Almost everyone knows, FullMetal Alchemist is a work produced by Iromu Arakawa that could be found in the Japanese monthly magazine Shōnen Gangan in the 2000s. If there are 27 volumes of manga papier , the license has also known two adaptations as an animated series. We then find, among others, Edward and Alphonse Elric in 2003 in FullMetal Alchemist (FMA) for a duration of 51 episodes then in FullMetal Alchemist : Brotherhood (FMAB) in 2009 with 64 episodes. Two series with their similarities, but also and above all their differences. After comparing the anime to the Netflix version , let's take a look at five of the most notable differences between the two titles in the series.
1- A difference in substance, but also in form.
The first of the differences, and not the least, is in the scenario. At the beginning of the 2000s, the paper manga had not yet come to an end. The FMA series used the special issue method to procrastinate with the release of the chapters . But this is also the reason that pushed the latter to take writing initiatives, se thus detaching from the manga. A position taken that FMAB by taking a much more faithful look at the story of Iromu Arakawa . Who plus is, the two titles do not have the same animation. The studio Bones (which for example animates My Hero Academia nowadays) evolved between the 2000s and 2010 with notably moving backgrounds and more vivid colors that we find in the second series.
2- One antagonist per series
Scriptwriting freedom requires, the main antagonist of the two series differs . In FMA, it is about Dante, an alchemist of more than 400 years whose soul is transferred from body to body thanks to the Philosopher's Stone. His main objective is similar to the notion of immortality which weakens as that same soul deteriorates over the years. In FMAB , the antagonist isFather, the leader of Homunculus and above all the first primitive being created by Alchemy, having in passing certain traits of resemblance with … Van Hohenheim ( and a few wrinkles) , the father of our two heroes. His goal is quite simply to become the perfect being.
3- L 'origin and identity of Homunculus
Secondary antagonists of the series, the Homunculus are present in both series and are named after the seven deadly sins (in English Envy , Gluttony , Greed , Lust , Pride , Sloth and Wrath ) . However, these have a different origin depending on the version you are viewing. In FMAB , they are artificial humans, from the Philosopher's Stone and created by Father to embody each one of his aspects and free him from what brings him closer to the huhands. In FMA, they were born from failed attempts at human transmutations. They have the appearance of people who needed to be transmuted.
4- The role of Van Hohenheim
Quoted a few lines higher, Van Hohenheim does well obviously part of the two adaptations. Only, there you have it, his role is not exactly the same, as well as his relationship with the antagonist of the series where he is present . In FMA, the father of our two heroes (Edward and Alphonse) is a human who managed to exceed the duration of his life expectancy by transferring his consciousness to another body, just like Dante with whom he was in love. But eager to no longer pursue his immortality at the expense of others he leaves the latter. In Brotherhood , he has a much more central role in the narrative. But he will eventually face Father who has granted him almost unlimited power and will die, in front of his wife's grave, after having exhausted the power of his Philosopher's Stone in the aforementioned fight.
5- L 'history of Shô Tucker
Among the characters of FullMetal Alchemist , we find a certain Shô Tucker . One of the most disturbing characters in franchise. And for good reason, his work on the creation of chimeras speaking human language, hegranting the status of state alchemist, shook the spines of more than one person when he bent the rules and artificially created this chimera from his dog Alexander and de … his daughter Nina. But, did you know that this scene has a much bigger impact in the first series ? If in Brotherhood , the arc of Tucker is compressed into a single episode, in FMA, viewers have the (bad) chance to know Tucker before his dark secrets are revealed. Ed and Al become attached to him, seeing him as a mentor and a father figure. When the two brothers discover the horrible truth, the gruesome scene is fueled by the duo's feelings of betrayal. A similar situation (but a different context) for the character of Maes Hughes , an officer who cares deeply for his wife and daughter, but whose storyline fate will be to die in the two series. But FMA gives a deeper meaning with a more developed attachment in the episodes, where FMAB only makes it appear a few scenes .