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Jan 21, 2012 7:36 AM
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What I liked was this one made more sense than the regular version.
Feb 8, 2012 4:09 PM

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I'm glad I watched this. It is my favourite out of the 4 OVAs.
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Apr 5, 2012 8:45 AM

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This was the best one. The others were only okay, although I did enjoy Izumi's.
Apr 17, 2012 6:45 AM

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My fav ova out of the four.
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Jul 23, 2012 6:53 AM

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No proper words coming about this episode. Simply brilliant and made me shed a tear at the end. T_T
Jul 26, 2012 11:06 AM

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Young Roy'n'Maes YAY!
Sep 2, 2012 3:52 PM

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All 4 OVA's were good, this was my favorite one though.
Oct 11, 2012 10:08 PM

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I'm so glad I finally saw this one. Best of the 4 by far.

Poor Roy. War damages everyone involved, some worse than others. I have a newfound respect for Hughes. Like Mustang was thinking, that's some kind of strength Maes has.

Man, I CRIED. That music - ugh it hurts. So well done. I WANT MOAR!
Dec 1, 2012 7:17 AM

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Aww, their rivalry started with a spinach quiche. That's cute.

Dec 29, 2012 10:03 PM

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i love it!!!!

definitely the best one, 2nd is the Izumi training.

it definitely showed how the rivalry started, and it started because of a food LOL.

the fight with those stupid bullies are awesome, though they were punished by digging as well XD

i actually thought the Isbalan was Miles not Heathcliff Erbe.

so that's how he died huh? i guess he got kicked out of the military due to them carrying the operation, and Heathcliff wanting to protect his people so he went back to Ishbal.

poor Roy having to kill the Isbhala and see the same person who he's protecting, it's a good thing Maes was there to kill him. if it weren't for his State Alchemy watch Roy would have died back there.

poor Roy having no one to see, they could have at least included Riza here!!!!!

overall the series is a 9/10, this episode definitely bump up the score quite something.

seeing Roy in 18 is amazing!!!!!

now im off to watching the Milos movie!

can't wait!!!!!!
Aug 31, 2013 8:36 AM

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Finally,we have seen the history of how Mustang and Hughes met and how they became friends.
Did they become rival for just a piece of omlet.
Hughes speech was damn great.
It proved that being strong doesn't just involve physical strength,it also requires unbreakable resistance to violence
Nov 8, 2013 6:51 AM

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this ova is amazing
Jan 8, 2014 3:58 AM
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Great OVA this one. This ep is the only one that would be truly deserving of having a place within the series. Hughes' speech to Mustang is gripping, poignant stuff.
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Apr 20, 2014 9:35 AM

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usually ovas are some lame beach/mall episode, however these 4 extra episodes actually felt nice and told something else about the characters and all
Apr 29, 2014 3:30 PM

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Young Roy and Maes. xD LOL! That was pretty brutal, the training and all. owo

I forgot how horrible the war was....meh. :/ Them feels....

Well, overall 4 good OVA's. :3
Sep 27, 2014 8:13 PM

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Great to see the start of a beautiful friendship.
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Nov 12, 2014 4:29 PM

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Wow, that was great. Easily the best of the OVAs imo.
Nov 28, 2014 5:04 PM

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Loved this OVA, it really shows what military and war is all about.
Dec 10, 2014 10:19 AM

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The best OVA of the fourth, it speak about the meet between Roy and Hughes during their military period. Very good, Roy is disturbed because he must kill a lot of people, the plot is interesting and the feels are here !
Jan 2, 2015 8:25 AM
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Alright, a Mustang and Maes special. Poor Heiss Cliff......and poor Ishbalans :/
Really, even if it's an order, how can they do those things to the Ishbalans. They had people who welcomed them back (not Mustang, though), but the Ishbalans didn't have any......cause they are all dead!!

Oh well, time to watch the 4-Koma specials next~
Jan 26, 2015 9:05 PM

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A rivalry and friendship started because of spinach quiche xD

The ending to the happy, light-hearted first half contrasted so well into the next dark, psychological half. My two favorite genres. Definitely the best episode of the four, and now there are no more FMAB to watch T^T
May 4, 2015 3:09 AM

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Somehow this made me dislike Roy even more...
Jun 18, 2015 12:38 AM

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I kind of thought it was weird how Roy saw Maes as a rival and not the other trio that bullied Heathcliffe. But I guess it started with that quiche. xD

But man, I did not expect Maes to act like that during his military training. =( Kind of sad looking back at it now.

And I thought Heathcliffe was Miles for a sec. Haha, nope.
Jul 30, 2015 10:39 PM

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That got pretty damn dark pretty damn fast. Starts out with Mustang training, standing up for others, and befriending Hughes and Heathcliffe the Ishvalan, and then switches to Mustang bombing the Ishvalans and Hughes shooting Heathcliffe in the head. Shows hoe horrible that war of annihilation was. You could really see their friendship though - Hughes went up to the roof after Mustang knowing it would be dangerous, shot Heathcliffe right after Mustang was shot, gave him an extra 30 seconds to relax, etc. Nice backstory there, it was good to see more of Hughes and Mustang's developing friendship. This was the best of the OVAs in my opinion.
Aug 18, 2015 1:03 AM

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I loved it. The best OVA of 'em all ^_^
Sep 10, 2015 2:04 AM

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Hughes, you were so amazing...
Oct 16, 2015 4:55 PM

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Really sad that Maes had to kill their ishvalan friend in the war.

