Vice Interrogation: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Topic started by gia on April 15, 2009. Last post by FMA88 5 years, 1 month ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Title: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Studio: BONES
Genre: Fantasy
  

Ratings (of 5)
Story: ♥♥½
Animation: ♥♥♥♥
Characters: ♥♥♥
OP/ED Themes: ♥♥♥♥

OVERALL: ♥♥♥½

Thoughts:
All 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, Al, Hughes, 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.

That 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.)
Post by xElectrastarx (10 posts) See mini bio Level 1
Finally, someone who shares my vision in terms of Roy's voice actor being changed.

I think the casting directors made a very bad choice when they chose to replace him. On the other hand, I don't know what happened behind the scenes so maybe Okawa couldn't reprise the role that of Mustang.... Still, Roy is the second favorite character in the manga polls, so why they chose to change him is beyond me... I have to say though, I'm not impressed with  Shinichirou Miki. He should stick with his layed back roles like Urahara in Bleach or James in Pokemon...He'll be as awesome as Toru Okawa, never and who knows, maybe if enough fans bitch about it, they'll do the right thing and change the current actor for the rightful one, although I seriously doubt that.
Post by Sigue (860 posts) See mini bio Level 8
Second episode was good~
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
xElctrastarx: I think it's pretty unlikely that they'd swap actors in the middle of a run-- it's rare enough for them to swap actors even for a new series like this one!
Post by MoonStorm (360 posts) See mini bio Level 8
The voices are throwing me off a bit a first because I watched the first sires in english. But I have no real complaints about the second session so far.
Post by Elfie (43 posts) See mini bio Level 1
I was underwhelmed by Roy's new VA, but actually was overjoyed with the new VA for Hawkeye. :)

And nothing could be as awesome as being able to see Hughes again! :)

Post by xElectrastarx (10 posts) See mini bio Level 1

To Elfie : I have to admit that I do like Riza's new voice actress. I don't remember the name of the last one, but she was a little too platonic sounding to me.

I will forever hate Roy's new VA, that will probably never change...although, even if I didn't see all of episode 2, I was a little impresse by the speech he gave Ed in the flash back scene...maybe there's hope for him yet.

And sure, it's cool to see Hughes again, but since this is a remake of the anime based on the manga, we'll have to see him get killed all over again :-((

To gia : Yeah, I know it's highly unlikely they'll change the actors...although I did hear from a friend of mine that they changed actors for some of the characters in One Piece (again, that's what she told me, I'm not a religious fan of the series like her), so it has been done before, but yeah, Japan is usually more faithful to the actors they use in their animes, except maybe this time.

Post by Sigue (860 posts) See mini bio Level 8
xElectrastarx said:
"To gia : Yeah, I know it's highly unlikely they'll change the actors...although I did hear from a friend of mine that they changed actors for some of the characters in One Piece (again, that's what she told me, I'm not a religious fan of the series like her), so it has been done before, but yeah, Japan is usually more faithful to the actors they use in their animes, except maybe this time."
Remember that One Piece has been going for a very, very long time. It's a little different.
Post by FMA88 (1 posts) See mini bio Level 1
I am a HUGE FMA fan, especially when it comes to the original Anime. It has been 5-6 years since the original and I still miss it alot. The pace for this new version is pretty fast, and I feel as though I only understand it due to the fact that I'm basing alot of my knowledge from the first one. In addition to this, I have just completed the 6th episode and feel that it really lacks the raw emotional aspect of FMA. This series shoes a more comical side to a rather dark story line, and something about that troubles me greatly. In additon, the drawings seem alittle off to me. The best example I can draw from would be in the 5 episode where Edward gets his arm shattered by Scar. It has always been my fav. scene visually,  but this new series seems to have butchered it.

I will still continue to watch this series and try my best to be as unbias as possible. I must admit, getting rid of ALOT of the filler from the original is much appreciated.
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