Twelve Moments in Anime 2009: Moment #11 – Roy Mustang burns on

CCY has thrown down his Twelve Moments of Anime gauntlet, inviting others to join him everyday until Christmas in recalling their 12 favorite anime-related things of the year. Today? Moment #11.

Brotherhood, the latest Fullmetal Alchemist adaptation was the show that didn’t need to be. The original adaptation had aired just five years earlier. And for many of us, it was even newer than that. And it’s not like it needed a new adaptation. The original is one of the most high acclaimed animes of all time – beloved and revered by many. It’s not like Peter Jackson remaking the crappy cartoon version of Lord of the Rings. It’s like a new director telling us that there’s going to be a completely new and different release of the Fellowship of the Rings coming this Christmas. Entertaining? Yeah, probably. Necessary? No way.

Winry Rockbell fanservice
Random Winry fanservice. Same old Fullmetal.

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Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood… Playing it up for laughs

I’m enjoying the new Full Metal Alchemist, but episode to episode, I’m still not sure what to make of it. Take episode 9 for example. I loved the lighthearted scenes between Ed & Winry on the phone, Ross & Brosh’s insubordination, and just about every scene with Maes Hughes. But I really dislike how they’ve apparently adopted the Soul Eater style of ruining dramatic moments with silly non-sequiturs or inappropriate artwork.

Case in point, the scene where Al confronted Ed about his body and his memories was getting pretty damn intense. And then they popped in these shots of Al, with his silly face on. And suddenly I was cracking up and the whole mood was blown. Which is a shame, because Winry’s subsequent flashback was tremendous, and one of the rare moments where I thought the new FMA handled an existing scene better than the first FMA.


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