Mar 14, 2016 7:15 PM
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Best of all those OVA, this one manages to showcase what Mustang has went through during the Ishvalan war. It also shows how Mustang and Hughes became friends!

Dec 1, 2016 8:53 AM

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So Hughes decided to hide his awful part of his personality... to make his wife happy..? Sounds fake. Lol.

Mustang realized that what they're doing is extermination of a nation and still proceeded to do it. These two make me sick even more now and I don't understand people who like them so much.
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Dec 5, 2016 12:07 AM

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I was forced to watch it dubbed!
Even though I hated the dub, I managed to enjoy the short stories.
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Feb 8, 2017 4:24 AM

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Reminds me that most of the so called heroes and good guys in the show are actually mass murderers; hypocritical killers and bastards and bitches. *sighs* Still I am coming close to finishing with this franchise. NOw back to the actual brotherhood series. 8 episodes to go before its all done with.
Mar 5, 2017 3:26 AM

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this episode reminded me the dialogue mustang said on hughes funeral "it's going to rain" something wonder the feelings were strong when you share your past with someone..

Jul 11, 2017 7:18 AM

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Another strong episode, this time about the friendship between Maus and Mustang.
Aug 30, 2017 3:49 PM

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I may have teared up a little seeing Maes again.
Nov 26, 2017 1:07 PM

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The last OVA narrates Roy Mustang's past in his freshman year in the military and in Ishbal, he meets a Ishbalan when he's 18 called Reiss Clif and has to fight him when Amestris is at war.

The story is really well written, as it shows us the difficulties Roy had in 1908 and the deceptions that would later build his character in Brotherhood. I forgot to mention he meets Maes Hughes when he's in the military and competes against him to be the best one of their class (I'm not a veteran or anything, so I don't know what classes in the military are called :P) which is pretty neat.

For those who didn't know, in the 2009 adaptation some parts of the so called Ishbal Arc were cut out from the manga, which showed the developement of Roy, Maes and Riza in the Ishbalan War. Well, I think that this OVA compensates this.

I seldom rate an OVA so highly, but the fourth a last OVA gets a round 10 that it really deserves, in my opinion.
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Nov 27, 2017 5:00 PM
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Ahh, I watched the four OVA episodes in just two days and I loved them all the same! The first one and this one I felt was pretty sad while the second and third one were more light-hearted.

I liked being able to see how Mustang and Hughes became close! It was fun seeing them become rivals from the start and that it lasted even as they became friends because the dynamic was more fun to see in that aspect! I was a little sad when I realized these OVAs were set before or near the beginning of the series bc I was hoping to see Riza in Mustang's OVA but what I saw was still good enough for me to rate it 5/5!

Heathcliff dying...It was honestly pretty sad to watch because, sure, he was an Ishvalan but he was nice and quiet and he deserved to live *cough*JUST LIKE HUGHES RIP*cough* // speaking of, I just remembered that during the part where Mustang, Hughes, and Heathcliff were digging in the hole (I think it was this scene), Hughes mentioned something about not wanting to die so it just rips my heart apart knowing what happens in FMA: Brotherhood... *sighs*

Before closing this off, I was really hoping to see an OVA of all the characters in the series together, after the ending of FMA: Brotherhood...I don't honestly even care if they're not doing anything! Just being able to see them all together again is enough for the future? *fingers crossed*

It's been a nice two-day ride, FMA: Brotherhood OVA's! I'm sad to be out of this world again but the fact that this anime was made at all and the development of the characters, plot, setting, etc, it just amazes me how they made it all so perfect with little flaws (I'm not sure what the flaw is exactly but nothing is perfect so maybe there was something I missed but too blinded by love to see, haha). 'Til next time.
Apr 3, 2018 7:39 AM

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I love to see the consequences of the Ishbal War. My wish never comes true, but I hoped for more episodes like this.
Oct 18, 2018 9:21 PM
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The saddest OVA of them all, explains Roy's motivation to help Ishval and punish all the war crimes committed during the war.
Feb 24, 4:39 PM

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I felt like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood did not have enough scenes related to the war in Ishval.

The episode itself was very good, filled with action and emotions.

First and last episode from the 4 we got were the best, in my oppinion.
Jun 3, 11:07 AM

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I absolutely loved these OVAs because they're all masterfully made with each special adding more depth into the lovely characters as if they weren't superbly developed already. Hohenheim appearing in the cover kinda made me expect that he'd be here too but he wasn't after all. That beginning gave me some Fullmetal Jacket vibes but that's probably how every military training scenes look like.

It's a very tragic twist that the person Mustang and Hughes stood up for ended up becoming an enemy during the Ishvalan Extermination Operation and knowing the reason why the whole war started made me feel even sadder about Heathcliffe. They don't have much of a choice but to grit their teeth and go through the mission and that sucks. Maes was lucky that he has people to go home to and forget about all the things that happened during the campaign with but Roy doesn't have anyone like that except for Hawkeye I guess.

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