From a cult-leader to a children’s TV presenter, the character of Bray Wyatt gets weirder and weirder… And I love it. Here’s why:
A startling revelation that came to me, a new and unique idea is genuinely hard to come by. Okay, this is a strange topic for a geek website, but hear me out. It relates to your favourite video games, TV series, films, books and stories of all kinds. When you flick through available content, a lot of stories are similar, albeit with a different cast. This Monday, I saw something that was genuinely new – And that made me and fans exceptionally happy.
There was a sound beneath him, at the foot of the bed. He turned again, aware of the dull throbbing in his shoulder as he moved. His eyes fought his efforts to open them, and a blurry image of concrete walls greeted him, which slowly focussed to settle upon the shape of Juniper.
“I recall seeing this hat,” she turned the conical disc slowly in her hands, “almost every week in the library, stood before me once again for some new misdemeanour to be reprimanded. Somewhat iconic of Leylandii, wouldn’t you say? Almost as much a part of his identity as his smile, and his disregard for maintaining order. I shall miss it. Despite it all, I shall remember him fondly as the young boy who challenged everything he was told until he understood exactly why it was being told to him.
“Do you think that the same young boy would have ignored well reasoned advice, endangered the lives of his friends and comrades, his own life, and the lives of everyone at this facility, to retrieve a hat? No matter how well meaning the intentions, no matter how competent he may have thought himself, Leylandii was not fool enough to risk so much for so little.” She placed the hat on a table behind her, utterly expressionless “Your actions have not only shown contempt for his memory, but a total disregard for your own life, with which the council feels you can no longer be trusted.”
Last week we had a look at the original Fullmetal Alchemist series which aired between 2003 to 2004. Today, let’s look at Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and let’s get down to what actually makes the difference between the two as well as why you would watch one over the other.
WARNING: This article potentially has spoilers. Actually; it definitely has a few spoilers but nothing too spoil-y.
So the story of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is more in line with the manga. Actually, it’s basically taken direct from the manga – It’s really quite spot on. Of course there are a few liberties taken as you’d expect but there’s nothing major. Basically the whole story from the manga is in Brotherhood.
If you’ve already read the story of Fullmetal Alchemist and want to decide which to start on, then it really depends. Do you want to see the real story in anime form or do you want to see a different story in the same universe? That’s where you draw the line between the two. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is beautifully along the actual story and as such, the story is that much better. Whilst the story in the 2003 series was good, there were a few elements which didn’t feel quite right: Namely characters like Wrath.
You might recall in my previous article on Fullmetal Alchemist, I brought up Wrath as a character. Well, the above picture is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood’s Wrath – Yeah, he’s quite different isn’t he? In the 2003 series, Wrath was a youngen who was created by Izumi, Ed and Al’s “sensei”. In this one, he’s a fair bit older and he’s a lot more wrathful – The 2003 Wrath was more “angry at the world” than wrathful. It was a peculiar difference but not too surprising, considering the story of the 2003 series was completed before the story itself was completed.
this isn’t fair in all honesty. Yes, the artwork and animation in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is better – But that’s simply because this was made many years later than the 2003 series! Technology has improved and so have peoples techniques. Plus, Fullmetal Alchemist became a very popular anime and manga, thus they really could afford whatever the heck they want. With that in mind, here’s some stunning artwork promoting Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.
Sure thing, that’s not really directly from the series, but honestly the artwork in Brotherhood is so much more crisp from its 2003 counterpart that it’s not really unfair to provide promo artwork. Animations also feel way more fluid too, so it’s easier on the eyes in general.
I’m not going to delve into this one too much, however Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood does have better character development in general.
As the comments in my last article said; Ed cries a lot more in the original series – This is true. However I actually believe in the given situations he was in, a boy of his age would have reacted in similar vain. With the exception of that bit of character development, however – In almost every way characters are developed better in Brotherhood. This is simply because the story has been made, the story is predetermined and it was a story that developed over time – Not rushed through to get a weekly episode out.
Music and voices
The one point of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood that doesn’t quite stand to its predecessor is the music!
The music is fine but sadly it’s just that: Fine. It sets moods, it gets you hyped for the show but the original series did music so much better, it’s shocking. You felt like you were going into an adventure with the original series and with Brotherhood – Well it feels like a very well written opening in the above clips case, but it’s not exactly a very “big and adventurous” feeling. At least for me, it wasn’t – I’d welcome your comments on the opening and closing songs for Brotherhood in the comments section – I’m interested if you think the music is as good as the originals.
There’s a change in voice with Alphonse which is noticeable but it’s nothing bad. It works rather well – That’s all you need to know, I guess. Edward’s still Vic Mignogna so if you didn’t want a different voice for Edward, then you won’t be upset! To his credit, Vic does hold the voice for Ed quite well and for some reason I feel as if he sounds better in this series. I’m not sure why I think that, it could just be memory playing odd tricks on me.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is an anime you can’t miss if you want to be a full fledged Otaku. Not only is it ridiculously popular, it’s a bloody good watch. It’s closer to the manga by a long way and on top of that, a lot of elements is vastly improved upon the original.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: 5/5 stars. Well done!
For the record, although I’ve given Brotherhood the full fledged 5 stars, the original series is really as good – For entirely different reasons. If I had to tell you to watch one however, Brotherhood tips that scale just a bit more as it’s more true to the story.
What did you think? Have I covered most of the major differences as to why Brotherhood is considered the “superior” anime? For the record, I don’t think it is superior – It’s a more accurate take on the manga, that’s all there is to it. I just love the story of Fullmetal Alchemist. As always, I’d love your comments on this!