This will be a continuation of our original article a month or so back. And also since I was sick and have been mentally spacey, I totally forgot that I originally did an article like this before, so instead, treat this as a continuation of that Let’s Talk! too late to turn back now after all this input! : D This one though, focuses more on the art and meaning that we got from FMAB.
Once in a while, there is an anime that will make us so enthralled by it that, no matter how many times after that, we can still watch it. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (FMAB) is one of the most amazing dubs and one of the most thrilling anime I have watched. From the character progression, to the humor, everything just falls into a nice and cozy niche category. While, it isn’t a prime example of a fantastic anime, this one for us at least, is. The story of FMAB follows that of the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, on a quest to recover their bodies after trying to bring their mother back to life with alchemy. On their journey they will meet an array of odd and unique characters, all of whom help them further along the path. They will counter great adversity, in the form of perfect beings called Homunculous. The fights will test their resolve as they begin to uncover an unsettling reality in their search for the grand elixir. The Philosopher’s Stone.
The art style of this anime is of a different category. It is rigid, structured, yet playful in it’s form. It truly has a unique stylized design and it speaks volumes when you get to see the characters develop and grow through out the anime. The character art is another lovely aspect of the anime. Each character has a way they standout, from the Elric’s to Shao May. I wouldn’t say it is a realistic depiction, so much as it gives a much more developed and pleasant feel from what we are used to seeing when it comes to anime.
Okay, can I just say, while most of the music is used quite a bit in an almost repeated loop, the song composition is just so much more powerful when coupled with this anime. It can cause joy, sorrow, anguish. It compliments the animation so much more that, it would almost be a bland anime without it or if a different composition was put in it’s place. The anime also compliments it in reverse. it almost feels like moments in the composition were fueled in part by the animation quality. Maybe the animation team and music director had an inside gig… Who knows. The Openings and Closings all are freaking amazing. The most memorable opening tends to the be the first one. Again by Yui, it has to be one of the best openings I have seen period and most would agree. I personally enjoy the fourth ending them, Shunkan Sentimental by Scandal. I had listened to them well before the anime and was pleasantly surprised when they popped up at the ending of the first episode rocking the new opening and endings.
The overall theme for this anime is very rough. It is a theme and struggle we all push towards with every passing day. We want to be with the ones that we love, we want to do all we can to bring those we lost back. We lose a bit of ourselves in the process but we keep standing up, tall and proud on our own two legs. We may need some assistance sometimes with getting our footing but, it sometimes always works out for the best in the end when we have so many supporting us and cheering us on. It really is an awesome anime that details the struggles we all must face against outside forces and those that have been born from our own being. We also must realize that what we do and who we are as beings are all inter-connected by strings of fate and truth. One reaction will incur another. We are energy in a cyclical, recycled pattern of being. I remember watching this in Anime Club and feeling that I was unjust as a kid in telling my friends how lame this anime was and how odd it was. After watching it 3 full times, working on my fourth right now, this anime keeps throwing new themes at me. Such as the things that our parents do for us. We may think otherwise, but they will never forget us nor leave us to our own devices. They are always there caring and supporting us in our goals and motives. When dealing with the Homunculous, we get to peer into things that we often take for granted. Seeing Wrath, Greed, Envy, Pride, all of them had such emotional realizations or fulfillment’s upon their deaths. I think everyone personally felt something at Greed’s true death. We can all relate somewhat to him at least.
So, as stated up above, this is a continuation of our other post; and also because when you are sick you don’t think straight and end up writing an article about something you already wrote! Lucky us, that we caught this before it was published and wasn’t treated like a continuation. Awkward.. If you have not watched this version, the difference between FMA and FMAB is simply that FMAB follows the manga closer than the original animation, you can catch it in full on Funimation’s website! You will need a subscription to access it! Did you like FMAB? Or do you like the original story that FMA presented? Let us know in the comment section below and on our Twitter page! We again apologize for the lack of content yesterday, illness is no joke and you should always drink lots of liquids and get ample amounts of rest!