.) Anyways I think both were above average, but I definitely liked Brotherhood better. Can easily see myself re watch it, but could never see myself re watching the 2003 anime.
I haven't see FMA original and I don't plan on it. Saw FMA:B and it's not as good as everyone says it is. A decent watch, but don't take too long or you'll get bored like I did.
IF the concepts and ideas in FMA interest you bro then i would suggest watching the OG series.
I myself have not read the manga and i watch the original series many years ago and i still watch it from time to time.
BUt the concepts and theories present in the original series were presented with such good taste and such realisticness
that it was nothing but beautiful in my eyes.
Forget weather or not it was parallel to the manga. It in its own right is a master piece because few anime or even manga's
can articulate and materialize the kinds of concepts, thoughts and knowledge like that anime did.
I would strongly recommend watching it.
I've only seen maybe the first 10 episodes of Brotherhood though in comparison i feel brotherhood doesn't even come close to the
knowledge and or concepts present in the first series. Its fair enough that some people may not like the original because its not exactly as the manga
presented it. But the first original series isn't even portrayed in the same manner as brotherhood.
If your intrigued by the concepts,knowledge and thoughts projected from FMA you have to watch the original series cause the way the things in it are presented,
will blow your mind
I am completely satisfied of Brotherhood(though they didn't include that fourth chapter of the intro of Yoki). I mean, everyone matured in the end and Ed actually learned the true meaning of friendship rather than the mistake he did and caused. The first anime, I was angry. I mean, at the end, I wasn't satisfied when Ed went to Germany with Al. And the plot, I don't see any significance. The whole first anime was slow and wasn't even serious compared to Brotherhood.
Things I liked and disliked about FMA:
> Lust's character. I loved the depth they added to her, she grew on me a lot and became one of my unexpected favourites.
> Envy being the Spoiler:- spoiler:
> I think the difference in the Homunculus' origins between this and Brotherhood was something that I enjoyed and appreciated. In FMA it had a more mysterious and emotional impact in my opinion, and when they died it became a lot more meaningful and cathartic Spoiler:- spoiler:
. But then again sometimes I think the whole Spoiler:- spoiler:
was a bit far-fetched.
> In the movie, Spoiler:- spoiler:
. Spoiler:- spoiler:
> Hated the ending of the movie. Too bittersweet.
Things I liked and disliked about Brotherhood:
> The story was more worldly and felt more 'epic', I guess. To me it was more exciting watching the story unfold than FMA.
> Wrath and Pride were awesome.
> I can't be bothered writing much more.
Either way I enjoyed both series for their differences.
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I absolutely loved Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Not to say the 1st series was bad but ultimately I preferred the 2nd 1 more because overall I just loved the characters and storyline more. I think its honestly 1 of the best Shounen series I have watched in recent years. I definitely would recommend it to anyone.
Just finished watching the original FMA the other day, but I've also seen the first few episodes of Brotherhood as well. The original was pretty much God tier, although I did find the ending to be slightly unsatisfying in some ways. I don't like that the beginning of Brotherhood is a rehash of the original except more rushed. It's really boring to watch the same thing over again with slightly different dialogue, and maybe this is just because I watched the original first, but the plot seems to be moving too fast.