: Fullmetal Alchemist BrotherhoodStudio
: FantasyRatings (of 5)
OP/ED Themes: ♥♥♥♥
in all, while I still maintain a lot of hope for the series, I'm
unimpressed with the handling of the first episode of Fullmetal
Alchemist Brotherhood. The pacing is odd, and in an attempt to both
introduce the concepts to new people AND provide fanservice for
long-term fans, the result is a rather jumbled and overly swift mess of
characters running in, doing a shtick, then saying something serious,
and then departing.
I understand that it's very difficult to
deal with having animated the early parts of the series already-- and
having done so extremely well. I am disappointed that Bones couldn't
find a better way to handle the issue, but again, I'm confident that
the rest of the series will probably be fine.
So let's move on
to some of the other changes: much of the main cast that you'll note in
this episode is the same as the last series, namely Ed
, and Armstrong
. The Fuhrer
sounds about the same to me, although it's a different actor, ditto Riza Hawkeye
(who only gets a single line in the whole episode, so it's hard to judge that fairly). The new Lust
sounds pretty good, too.
No, my one complaint on the cast differences so far is Roy Mustang
Granted, this isn't a huge Roy episode, but so far Shinichirou Miki
doesn't offer the confidence and charisma that Toru Okawa managed to
ooze into the character's every word. That said, Miki isn't BAD in the
role, he just doesn't sound as good so far.
If you've already
seen Fullmetal Alchemist and are tight on time, it'd be pretty easy for
you to skip this first episode, which introduces an original character
and story (albeit a pretty cool one) to allow for the explication of
the series without merely repeating the previous anime's introductions.
The second episode goes up tomorrow on FUNimation's website at 10am
Central time (get it? Like Central City in the series? GET IT?), so
fans already familiar can jump on the second episode boat.
said, if you skipped the first season or have some time to kill, the
first episode is very pretty, if a bit too quick-paced and a little on
the shallow side. (Like I said, it's hard to blame BONES, even if I
think they could have done it better.)