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Yesterday, I discovered FMA:B on the new Hulu client (http://www.hulu.com/labs/hulu-desktop) and really like it. I watched all episodes of FMA:B, then decided to do a little research on the series and found out about the original series.
Should I just watch the FMA:B series and wait until it's over to go back to the original FMA, or should I go back and watch the original series now?
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A hardcore manga fan may ask you to entirely ignore the first series, due to its detraction from the original material, but I would suggest giving it a go. I certainly count it as one of the greatest anime programs I've seen, out of nearly two hundred.
However, it doesn't matter, since the new series and the old one are in entirely different continuities, the first going off to do its own thing (at the insistance of Arakawa herself, I've read), whereas the new one sticks closer to the original manga.
Either way, there really is no wrong way to go at FMA. The first series was excellent, in my opinion, and the second one is certainly shaping up as well, and may surpass the first yet. But they're different beasts, so just pick one and go for it!
(It may be easier to start with the first, since it's already finished, but don't feel like you have to finish it before diving into the new one, unless you'd rather not mix up events.)
Fullmetal Alchemist is over! Thank you, Hiromu Arakawa! ;_;