Several months ago, my roommate introduced me to the world of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. For those of you who are like me, you might be thinking what is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood? Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an Anime that uses a magic called “alchemy” which is the ancient metaphysical science/mystical art of manipulating and altering matter by using natural energy. This act is known as "Transmutation" (錬成 Rensei) and its sequence is usually described as:
It’s basically an ancient science where one can change an object by reshaping the matter that makes it up.
My roommate and I watched several episodes, but I never really truly got into the series until just a little bit ago. I’ve always been jealous of the people that can watch Animes and truly get into them. I’ve never been that type of person. Rather than TV shows or movies, I found myself intrigued by music. I decided to give this show another try and decided to start from the beginning.
If you don’t know the premise of the show, Edward and Alphonse Elric use this art of alchemy to try to bring their dead mother back from the grave, but in doing this, they committed the “taboo”. Edward lost his right arm and left leg and Alphonse lost his entire body, which Edward bound to a suit of armor using alchemy. The show follows their adventures as these two try to find a Philosopher’s Stone, which can help give them back their original bodies.
The uniqueness of this series is unmatched. It features a lot of tropes of Animes, and even though at times it may seem silly, the tone of the series is dark and serious. I hate to make this comparison, but it sort of reminds me of Avatar: The Last Airbender with the idea that there are certain people that can manipulate materials around them which creates this divide between those who possess the power and those who do not. Also with that series, there is a lot of light-heartedness, but it has a very serious tone to it as well.
Now, I haven’t completed the series yet, but I finished Part 1 which contains episode 1 through 13. I won’t write a review on every part when I finish it, but considering this is one of my first Animes, I felt the need to express my joy and excitement for it. Like I mentioned, I’m not at all an expert in Anime, but little by little, I’m delving into it. After I finish this series, my plan is to move on to Tokyo Ghoul because that one has been suggested to me countless times.
If you haven’t watched this Anime or are nervous about dipping your toe into the world of Anime, I would highly suggest you watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood because, yes it is an Anime, but it feels less like an Anime and more like just a brilliant story. I know Anime can have its negative connotations such as nerdy, Weebo, and other such things, but honestly it’s such a great world of things that I’m excited to explore.
The only thing that sucks about this is the fact that I literally just started like 5 shows today. However, I’m set on finishing this series, unlike my attempt with Deathnote which I still need to return to.
Let me know if you want an episode by episode review of Part 1. I will gladly do it, but know that I’m very short on time, so if you do suggest I do such, it may not come out as soon as expected. Thanks for reading this first post about Anime. I’m excited to do more reviews and posts.
Like I've mentioned before, music has no language barriers, it knows no language. I want to dedicate this section of my website to reviewing in any way, shape or form other languages of music. This includes Jpop, Mandopop, OPM, Vpop, Latin music, Russian, German, American, Venezuelan, you name it. If you think it's worth giving a listen, I'll listen to it and give you a review.