That's the thing about Hulu. It makes watching anime just so damn easy. So even your idlest thoughts get seen through.
I've already reviewed all 64 episodes of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD, as well as the FMA:B movie, as well as the special OAV set. I'm searching for a fitting analogy to describe how redundant giving the first anime series the same treatment feels. Is it the equivalent of re-playing a game on Medium Difficulty after you've already beaten it on Hard? Maybe it's akin to watching the theatrical cut of a flick after you've already watched the director's cut?
Hm. Neither of those really correspond to directly so, to state it plainly, I feel like watching this iteration of FMA wouldn't be worth my time. The animation, while certain capable and stylish, is unmistakably behind the polished and more expensive work of the remake. And fans' distaste for the "gecko ending" this plot leads up to was pretty palpable while I was in the face of the remake's more faithful adaptation. Indeed, this episode opens with what I believe was the second arc of the BROTHERHOOD and, even past the repetitiveness of seeing the same plot again, I'm already feeling like this is the superficial and slightly de-clawed version of the material (graphic images of Ed's bloody, severed limbs notwithstanding).
Even Vic Mignogna's take on Edward's voice seems a lot more general and less distinctive than what he achieved with his performance in BROTHERHOOD. This almost feels like his audition reel for that series - - recorded while he was still working out his ideas for the character.
Honestly, to a fan with the unusual position of coming into the FMA fold through BROTHERHOOD first, there isn't much appeal to watching the rest of this (outside of maybe needing something to kill a huge chunk of free time on an idle Sunday - - and I never get those any more). It just feels like the rough draft, and thus, it doesn't warrant a proper review.
Actually, maybe that's the better discussion point - - should somebody who's started with FMA: B even bother with FMA? Do some of you prefer this iteration to the next one? Why? I'd really be curious everybody's take on it.
Watch this episode, "Those Who Challenge the Sun” here and decide for yourself.