If you are a fan of shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender, then this anime is for you. Centered around a teenage Alchemist, Edward Elric, and his brother, Alfonse, the audience accompanies the two on their journey to “getting their bodies back” and fighting bad guys along the way. The show is complex with multiple plots and continuously keeps the viewers engaged, which is why it is extremely popular.
There is an original saga to this show as well, which is just called Fullmetal Alchemist. I cannot give much insight on the original, since I have not watched it. However, if it is anything similar to this series, then it is most likely fantastic. FMA: Brotherhood is based on the concept of Alchemy, which yourdictionary.com defines as, “the process of taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary, sometimes in a way that cannot be explained.” In the anime, Alchemists are able to create different things. Think element bending from Avatar: The Last Airbender, but Alchemists can manipulate energy to create different objects, elements, etc. It’s hard to explain; you’ll just have to watch it to see.
In addition to Alchemy being the main plotline of the show, the boys are on a quest to get their bodies back. After an accident that left Ed with missing limbs and Al without a body, the two are on a mission to find the Philosopher’s Stone, which they believe will help them find their bodies. This hunt unlocks many secrets that leave the brothers questioning everything.
The multi-faceted plot is what keeps the viewers engaged in this show. It is fast-paced, with minimal plot fillers and unnecessary dialogue; every line has a purpose. As a bonus, there are many cute animals and young children in the show that are just too adorable to not love. Although the plot is overall quite serious, there is a myriad of comic relief, such as Edward being called short throughout the series, which he cannot stand. I am personally only on the second season of the show, but so far, it is a fantastic show with an intellectual and original plot. If you are interested in watching FMA: Brotherhood, you can find it on Netflix!