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5.0 out of 5 stars Too good., 24 Jun. 2012
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R. Meredith "Cons" (Wrexham, Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Vol 3 (Eps 27-39) [DVD] (DVD)
Perhaps my favourite volume on first viewing, the story of the Fullmetal Alchemist continues, and we learn about the absolutely awesome Briggs Fortress, perhaps my favourite location in the FA:B universe, right down to the wealth of diverse and vitally important characters it introduces.

This is where it becomes truly epic, as you realise just how vast the world of the Elric brothers is, and how different attitudes towards death can turn a seemingly hopeless situation around.

What are you waiting for? Get the next volume whilst you're at it!
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Vol.4 [DVD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continues to Build on Solid Foundations, 18 Sept. 2011
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Arch Stanton (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Vol 3 (Eps 27-39) [DVD] (DVD)
This set begins with a meditative episode as Hohenheim (Ed and Al's father) reflects back on his life. This episode covers a great deal of backstory and explains much of who he is. It also introduces the last of the homunculi and goes into more detail about their plan. Much of this set takes place at the northern fortress of Briggs, an icy wilderness run by General Armstrong, Major Armstrong's sister. She is a highly entertaining character and is as extreme as he is except while his extremes are of emotion hers are of icy competence. Ed and Al are placed in the unusual position of having to dissemble and closely guard what they say lest they endanger people's lives. Mustang is rather restricted in his role but he gets a flashback episode to the Ishvalan massacre which explains much of his character and relationship to others. Scar's story is surprisingly developed and he remains a big deal despite the list of more deadly enemies. By the end of this set the basic outline of the homunculi plan is clear, what remains is only how to stop it.

What's really great about Brotherhood as opposed to the other series is how it develops the secondary characters. Characters like Mustang whose character was really only hinted at in the original series is particularly fleshed out. I never understood all the love for Mustang after watching the first anime, he seemed to serve no point, but after this he is just about the most badass of all the characters. The homunculi (apart from Lust, Gluttony, and Envy, the ones established at the beginning of the series) all fit their chosen sin better. I much prefer Bradley as Wrath than as Pride and the new Pride is... memorable. He's the most horrible and powerful one of all. Sloth doesn't leave much of an impression but he seems to fit his sin better than the woman from the first series who had water powers. Naming the homunculi after sins never had a reason in that show. They also have a real plan this time and Father makes a much better villain than Dante. The series also introduce new characters like Lin Yao, General Armstrong, Buccaneer, and Major Miles. All of these characters have strongly defined personalities and get their own moment. Even Yoki of all people gets his minute in the limelight, despite having skipped his introductory episode in the beginning. While the show starts off firmly focused on the Elric brothers by this point it has basically become an ensemble piece. Large segments take place without the Elrics being present at all. While they never lose their position as the leads of the series their quest does become less vital to the plot. Certainly their actions are no longer the driving force behind events.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The stakes get higher, 10 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Vol 3 (Eps 27-39) [DVD] (DVD)
Fullmetal alchemist continues to grow in stature (unlike Ed, ho ho).
The plotting in vol 3 is examplary: there are great moral dilemmas to ponder, some interesting new characters, some amazing revelations. Over the course of the volume, the pieces are being moved into place for whats to come but crucially, none of it ever feels like padding (tell a lie, ep 1 is a flashback / recap episode that doesnt even work as that!).
As always the animation is beautiful too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars once again... Brilliant, 18 Aug. 2011
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The thi8rd installment is as good as if not better than it's predecessors. Tenser, more exciting, better (voice) acted, great writing, just as many special features, english and japanese language.
FMA :B 3 is in the greatest series of all time and it keeps getting better.
Thank you everyone who helped make this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic instalment!, 29 May 2012
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Just like the last 2 this is a great continuation of the story.
All the characters including the tritagonists get very well developed. It is very impressive to see an anime that does that and it does it very well. Scar is a fantastic character especially!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FMA, 29 Dec. 2012
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My daughter is a fan of FMA and is enjoying vol 3. I have also enjoyed watching it. It has lots of action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy daughter, 29 Nov. 2012
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My daughter was very happy to recieve this as we had been looking for a long time for these episodes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 22 May 2013
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My son loves all these type of dvd and has a hugh collection this is just one of them excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brotherhood keeps getting better, 7 Mar. 2011
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T. R. Alexander (East Anglia, UK) - See all my reviews
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This third volume of the `Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood' anime contains a further thirteen episodes of this great series and I must say that the series just gets better and better.

The episodes in this volume see Edward escape from the belly of Gluttony only for him and his brother to come face to face with the creator of the Homunculi, Father, whose abilities are unlike anything either of them has seen before. After this the Ed and Al head to the frozen north in search of May Chang and the secrets of alkahestry which could give them a clue into returning their bodies.

I must say that `this third volume of the `Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood' anime cements the series superiority to its predecessor with some very good episodes. The action and storyline of the series continue to be interesting and while there are still some annoyances here and there (such as the super-deformed animation jokes which I still find annoying) they are becoming somewhat less common as the series goes on.

This volume sees the introduction of a few new characters, such as the Homunculi Sloth, Pride and the new Greed. My favourite of the new characters though has to be the absolutely brilliant Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong who may make my list of all-time favourite anime characters.

`Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood' is defiantly far better than the previous `Fullmetal Alchemist' anime and I would say is a must see for any anime fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The conspiracy grows even darker, 9 Mar. 2011
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Some spoilers ahead, but please forgive me.

In this collection, Ed and Al reunite after being forced apart, and Ed has been driven to do something he didn't want to consider just so he could get back to his brother. Ling also makes a choice that will change his future irrevocably, and affect the outcome of things in ways nobody expected. After this, Ed is forced to keep quiet about what he knows, or, it is implied, Winry will suffer for his rebellious ways. The Elric brothers meet people and find their journey takes them north, where they meet somebody so tough that even Ed cowers before her... Olivier Mira Armstrong, Major Armstrong's older sister.

This set has only a few extras, but they are AMAZING (if you're a Fullmetal Brotherhood geek fan). There are episode commentaries for Episode 28 and Episode 36, as well as textless versions of the opening credit song "Golden Time Lover" (it really sinks into your head, that tune) and the third closing credit song, which is great for anyone who likes seeing how generous puberty has been to Winry. The commentary for Episode 28 features Mike McFarland, who is Brotherhood's Line Producer and ADR Director as well as the voice of Jean Havoc, Wendy Powell, the voice of Envy in both the original Fullmetal anime as well as Brotherhood, and Kent Williams, who provides the voices of Father and the Narrator in Brotherhood, but also played a "filler character" in the first anime version, Majahal. That commentary reveals some blinding tidbits that will drive fans right back to the earliest episodes of Brotherhood to re-examine everything they previously thought they knew about the series, as well as making a rather surreal joke reference to Envy's future (if you didn't know if was coming-- readers of the manga probably are far enough ahead that they do-- it won't make sense, so... Volume 20 of the manga, kids). The commentary for Episode 36 also features Mike McFarland, as well as J Michael Tatum, the voice of Scar in Brotherhood, Stephanie Young, the voice of Olivier, and Phil Parsons, the voice of the automail-equipped officer Buccaneer. That commentary has lots of interesting character references, but no revelations that rival the commentary for Episode 28.

So... Brotherhood fans really should play the commentary for Episode 28 when they are ready to head right back to the beginning. It's fun being a geek!
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