Well i suppose I'll make this review since no one else has.
Full Metal Alchemist: Reflections, is a 55 minute special designed to summarize the Full Metal Alchemist series. IT highlights the main scenes of the anime and weaves it all together using music periodically used throughout the anime. The result of it, makes you reflect upon the show, and think back to all the moments that had fans on the edge of their seats begging for more, those tear jerking moments, and all the important plot devices.
WARNING: DO NOT WATCH THIS IF YOU HAVEN"T SEEN THE SERIES!!. Although the
special is good, it is nowhere near as good as the entirety of the series. Watching it without seeing the series, will give you a general idea of what goes on, but as I said, not come close to the level of the series.
To be honest, I watched this before I seen the series so forgive me, but I did read the manga and wikipedia.
This 55 minute episode shows Edward reflecting on everything that happened during the anime. It is set before the movie so it is up to there.
Story: It was a sum up of everything that happen during the anime. Although it would win an oscar but it was still good.
Art: The usual FMA art but with more 'sunsets and pastels' as this is (as the title suggests) a reflection.
Sound: I had to give this a ten. It has the J-pop of two of the openings
and also has the orchestra doing the nosglastic ones. The music made a lot of the movie
Character: If you know the characters well, this 'movie' will seriosly make you cry. It briefly shows all the characters' personality.
Enjoyment: I felt satisfying after seeing all this. You get this gutty nosglasia feeling when you seen all their achievements goes by in a flash. It even has some humor parts as well. I was on the verge of tears as they squeezed two funerals in.
Personally, I felt touched by the whole thing as it has orchestral music in the sad part. There are many parts about how Edward felt it was all his fault they ended up like this.
Before start this review, I'll tell you something very important, watch Fullmetal Alchemist Classic, it's basically a resume of the anime, and need to watch the classic, and not brotherhood nor manga, the classic is different.
Fullmetal Alchemist, one of the awesome anime that exist, since his creation, was so loved, in December 18th of 2006 was the top 1 anime (checked on Wayback Machine), and currently FMA:B is the top 1.
About story of this anime, it's a resume of the original; it hasn't anything to say about it, if you liked FMA, you'll probably like it. And the art of this anime is
the same of the anime, hasn't differences.
I like so much the sounds of this special; it has the song of the openings 1, 2 and 4, beyond the main song of the special Bratja, the insert song of the episode 51.
Summarizing it, this one is good if you liked FMA, and you want to watch again the best moments of the anime.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Reflections, the r-word in there couldn't be any more straightforward. Reflections, as in reflecting on something, and please note that the “s” is for pluralization. I'm going to be as straightforward as that title or else this might turn into a grammar lesson. This 55 minutes long OVA goes through various characters (Edward, Scare, Roy...), each thinking back on what happened, bringing back all of those big impacting moments of the show, and let's be clear here, it's all contained in the events of the original Anime adaptation, “Fullmetal Alchemist” (not the Brotherhood remake). Sounds as generic as any recap right? But way
higher in quality than most of those. And this is why.
For once, storytelling was changed massively, but still had the vanilla feel of Fullmetal Alchemist despite there being rushy jump-in-between several plot points all the way through. We got to see all of the stories again from the eyes of various conflicted characters.
Animation wise, this had me drop my jaw in favor of giving appreciation for the fantastic dedication that was put into this project, the image quality was still bad, but the content had a special care to it. And to think that Fullmetal Alchemist had this kind of quality going on even in the old-school days is just mind-blowing (I've watched both adaptations, and it seems that the updated version had fooled me long enough).
I've been waiting to address this, the musical scores were spectacular. Phenomenally and smoothly blend into the scenarios and with such a perfect transition that you couldn't' notice them kicking off. I was never a huge fan of the subbed of Fullmetal Alchemist, but this can be either a hit or miss for some people. Switching focus on different characters and their perspectives was truly genius, it made me relive the days when I used to theorize my crazy speculations on the show. The lore was very overwhelming and crazily draws you in to even go as far as rewatching the Anime adaptation all over again. I would most differently recommend this for the fans that want to have a quick refreshing recap, it's both informative and fun to watch. I wouldn't recommend watching this over the Anime adaptation as it still skips through so much stuff, and only serves as a nostalgic reminder for the fans of the series.