Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 5 ReviewHaley Nicks
"To obtain, something of equal value must be lost."
This rule stands as the first law of equivalent exchange that alchemists must abided by when performing alchemy. The Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, find out the hard way the truth behind this law when they attempt to bring back their dead mother through a forbidden process known as human transmutation. The price of this deed is high and Edward ends up loosing one of his legs and Alphonse's whole body is taken. Not about to relinquish the only family he has left, Edward sacrifices one of his arms in exchange for his brother's soul, which he binds to a suit of armor. Having somewhat survived the ordeal of their transgression, the brothers vow to get their bodies back and to learn all they can about this mysterious force known as alchemy.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Volume Five marks the conclusion of the series that creator, Hiromu Arakawa, planned out in her original storyline. The Elric brothers and their allies engage in the final battle against the Homunculus known as "Father" as he attempts to overtake the power of God. His last surviving sins, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, and Pride as well as the Mannequin Homunculi army add fuel to the fire as the battle heats up. Realizations about what it means to be human come to light and we see the final acts of devotion and sacrifice that the brothers make to each other as the closing episodes play out.
Volume Five of Brotherhood is a two disc set with six episodes on each. Every one of these episodes is packed with action and heartfelt scenes that make one ask questions such as, "What does it mean to truly have revenge?" and "What is really important in life?" Viewers can choose to watch the show in its English dubbed format or the original Japanese dialogue. Having watched the show in its dubbed version for both series, I'm accustom to hearing the English voice actors bring life to their characters. That being said, the dubbing is amazing and it really is interesting to see how the English version chooses its dialogue to match the animation as well as trying to keep to the storyline that is occurring at that moment in the series.
Some extra features that have been included are a full episode commentary on the final episode by the voice actors of Edward and Alphonse Elric as well the ADR Director who did the voice of Havoc. Throughout the episode, viewers are able to hear the thoughts and impressions that these actors had about their characters and the story as a whole. Another feature is outtakes which include the English voice actors humorous mess ups while dubbing and creative dialogue for some scenes that actors were able to match up to the animation instead of the real script.
Overall, I loved this series. Fullmetal Alchemist stands out to me as one of the best anime shows that are out there with some of the most memorable characters. Even though Brotherhood follows some different plot lines than the previous series, it is no less endearing to see your favorite characters back again fighting for what they believe in. In some ways, Brotherhood improves upon the storyline and gives more closure than the first series. Either way, this story about two brothers and their journey of self sacrifice for each other is one that will stay with me. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood has enough action, drama, and suspense to satisfy any anime fan and followers of the previous series; this is something you should not miss out on.
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