Amazing secrets and startling facts are exposed for the first time in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection, a new assortment of stories set in never-before-seen corners of the FMA universe. Join Ed and Al as they chase rumors of successful human transmutation into a web of shocking family drama and lies. Sneak a glance at hidden sides of Winry and Hawkeye's personalities. Survive the frigid north with a young Izumi Curtis as she fights to gain a deeper understanding of alchemy. Explore the legendary friendship shared by Mustang and Hughes and watch them grow from military school rivals into hardened brothers transformed by the horrors of the Ishvalan War. You thought you knew the whole story. You thought all the tales were told. The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection offers proof: You were wrong.
Fullmetal Alchemist is a mega success, specially the Brotherhood anime. Proof of that is the fact that it's ranked number 2 in this page, since who knows how many months. And, as with any successful product, OVA, specials and movies are created. Unfortunately, in most cases, these products tend to be mediocre at best, therefore, prudent consumers often face these creations with skepticism, or directly not expecting much. So, i watched Brotherhood's special with the intention of having fun, but not expecting anything great or mind blowing. I mean, four fifteen minutes long self conclusive episodes? What could you get
of that?. A lot. This is one of the few cases in wich the product took me by surprise. Let's see why...
Like I said, there are four episodes, each with a different story.
The first episode, "The Blind Alchemist", shows us the Elric brothers arriving to a mansion, attracted by a strange rumor about Jude, the blind alchemist. Like the brothers, he also broke the taboo and tried to revive someone... but unlike Ed and Al, he was more successful...
The second episode, "Simple People", is about how Ed want to give a present to Winry, so she doesn't get too mad (and by mad, I mean wrench assault) for his usual automail wrecking. So, the brothers try to buy her forgiveness with some earrings.
The third episode, "Tales of the Master", is about the training of an 18 years old Izumi in Briggs. Maybe less experienced than in her adulthood, but healthier, and badass as usual, we'll see how exactly she became a legend/nightmare for the soldiers of that place.
The fourth and final episode, "Yet Another Man's Battlefield", is the Mustang chapter (because, come on, could you imagine a special creation of FMA without him? That would be a commercial suicide!). Not the adult, full prepared Flame alchemist, but the 18 years old student in the military academy. We'll see his studies, his problems, and his rivalry with an equally young Maes Hughes.
The interesting thing about these stories is that are so very well written, that they could be a part of the manga (or the Brotherhood anime). Episodes 2 and 3 have lots of comedic and touching moments, while 1 and 4 are more dramatic and serious. I want to highlight the first episode (my personal favorite, by the way), which touches the reason that motivates the Elrics to do what they do (you know... try to recover their bodies without dying).
The animation is superb, as in the main series. The character design is excellent, changing from "normal" to "SD" in a totally normal, funny way (specially noted with Ed, Al, Winry and Izumi). The alchemy is colorful (with bolts of electricity flying in all directions, buildings structures that changes, or are directly destroyed), and the landscapes are equally beautiful and colorful (especially Risembool, with the fields, prairies and all that... Ishval, on the other hand, is quite brown, which according to the current cultural parameters, means that it's very realistic xD).
The voices are the same form the Brotherhood anime, so good job there. As for the new characters the more destacable is Jude seiyuu: Show Hayami (Aizen in Bleach, Devilman in Devilman, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z, Tokiomi Tohsaka in Fate/Zero, Archer in the first FMA series, and a long etc). The music is also the typical in FMA, although there is no opening nor ending. For any of the episodes. That's weird... but hey, not that serious (although, it would have been awesome if Yui, Asian Kung-fu Generation or L'Arc~en~Ciel were involved in this project...).
So... what do we have here? A surprise and a very nice one. The episodes are truly in the league of the original creation. I cannot imagine a greater compliment. In four chapters we have comedy, action, drama, alchemy and lots of emotion (and sadly, nothing of Armstrong...). As I said before, this really looks like a part of the series, especially Izumi's training (which is mentioned in the manga) and Mustang's education.
