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on 10 September 2009
This has to be one of the top three anime series that I have seen, not simply for the graphics and story but also for the english dubbing. There are too many anime series that make a poor choice when it comes to english speaking voice actors. Cant wait to watch the second series
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on 28 April 2009
While I adore the anime itself - it's definitely in my top three - the subtitles could be a lot better. While I assume they're accurate, they're frequently misspelled and use full stops instead of hyphens and inappropriate capitalisations. It's quite distracting at times. While this is obviously nitpicking, I don't remember this happening in the first box set. What happened?
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on 3 September 2014
Dragon Ball Z is my number 1 and best anime of all time HOWEVER FullMetal Alchemist could be my second best anime because it has amazing graphics soundtrack and the story is very heartwarming. Edward Elric and his brother Alphance Elric continue on their journey and find out many new things along the way. What a great boxset!
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VINE VOICEon 13 April 2009
After reliving their experience on Yock Island the Elric Brothers prepare to head back to the mainland with their teacher, Izumi. However, in an incredible twist, a young boy appears just as they are leaving. This myserious naked youth sparks intrigue as he is able to perform alchemy without a transmutation circle, and even more inriguing is the fact that this boy has somehow recieved Edwards lost arm and leg. This horrifying discovery leads Alphonse and Edward to doubt Alchemys rule of Equivalent exchange and the idea of sacrifice to recieve something in return. Believing his arm and leg were traded in order to save his brother, Edward begins to question whether the science which he has devoted his life to is relly all he believes it to be. This twist ultimately turns the story upside down and perfectly lays the path for the rest of season 2. You will notice that the story will get a lot darker from this point on, in terms of actual story content and the overall tone of the series.
Season 2 part 1 of Fullmetal Alchemist contains perhaps some of the most moving and shocking episodes of the series, as the series provides some great twists and it's fair share of ingenious plot progression, as well as the showdown between Edward Elric and the homunculus Envy (Coolest anime villain ever?). This boxset has volumes 8, 9 and 10 of this fantastic series. This volume covers episodes 29 - 40.
The first volume primarily deals with the plot I described at the start, while providing some superb and moving characterisation for Izumi, who initially seems very tough and stern, but later becomes more heartfelt and likeable.
In this boxset, we also learn alot more about Homunculi, such as their creation and weakness, which is as shocking as it is fascinating, not to mention ingenious.

Out of all four of the fullmetal Alchemist Boxsets, this has to be my favourite as it is some truly brilliant storytelling with some heartbreaking drama, fantastic characters development and great twists in the plot. Furthermore, two of FMAs most memorable characters appear alot in this set, these are of course Greed and Izumi. The animation continues to be of a high standard with some exceptional tonal communication which creates atmosphere and tension when it needs to. Even though the series takes a darker tone in this set and especially in the next upcoming boxset, FMA still pays special care and attention to grounding the series and providing lighter moments with some excellent comic relief. If you like the comic scenes in FMA then you will love the final disc of this collection which contains 2 more lighthearted episodes which stray from the plot slightly but conversely provide a much needed break from the main story. One of these episodes is 'The Flame Alchemist, the batchelor lieutenant and the mystery of warehouse 13' which focuses on the state alchemists and does not contain an appearance from the sibling protagonists. This comic episodes is split into 3 parts which see the different members of the state military such as Mustang, Hawkeye, Havok etc getting into silly adventures and misadventures. These include the soldiers spying on Mustang, Havoc meeting Armstrongs sister to try and get a date and the investigation of a warehouse that is believed to be haunted...all with hilarious results. After the comic episodes, the series returns to a more serious tone and goes about explaining some of the history between Ishbal and the State Alchemists as well as beginning to flesh out the character of Scar, who's true motives are still unclear.

