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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay for us UK folks
Whilst Manga UK where going to release one single boxset of this but were unable to due to licensing agreements we are getting it in two parts.

However!

Part one will (apparently) be able to hold part 2 when its released, effectively making it a single box, but current pricing makes it £2 or so more exepsnive.

However 5 discs per...
Published 18 months ago by Jordan

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Packaging weak and flimsy
The actual box housing the volumes is flimsy and thin, not strong at all. When i got it in the post it was already creased, the blu-rays dont even fit into the box tightly enough. Its kind of hard to close the inner case as well.

Despite this the artwork is very nice and its great to finally have the Blu-Rays all in one box set.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay for us UK folks, 19 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Collection One Blu-ray (Episodes 1-35) (Blu-ray)
Whilst Manga UK where going to release one single boxset of this but were unable to due to licensing agreements we are getting it in two parts.

However!

Part one will (apparently) be able to hold part 2 when its released, effectively making it a single box, but current pricing makes it £2 or so more exepsnive.

However 5 discs per collection compared to the americans 4 per i cant complain.

ABOUT TIME!!!!

AMAZING Anime, sticks to the manga unlike the original anime, and best of all its in full HD!!!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't you own this series yet?!, 21 Jun 2013
This review is from: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Collection One Blu-ray (Episodes 1-35) (Blu-ray)
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is without a doubt one of the most influential anime of all time, mixing fantasy, conspiracy and action into a compelling story that you'll find it hard to stop watching! Brotherhood is a reboot of the original Full Metal Alchemist anime, following the storyline of the manga series more closely, although both series share similar starts, it isn't long before Brotherhood accelerates away into a more intricate plot that delivers constant surprises and leaves you begging for more. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an essential buy for new and seasoned anime fans alike, if you don't own it yet: what are you waiting for?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant series, 20 Mar 2014
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One of those series where you just want to know what happens next. I watched all 64 episodes in 3days. The only downside is it leaves you feeling there is a void in life when it's over.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series with annoying DRM, 20 May 2014
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It arrived on time and as described. The packaging is nothing fancy, and does the job.

The series itself is fantastic, and the discs have dual audio (English/Japanese) as well as commentary tracks, so this should appeal to all fans of the series, or those that haven't seen it before.

However, to those planning to watch this on a computer/laptop, be aware of the DRM on the disc. The blu-ray disks are encypted, and third-party software is needed to view the disks. Personally, I used MakeMKV, which has been fantastic in allowing me to play the discs on my PC.

Overall, great series with good delivery and packaging, marred by unnecessary DRM.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Packaging weak and flimsy, 25 Jun 2013
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The actual box housing the volumes is flimsy and thin, not strong at all. When i got it in the post it was already creased, the blu-rays dont even fit into the box tightly enough. Its kind of hard to close the inner case as well.

Despite this the artwork is very nice and its great to finally have the Blu-Rays all in one box set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Oct 2014
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reccomended by a friend
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 30 July 2014
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Daughter loves it. We (the parents) are of the wrong generation
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dude... best thing ever., 3 Jan 2014
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What to say about FMA Brotherhood? Simply one of the greatest japanese anime of all times. It is a must see.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better story, but everything else is much worse, 9 Feb 2014
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G. Pedrico (Cork, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is about the whole anime, and not just the 1-35 episodes.

Like mentioned elsewhere, the first 13 episodes are very boring. Why is that? Because all the emotion has been removed. There is no cinematographic talent. Every event is shown as a matter of fact, one after another, blandly. Even the most emotional moments, like the mother's resurrection gone wrong, Rosé's dead boyfriend or the tragic end of Nina and Alexander in the chimera.... They barely raise an eyebrow here!!! The events are just coldly depicted one after another.

The emotional attachment to the characters, their depth, the dramatic darkness of the story have been wiped-out by a mechanical storytelling, suitable for children but boring like hell.

I don't understand how anybody can find the visuals better by the way. They are more detailed, sure. But totally bland, generic and expression-less. Even the facial expressions, while very similar to the original, are very weak for some reason. Zero graphic talent. What matters is what the drawing expresses, not how much detail was crammed into it.

After the dreadful first part, the story becomes interesting, and the anime takes off finally. This happens where the story diverges from the original anime (and becomes identical to the manga). It becomes addictive, you really want to know what happens next. Even the drawing starts to become alive somewhat, and some emotion finally starts to give some soul to the characters. I must say that I was hooked. At this stage, I was starting to agree that it was a better serie - less dramatic, but with an awesome storyline.

And then, around the last quarter of the serie, the mediocrity comes back. The great thing about FMA is the fact that it's not just another anime. Unfortunately, in its long final phase, the serie is catching up with the worst manga/anime stereotypes:

1- Everybody is roughly divided into little groups, and have a fight of their own.
2-The hero thinks he won fight. YAY! But, OH MY GOD HE'S NOT DEAD! The enemy comes back to life with a new power that he was hiding up to this stage for no reason. He becomes more dangerous after almost dying.
3-The injured, tired, half-dead heroes face a much bigger threat, get suddenly stronger thanks to things they didn't figure out before, or or by getting some miraculous help at the very last moment, when all seems desperate.
4-Repeat the cycle for every hero or villain, for hours and hours of random events-based fighting....

Total crap, desperately generic and boring. That is, if you are no longer a teenager and already got bored to death by watching tons on this junk. I really didn't expect that for FMA, and it is hugely disappointing.

Ok if you can watch DBZ, Bleach, Naruto fights for hours without getting bored, you probably won't mind, matter of taste. The fights are better and less redundant in FMA, I admit. And there is only one round of these stupid, endless, fights with artificially maintained suspense. But WHY???? Why did they have to stick to the rules and generate all these episodes of generic anime fighting? The first serie was great because it was avoiding all this Shonen/Seinen junk!

There are some interesting moments, but I spent a number of episodes with the finger on fast-forward, waiting for the story to come back on track.

The end, after the ultra-uber-mega-fanatastico-hyper-coolio fights, is not too bad. Although.... The conclusion on Edward and Winry's side definitely sets the new FMA as a classical lame and children-friendly anime.

I put three stars, because the story is awesome. But seriously, FMA turning into a generic anime, what a disappointment!!! The original serie was a bit of a mess (especially the final movie) but it was more mature, and was made by talented artists who were able to put soul and emotion in the characters. This new one is more interesting story-wise, but bland and generic in the execution and the storytelling.

I still don't understand why so many manga/anime have so much greatness in them, and then get spoiled by stupid rules that every mangaka feels obliged to follow.
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