Okay first things first: There are two animes. Fullmetal Alchemist is the first anime that came out in 2003. It follows the manga to a point and then diverges and does its own thing (bc it had caught up with the manga so it was like…WELL I GUESS WE’LL WRITE OUR OWN THING). It’s still pretty good though. The ending is weird, but I still really liked it.
The second anime, the one I’ve made a few gifs of, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009), follows the manga entirely. That one is SUPER good. It’s longer and it feels so much more complete than the first one.
As to why I find it brilliant…man. One of the biggest reasons why is the narrative. It’s paced extremely well. It’s a shounen genre, so of course there is fighting and tons of action, but the story is never about that. I don’t know it’s hard to explain. It’s a lot of fun, but it has very serious dark moments and it just balances and flows together extremely well.
And then there are the characters. Oh characters. EVERY. SINGLE. CHARACTER. Good, bad. Major, minor. They are all solid characters and quite a few of them have their own philosophies. It’s also important to mention that this is a character driven story. It’a all about the people to the very last second.
SORRy if this is sort of meh. i just woke up and I saw this and i got so HAPPY.
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