Which version of FullMetal Alchemist should I watch?

Topic started by ImmortalSaiyan on Feb. 23, 2012. Last post by nishi99 2 months, 2 weeks ago.
Post by ImmortalSaiyan (38 posts) See mini bio Level 9

I am wondering what is the better overall series FMA or FMAB for someone who has never seen either. Thanks in advance.

Post by Destinyheroknight (10,466 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Both are good

But if you don't have the time, then the first one will be the best

Post by Dream (8,870 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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Depends on what you look for with an anime. If you want a grand-scale plot with enough world building and characters, then Brotherhood would be your choice. If you want mature storytelling with a good amount of grey morality tossed into the mix, then the first anime would be for you.
Post by rubberluffy (600 posts) See mini bio Level 16

Don't waste your time watching the 2003 anime. Just watch Brotherhood.

Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13

I want to say watch the first one until they meet Greed (so about halfway in) and then pick up at the same spot in the other but really, just watch the first one and read the manga for the other storyline.

Post by PenguinDust (1,008 posts) See mini bio Level 13

Well, if you've only got time for one, I'd suggest Brotherhood since it's a grand adventure perfectly told. However, if you can, I'd watch both because the first 30 or so episodes of FMA 2003 make up the first dozen episodes of Brotherhood. There is a ton of character development in those 30 that easily transfers to FMAB. What Dream said is true, too. FMA 2003 approaches the Sins with a greater complexity than FMAB, but I found the earlier story's conclusion is less satisfying. The manga wasn't complete at the time, so the anime creators had to make something up and they did a good job considering, but there were a lot of questions left unanswered. If that's the type of show you like, then I'm sure you'd enjoy FMA 2003. Some anime fans don't like everything explained, and they want somethings left unknown so they can talk about their theories afterwards. But, for me, all I can say is very few animes have given me such a good feeling as the final credits scrolled by as Brotherhood and that's something I will always appreciate.

Oh, and I found the opening and closing music in FMA 2003 to be better than FMAB. It didn't change my opinion of either story, it's just that the credit songs from the earlier show appealed to my tastes in music more than the later show.

Post by sickVisionz (4,327 posts) See mini bio Level 24

I like the first one a lot more. The second one has better fight animation, but that's about the only thing I think it does as good or better than the original.

Post by UsachanMaN (4,663 posts) See mini bio Level 16

I really enjoyed the first FMA series, but I advice you to watch the Conqueror of Shamballa movie after watching the series since it pretty much wraps everything up.

For those who watched the Brotherhood series, is it based off the FMA manga? I havent read the FMA manga so I'm not so sure.

Post by sickVisionz (4,327 posts) See mini bio Level 24

@UsachanMaN: It is

Post by UsachanMaN (4,663 posts) See mini bio Level 16

@sickVisionz: Thanks for clearing that up! :)

Post by yzami17 (3 posts) See mini bio Level 8
you should watch full metal alchemist: brotherhood, the story is better than the first. ^^
Post by The_Desert_Tiger (1,243 posts) See mini bio Level 13

Personally I found Brotherhood to be much better, but if you can I'd say watch both.

Post by thekokapelli (98 posts) See mini bio Level 9

It depends on what you like and what kind of fan you are, really. If you prefer reading manga to watching anime and enjoy action-packed shonen with a lot of fight scenes, you'll probably dig Brotherhood more. But if you're a critical person, prefer watching anime to reading manga, and admire writing and storytelling, you'll probably like the original much better. Why? Because the original is FAR better written, better paced, more thoughtful, and handles the wide swathe of tones a lot better. Brotherhood is great, but the only reason it's great is because it's working with great material (it's a great manga). It's a clumsy adaptation to be sure, but it's certainly not awful. I'd still be cautious in starting with Brotherhood anyway, because the beginning is barely watchable in some parts. But it does get a lot better. It's exciting, emotionally involving, and handles its many subplots well. I still maintain that despite the problems with the original, (and there are, I'm not saying it's perfect) it is still superior, and its accomplishments far eclipse its flaws.

Post by N15PCA (611 posts) See mini bio Level 13

The first one. I didn't care for FMA Brotherhood. It followed the manga to much.

Post by XTREEMMAK (9 posts) See mini bio Level 7

I'd say both. I've yet to see Brotherhood in its entirety, but I love the darker approach it takes on key sections due to the fact that it follows the original manga. The original Anime has its strong points as well though. I'd say start with the original first, take a break and watch something else, then go to Brotherhood.

Cheers :D

Post by Kraden (38 posts) See mini bio Level 11

@N15PCA said:

The first one. I didn't care for FMA Brotherhood. It followed the manga to much.

But thats the best part... If you are having issues finding all the of the manga then Brotherhood is the best one to get since it does follow it almost to the letter, but in either case both are awesome so imo I say watch them both and decide what you like better after.

Post by takashichea (15,903 posts) See mini bio Level 25

If you're going to split the series into two, I say stop at episode 17 for FMA and resume at episode 6 for Brotherhood.

Post by sickVisionz (4,327 posts) See mini bio Level 24


Post by phantomrant (1,599 posts) See mini bio Level 10

I prefer Brotherhood.

Post by takashichea (15,903 posts) See mini bio Level 25


I was helping a user who was new to the series. Though, she or he was shy and reply in PM instead. Oh well.

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