Haven't posted here in a looooong time but I just felt that I had to write something about the new season. In short: It's awesome.
But the only reason that is, is because I am a long time fan who loves the manga as well as the previous series. I feel well at home in the FMA-universe; I know all about the story and the characters and ther traits (and quirks). And I love it. If I didn't, or if I weren't previoulsy acquainted with it, all the impressions, emotional scenes and whatnot would be severely less punch-packing. Bones
seems to be basing this seasons primary source of emotinal weight on the knowledge that all of the viewers mostly consist of FMA longtimers, who will scream with joy just seeing their favourite manga-panels coming to life. I get that. I feel the same way.
But it's hard, really hard, to ignore the fact that this series could be so much better.
Some of the directing in the 6 episodes sofar has been downright poor, especially early on. Some, hm, conceptual
choices and ideas doesn't really seem fitting, such as Cornello going all Supersize me with the stone, the 24
-ish split-screens in the same episode, the somewhat inconsistent animation (sometimes awesome, sometimes completely weird, although this is probably not done intentionally) and the odd placement of jokes.
I have to give it some credit though, so I don't come off all pessimistic-sounding. For most of the time, the animation really is
fantastic. And so is the music. And the voice-acting.
So summed up: Yeah, this is fanservice. At its best. And being a fan, I'm loving it. But at the same time... yeah, I just wished it would be a little less safe-play. And that it would generate actual emotions on it's own.
And on another note, whoever it was that said the music in episode 6 made it sound like everything took place in a "ristorante" on an Italian piazza, well, thanks a lot. If I hadn't read that one comment, I never would have noticed. Now, I couldn't stop thinking about it while watching