I'll do a comparison on why I choose it.
The anime, the first I saw and I was in love
with it. I saw all 51 episodes and even watched the dub to.... episode 40 something. But then I went and read the manga....so now I look at the anime and go "wtf? *goes bored*"
The anime...it's really way too angsty... The story was okay in the begining but when I look at it now it got lost around episode 38? Lots and lots of plots holes, no character development and the newer version of the gate throws me off.
They even took out the ninjas.....(I have an obsession with Ninjas) I thought they were cool, including Ling he was awsome.
The anime has great music and acting (Both dub and sub) but....it's not the same anymore :l
also about the 'more sad deaths thing' its kind of true. But notice how Bones only did that to the characters that die. Like in the manag Nina's death wasnt all that sad, just a four year old girl that got pwned. But in the anime I was sad because of the music, got to know her character, the rain, crying Ed trying to transmute her back, the works
Hughes anime death made me cry because of the listed above. Though I felt bad about his manga death too.
Characters: (mosty the main)
Edward: Oh man....what happened to the hyper, prideful, and slightly evil fellow? He became so emotional, sad, and super depressed. He always has a frown on his face now. He's also more of a smarty pants in the anime. Or the tough guy who deep inside has the heart of gold. Though I guess anime ed is okay, its just....he's so depressed o-O
Alphonse:.... He's not as sweet as he was in the manga. He's more dependant in the anime as well. Also....WHERE IS HIS TINY ANIMAL OBSESSION?! The kitty isnt enough...and it was only once :[ He was also very out of character durning the hospital, hitting everyone and screaming, telling people to shut *quirks eyebrow* He also gave up on life time to time. The Al I got to know now always has hope, always believe, always has a tiny animal with him and never gives up! What up Bones?
Roy: Oh witty Roy...you still got the wit, but you're not funny anymore. You're like a serious, promotion obsessed man in the anime. You have no sense of humor here either :l And your relationship with Riza is "Hey, Riza, can you manage my paper work while I mingly outside? :l(<--his blank face)"
Then Riza responds "Sure, Sir."
Also, Roy is more... egostitic too o_o I miss 'YES, YES I AM AN IDIOT!!" or the SUPER caring Roy who REFUSED to leave any of his comrads ehind and insist that little ol paralyzed havoc lives :[
Riza: She's more dead in the anime o-O So silent....sooo silent....
Winry: She seems so....pittiful waiting for Ed, she lost her awsomeness and became a bitchy worrier. I like how she WAS a supportive caring gal in the manga ut in the anime she annoys me..
bad guy characters oh noes
I'll start off with dante
Dante: WHY they made her I don't know, she's freaky and at first glance I thought she was a perverted man (seriously...the way she oogles on girls and want their bodies o-O) Though it turns out to be a woman obsessed on taking people's bodies for a short period of time. :\ *coughlamecough*
Envy: Oh how I want to see that arrgont little prick die >:l He pisses me off. He's like super evil, super cruel, way too damn serious, and down right creepy in the anime. He also godmods, damn right he god mods in the anime; he's too powerful. Each fight he was in he was like. "HAH BITCHES!! I'M TO QUICK! CAN'T CATCH ME! CANT TOUCH ME!!! HAHA!! *Flips, twirls and dances in battle*"
his oppenets then go" OMFG! LET ME PUNCH YOU! DX"
I hate Anime Envy's guts (But I strangely adore the manga one to no end...)
Lust: She was more 'meh' in the anime. Though she had the "omg...whats it like to be human...? I would like to be human... ._." Thing going on...she was less awsome then the manga Lust. And he death made her even more "meh" :[
Gluttony: Poor gluttony he didnt get any love in the anime(as in character development) and looked more of that "dumb fat guy". He just looked really slow in the anime...and not really 'cute' like he was in the manga.
Pride: Dude...why the hell did they make you pride? You were better off as Wrath my man :[ But in personality wise, you two are basically the same.
Sloth: I like this sloth, but I cant really say until or if thye make Manga sloth appear. Anime sloth is based off their mother and uses water powers... cool but not exucuted well. She was like "OMG! BABIES! MUST HUG AND CARE FOR :DDD*runs to babies and Wrath*" But then to "OMG! YOU'RE NOT MY CHILDREN DIE PLZ!" :[ And she turned into steam o_o Also made Wrath more whinier with "MAMA O KASE! MAMA O KASE!!" EVERY FREAKING TIME HE WAS ON SCREEN DX
Wrath: Annoying child, he was annoying when he was in 'innocent human' mode as well. I dont know weather to want to kick Envy in the stomach (He's too tall for the shin, I'm only 5'00 ;-; ) or not to care? That he became evil. But god damn he's always screaming mom.
