“Don’t mess with Fullmetal, or he’ll whack you with spiky, clubby thing…”
Fullmetal is back, its really back and if the first episode is anything to go by I’m going to love it as much this time as I did the first time round.
Some of you might have begun reading my posts on Toradora and Skip Beat only to find I dropped them. This wasn’t because they were bad shows. I absolutely adore Skip Beat and am always excited to see the latest chapter of that particular manga. I really enjoyed Toradora although I’m not quite sure the ending appealed to me all that much.
But I really got bored with posting about those shows, I liked them well enough but I found I could miss a few episodes and then marathon them. Unlike with Macross Frontier where I watched half the episodes raw because I was just too damn impatient to wait for the sub. Hell the last episode I watched in real time as it aired in Japan because I just couldn’t wait to see it. Nothing since Macross Frontier has really grabbed me the way that show did.
I adored Fullmetal the first time round and just like Macross Frontier I couldn’t get enough of it, although I have to admit I never saw it subbed. I never bothered to watch it until it aired on Adult Swim, so my only exposure to the series has been through the dub. So if you watched the first series subbed, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on how they match up to one another.
Yui – Again
It managed to surprise me from the get go, what with the blatant spoilers in the opening theme. Maybe they thought it wouldn’t matter that they outed a particular character as a homunculi because anyone who has seen the first season, already knows about it. But for any new fans its definitely a major spoiler.
Uso – Sid
I have to say I enjoyed both the OP and ED theme. They always had good music in the last series and its nice to see that trend has continued with the new show.
“Don’t call him short, that will make him angry and you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.”
As for the show itself, everything was there, from the over the top craziness which ensues anytime someone calls Ed short, to the twisted plotting of the homunculi from the shadows.
While they didn’t start off in Lior, deciding to start off with some story based upon the “Ice Alchemist” and his plot to bring down Bradley. That didn’t really matter, it was a nice way for them to showcase the talents of all the Alchemists involved in the episode without getting in too deep into the back story too early on.
Hmm older man bringing you flowers… RUN EDO CHAN RUN! Wait, its just Armstrong.
One other plus to a new show, that resets from the beginning. MORE HUGHES!
Despite not leaping straight into the actual manga storyline they certainly didn’t hang about with the character introductions. This time round we didn’t have to wait to meet Armstrong and Hughes, who were their usual humorous selves. They even introduced Kimblee much earlier than they did in the first series.
The animation was on a par with that of the first series and the background music seemed to fit nicely, although I’m not sure anyone can match Michriu Oshima’s score for the first series.
The background music for the first series fit the flow of the show so wonderfully and at times was quite beautiful. I’m going to miss hearing Touka Koukan (Equivalent Exchange) which used to play as Al spoke in the opening titles and bratja (brothers) was simply beautiful.
That said the music blended well with the visuals and never really distracted you from what you were watching.
I’ve been excited about this since I heard it was coming out and I’m glad for once my expectations were met and I wasn’t disappointed by what I saw. Its new but at the same time familiar and it was great to watch Ed and Al again. I totally look forward to Episode 2.