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Fullmetal Alchemist The Complete First Season

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Fullmetal Alchemist The Complete First Season is a four-disc set that contains the first 25 episodes of the series. The first disc contains seven episodes, the second disc contains six episodes, the third disc contains six episodes and a commentary on episode 19, and the fourth disc contains six episodes, a commentary on episode 25, and the extras. On the discs, you can watch with either English or Japanese audio, and you can choose whether or not to have the English subtitles. When watching this set, I did see the occasional error in the subtitles; the most glaring of these was a misspelled word in the subtitles that appears for one of the closings.

The first extra included on the fourth disc is labeled as "Japanese Commercials." However, it turns out that this feature only contains one commercial, which lasts for a whole 17 seconds. When I discovered that was the extent of the "Japanese Commercials," I felt that the label on this feature was misleading and a form of "false advertising."

The next feature is the music video for "Ready, Steady, Go," by L'Arc-en-Ciel, which is the second opening theme song for Fullmetal Alchemist. The music video primarily features the actual band, with some shots featuring an animated version of the band. However, nothing in the video ties in to Fullmetal Alchemist. The third special feature is a commercial for Tofu Records, the label that released "Ready, Steady, Go." The commercial runs for 17 seconds, and it is an ad for L'Arc-en-Ciel's album that features the song.

The next feature on the disc is the textless openings and closings. Both of the openings and both of the closings that appear on this set are included. While the credit text may not be included, you still get the subtitles if you're watching the set with the Japanese audio. The final extra on the fourth disc are trailers for One Piece, Glass Fleet, Samurai 7, Utawarerumono, Dragon Ball GT, Kiddy Grade, Blue Gender, and Fullmetal Alchemist.

When this DVD set was put together, FUNimation included the booklets from the first six individual discs that were released. However, since only four episodes were released on each of the individual discs, there are only episode write-ups for the first 24 episodes. Each booklet contains a write-up from someone associated with the Japanese production, character information and images, information from the series, artwork, and episode write-ups. The booklets are very well-done and contain a lot of information.

The quality of the series, as well as the booklets included in the set, more than make up for the very minor flaws of this release. If you're a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist, then this box set should be a part of your DVD collection.

In order to write this review, I watched a copy of this DVD box set that was given to me as a gift by my husband.

Disc 1
Disc 2
To Challenge the Sun
Body of the Sanctioned
A Forger's Love
The Man With the Mechanical Arm
The Alchemy Exam
Night of the Chimera's Cry
The Philosopher's Stone
Be Thou for the People
The Phantom Thief
The Other Brothers Elric, Part I
The Other Brothers Elric, Part II
Fullmetal vs. Flame

Disc 3
Disc 4
Destruction's Right Hand
The Ishbal Massacre
That Which Is Lost
House of the Waiting Family
Marcoh's Notes
The Truth Behind Truths

Bonus Feature
Soul of the Guardian
The Red Glow
Created Human
Fullmetal Heart
Bonding Memories
Words Of Farewell

Bonus Features
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