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Blu-ray Review

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Fullmetal Alchemist
OVA Collection


Starring (voice): Rie Kugimiya and Romi Park
Manga Entertainment
RRP: £24.99
Certificate: 12
Available 19 November 2012

Amazing secrets and startling facts are exposed for the first time in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection, a new assortment of stories set in never-before-seen corners of the FMA universe. Join Ed and Al as they chase rumours of successful human transmutation into a web of shocking family drama and lies. Sneak a glance at hidden sides of Winry and Hawkeye's personalities. Survive the frigid north with a young Izumi Curtis as she fights to gain a deeper understanding of alchemy. Explore the legendary friendship shared by Mustang and Hughes and watch them grow from military school rivals into hardened brothers transformed by the horrors of the Ishvalan War. You thought you knew the whole story. You thought all the tales were told. The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection offers proof: You were wrong...

The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - OVA Collection is a one hour long Blu-ray release that contains the four OVAs The Blind Alchemist; Simple People; The Tale of Teacher; and Yet Another Man's Battlefield.

The stories told here fill in some of the background history of some of the show's characters. For example we learn how, rather oddly, Hawkeye and Winry have inspired one another in a small way. We also discover how Teacher was originally trained; and what Mustang and Hughes were like when they were students.

There's a good balance of comedic and serious tales - although there's a little more leaning towards the humorous side of the FMA universe. Personally this made the collection more enjoyable for me, as FMA always works best when it's tongue in cheek.

Extras include Fullmetal Four-Panel Comic Theatre (40 mins, 32 sec ) which is a collection of animated shorts that poke fun at various aspects of the show. There are also trailers for other release.


Darren Rea

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