After finishing yesterday’s writing piece, I though to my “Ok, if someone did get interested in Fullmetal Alchemist after watching the live-action movie, where would I direct them?” I’m sure that the true anime fanatics would send that person first to the manga, but I’d direct him/her to the anime since I’m more familiar with it than the manga. At that point a decision would have to be made as to whether that person would watch the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime series, or the remake, called Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Obviously, if the person has all the time in the world they could watch both, but I’m assuming they only have time to watch one, and I’d pick Brotherhood. While the original Fullmetal Alchemist is a pretty good anime, Brotherhood made substantial improvements, telling a better version of the story and cutting out a lot of the fluff and filler material that was in the original anime series. It’s been years since I last watched Brotherhood, but really my only major complaint about the changes made in it is the inclusion of a new, super annoying character (and you’ll know exactly who I’m talking about the moment they show up on screen). Currently both the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime and Brotherhood are available for streaming on Netflix, so if you watch to check out either of them they’re just a click away.

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