1. State Alchemists vs Seven Homunculi
A 10 minute film featuring: Ed, Al, Mustang and many other members of the State doing battle with the deadly Homonculi in an alternate reality Amestris.
2. Chibi Party (Enkai-hen)
Short 6 minute Skit drawn in Super Deformed style where every character in the series (including bad guys) are celebrating an "After Party" of the Conqueror of Shambala movie.
3. Kids (Kodomo-hen)
Short 3 minute story which features Edward and his grandkids in present day 2005.
After the 2003 anime phenomenon closed its curtains, Studio Bones released some OVA’s as a little treat to the Fullmetal Alchemist fandom. Let’s check them out shall we? Here’s the Fullmetal Alchemist Premium Collection!
I have no synopsis for this one…
To be technical, this is a Studio BONES production and just for the sake of this review, Studio BONES is going to get a pass on this one for the most part. Except for one of the OVA’s which I’ll explain later. The animation is used well and that’s all I will say
about it. The music by Michiru Oshima is recycled in this OVA and I have no complaints over this. Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned what I just said. Forgive me. When voice acting is concerned, the Japanese cast is the good old cast from the original series, and I don’t feel the need to refer any cast members since this is just an OVA that is not connected to the main series in terms of plot. As with the English Dub, I’ll make just one exception on referring to a cast member. Aaron Dismuke was a high-schooler when he voiced a few lines as Alphonse when in the movie he was going through puberty. His voice is unrecognizable from the original series and Funimation compensated this by having Al telling Ed that it’s puberty which was never in the Subtitled Version. But since this is an OVA, there’s nothing much to complain about that. Both casts are good. Even though this is part of the Fullmetal Alchemist series as well as not being tied to the main series, the characters are treated well in and any of your favorites get some great moments.
Now I should probably go over the OVA’s themselves. The first one we have is Chibi Party which plays like a wrap-up party to the original 2003 series, this is by far the funniest one of the package. And Winry is hilarious in this. If you want a good laugh, this OVA is for you. The second OVA is actually the most interesting one. The second one is called Kids and this is technically the epilogue of the entire show since it show’s Edward Elric has aged and will be 100 years old according to the informative text at the end. This OVA shows Edward’s great-great grandchildren which look like the Elric Brothers and Winry. It’s a nice OVA for the most part, but it very well could be the epilogue of the show. The third OVA is Liveaction which I felt was a little different and not really my kind of thing. Then there came the fourth OVA Alchemists Vs. Homunculi. This OVA is an interactive short where you are the newest member of the military and assigned a mission. I actually don’t like these kind of specials, maybe it’s a cultural thing for Japanese viewers. I will call this a “take it or leave it” kind of viewing. The last OVA is Reflections which is a recap of the entire series with sections narrated by a few characters. This is the only OVA that was excluded from the American release. For those that are completionists, this could pose as a little issue but it is a recap that is quite longer than the rest and it really wasn’t necessary in the first place which I have no issues regarding the last OVA being excluded in the American release. Now that I have mentioned all of the OVA’s of Fullmetal Alchemist, it is time for me to close the gate for Fullmetal Alchemist for now.
The Fullmetal Alchemist Premium Collection is available by Funimation.
With all that said, the Fullmetal Alchemist Premium Collection is a nice little extra with a funny OVA to start with and an OVA that feels like an Epilogue to the series. However, Regardless of animation and music, the last three are pretty optional and not as worthwhile than the first two. The Live-action OVA is odd, the Interactive OVA may appeal to some, and the recap OVA is kind of pointless. This OVA collection is a must have for die-hard Fullmetal Alchemist fans, but it’s not necessarily mandatory.
I give the Fullmetal Alchemist Premium Collection a 6.6 out of 10, it is DECENT!
The OVAs were fine. The only complaint I have is that they did not include the 4th OVA: Reflections, which includes Envy and Greed having a rather deep conversation about the life of a Homunculus. It filled in a few confusing plot holes and there was no reason for it to have been excluded.
If you're a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist, which I'll assume you are if you're looking at this title, you'll probably enjoy these. My personal favorite one of the three ovas is the fight with the Homonculi. The action is almost identical to the original series, except for it being less intense. The Interactive part of the viewer being a new powerful military recruit was a nice touch too.
Now, for the other ones. My least favorite is the one with Edward's grandchildren. The whole episode is just to show that Edward is a grandfather in an alternate world or whatever; nothing
really happens besides that the grandchildren look just like Ed, Alphonse, and Winry. The after party one was pretty good though. I didn't care for all of it, but Winry was very funny in this one as well as Lieutenant Hawkeye. There was some other ok comedy too.
Overall, I'd give this a 7. As a whole the ovas series is good, despite one of them lacking more interesting information.
Chibi Wrap Party takes place after the world premiere of FMA The Movie: Conqueror Of Shamballa, as all your favorite characters (in chibi form BTW) celebrate their asses off in their drink party after the success of their first film. Hilarity will ensure, every comedic timing is just great and Ed and Al's reaction to Gluttony's new form is priceless. The animation style in chibi is surprisingly more clean and colorful than previous chibi OVAS and the English dub voice cast are having a lot of damn fun in
their roles. Only negative for this is that it felt too short, but overall, it's a fun OVA and worth re-watching it a thousand more times.
2. Kids (Score: 9 out of 10)
Wow.. *sniff* *sniff*, this is a really beautiful OVA. It's basically a bunch of kids, that look like Edward, Al and Wenry, that get lost in the city, while trying to find their grandfather, but the ending is so heartfelt and sad as hell and it's a nice REAL ending to the FMA Movie Conqueror Of Shamballa (Yes, this was supposed to be an extra ending for the first FMA Movie, but it was cut away for some reason). The animation is nice, music is great and again, a nice OVA addition to the FMA franchise. Check it out.
Well those are all the OVAS on the FMA Premium OVA Collection DVD and there's only a live-action OVA and an interactive FMA feature, but there just OK, but the OVAS are better.