Otaku are composed of a multitude of elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfer, sodium, chlorine, magnesium, iodine, and iron with trace amounts of anime and manga.
Fullmetal Alchemist should be a staple in every diet to help maintain healthy fanboyism.
It is rare to come across an anime that feels so accessible that anyone could enjoy it. The story is solid, the characters are interesting, and the dub is great. Plus there’s that oh-so-catchy L’Arc~en~Ciel theme song!
First of all, this review will not be a comparison to the manga. Get that out of your head right now.
Here’s the plot in a very large nutshell: Edward and Alphonse Elric are brothers who have taken a shine to alchemy. When their mother falls ill and dies, Ed and Al take it upon themselves to use forbidden human transmutation to bring her back to life. The attempt steals Ed’s right arm and left leg. Al is less fortunate. He is pulled to the other side, and the only way for Ed to save him is to bind his soul to a suit of armor.
Ed and Al pursue a legendary item called the Philosopher’s Stone so they can get their bodies back to normal. Ed reluctantly joins the military to gain access to their resources. As they pursue their goal, the brothers discover the darker side of humanity including murder, racism, and human transmutation.
Trust us...that last one isn’t pretty.
The plot and animation are solid. Despite the dark storyline that makes the characters question their own morals, the animation itself is vivid and feels like it’s aimed toward a younger audience. There’s something about that dynamic juxtaposition of lighthearted comedy with mankind’s evil that makes the series so accessible. It’s not edge-of-your-seat gripping, but who cares? It’s GOOD and you can easily watch several episodes in one sitting.
The dub is right up there with the top English dubs. Lead actors Vic Mignogna and Aaron Dismuke are so bloody brilliant for actually sounding like young boys! There is nothing more frustrating than an adult talking in head voice and trying to pass it off as a youngster. Each cast member sounds spot on and carries his or her role fully.
Why are you still reading this? Go out and buy Fullmetal Alchemist. Meanwhile, we’ll be mourning the death of our favorite character.
-- Courtney Kraft