Does Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood deserve #1 in MyAnimeList?

Fullmetal Alchemist brotherhood
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Everyone has a taste when it comes to watching movies or series or our favorite-anime series. And some anime series always remain as our favorites. Personally, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is my favorite anime. No matter how many anime I watch, it still holds a special place in my heart.

With its overwhelming storyline, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood has been a feast for viewers’ eyes. There are a bunch of anime shows like Attack on Titan, Hunter x Hunter and Steins Gate. Yet, FMAB stands on top of all that, and there are plenty of reasons. Well, the question is, does it deserve to be #1 anime in MyAnimeList. Let’s get to the review then.

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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is a Japanese anime series that follows the series Fullmetal Alchemist. It adapts from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga written by Hiromu Arakawa. It premiered on April 5, 2009, in Japan. Studio Bones, who are famous for their works on Noragami, Soul Eater, and Darker than Black, made it into an outstanding anime with its amazing visuals.


It follows the story of two Alchemist brothers Edward and Al, who commit a Taboo while trying to bring their mother back to life using Alchemy. As a result, Al losses his entire body, and Edward bonds his body to armor in exchange for his arm and a leg. His quest begins when he decides to bring back Al’s body. As they go on a journey, they encounter various alchemy users and twists which make the series even more epic.


Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood has a beautiful and unique storyline. Since it follows the original events of the manga, the storyline became a strong aspect of it. Even though the first anime Fullmetal Alchemist has a beautiful ending, it lacked pace. But Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood gave us a fantastic experience with its pace. From the first episode, the plot keeps moving forward consistently with more exciting events than Fullmetal Alchemist.

And there are many variations compared to the first one. In my opinion, I’ve never seen such an incredible pace in any anime. There are some anime series where you can see such pace, but presenting all the emotions along with the pace are FMAB things.


There are more than a few characters in the anime who are given equal importance as the main characters. From Scar to Envy, all of them have marvelous character development. You would never guess which character will become important at last, and the characters are well designed. Notably, the protagonist Edward’s role is one of the main aspects of the incredible character development.

It doesn’t matter whether the character is evil or good, but you’ll care for each one of them. Winry is a character who hangs around the main characters Ed and Al, and even though her role doesn’t seem like it as important as the other ones, she is one of the reasons to make this show adorable in some ways.


Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood does have some awesome soundtracks, but in my opinion, I prefer some of them of 2003 anime (Fullmetal Alchemist). Soundtracks like Bratja, Butou remain as my favorites of Fullmetal Alchemist. But not even the 2003 anime openings can beat the opening of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood “Again.”

Even today, if you search for the best anime openings of all time on the internet, there is a ten billion percent chance you’ll find it. Just try and listen to it for yourself a couple of times, and you’ll love it.


It’s not like this anime has the best animation, but it sure is one of the best works of the studio BONES. The battle scenes include Alchemy and stuff. So, presenting each alchemy abilities with the animation is not an easy thing to do. And yet Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood has done a brilliant job here. To be precise, the last 20 episodes of the anime are magnificent. Regardless of its intense plot, it somewhat attracts you with its mesmerizing visuals. The art is lovely, and each character design is unique to the other one. Well, once you watch it, you’ll notice how good is the animation.


You can’t expect an action/adventure anime to be with minimal action sequences. Trust me, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood has tremendous fights that’ll surprise you in every instant. It’s not like our protagonist is overpowered, but with every fight he encounters, he gets stronger, and his will to survive for the sake of his brother keeps him going forward. Even in the action scenes, the bond of the two brothers makes a delightful appearance.

You get to see a lot of different fight scenes compared to the other anime, and these are quite decent and meaningful. If you think there won’t be any epic ones, then you’re mistaken. Action is undoubtedly one of the best aspects of this anime.

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Hanumanth Reddy

Hanumanth is an enthusiastic author who enjoys writing about anime, movies, and TV shows and aims to share his optimistic views with his readers. His favorite franchise is Star Wars, and he aspires to be a Jedi in the future, but he vows not to fall on the dark side.