Anime Review #5: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

It’s time to review another anime!


When it comes to classic or popular anime, you wouldn’t miss Fullmetal Alchemist. You’ll always see a typical golden hair boy with a steel robot as one of the icons of the anime, besides Naruto, One Piece, Bleach and Pikachu. It’s one of the highly rated anime series of all time.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from manga “Fullmetal Alchemist” illustrated by Arakawa Hiromu. It was aired during April 2009 till July 2010.

People might confuse between Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. While their airing times are different (FMA Brotherhood is on 2009 while the original FMA is on 2003), FMA Brotherhood follows manga storyline, while FMA has its own new stories which diverges from the original manga.

Initially I didn’t give a damn on this anime, but after watching the first episode, I was so attracted to it and even though it has longer episodes than the typical anime series, I was willing to spend my time watching every single of them.

Note: I will be reviewing on FMA Brotherhood instead of the 2003 anime series. To be honest, this anime has no flaws at all, everything is so nice and sweet, I had difficulties digging out the cons (OOPS)


The story revolves around talented alchemist Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse Elric, who lost their parents since they were young. Unable to accept the fact that their mother passed away, they committed taboo at a young age – Human Transmutation. Of course, they paid a price for it- Edward lost his left leg and right arm while Alphonse lost his human body and his soul was inscribed into a metallic body. Vowed to bring back his brother to normal, Edward joined State Military as a State Alchemist – a position equivalent to Major in army ranks, in order to find the whereabouts of Philosopher’s Stone, a tool to resurrect his brother. However as they progressed, a dark secret plot behind this stone is slowly revealed…….

Now I will start with the cons:

(These are not really cons that affect the anime, just my two cents that can make this anime even more flawless)

  1. Title can be more attractive. I know Bones (the anime studio) tried to differentiate between the 2003 and this version, and this logo is more cleaner, but personally I prefer they use the title from the manga itself.
Original Title Design/2003 Anime Title


2009 Anime Title

Okay, now the pros:

  1. Nice opening and ending song. Featuring YUI, Sukima Switch, SID, and many more, they really put in effort to reflect the main soul of this anime. Plus their lyrics are meaningful, picturing the characters’ current emotion and motivation to move forward even though the future is unclear and gloomy, because they believe that their dreams can come true if they tried.
  2. The main character shines brightly but isn’t overpowered. Even though Edward Elric is the main character of the series, he was the normal ‘human’ in the anime series. He has emotions, background story and motivations, and even weaknesses. Even as the protagonist the author didn’t over exaggerate his abilities as the youngest alchemist, because he still loses to his younger brother, Alphonse in combat, and his automail (mechanical right arm) was prone to flaws that will put him in danger if it’s damaged. He always pissed off towards people who mistaken Alphonse as Edward or being called as “small-sized”. Even so, he has his own stand towards life, always prioritize his brother’s life instead to his, and to be honest, he was very mature even as a teenager.
  3. Every character has their ways to ‘shine’ in the anime. This is what I like the most about this anime. Every single character, either main or supporting roles that are involved in the anime will leave a deep impression towards you. Both good and evil sides did reveal their own reasons of being so. Roy Mustang has its own resolve to be the future Fuhrer, Winry’s decision to be Edward’s supporter, Lisa Hawkeye’s reason to join Military, the homunculus’ strong reason to make the plot successful, and many more.
  4. Very little to zero harem concepts involved. Each male character has one female partner with him only, which makes this anime to be more story-focused instead. To be honest, I am sick of the fan service and the harem scenes in the recent anime nowadays.


If you haven’t watched this anime, or wanted to get involve into the world of anime, I will recommend this. 🙂

Score: 9.5/10


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