Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - review

Filed Under (), () by hafizhans on June 23, 2010

First ever post about anime in this blog. Well I'm not really into anime anymore but this one, I simply cannot resist same goes to Code Geass, two best anime series I'd ever watched!! Well, there were several other anime and manga that I been following from time to time like, One Piece, Bleach, even Naruto and I'm not ashamed of it. I gotta say, they make a really good story, even it is just a cartoon. Maybe some people think "what are you? 10 years old? still watching all this stuff?" but frankly, I think all this 'crap' they saying is even better than Malay Drama out there, it is all about the same thing, Love, Money, Jelousy, Scandal..full of crap. Well, maybe some of the story is quite good like Nur Kasih ( I didn't watch it either, just assuming cause many people say it is good). Why can't we, Malaysian, produce some series like Supernatural? Lost? I get it, lack of budget and so on, well, some of those series actor actually receive $300,000 just for one episode, i think it equal to payment for all actor in malay series for the whole season..haha. Come on, let's face it, they got their story broadcast worldwide, why? because it simply good.

Well, back to the review, Edward and Alphonse Elric are two alchemist brothers searching for the legendary catalyst called the Philosopher's Stone, a powerful object which would allow them to recover their bodies (which were lost in an attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy). Born in the village of Resembool from the country of Amestris, the two brothers lived there with their mother. Their father, Van Hohenheim, left home for unknown reasons and years later, their mother, Trisha Elric, died of a terminal illness leaving the Elric brothers alone. After their mother's death, Edward became determined to bring her back through the use of alchemy, an advanced science in which objects can be created from raw materials. They researched Human Transmutation, a forbidden art in which one attempts to create or modify a human being. However, this attempt failed, ultimately resulting in the loss of Edward's left leg and Alphonse's entire body. In a desperate effort to save his brother, Edward sacrificed his right arm to affix Alphonse's soul to a suit of armor. Some days later, an alchemist named Roy Mustang visited the Elric brothers, and he told Edward to become a member of the State Military of the country to find a way to recover their bodies. After that, Edward's left leg and right arm were replaced with automail, a type of advanced prosthetic limb, created for him by his close family friends Winry Rockbell and her grandmother Pinako.

Edward then became a State Alchemist, an alchemist employed by the State Military of Amestris, which infamously annihilated most of the Ishbalan race (Ishbal) in the past decade. Becoming a State Alchemist enables Edward to use the extensive resources available to State Alchemists, but it also turns him into what they call a "dog of the military". His more friendly relationship with Mustang however, whom he reports to and who recruited him, allows the brothers freedom to search for the Philosopher's Stone as part of Edward's research, as each State Alchemist is expected to independently research new things which may be of a use to the State Military of Amestris. The brothers set off in search of the Philosopher's Stone as a means to restore their bodies. Throughout their journey, they meet many antagonists, including those who are willing to do anything to obtain the Philosopher's Stone; Scar, one of the few surviving Ishbalans, who seeks vengeance on the State Alchemists for the destruction of his race; and the homunculi, a group of human-like creatures who carry pieces of the Philosopher's Stone inside themselves, and from it derive the ability to survive almost any harm.

As the story progresses, Edward and Alphonse discover the vast expansion of Amestris was the result of the homunculi, who created and secretly control the State Military. The homunculi and much of the high-ranking military officers are commanded from behind the curtains by the creator of the homunculi, a man simply known as "Father" who gained immortality by creating the Philosopher's Stone by tricking Hohenheim centuries before the series' timeline. He plans to use Amestris as a gigantic transmutation circle in order to transmute the entire country for reasons unknown to the Elrics. When Edward and Alphonse discover Father's plans, they, along with other members of the State Military, set out to defeat him.
As the forces collide, one by one, the remaining homonculi are defeated and Central city's troops are enlightened about the truth of the situation. However, Father temporarily harvests all the souls in Amestris, numbering several million, and using that power, traps "God", gaining immense power. However, due to Hohenheim's earlier actions, the souls are brought back to their bodies by their spirits, and Father becomes unstable. Everyone joins in to fight Father, forcing him to use more and more of his stone, finally being defeated by Edward with his original arm, Al having sacrificed himself to bring it back. After Father is trapped within the Truth, revealed to be God, Ed sacrifices his ability to use alchemy to bring Al back in his original body. The Elrics return to Resembool, but two years later, they separate in order to repay the people who helped in their journey.

Totally copied from Wikipedia haha. I was thinking to write the review on my own but then I don't even know how to start. I'd even got spoiler from this review cause there is still 2 more episode until the end but I already know the end, thank to this review. Damn, hate spoilers. Well, it's a good anime, it even voted the most popular anime in Japan so it is more reason to watch it.


great experience, dude! thanks for this great post wow... it's very wonderful report.