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Fullmetal Alchemist: The Anime

 By Geeky Gem

Not so long ago I regaled you with the tale of my love for the Fullmetal Alchemist Manga. I explained how the Brother’s Elric were on a quest to find the Philosophers stone in order to regain their bodies after an alchemy mishap.

 

 

As I mentioned in my other piece about FMA there are, in fact, two anime’s made. There is the one that was made before the manga was finished, and is just called Fullmetal Alchemist, the one I talk about here, and there is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,which I have yet to watch but do have ready to go. Any way if you read my piece on the manga, then you already have a brief knowledge of what I am going on about, if not then go read that and come back, go on I’ll wait.

Done? Good okay here we go. The first half of the animé basically follows that of the manga, but the plots do go away from each other and other things are different in the manga to the show. This happens near the middle of story as the manga series was not complete and this lead to this animé leading off in another direction with the story, thus making them two very different stories but both as enjoyable as one and another. This happens a lot in Japan, they start to make a series before a manga series is finalised and it leads to all sorts of different twists.

When we get to the middle of anime we find that Ed and Alphonse have reunited with their teacher Izumi Curtis in order to find a former lover of Hohenheim (Ed and Al’s father) and the former mentor to their own teacher, Dante. Dante acts as the series’ main antagonist, appearing only in the anime. Centuries ago, the two perfected methods for making the Philosopher’s Stone, achieving a sort of immortality by transferring their soul and intellect into others’ bodies as they age. Dante’s body is giving up and the only way she can survive is to move into a new body with a Philsophers stone that will wipe out an entire town. However there is already a Philosophers stone inside Alphonse leading to him being kidnapped. I will not tell you any more as it may spoil it for you. Needless to say, it is very, very good, and all the loose ends from the series are tied up in Fullmetal Alchemist The Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa, which I have yet to watch but I will.

 The animation on this show is fantastic and both the Japanese and English voice cast are brilliant. Most of the time I will watch a show in both languages as you sometimes get a bit more story in Japanese that can be left out in English, as it wont translate over. However, with FMA, you don’t get that problem. The whole thing translates really well. I always love the opening songs for anime as they are always catchy. However you do find that they change it ever 5 to 10 episodes which is always interesting my favourite one from this anime is by a Japanese band called Larc En Ciel and is called Ready, Steady, Go! It’s a fantastic track and fits this anime really well.

 If you like animation but haven’t tried one yet, then why not give it go, I am off to watch the movie, so I can find out what happens next.

Fullmetal Alchemist

By Geeky Gem

As some of you may know I read comics, which I enjoy very much, but I also read Manga. Manga is a Japanese graphic novel that can go on for a number of volumes. I have read a few different ones but again thanks to a few friends I got pointed in the direction of one they thought I might like.

 

Fullmetal Alchemist is written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa, the world of Fullmetal Alchemist is styled on the European industrial revolution. It is set in the fictional universe where alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques known to man, the story follows the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who want to restore their bodies after a disastrous failed attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy.

 

 

 

The manga was released in August 2001 and ran until June 2010 in that time 27 volumes were published. It also spawned two anime shows, one that loosely follows the tale set out in manga and the other that follows the story very closely. Fullmetal Alchemist (from here on in shall be refered to as FMA), has also had a movie, to bridge the story from the first anime and tie it up nicely, there are video games, a soundtrack and even a collectible card game.

 

 I havent finished reading them all just yet, but what I have read so far I really enjoyed. The story is fast paced and never gives up, the fight scenes are fantastic and yes they can run over 5 or 6 pages but they are brilliantly drawn and I never feel like I am reading a manga. To be honest I can read a whole volume in one go, that’s how much I can get lost in the story. The characters are rich and you really are backing Ed and Al all the time. The supporting cast of characters must not be forgotten. Winry Rockbell and her Granny are the only people that keep Ed and Al grounded thought the story as they search for the fabled Philosopher’s Stone in order to restore what was taking from them.

 

 

 

I just can’t put the manga’s down and I cant wait to get to the end of story, the anime is brilliant as well but I will leave that untill another time I don’t want to spoil you with that now. If you have never read a manga before but are willing to give it a try then I suggest you try this one. It is fantastic.

 

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