I love how everyone assumes that because something isn't from the manga it's automatically unholy non-canon. Did you ever stop to think that hey, perhaps Arakawa is overseeing this project so that it's done her way this time? Or that perhaps SHE wrote this "filler" episode? It's most likely that any additions / consolidations done to the story are done under her supervision / advice.
So far, many of the consolidations have been pretty necessary in my eyes. To me, much of the manga during the early parts felt drawn out and unnecessary. One episode certainly does NOT need to equal one issue of the manga. Especially because in some issues many panels are spent trying to communicate action; which when played out in cinematic situation, may pass in just seconds, whereas it can take several pages of illustrated panels to communicate the motions happening in that amount of time.
Quit complaining about all the little nit-picky details and enjoy the show. The new anime is awesome and has been a VERY good adaption of the original work.
I totally agree. And plus, what's so BAD about FMA "fillers" anyway? What makes them so awful and unbearable? Good grief, you guys!
I've never understood why so many people seem to hate them. Sure, they aren't always canon and can be stupid and annoying when they're not done right, but I've never been that
bothered by them. On the contrary, I rather like most of them. I think they're good for character development and fleshing out the details...and at the very least, they make great entertainment. (Episodes 13 and 37 from the first series, anyone?)
And personally, I'm really looking forward to this next episode. Sometimes it's nice to take a break from the constant action, sit back and enjoy simpler things...like a dance around a bonfire, drinks, stories, laughter, and people just being people. It's not like Brotherhood's gonna ZOMG GETZ RUINED!!!11 just because they're taking time for this kind of stuff. Sheesh...
Lol, now that my mini-rant is over... XD I ADORED this episode. They got everything down just perfect. The emotion, the action, the art...everything was just amazing. The best part was the "it was just like a prayer to God" line, and then the gate opens
and the cinematography and music and everything gets SO EPIC...I got so many chills during that sequence. And I teared up at the Ed-and-Al-epic-brotherly-moment part.
I think Brotherhood is finally beginning to match FMA 1 for me. (It only took, oh I dunno...19 FREAKIN' EPISODES TO KICK INTO GEAR...) *COUGH* But they did such a good job with the last few episodes, and it seems they've FINALLY settled into the pace (gawd I hope I don't jinx it), and I really, really hope they keep this up. At this rate, Brotherhood might even surpass FMA 1.
Gah, I think I officially have a love/hate relationship with this series right now. When it's good, it's VERY good, but when it's bad...I cringe and go to console myself by watching the old one and reading the manga. XD
EDIT: Hey! Welcome aboard, Kaleidoscope!
It's awesome that the episode made you join, lol. Can't say I blame you.
I was introduced to FMA pretty much the same way...only for me it was the old series. FMA 1, the manga, Brotherhood...they all have special places in my heart now, and I love them all equally in different ways. Fullmetal Alchemist is awesome no matter how
you slice it, amirite?