Anime enthusiast and library volunteer, Alex Costello, provides us with a review of this months featured anime: Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Thank you, Alex!
Ever hear that anime can’t be real art? Fans of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood* will strongly disagree! Often declared as one of the greatest anime ever made, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood became a classic to fans all over the world. Not really into anime (yet)? This anime is considered a great starter series for those looking to dip their toes into the anime world!
“Alchemy: the science of understanding, deconstructing, and reconstructing matter. However, it is not an all-powerful art. It is impossible to create something out of nothing. If one wishes to obtain something, something of equal value must be given. This is the law of equivalent exchange; the basis of all alchemy. In accordance to this law, there is a taboo among alchemists. Human transmutation is strictly forbidden. For what could equal the value of a human soul?”
Edward and Alphonse Elric live with their mother in a small sheep town in Amestris. However, a pandemic sweeps through their idyllic world and takes their mother from them, leaving them lost and lonely. Determined to see her again, the young boys turn to alchemy in search for the secret of human transmutation, believing that they can bring their mother back to life. But there is a reason human transmutation is a taboo among alchemists: the transmutation fails, and their punishment is costly. Edward loses an arm and a leg, and Alphonse loses his entire body, forced to live as a disembodied soul bound to a suit of armor.
Realizing the gravity of their error, the Elric brothers seek after what they believe to be their only hope: the legendary Philosopher’s Stone. Said to give alchemists the ability to bypass the fundamental alchemic law of equivalent exchange, granting unrivaled power. The brothers believe the stone will help them restore their bodies to their whole forms. Edward joins the military to have access to their restricted research, and the two are plunged into a world of secrets and corruption that penetrate deep into the ranks of the military – and they learn that the secrets behind the Philosopher’s Stone may be darker than they ever realized.
Based off the classic manga by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood offers a rich, emotional story, with unforgettable characters, set in a fascinating world of alchemy and intrigue. Middle and high school students are welcome to join us for Full Metal Alchemist during our Anime and Pocky night at the Bowman Library Monday, March 27 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. We’ll provide refreshments, including pocky!
(*Quick note: There are actually two anime adaptions of Fullmetal Alchemist. The first one, simply titled Fullmetal Alchemist, aired while the manga was still ongoing, and so it branches off into its own storyline. But due to the success of the manga and the first series, a second adaption was created, this one fallowing the manga’s story much more closely. The second one, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the one being viewed this upcoming anime night.)