QUOTE (Mr. Deathy @ Aug 17 2010, 08:44 PM)
To get all the main points over:
-faithful manga adaption as a whole, with same ending
-heavily compressed first 20-30 episodes, with a lot of cut scenes and dialogue simply for the sake of getting through the manga faster
-Ishval flashback heavily suffered, much of it was missing and what was left was condensed
-last 30 or so episodes are far more faithful and cut very little
That's correct, but I should also add that Brotherhood adds some of its own little touches that are kind of cool as well (won't spoil them for the OP).
Overall, it's pretty close. I might say I prefer the manga, but only by a little bit.