Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Synonyms: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist (2009), FMA, FMAB
English: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
French: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
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Type: TV
Episodes: 64
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2009 to Jul 4, 2010
Premiered: Spring 2009
Broadcast: Sundays at 17:00 (JST)
Studios: Bones
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: MilitaryMilitary
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 9.091 (scored by 21396472,139,647 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #22
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3
Members: 3,378,315
Favorites: 227,319

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Preliminary Spoiler
Apr 7, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood gets an immense amount of praise in the MAL community. Now this is just the opinion of one guy. I'm certainly not the law of the land or anything. However, I personally feel as though calling FMA:B a masterpiece and the champion of all shows is a bit of a stretch. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy it or that it isn't a very solid addition to the ranks of notable shows; I really would like to preface this review by saying that I believe that FMA:B is a very good show and I wouldn't be nearly as harsh ...
Jul 29, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Since I couldn't find any legitimate objective analysis in any of these fanboy reviews, I decided put my own review:

Here's why FMA:B and it's Manga counterpart don't work:

It's just a disjointed piece of art. The initial premise of the narrative: two young siblings that horrifically lose their mother and parts of themselves is incredibly dark and powerfully poignant. Their journey to find the philosophers stone is one that's objectively adventurous but the endpoint is still inherently adult and sophisticatedly gritty; especially as it delves into the implications of bringing a dead person back to life early on in the series.

So why is it disjointed? ...
Nov 12, 2011
Mixed Feelings
I was dreading having to make my way through Brotherhood at some point considering my high regard for the first series and not really liking the manga adaptation's more conventional plot developments. But considering enough people were praising the daylights out of Brotherhood and some even boasting that the first series was no longer relevant, I decided to check things out for myself and see what got people giddy over this adaptation of the series. And after venturing my way through Brotherhood, I would have to say that those calling the first series irrelevant are ridiculous considering both titles have completely different takes on their ...
Oct 17, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Why do people give this such a high rating!

I saw FMAB because of the high rating and amount of praising. I was skeptical to see why it was rated highly. So, I watched it out of curiosity assumed that I would enjoy it because everyone else did. But, It’s so basic in writing that I feel bad for saying that. Also, I feel bad for saying this but FMAB fans just do anything to keep this anime #1 and they only say it’s good because everyone else says it’s good. when others animes with the same aspects of FMAB have way better storylines, characters etc. ...
Jul 9, 2013
Mixed Feelings
While FMA brotherhood offers an overall neatly wrapped full experience in anime and is a very easy anime to watch and be entertained by, it seems like many of the series'huge flaws which hurts its overall artistic quality are either being glossed over or are just not being talked about enough. In this review, I'd like to mainly address these issues and hopefully bring forth discussion. Is the anime good? Arguably, yes, it has a lot of great crowd pleasing aspects. Is it perfect and deserving of a 10/10? Sadly, far from it. If this review sounds in anyway cynical and pessimistic, I apologize, ...
Sep 5, 2010
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (30/64 eps)
Brotherhood boasts that it follows the mangas story more closely than the previous anime adaptation, and it does. However the actual quality of the anime itself is far poorer. What realy made FMA's previous anime adaptation so successfull was the overall direction of the anime. The quality of shots used in this anime and the art itself is inferior to the original anime. Obviously it is still highly enjoyable due to the story behind it, but the anime seems overhyped. People feel pressured to believe thats its better due to the story being more accuratly followed. This is not ...
May 17, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (7/64 eps)
It is rushed. Completely and utterly rushed.

I fully enjoyed the original FMA since episode 1. It was well thought out. However, Brotherhood is the completely opposite. Since the storyline completely rushed, it does not allow for explanation. The characters are introduced so quickly, making Brotherhood just like any other anime out there.

I was really looking forward to watching this new version (despite wishing for a continuation of the original series) since it followed the manga more accurately.

Brotherhood is a disappointment for me, but I will continue to watch it since I love the original FMA so much.
Dec 6, 2013
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (10/64 eps)
I know that writing a review after only seeing 10 episodes isn't really fair. But I just thought I'd share my opinion on it.

After watching and entirely loving Fullmetal Alchemist I decided to watch Brotherhood. The very first scene was entirely different, and this continued throughout the rest of the episodes that I watched. After coming from FMA, the change in character behaviour and attitude was a complete shock. I couldn't bring myself to watch the rest of the series out of fear of ruining FMA completely.
Nov 8, 2023
Mixed Feelings
I suppose it was my mistake to start with the "original" series; it ended up clouding my entire viewing experience. Honestly, I hadn't even planned on watching Brotherhood. If I hadn't seen the "original" first, I might have given Brotherhood a solid 7. The notion that this anime should be considered the "Top 1" is a bit absurd. I understand it's a matter of personal preference, but the contrived "happy ending" felt incredibly artificial to me. It might have been acceptable for a 2009 anime, where everything had to wrap up neatly, but given the losses and genuinely sad moments, the ending didn't make sense.

Furthermore, ...
Jun 13, 2015
Mixed Feelings
This review will be rather short.

