Did I say how much I love the opening? It’s definitely my favourite song of the season. Download the full version here ;)
It’s 0230 hrs over here so full review first thing tomorrow morning. I’m impressed by how the writers are able to complete the arc in one episode whereas the original series took two episodes to complete. I guess this is due to the reduced focus on the side characters and some clever manipulation of the storyline. Overall, the episode is refreshing and hilarious despite it being ‘old’ material. Thumbsup to the crew of FMA 2. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
20th April 2009
So, everyone’s been harping about how the current series is following the manga closely so I decided to acquire a copy and read it for myself. After reading it, I realised that the first series was more liberal with the material from the manga as compared to the current series. The first series seems to have placed emphasis on developing rose’s background and story as well the climate of the town itself whereas the second series went for the ‘epic showdown’ at the end of it without compromising on the original storyline itself. Both have merits in themselves I guess. If you prefer a slow pace with more development on the side stories, the first series is for you. If you want a faster paced series with more action, the current series is for you.
However, this series’s background is not necessarily better drawn. Let’s look at a few screenies:
The above screenies reminds me of Magic the gathering cards, the first shot is reminiscent of old cards while the second shot seems ‘newer’.
A little cheery here, ain’t we.
First show portrayed the town’s nitty gritty parts such as the dirt on the sign of the shop while the current show prefers to go ‘clean’ on most accounts.
The screenshots are non-exhaustive and neither does it show how alchemy is performed, what you get from the first series is a little blue light and some smoke while the current series shows some ubercool blue flash of light and presto, restored. I’ve got nothing to add to this post at this point, this episode was pretty well executed and the way the ‘hey shortiee’ jokes were , in my opinion, more hilarious than it was in the first episode. Let’s await the next episode!
So what say you? Do you still prefer the 1st series if you ever watched it or the current series? Or are you a purist who cites the manga as the most pure and awesome work compared to the anime.
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