This is not recommended, this is mandatory for any fan of Brotherhood (and seeing the ranking of this page, there are a lot of them n_n). Watch this and enjoy, since high quality specials/OVAS are not that abundant...
Fullmetal Alchemist es un mega éxito, eso es innegable. Prueba de ello es que en esta misma pag esta rankeada número 2 desde quien sabe cuánto tiempo. Y como con todo producto exitoso, se crean OVAS, especiales y películas. Desafortunadamente, en la mayoría de los casos, estos productos suelen ser inferiores a la obra original, por lo que, los consumidores prudentes suelen verlas con cierto escepticismo, o no esperando gran cosa. Yo encare los especiales de Brotherhood de esa forma: esperaba divertirme un rato, pero no imaginaba que fuera nada del otro mundo. O sea, 4 capítulos auto conclusivos de solo 15 minutos? Que se puede esperar de tan poco?. Mucho. Este es uno de los pocos casos en el que el producto me tomo por sorpresa. Veamos por que...
Como dije, hay cuatro capítulos, cada uno con una historia diferente.
El primer capítulo, “El alquimista ciego”, nos muestra a los hermanos Elric arribando a una mansión, atraídos por un extraño rumor acerca de Jude, el alquimista ciego. Al igual que los hermanos, el también intento revivir a alguien... pero a diferencia de Ed y Al, el tubo más éxito.
El segundo capítulo, “Gente común”, trata de cómo temiendo por las represalias de Winry por haber roto su brazo tan rápido, Ed y Al deciden comprarle a su mejor amiga unos aros, con la esperanza de apaciguar su ira (que usualmente involucra agresiones con llaves inglesas).
El tercer capítulo, “Cuentos de la maestra” es sobre el entrenamiento de Izumi (de solo 18 años) en Briggs, y como fue exactamente que se convirtió en una leyenda/pesadilla para los soldados del lugar.
El cuarto y último capítulo, Yet Another Man's Battlefield, es sobre los días de Mustang (personaje que no podía quedarse afuera de estos especiales, o varias cabezas hubieran rodado :P) en la academia militar, sus estudios, y su rivalidad con Maes Hughes.
Lo interesante de estas historias es que no solo están muy bien escritas, si no que tranquilamente podrían ser parte del manga. Los capítulos 2 y 3 tienen sus momentos cómicos y conmovedores, mientras que el 1 y el 4 son bastante serios, sin llegar a ser dramáticos al nivel del primer anime. Particularmente quería destacar el primer capítulo, que toca de lleno la motivación de los Elric para hacer lo que hacen.
El apartado técnico es impecable. La animación es soberbia, al igual que en la serie. El diseño de personajes es excelente, rotando de forma esporádica entre “normales” y chibi de forma totalmente natural. La alquimia es vistosa (con rayos de electricidad volando para todos lados, edificios que ven sus estructuras modificadas o directamente destruidos) y los paisajes son hermosos y muy coloridos (especialmente Risembool, con sus campos, praderas y todo eso... Ishval es bien marrón, lo que según los parámetros culturales actuales, significa que es realista xD).
Las voces son las mismas de la serie, y cumplen de la forma que ya sabemos todos. En cuanto a los nuevos personajes, destaco a Jude, cuyo seiyuu es Show Hayami (Aizen en Bleach, Devilman en Devilman, Zabon en Dragon Ball Z, Tokiomi Tohsaka en Fate/Zero, Archer en la primer serie de FMA, más un largo etcétera). La música es también la usual de FMA, aunque no hay ni opening ni ending. Para ninguno de los capítulos. Eso es raro... pero bueno, tampoco es un problema.
Así que, para redondear, que es lo que tenemos acá? Una sorpresa, y una muy agradable. Realmente estos especiales están a la altura del anime. No se me ocurre un mayor halago. A lo largo de cuatro episodios tenemos comedia, acción, drama, alquimia y mucha emoción (y, tristemente, nada de Armstrong...). Como ya dije antes, realmente parecen una parte más de la serie, especialmente el entrenamiento de Izumi (que es comentado en el manga) y la educación de Mustang.
