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 grankids in present day 2005.
Ok, since there are no other reviews, I thought I'd give it a go. "FMA: Chibi Party" is really not an OVA that's all about the story, art, or sound - it's just supposed to be random and funny - a bit like a blooper reel.
It's a 6 minute animation that takes place on the studio lot right after "FMA: The Conqueror of Shambala" has supposedly finished shooting. All the characters from the film (and others from the series) show up at the after party for drinks and debauchery.
There is little to nothing in the way of a plot here. You're just enjoying watching the characters interact in a different way than you would have during the course of the film or series.
If you were a fan of the characters in the series and enjoyed "The Conqueror of Shambala" then you will probably enjoy this OVA - it's fun. And when you know all the characters like they're your friends, it's hilarious.
If you haven't watched "The Conqueror of Shambala", then there are a lot of moments which just won't make sense and you won't find funny. If you were not a fan of the characters in the series or you did not like the sillier episodes from the series, then this OVA may not be for you.
I lol'd a number of times watching this short and to me, a fan of the movie and the series, it was great. It was as close as I'll ever get to kicking back a couple of beers with my drunk stupid friends from the FMA universe.read more
Note: This OVA is not going to tell you the life of Ed, Al and all the other characters after the series and movie. The only purpose the OVA has it's to make the viewer smile at the end. It's only 3 minutes so what did you expect?
Seeing the short amount of length the OVA had, there isn't much to say. Personally I enjoyed it. The story was catchy enough and made some people wonder, the art was... as usual, the sounds were good too, and the characters were the only things that stood out , especially the one at the end.
Overall watch it, smile, get over it.read more
This review is for State Alchemists vs Seven Homunculi.
What I love about this little ten minute extra is that it's interactive (kind of). You, as the watcher, are one of the new state alchemists that have just been inducted into the Amestrian Army. At certain points in the story, the characters will turn and address the "camera" (You) with various directions and such.
Personally, I absolutely ADORE this idea. It's cute, fun, and really gives anyone who loves Fullmetal Alchemist a fuzzy feeling inside. I know I felt special when Edward Elric and Roy Mustang turned around and talked to me. :D
As for the story, it takes place in some unknown universe of time before the destruction of the Homunculi, but after all of them were introduced (except the Fuhrer), and the military is somehow completely aware of them. It's not really meaningful to the actual plot of Fullmetal Alchemist in any way, but it takes place in the familiar setting of the final battle scene in the last few episodes of the series.
I hope lovers of the show will enjoy this little short as much as I did. :Dread more
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!