And finally Greed: He was a goody to shoes. WHy? WHY BONES WHY?! He was more of the rebelious guy who wanted to fightagainst crime with his chimara hybrid humans!! And he died all "Good job ed! Yay I'm free!
" That's not Greed...they also focused way too much on his group as well.
Over all, anime didnt have good plot and character development, but it was nice to the ears with its audio and nice with the drawings...
THE MANGA! YAY YAY!
Ah the manga...the series I got into SECONDLY and fell in love with it. Oh the humor, the wonderful wonderful humor..... Besides the manga explains everything way better, everything runs smoother and YOU'RE ATTACHED TO EVERY CHARACTER NO MATTER WHO IT IS! THAT'S HOW GREAT THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IS~~~
I mean there were angsty moments, but a little humor on the side to bring your spirits back up, lots of humor other places, and all the chibi like super deformed facial expressions! The characters were more expressive, everyone had more of a wider personality and more enjoyable. Got attached to eevryone....
Edward: Oh ho! The real edward! he was so cunning, mischivious, sly, and sneaky he was so adorable X3 He wasnt as wild as he was about being called small as he was in the anime, but he still get pissed off. This character always had a proud smile on his face and was more silly as well. (Armstrong moments....XD) His rivalry with Ling makes me laugh and I noticed he actually loves Winry this time around o-O Edward is very, very loveable in the manga oh so loveable....XD
Alphonse: Oh he was just so sweet, adorable, kind and selfless he's just so...makes you want to hug him!! His pet obsessions were so cute too! I also liked how he kept hope and beliefe in everything and the fact he can do alchemy without a circle is a plus!
Roy: I never used to like Roy in the anime, but he turned out great in the manga! His character, he isnt so obsessed with promotions(though he still wants it he thinks more of his friends here) he's still cool. I say he's still cunning but he's such an idiot XD Especially when they fough Gluttony's true form and he ate his flames and they ran like hhell XD Or how protective he is over Riza when she met barry and on missions makes my inner fangirl squeal. <3 the RizaxRoy moments
Riza: She was more than the silent sharp shooter. But I cant explain her personality, but I liked manga Riza more ^^;
Winry: I never liked anime winry but omg manga winry is so cool XD She makes me laugh when she chases poor ed with a chain saw XP And she is more expressive with her care for them though still abusive XDD
Super alchemist guy: woookay...not too sure about him he just got introduced and I am desperately waiting for chapter 56 x.x
Envy: .......WHY IS IT THAT I ADORE HIM NOW BUT NEVER THE ANIME?! XD. I know why, he's more funny in the manga. He too has a wider personality and isnt all "Creepy, wicked, cruel and the likeds" He's still evil. But he's funny now. The way he tease people is rich and how he quirks out when people comment on his body is like the way Ed does when he's called small XD
It also seems like he had a better 'friendship' or partnership, not sure, with Lust and Gluttony. I liked that. He also seemed pretty pissed when she died too :< Anime Envy didnt give a crap XD
But I also liked how much more vunerable he is now. In chapter 38-40 I was like "OH GOD! HE FINALLY GOTS WHATS COMMING TO HIS GOD MODDING ASS!! >:D" Then I realized the manga came out first. But god the chapters 38-40 had me in tears of laughter...XD
Lust: This Lust was simply awsome. She was more cunning, witty and very smart. Very stragitic. I say she was the smartest of the group, seriously XD The way she got killed off was cool too.
Gluttony:.....XD He's way more funny, though his speech is weird he is really funny XD And it seemed he was more often around Envy than Lust o_O But the "Can I eat him now?" Or "Can I go after the girl please?" Makes me laugh each time XD His true form is like wt fo_O but it scared everyone senseless so it wins.
Pride: Not much has been heard
Sloth: Same thing.
Wrath: Ah yes, this wrath is way more better. He's serious, but still funny when he was with gluttony...XD
Greed: This greed was more psycotic. He was also more funny too. Wow the manga is so funny XD The part when they all went "o.o....." To Ed's lecture made me laugh XDDD I thought the way he had died in the manga suited him more. Laughing as he got boiled away.... o_O
Well, though the manga isnt finished it stills wins. It's funny, awsome art, and it has a great balance of humor, angst, action and character development/plots.
Extra: Favorite strips! XDStand up Ling!"Hey punks...don't touch my daughter.""I'm really leaving you!"Getting it onEd getting envy to remember p1Ed getting envy to remember p2"Hey, missy, can i chop you?""Because girls are more soft and tasty""I hear no sound of it hitting a ground, Ling..."Gluttony about to land on Envyafter math YIPPY!"You have the same hair style as me, son!""What a weird body he(Envy) has...""OMG! I CAN CUT MY OWN FLESH!<3"Ed yelling at Greed n gang XD
<3 the manga