Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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“There’s no such thing as a painless lesson, they just don’t exist. Sacrifices are necassary; you can’t gain anything without losing something first. Although if you can endure that pain and walk away from it, you’ll find that you now have a heart strong enough to overcome any obstacle. Yeah… a heart made full metal.” ~Edward Elric

I finally finished the wonderful anime known as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  After having watched the ’03 version last year, I was curious to see what the big deal was about Brotherhood.  While I still love the original, the storyline in Brotherhood surpassed it in a beautifully intense way.

“Why two animes?”  I understand what happened very clearly, which is why I’m able to enjoy them both separately.  The manga was being written when they started producing the ’03 version.  However, manga takes longer to make sometimes, so the anime got ahead and went a different direction entirely.  Brotherhood was written after the manga was finished to create an anime that followed the manga more closely.

With this in mind, the story was mind blowing.  The sheer contrast of darkness and light along with probably some of my favorite fight scenes in any film of any sort was only a piece of this grand story.  While some characters didn’t get as much time or devotion as they did in ’03, *coughgeneralhughescough* others were developed beautifully through a great series of trials and backstories.

I particularly loved the worldwide viewpoint that Brotherhood took.  Everything that happened had to be viewed with the rest of the world in mind- even in their own country, there was a much more unified sense of existence.  What happened in the North tied up with what went on in the South,  the East was tied directly into the West.  This element is much like how things really are and it was beautiful.

As I am inspired, through this story I can see more of a joy in pain, and a reason with trial.  There is a point to reasoning, much beyond what makes sense.  One of my favorite scenes is probably a moment such as this- where hope is all but lost, and the options that show themselves seem more dreadful than anything, but there is always a better way out.  A sacrifice that doesn’t have to be a burden.

~Tori Lynn

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