Well I Think The Garest Character Of The Season Award Has Been Decided
I’ll just save the time and tell people my thoughts on the first episode right now. It was nonstop fun the whole way through, but kind of lacking in focus. Like Shin Mazinger it throws a lot of characters and plot points at us at once, but also like Shin Mazinger it appears that Brotherhood is also going the route of starting in the middle or near the end of the story and then going back to the beginning to show how it happened…..much like the original FMA series.
With that out of the way what I’d rather talk about now is the bizarre (or not so bizarre if you subscribe to my theory that BONES and Sunrise are just different studios in name only and are still joined by a thin, just barely visible fibre at the hip) similarities between the staff and cast behind this show and that of Gundam 00 and MS Igloo.
First the staff. That I know of at least two key figures in the audio/visual section of the team for Brotherhood worked on Gundam 00 including the art director, sound director. Also the overall designer and head writer also worked on MS Igloo. I don’t know how these studios are supposed to be entirely seperate entities when they share staff like this all the time (you don’t help the competition unless they are friendly), but hey, I guess name changes everything right?
As for the cast, if this is a coincidence then it is huge one:
Romi Paku(VA)=Edward Elric(FMA)=Regene Regetta(00)
Rie Kugimiya(VA)=Alphonse Elric(FMA)=Nena Trinity(00)
Shinichiro Miki(VA)=Roy Mustang(FMA)=Lockon Stratos(00)
Biichi Sato(VA)=Heimans Breda(FMA)=Section Chief Mahal(00)
Hiroyuki Yoshino(VA)=Kimblee(FMA)=Allelujah Haptism(00)
Keiji Fujiwara(VA)=Maes Hughes(FMA)=Ali Al Saachez(00)
Kenji Hamada(VA)=Vato Falman(FMA)=Patrick Colasawar(00)
Minami Takayama(VA)=Envy(FMA)=Kati Mannequin(00)
Tetsu Shiratori(VA)=Gluttony(FMA)=Andrei Smirnov(00)
Yuji Ueda(VA)=Jean Havoc(FMA)=Billy Katagiri(00)
Ten. Ten Major Cast Members in FMA also played Major Roles in 00 Four. Four Key Staff Members in FMA also played Key role in the making of either Gundam 00 or MS Igloo…….Same Cast, Same AV Team, Same Writer, Same Studio, Different In Name Only, Judgement Plaintiff, Now GTFO!
Okay well actually I do just want to mention that I thought the music score was fantastic, but then again that is to be expected from Senju Akira. The animation while fluid felt a little off at times as well as inconsistent, much like was the case with K-On. Also while not Again I can’t help but wonder if this is just going to be the standard for this season’s big budget productions. Anyway, I guess this was meant to be an episode to reintroduce us to the Fullmetal Alchemist setting (One I absolutely love by the way. Especially the Central City layout and the State Army uniforms) and characters, but I also hope that things will be a bit more focused and events more coherently tied together the next time around. I have a feeling it will though.
Just a couple more things and then I’m done. Number 1, Hidekatsu Shiba who voices the manly man Fuhrer King Bradley while awesome in this will never be as awesome again as he was here:
Ramble On You Crazy Mofo
Second is the ending:
Not only do I like the track, but I am loving the minimalist artwork here. Probably the best ending I’ve seen so far this season
Rating: Seven And A Half Out Of Ten
P.S: No I don’t actually believe a word I just said, but the coincidences and shared staff and cast members are starting to pile up and I can’t help but wonder if unofficially BONES and Sunrise are still working together or are at least partners. I might have to start referring to either as Bonesrise now or something…..Sun Bones?