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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Box Set 3 – Review
Out on Blu-Ray – April 29th 2013
**Possibly Major Spoilers Ahead**
This box set of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood covers episodes 27-39, and these are possibly some of the most crucial episodes in the series. You will not find one ounce of filler in these episodes but what you may be disappointed by is how the story drags out in certain places. Fullmetal Alchemist is a great series, and I am talking about the original and this one, they both deserve a watch. If I had to choose the better one it would easily be Brotherhood as it adds more characters, has a lot more depth, and the story is just 10 times better.
There isn’t much that I will be able to talk about without ruining crucial plot points in the story but I will try my best, since this is bang smack in the the middle of the series. So with over 300 minutes of episodes, lets move on to talk about the story in the best detail we can without physically ruining the plot altogether.
The story of this Box set covers from episode 27-39, right in the middle of the series. These are basically the most important episodes of the series and I am not sure why but they really do add to great story line. I do not want to go into the story in to much detail because I do not want to ruin anything for people. So the story of the box set begins with Hohenheim and a younger Pinako drinking together at a festival, with Pinako asking why he stays away from the other villagers. This leads him to begin having an illusion of a demonic version of himself, who is later known as “Father” the creator of the Homunculi. When Ed and Alphonse meet Father they are told to just continue their lives how they are for now, then they are escorted back to Central by Envy where they are given orders to stay low from King Bradley. Colonel Mustang and his gang have all been split up and Ed and Al are now left to carry on their journey to find their bodies, which will lead them up North.
While they are up North they head to Briggs where they meet Major General Olivier Armstrong, who is the sister of Major Armstrong. While there they are put to work and the untimely arrival of a Homonculus named Sloth which is digging a tunnel all around the Amestris. Sloth proves hard to kill, able to withstand bullets and even Tank shots, it seems the only way to stop it will be to cut off the movement of his body. So they proceed with the plan to soak him in petrol and then push him out into the snow so he can freeze and become unable to move. While all of this is going on Kimblee is in hot pursuit of Scar believing that he is heading North towards Briggs, and while on his tail he his impaled on a moving train by Scar leaving him bedridden.
The following episode Raven, who is one of the higher-ups in Central arrives at Briggs to take over everything and he arrives with Kimblee, who was not long ago in bed in the hospital but then being healed by a Philosophers Stone. They take over Briggs and cease control. Miles is left to lead Kimblee around the fort while Olivier is plotting. She is seen having a conversation with Raven to try and catch him out, and when it comes to the point where he asks her if she wanted an immortal army, that is where the people that are listening in know what to do. Olivier is ordered to put Sloth back in the hole so he can continue digging and after they re-seal the hole, Olivier stabs Raven and puts his body in the very foundations of Briggs. From here she is taken to Central to be questioned and so she can take the previous seat of Raven so she can infiltrate Central from the inside.
The story at this point has some vital twist and turns but you will often find those few filler like moments that put you off. At some points I feel the story could of been stronger but in the most part it does the right job to deliver a somewhat fulfilling storyline. 12 episodes was a brilliant size for the box set and it is in Blu-Ray so it really does deliver for the price.
I want to take a moment to talk about the graphics because they are really beautiful in Blu-Ray. The crisp lines, the great colour and the extreme detail. It is always apparent in the box set, you will never have a moment thinking that they slipped up. So with fitting visuals all the way through you will never find an ugly moment. This series has never shied away from blood and it is quite apparent with the effects of it on this series, spatters, injuries, they are always quite effective towards the story.
This series is definitely not for everybody so I will not completely recommend it. If you have seen the old series of Fullmetal Alchemist then this is always a good one to watch, mainly because the original was not the true story but this is even better. The story is much more gripping and when you finish the story you will feel much more of a fulfilment when you finish this series.
It isn’t my favourite series but it is definitely in the top 10 just for the sheer enjoyment that you will encounter and the lovable cast of character. From what I have written I have still left major plot spoilers out of it so you will still get the full enjoyment when you finally get around to it. The box set has its highs and lows but it is mostly a brilliant set of 12 episodes from this 64 episode series.