The story is not bad in general, it is just awfully directed. The main reason which caused that I didn't enjoy this anime was pathetic humour which is ruining EVERY episode. For example, there is a situation where main characters are talking about something interesting, and unexpectedly something "funny" happens and main thread of their conversation (or even whole episode) is cutted, because "funny" situation is most important of course. It is happening in EVERY episode, sometimes few times. Yeah, that 'humour' destroyed the whole story.

But this is not the only reason of course. The next thing: main characters. They ...
Mar 5, 2010
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (2/64 eps)
Ehh...I loved the first Fullmetal Alchemist, but what I've seen so far of Brotherhood...sorry but I don't really like what they've done with the characters. The art style is...well, sort of like pokemon in my opinion and so not in a good way. I understand that some people might want the series to follow the manga a lot closer, but I thought it was fine the way it was in the original. I feel like they're doing more damage than good with this series.
Mar 12, 2024
Mixed Feelings
This is a very unique shonen. It has many interesting plot twists, deep characters and great storytelling. I like this anime. That's said, it's not for everyone. Years ago this was a 10 for me, but after watching other shows, I realized FMAB was not revolutionary, not even for it's time, even less nowadays. It's solid, it's good, but it's a shonen from 2010. If you like this kinda of show, you'll probably love FMAB. If you don't like the genre, you'll probably dislike it. And even more, if you're watching for the hype, especially if you had many anime shows in your watched list, ...
May 18, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (7/64 eps)
The adaptation of manga, intead of original work. Shame really. The second part fails to capture awesomness of first part opting to do everything as differently as possible from first part. Which is a shame - charecter development is just poor (and some charecters such as Mustang are just boring opposing the brilliant and loved Mustang from first part), the speed of story doesn't leave any time for good plot, idiotic deforming of animation, poor animation in general (despite huge budjet), good OST, that nevertheless fails to shine in comparison to first part and most importantly it fails to use brilliant findings of original anime ...
May 4, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is often lauded as a masterpiece in the anime world, yet I struggle to see what sets it apart.

Firstly, while many praise its complex narrative, I found it overly convoluted and hard to follow. The plot frequently introduces new characters and subplots which, rather than enriching the story, seem to only confuse and distract. It is as if the series is trying to juggle too many narrative balls at once and ends up dropping them all.

Secondly, the characters, despite their number, lack depth. The Elric brothers, despite being at the center of the story, feel like archetypal shonen protagonists, lacking the nuanced ...
May 23, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (40/64 eps)
This is a short review of Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. I have seen many of the episodes, but not all of them in order and do not consider this a proper judgement of the series.

Story - 4: The story of Full Metal Alchemist is supposed to be about two tragic brothers going to search for the Philosopher's Stone that their father disappeared looking for. The laws of equivalent exchange are supposed to be really gruesome. Going out into the world and making discoveries is something really important to the Elric brothers. This impression was what made me love Full Metal Alchemist in the 2003 version. ...
May 25, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Going to keep this mostly spoiler-free.
I put off watching this anime for a very long time because I was sure that I would love it, afterall, I had friends who loved it, it was highly recommended and praised as an absolute masterpiece. So why, after watching it, did it feel mediocre at best?
It wasn't bad per se, but it did feel like the very definition of average. The formulaic storytelling isn't anything that hasn't been done before, but after having it hyped as the #1 anime for so long, I almost felt betrayed as the final credits of the final episode rolled. Yeah, it was ...
Feb 16, 2015
Mixed Feelings
This show is a giant circle jerk and if you dislike the show then you will burn in Hell. I am ok with this. I did not enjoy FMAB. I forced myself to finish this show just so I could tell my friend I watched the show. The only real problem I have with this show is the story. I give art a mediocre score because it isn't anything special. The story is what I have a problem with. The very idea of the show/manga is great. I like the idea of alchemy. The story quickly became a predictable straight forward festival of nothingness. I ...
Feb 3, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Very middle of the road, it does many things right but it fails at being memorable.

The story while good and rather simple as a whole, telling a story that when you want to receive something you also need to give up something in return, but doesn't have a single moment or episode that stands out more than the others. We have the dog scene which was so memed to death that when it happened, it had no impact whatsoever. And then there's Roy Mustang's moments which are by far the best ones as he's the best character in the show.

While in the topic, besides Roy, ...
Jul 23, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (54/64 eps)
I could only get up to the episode with them finally "defeating" a certain enemy. It was so insulting to my intelligence that I had to stop. You can tell why this anime is liked, because its basically "baby's first 'serious' anime," and I don't want to take that away from people, but it is so tonally disjointed that any serious thing it is trying to say is undercut. From a technical standpoint it is good. Animation and sound are all very good. Unfortunately, that is about all the praise that I can sing it. Are there occasionally good scenes? Sure. But not enough to ...
Jun 30, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Brotherhood is practically nothing more than a show you see on Saturday mornings or overall just something you see in Marvel comics.

It's filled with underdeveloped characters, Saturday morning cartoon villains, a huge cast made up of filler characters, random power- ups, characters defeating the villain with the power of friendship, teamwork, etc and everyone living happily ever after without making any sort of sacrifice. Basically, it's no different from typical anime shows like Naruto or Dragon Ball. The heart, soul and just all round effort put into the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime is clearly absent in the rebooted anime. The themes brought up were ...