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In celebration of last month’s drop of the first teaser trailer for the live action adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist, this month we’re binging out on the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime series. In case you need to be brought up to speed – and that is totally what we are here for – Brotherhood was not the original anime series of 2003, however it was released in 2009 as a truer adaptation of the original manga that the first FMA series adaptation strayed from.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a favorite among loyal FMA fans because it was not only a more accurate adaptation of the manga but also captures creator Hiromu Arakawa’s profoundly emotional and morally challenging themes. Overall, we see a deeper character development this time around as well as an emphasis on the brutality and horror of the violence. Personally, I enjoy both animes, but if you have not seen either and plan to watch only one I always lean in favor of the artist’s vision as opposed to the studio’s. In layman’s terms, choose Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

I’m not going to claim to be a fanatic of the series or anything. I mean sure, I named my cat Xiao-Mei, I usually am rocking a State Alchemist Watch to reduce my anxiety and even the less epic first series was enough to forever change my opinion on anime, but that surely doesn’t make me a fanatic, right? Take my word for, this series is a total game changer and is enjoyable for just about any and all ages and demographics. If you’re a slight fan[atic] such as myself, then just reading/talking about the franchise is motivation enough to indulge all over again – and you can right now for free.

You can currently watch all 64 episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood streaming free at Crunchyroll, here, or by downloading their app onto your smartphone or gaming device. Enjoy!

– Rachael Rumancek

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  • Leo Rydel

    Well written, Rachael! I also appreciate the character development in Brotherhood more. We explore a light of Edward and Alphonse that was left out in the ’03 series.

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