In these episodes, we are introduced to several new characters who did not appear in the original anime series (May Chang, Lin Yao, and Lan Fan), who all come from the land of Xing. We are also introduced to the ruins of Xerxes, and how they are important to the story of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. While some of the elements from the original anime are still here, there are different twists and details for these elements. There are some changes that I liked and that I thought were interesting, while I felt others worked better in the original Fullmetal Alchemist. However, it should be noted that Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is intended to be a more accurate representation of the story from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series.
On the main menu of the discs, you can choose to watch all of the episodes, choose which episode you want to see, set your audio and subtitle preferences, and see the extras. When it comes to choosing episodes, you can't choose where in the episode you want to begin watching. When you select an episode, it takes you straight to the beginning of the episode. In the setup menu, you can choose between English 5.1 Surround and Japanese Stereo for the audio. You can also choose whether to have the subtitles on or off.
The only extra on the first disc is commentary for episode 14 ("Those Who Lurk Underground"). There are four extras included on the second disc. The first extra is commentary for episode 23 ("Girl on the Battlefield"). The next feature is labeled as "Textless Opening Song." This feature has the new opening credits that were introduced on this set. The next feature is labeled as "Textless Closing Song," and it features the new ending credits that were introduced on this set. The final extra on the disc is trailers. On this disc are trailers for: The Slayers, Initial D, Nabari no Ou, Soul Eater, Kaze no Stigma, Dragon Ball Z, and Full Metal Panic!
If you're familiar with the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime series when you watch this set, you'll have a feeling by the end of the set that, while you know most of these characters, it feels like you're watching an entirely different series. However, that's not to say that this is a bad thing. Personally, I'm really looking forward to seeing how Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood continues on with the next DVD set.
If you're a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, this release is worth picking up and adding to your DVD library. If you're a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist that must own everything related to the series, this is also worth adding to your collection. If you're a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist who also enjoys Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, then this set is also worth purchasing.
I wrote a review of this DVD set after checking out a copy through the King County Library System.
|Those Who Lurk Underground|
Envoy From the East
Footsteps of a Comrade-in-Arms
The Arrogant Palm of a Small Human
Death of the Undying
Father Beforet he Grave
|Advance of the Fool|
Backs in the Distance
Girl on the Battlefield
Inside The Belly
Doorway Of Darkness