Maybe it's just the fanslation I watched, but "Slicer the Homocide"? The manga just had them as the Slicer.
Also Barry saying he'd dismantle Al? Made it seem like he knew Al was just armour or something.
Ed seemed a little too ready to fight in the anime. Like there's an inevitability about it and it kinda loses the tension of a life/death situation a bit. I dunno, just something about it bothered me. It didn't seem as bad in the manga, 48's intro was just better.
Loved Al's badass moment after Ed says he's never beaten him.
Hughes and Roy's segments brought the comedy for this chapter. (people have said these conversations happen later in the manga?) Barry calling Al a hippo and their armour banter was all great stuff. As was Ed thinking he'd have to fight the Slicer legs.
Barry pulling out the blade was kind of disgusting which fitted well. Though the quick efficient kill wasn't as Barry-esque as the slicing the head off in the manga. It worries me a little that they're toning down the gore or something. Has me worried for future chapters.
Nitpick, but the sword was too close to Ed for Envy to grab without hassle, surely? (still, it just went missing in the manga)
But Envy killing the other brother was visceral and well done. Good sounds, voice acting, the arm animation. Nice job just overall.
The music was good. Noticing the recurring tracks. The big piece when Al was fighting Barry wasn't the most original composition, but it was exciting.
That said, I recalled the use of Brothers being particularly touching in the old anime there.
The Kimblee thing seemed a bit like pointless fanservice to me. I know it was in the manga, but considering Kimblee's role in the first ep of Brotherhood, new viewers might get the impression he's going to be some kind of big bad.
(another nitpick; his jail cell made more sense in the manga)
As for the fight scenes, a lot of the choreography seemed better (and somehow LONGER) in the manga to me. But I still found the fighting in this enjoyable.
Though I missed the touches from the manga like Ed worried about Winry beating him for his automail getting damaged.
Also think the manga did a better job explaining a few things, but considering the rush of Brotherhood, it's forgivable.
Overallllllll, the episode was good and was very much exciting. Though as with a couple of them, I'm happier with the episode before I read the manga version.
Nevertheless I'd probably rank it as the second best Brotherhood episode so far. But I'm still worried about the future of the series.
Still, not too long before things start getting really different from ye olde anime...
QUOTE (Kirara @ May 25 2009, 12:36 PM)
QUOTE (penguintruth @ May 25 2009, 12:42 AM)
Another is the "previously on" segments. Those have to go, too. This and the narration over it make the show seem generic, and FMA is anything but that.
I dislike these too and the little exposition about alchemy in the beginning and the "fullmetal alchemist talking eye catches".
But I think we just have to accept these things at least for awhile. Hopefully they will get rid of some of these things at some point.
I think the previously on bits are fine. But the 30 second intro thing is just stupid and serves no purpose. Same with the eyecatches. And we need this precious time for more great manga lines and comedy.
The way the guy said Fullmetal Alchemist the first time made me think he was just trying to piss us off too. >_<