Esto no es recomendable, es obligatorio para cualquier fan de Brotherhood (y viendo el ranking de esta pag, son muchos). Véanlo y disfruten, dado que los buenos especiales/OVAS no son tan abundantes...
This is a review of all 4 OVAS of FMA: Brotherhood
1. The Blind Alchemist (Score: 9 out of 10)
The Blind Alchemist is about Ed and Al hearing a rumor that a state alchemist named Judas successfully made a human transmutation to save her daughter from dying and what they see is rather disturbing. The Blind Alchemist showcases more on the consequences of human transmutation and how can affect on people's lives. It's been done in other FMA episodes, but this OVA is still emotionally heartbreaking and a nice start to the OVA Collection.
2. Simple People (Score: 8 out of 10)
This OVA is about Winry who
decides to pierce her ears with earrings, because of the day that she meet Hawkeye and where Edward decided to be a state alchemist to help his younger brother. This OVA is more simple, but with a very subtle message of why our reasons can be so simple rather than being too complicated and it does offer some funny hilarious moments with Ed and Winry. Not the best OVA, but still a fun one at least.
3. Chronicle Of Teacher (Score: 10 out of 10)
Chronicle Of Teacher centers on Izumi, when she was 18 years old, as she finds a man named Silver Steiner to train alchemy with him. However, he says to Izumi to survive one month in the Briggs Mountain with a knife only and if she survives, she will become her apprentice. What follows is an epic journey on how she learns the meaning of "All is one and one is all" throughout the entire month and how she became the hardcore badass housewife that we all know and love. You will cheer and laugh your ass off in this OVA, cause everything that Izumi does is just crazy and she fights a fucking bear with her own two hands! Also, how Izumi and Sig first met and fall in love is priceless. This OVA is the best of the bunch and worthy of re-watching it a lot.
4. Yet Another Man's Battlefield (Score: 10 out of 10)
The last OVA centers around a younger Roy and Hughes as they became the top soldiers in the military academy and getting enlisted in the Ishavlan war. This is a much darker OVA, as we see Roy becoming from a recruited soldier into a person that sees the torment of war in his own eyes. It also sees Roy actually having a friend of Ishavlan before the war. Overall, one of the darkest OVAS in the FMA franchise and a worthy look to all fans.
So that's all the OVAS of FMA: Brotherhood OVA Collection and it also has 16 incredibly funny episodes of "FMA Four Panel Comic Theater" and just damn funny for all FMA fans. If your interested in seeing this OVAS, they are worth buying it to your FMA collection.
Critic’s Log - October 3, 2015. Supplemental Review of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD
I remembered that the original Fullmetal Alchemist had some OVA’s. One of them was some comedic in-joke on the people that worked on the series as if the characters were actors. Another was a little sequence that feels like the epilogue to the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime. Then there was a Live-action OVA, an Interactive OVA, and then a Recap OVA. To be honest, these OVA’s don’t really add much to the original Fullmetal Alchemist and I found most of them pointless. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood was fortunate to have OVA’s that actually add to
the experience. I am talking about The OVA Collection of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD.
I usually give a brief synopsis to my review, however… This is a review of additional material to an anime I just reviewed so… No need for a synopsis here. I also made my statements on Studio BONES and the animation quality of the series so there is no need for me to repeat myself because these OVA’s look just like how they looked in the TV series. That being said, I will just go over the 4 OVA’s that were given to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
The first OVA “The Blind Alchemist” is essentially filler but not necessarily a bad case of filler. If you want to include it ias Canon, It should be viewed after Episode 3. I won’t into much detail but how this little story plays out could have been explored for just a little bit longer. It is not an entirely pointless OVA to Brotherhood but it really depends on how you perceive it.
The second OVA “Simple People” gives some insight on Winry early on that was never brought up in the TV Series. In terms of chronology, it would be easier to view this right after watching The Blind Alchemist and then Episode 4. Other than that. I like this OVA for adding something to Winry’s character.
