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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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FMA:B is based off the manga, so if you read the manga and really want to see the animated version then continue watching Brotherhood. The first FMA season had its own story starting about episode 30 or so, but all the episodes before that pretty much follow the manga.
In my opinion, you should go ahead and watch FMA in your free time because all 51 episodes are out, then on Sundays watch FMA:B.
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FMA Brotherhood because it is a closer adaption of the original manga which came before the first animated series. And not to mention you can watch the episodes legally & for free if you live in the US, Canada, most of Europe and Asia.
And wow I can't believe people are actually discouraging people from watching Brotherhood first. I think it is great that new people are interested in this series that have not seen the first anime or read the manga. Otherwise the only people left watching will already know what happens (at least for the parts covered by the manga and 1st series) and that's no fun.
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Personally I think if you just started with FMA:B that you should stick with it... and watch the other FMA after.
I'd actually love to see the responses from someone who is watching brotherhood first. Because for a lot of us who have either watched the first fma or read the manga (or both) it changes how we view brotherhood. We are all biased and have expectations of the current show based on the work we had seen previously... which makes it hard to get a sense of the 'impact' certain scenes have (or don't have) because none of it is a surprise at this point in the timeline
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I think it doesn't matter. The first series was incredible. FMA:B hasn't had enough episodes aired to really make a judgment, but being based more closely on the manga, we have high expectations because we know that the manga is amazing. From my perspective, the more FMA, the better. I don't really know which one would be *better* to watch first, but it would be a tragedy for you to miss out on the first series, so I say go with the first series first. That way you can get pretty much unlimited FMA for awhile and it will be awesome. Then switch gears and put aside all assumptions you might have from the first series and move to FMA:B. There is some overlap in the first 10 or so episodes, but by the time you finish the first series, enough episodes of FMA:B will be out such that you can just marathon right through the early episodes, which move more quickly in FMA:B anyway...
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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.)
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Joined: 31-March 09
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Doesn't really matter, but the best way to approach both series is that they are completely independent of one another, despite some overlap with characters/settings/plotlines.
The first series was extremely well-done and is still one of the most engrossing series that I've seen. The story follows the original manga storyline to a point, before it diverges into it's own original work.
FMA: Brotherhood, on the other hand, is more closely related to the manga as the manga's reached a more mature point than where it was when the first series began. Aside from the first episode, Brotherhood has followed the manga's storyline and is shaping up to stand on its own merits. The pacing may seem faster than the first series or to those who have never been exposed to the manga, but since the manga storyline is extremely dense Brotherhood is doing an excellent job of maintaining the core of the chapters that are being adapted.
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It doesn't really matter. The previous series has a good story too, it's just that you need to keep in mind that the two anime series are DIFFERENT, that's all, and try not to compare them when you watch them =)
Ignoring the fact that the previous series doesn't really have the same theme as the manga, the previous FMA series is indeed one of the greatest anime. I love the music and detailed development in the previous FMA series, whereas the story in manga is definitely a lot more brilliant.
So, watch both. =P Since the previous series is already done and over with, you might as well watch the whole thing + movie at one go ;D
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I personally would watch FMA first to get introduced to the characters because FMA: B moves pretty quickly (I think if I wasn't familiar with the series I'd have been a little confused :/), but if that's not a problem for you then it really doesn't matter which you start with