Best 'Fullmetal Alchemist' series: the original or 'Brotherhood'? | The Tylt
Those unfamiliar with anime should at least attempt to watch “Fullmetal Alchemist." The story deals with humanity, the search for truth, and some old fashioned good-versus-evil tropes as two brothers—Ed and Alphonse—fight to reclaim what they’ve lost from a terrible mistake. There are two series adaptations that has fans divided, the first premiering in 2003 that tells a new story of its own while the second—“Brotherhood”—sticks closely to the manga’s plot. Which is your favorite?
Best 'Fullmetal Alchemist' series: the original or 'Brotherhood'?
The thing with the 2003 “Fullmetal Alchemist” is that it finally, finally brought the beloved story’s characters to life. We got to see Ed, Alphonse, Winry, Mustang, and the rest of the crew move and have voices that satisfied the need to make a comic book medium into a show. It also brought the emotional factor up to an 11.
The thing that’s so dividing about the original series is how much it strayed from the manga’s plot. This wouldn’t be so bad if the ending hadn’t been so. Darn. Depressing. No spoilers, though.
Six years after the original series’ air date, the world was blessed with “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.” Although fans were slightly suspect over the resurgence of one of their favorite franchises, they—as well as many who hadn’t seen the first series—were beyond stoked about the outcome.
Maintaining most of its original voice cast, “Brotherhood” remained faithful to the manga’s plotline and fully fleshed out an epic tale from start to finish. It also gave a more satisfying ending which, again, no spoilers, so get to watching, guys!