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Fullmetal Alchemist
Brotherhood - Part Four
Episodes 40-52


Starring (voice): Rie Kugimiya and Romi Park
Manga Entertainment
RRP: £24.99
Certificate: 15
Available 13 June 2011

Alchemy - the mystic science of transmutation. Gifted alchemists can break down and reconstruct matter using the "Law of Equivalent Exchange," creating miraculous things. But one taboo can never be broken - human transmutation. The Elric brothers Edward and Alphonse broke the taboo in an attempt to resurrect their late mother and as a result, lost everything. Al's soul was transferred to a suit of living armor and Ed lost two limbs, confining him to mechanical auto-mail. To recover what they've lost they embarked on a journey to find the fabled Philosopher's Stone. The closer they get to the hidden truth of the Philosopher's Stone, the deeper they fall under shadowy schemes and the perils of unnatural creatures...

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (originally called Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Fullmetal Alchemist in Japan) is a 64-episode (and four OVA) anime series directed by Yasuhiro Irie (who served as animation director on the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist series) and written by Hiroshi Ōnogi (Heat Guy J, Mobile Suit Gundam).

This is the second Fullmetal Alchemist series to be produced by animation studio Bones, but unlike the 2003-04 series this 2009-10 series follows Hiromu Arakawa's manga series a lot more closely.

In this collection we discover more of the back story of Edward and Al's dad - how he was a slave and accidentally created the first homunculus; Al's blackouts start to become more frequent; Pride gains control of Al; and the Elric brothers have to face off against Pride.

Extras include audio commentaries on episodes 40 and 46 as well as textless opening and closing titles. Audio options are a little disappointing while the American dub is available in 5.1 surround, the far superior original Japanese soundtrack is only available in stereo.

Yet another strong collection which represents excellent value for money.


Darren Rea

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