The Third OVA “The Tale of Teacher” gives some insight on Izumi Curtis which actually does get mentioned halfway in the series. It explores what Izumi went through during her alchemy training and it Even though it is taking place much before the series, it would be fitting to view this OVA after Episode 12 (which is the episode that introduces Izumi) as a way to co-relate the alchemy training from Master to Students. Besides, I would not want to view this OVA while in the middle of the show when The Elric Brothers are at Fort Briggs when this tale is mentioned.
The fourth and Final OVA is “Yet Another Man’s Battlefield” is set during the time that Roy Mustang joins the Military. This also leads up to The Ishval Civil War and considering that there are a few moments with Roy Mustang and Maes Hughes. I would view this OVA after Episode 9 because Episode 10 starts off with Mustang reminiscing about The Ishval Civil War. I consider it to be a pretty good OVA considering we get more character insight of Hughes (even though his time was short).
As for voice acting, The Japanese Cast is fine but I strongly preferred the Dub like the TV series.
Even though I don’t have any intention of revisiting the OVA’s of the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime, these OVA’s are actually pretty good for being bonus material. Even though I have given my perception of where I would place these Bonus Episodes as if they were canon, I will say that these OVA’s are not really required viewing in order to fully enjoy Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. They are nice additions and all I can say is…viewing these OVA’s are optional. That being said, I must say that I really enjoyed these OVA’s. I remembered watching some Specials or OVA’s that really don’t add to the experience, they are just… there. Some series like Darker Than BLACK, Naruto, and Black Butler have these OVA’s where they are essentially based on the series but has no continuity whatsoever. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’s OVA’s are adapted by Manga chapter’s of the same name which they were not in the Manga Volumes for whatever reason. These Manga Chapters are not available in the U.S. Regardless, the reason I consider viewing these episodes optional is because even though these episodes were made during the show’s run and after the series, these episodes are not missing parts of the story. They are essentially additional material if the fans want a little more out of the series. I like these additional episodes because they give a little bit more detail about a few characters. If you ask me, these OVA’s are best viewed while re-watching the series and if you want my advice on my viewing order of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood with these OVA’s, here you go.
Step 1: Start with the first three episodes.
Step 2: After watching Episode 3. watch “The Blind Alchemist” and “Simple People”
Step 3: After “Simple People”, watch Episodes 4-9.
Step 4: After Episode 9, watch “Yet Another Man’s Battlefield”
Step 5: After watching “Yet Another Man’s Battlefield”, then watch Episodes 10-12.
Step 6: After watching Episode 12, watch “The Tale of Teacher”.
Step 7: After watching “The Tale of Teacher”, enjoy the rest of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
By the way, I am not counting The Sacred Star of Milos because it adds nothing to the series. There is barely any continuity when it comes to that movie.
The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA’s are available by Funimation
Overall, The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA’s are welcome additions to one of the best Modern animes out there. The animation is consistent with the TV Series. The music is also consistent. A few characters were given some light shed to them, and the stories contained in these bonus episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are just as good as the show itself, even if that first OVA feels like a filler. Keep in mind that I am viewing these OVA’s as additional material to the series since it proved that it has continuity connections. That being said…
I give the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA’s a 10 out of 10!
Four espisodes are four different stories, that the reason why it is tought to rate all of them by one mark. The second story was quite boring to me, so was the third. However 1st and, especcialy, fouth were kind of a masterpiece. After watching all of them I was so confused that I was unable to give it any rate.
The specials are great mean to meet our favurite characters one more time, also to learn new things about their history. Few scences where already shown in the core series, for me it is an advantage, as it allows to place a situation in
the time frame, and it proves that this is not completely new story out of the blue.
Art is the same, characters are the same, and sound is fine, so my enjoyment was pretty high. However it is not what I had expected from the story and it was not really interesting/intriguing for me. Not dropped after third only because there would be no sense in dropping last episode.
I don't regret watching it and totally recommend you to watch these specials, but bear in your mind it is not a whole new story, just short pictures form the past.