Hey guys! Welcome to another Fan Girl Favorite! It’s been a while since we’ve done these too! So I’m glad I get to write another one for ya! This time, I’ll be talking about the difference between Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood so get ready for a bit of a rant here my friends eh heh. Plus, if you haven’t watched either of these be forewarn of spoilers. Alrighty, let’s get to it!
Looking at Fullmetal Alchemist, it was the first to come out. It was supposed to diverge somewhat from the manga and be almost like a unique take on the beloved manga. Yea…that ended realll well. The way they started off the anime wasn’t too bad, it showed what the brothers did to bring back their mother—the ultimate sin of trying to create a human soul. It didn’t end well as we all know. Ed lost his arm and leg and Alphonse lost his entire body. They paid dearly for what they did because and I quote “What could possibly equal the life of a human soul?”
“What could possibly equal the life of a human soul?The Laws of Alchemy
This was very similar to Brotherhood. Except for the fact that instead of just muck and random hair that came up out of the void as it showed in Brotherhood, they made it so that a homunculus was created. From both Ed and Al’s mom and from Ed’s arm and leg. This created the homunculi Wrath and Sloth. In Brotherhood, this didn’t happen at all. Frankly, in my opinion, I didn’t like the fact that those homunculi were created it just doesn’t make sense that homunculi are created through human transmutation. I feel like it made more sense in Brotherhood to say that they were created from Father, the Dwarf in the Flask to be more precise. My reasoning for this is because they say the Dwarf in the Flask was the original homunculi. So of course others would come from it.
Another big divergence between the two is the whole storyline in general. They wanted Fullmetal Alchemist to divert from the manga, but it really diverted and not in a good way in my opinion. I could go on and on about all of the differences, and believe me, there are so very many. But here is the main one, seeing that when Brotherhood was made it copied the manga perfectly we got to see the major fight that went down. After all of the homunculi were killed—well, aside from Fuer Bradley and his son, they had to deal with a huge battle in the capital of Amestris. Many died, but afterward once GreedLing sacrificed himself—I swear this anime makes you cry many times for so many characters, anyways once he sacrificed himself he was able to kill Father completely. This then made it possible for Ed to get into the Gate and talk to the Truth and got his arm and leg back and Al’s body back.
While on the other hand, we have how Fullmetal Alchemist ended. Oi vei don’t even get me started. From having Ed’s and Al’s father have a connection with Dante, being over a hundred years old, and basically having the homunculi as their failed children because they lost their son to a plague. And oh yea, Envy in that anime was the cause of Ed and Al’s father doing a human transmutation to bring back his son. So in a way Envy is Ed and Al’s brother. Hah, there are so many things wrong with that I can’t even.
So to sum up my friends, aside from yours truly having a bit of a bias to Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, there is an incredible gap of a difference between the two animes. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood follows the manga perfectly, while Fullmetal Alchemist barely touches it. Now, I will admit Fullmetal Alchemist does have its good points, Brotherhood has a lot better and more good points.
What are yall’s opinions on the two animes? I’d love to hear them! Or if you want to just fan about the animes with me bring those awesome conversations! Well, that’s all for now.
Rebel Fae out!