All in all, season 2 part 1 is truly fantastic and is the best set out of the lot. Once again the discs are presented in the same way as the before with the usual welcome addition of the booklets containing artwork and character bios for the corresponding disc. There is also the selction of English dub and Japanese language with subtitles. Both are very good but I prefer the English as I find it more moving and, at times, heartbreaking, especially in this set of episodes. Plus Chris Patton voices Greed...nuff sed ^^. So if you have been collecting the volumes thus far, then you should definetly get this one, watch it, love it, then prepare for the mindblowing series finale in the next set. Until then, Enjoy!!!
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on 17 October 2009
This is the third of four boxsets that make up the original Fullmetal Alchemist series. If you're a manga fan, you may not be too thrilled with this part, because here is where the story radically diverges from the books - and in some episodes, the gaps show where writers must have been struggling to figure out their intentions for the Elrics. There seems to be less character-driven plotting and dialogue, and more fighting. In fact, a couple of episodes are almost entirely one fight after the next.
BUT - I'm actually a fan of how the anime storyline goes. It's snappy, it makes sense of previous events, it doesn't drag on senselessly... after a couple of rather shaky episodes, the series is back on form.

There is more to be seen of Izumi and Sig, and some new homunculi, in this boxset all interesting characters. (Izumi is one of my favourite female anime characters ever!) Almost all chaacters, even the very minor ones, have personailities and dreams of their own. As well as the Elrics' story, we see a wider view of the politics and stereotypes of the countries they travel through, which are as complicated and corrupt and damaging as those in real life. There are a couple of filler episodes, but one of them is rather fun (the Flame Alchemist episode) and the other is fine, just unnecessary to the overall plot.

As for the boxset itself - the subtitles are not all they could be occasionally, with grammatical errors and punctuation in strange places. The first boxset was good, but the second and third seem a little sloppy in places, although the meaning is always understandable. The extras are also not very exciting - but at this price, the boxset is still a great bargain. Fullmetal alchemist remains one of the best anime series yet. I'm going to buy the last boxset any day now...
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VINE VOICEon 2 March 2009
After several false leads and dead ends, the Elric brothers have little choice but to continue their search for the Philosopher's stone in order to return their bodies back to normal. The second box set of fullmetal alchemist is season 1 part 2. This set contains another 3 discs which comprise another 12 episodes (17-28).

The sibling's next lead takes them to an abandoned laboratory where in one of the most moving episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist, they make a shocking discovery about how to create a philosopher's stone and Ed has to make an important choice between his duty as a brother and his morality as human being.
As well as being dramatic, charming and downright addictive, Fullmetal Alchemist once again proves that it is so much more than your average anime show. Some fascinating philosophy is touched upon in this boxset when it is pondered what actually makes a human a human. This particularly applies to Alphonse Elric who tragically lost his body when the brothers tried to use human alchemy and thus had his soul is sealed to a suit of armour.
Towards the end of this boxset, we get an insight into the Elric brother's tragic past before they lost their bodies. With this we get introduced to a new character - Their alchemy teacher. (who can be seen on the front cover alongside Ed, Alphonse and Winry.

Once again, the presentation of this set is just astounding with the same design that decorated the previous boxset. This time though, there is some different artwork which includes Ed and Al as kids and the homunculi Lust, Greed and Envy. It is impressive to see the level of presentation that is being dedicated to these releases. This alone shows that Fullmetal Alchemist is special series and well deserving of being such nicely presented as I'm sure people will treasure these box sets for years to come.
There are a variety of extras on offer here including textless songs, art galleries and English voice actor commentaries. Furthermore, we also recieve 3 more of the collectors guidebooks for each DVD volume which detail key events and characters from the corresponding disc. These books are a nice little addition to the set and also provide some lovely artwork and forewords from staff who worked on this series.

The music in this anime continues to impress with a phenomenal soundtrack ranging from moving to just plain catchy. The animation is also superb with plenty of bright and vibrant colours and some well balanced use of CGI. Moreover, the voicework for English and Japanese are thankfully both present in these boxed releases. Both language tracks are superb and are equally enjoyable.

Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series that began strong is still as entertaining, thought provoking and astounding in this second installment. The characters that have been created and brought to life are truly heartfelt that it is hard not to feel attached to them or care about them. The struggle and the journey experienced by the main characters, as well as some of the secondary characters is realised with such passion and heart that it draws the viewer in and takes them on a truly fascinating ride. A series that's growth in popularity sees no sign in ending, Fullmetal Alchemist truly deserves the title of classic, and this box set proves just that.
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on 13 January 2016
Bought for my daughter who was thrilled with these dvds. Nothing more I can tell you about them.
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