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|Fullmetal Alchemist The Complete Second Season|
Actors: Aaron Dismuke, Vic Mignogna, Romi Pak, Rie Kugimiya, Tru kawa
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Mystery & Suspense, Anime & Manga, Animation
When the Elric brothers recklessly attempted to raise their mother from the dead, the horrors they unleashed marked the beginning of a long journey into the darkest corners of the cruelty of mankind. Now, destinies are con... more »
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Wonderful end to the show
Golden-Flute | 03/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fullmetal Alchemist Complete Season 2 includes episodes 26-51. And just a note, episode 51 is the final episode in the series and you won't be disappointed!
The complete second season also includes a neat packet of seven booklets that have interesting information on the series and characters. These booklets complete the set of booklets that also come with the first complete season.
There is lots to do on the discs as well! There is a commentary as well as an interview with most of the cast of FMA. It's very fun and interesting for anyone who's interested in the behind-the-scenes aspect of the show as well."
Stellar Plot, Great Anime
silhouette_of_enchantment | USA | 07/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the second season of one of the best animes ever. But, if you're new to the anime and haven't seen the second season, get ready for some additional shocks. The anime takes another, darker turn, where Edward and Alfonse are again, directly confronted with issues of life, death, social responsibility and an existential questioning of every belief regarding alchemy that they've held dear. This box set contains the final 26 episodes."
A Second Serving of FMA, with a little more than last time
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, so FullMetal Alchemist. Have you heard of it? Well apparently it's this worldwide anime phenomenon that every anime lover has to have in their collection. I guess now's your chance with these season sets that FUNimation released in early 2009. Let's get started.
Packaging - 4/5
The packaging is pretty typical on this box set. It has that "modern" DVD Set feel to it, since it's packed with 4 thin-pack DVD's. The artwork on these DVD's are very nice, and were re-used from the original FUNimation single DVD's. The artwork overlaps to the back of the DVD where the episode list for the particular disc can be read. The artwork on the cover does this as well, but stops at the spine. These DVD's are packed with 7 FUNimation Guidebooks that were also re-used from the original half-season box sets. These guidebooks are chocked full of FullMetal goodness whether it's the blurbs written by the Japanese cast and crew, or character artwork, I can see fan-girls squealing over these. Especially with one more than the other box set.
DVD Audio/Video Quality - 5/5
Since these sets were probably produced mid-2008 the video quality is very nice. It's very clear on my parents' HD TV, even though these discs aren't meant to be in HD. The quality doesn't seem remastered, but then again the series was only made in 2003. The audio for both dubs are very good and I can hear every word they say. The music is clearly there and I do love the score for this anime. Subtitles are also included.
Special Features - 5/5
Now, the other box set I reviewed also had special features, but it was average stuff like trailers, commentaries, textless openings/endings, etc. But this one has more. This time there is only one episode with commentary (Episode 51: Laws and Promises), which is okay, but they added a 30 min. documentary with the original voice actors talking about the show. There are still trailers included as well as a trailer for the second video game. Both box sets, overall have excellent special features that will satisfy an otaku's FMA needs.
Value - 5/5
With a little more than last time, this season set is definitely worth your money no matter how how much money you payed for it. I payed $50, which was a fair price for me. Overall pick this up wherever you can find it if your obsessed with FMA as I am!
Find the first single DVD here:Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 1: The Curse (Episodes 1-4)
Find the first Half-Season Box Set here: Fullmetal Alchemist: Season 1, Part 1 Box Set"
The Second Half of a Brilliant Story
R. C. Bowman | Elyllon | 11/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Fullmetal Alchemist" follows the adventures of two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, in a parallel world called Amestris, which closely resembles our own. There is one fundamental difference: in Amestris, the science of alchemy has superceded all of our sciences in importance. It's obvious why: alchemy combines all of them. If you understand the composition of matter, you can almost instantly take something--lead, say, or dirt--and create gold or flowers out of it. Matter is matter; matter of any kind can become matter of anything. There is one rule to this science, however: the law of equivalent exchange. To gain, something of equal value must be lost. The one exception to this rule is life: there is no matter of any kind that can be traded for life.
After the sudden death of their mother, Edward and Alphonse ignore this crucial rule, and try to bring her back. The attempt ends in disaster: Alphonse loses his human body, and Edward is maimed. The creature they made is nothing like their mother: it is a monster.
In order to restore Al's body, Edward has no alternative but to find the Philosopher's Stone, the only object on earth that can skirt the rule of equivalent exchange. However, the military is the only organization with real information on the Stone. So, in order to obtains what he needs, Edward must join the military--losing most of his freedom in the process. It's equivalent exchange all over again.
In the second season, the consequences grow more dire, the storylines deeper, more emotional, more moving, and more tragic. Pursued by evil, inhuman creatures known as the Homunculi who are also after the Stone, Edward ends up separated from Alphonse, and the two brothers embark on individual, parallel courses in order to do what they must, courses that could end the life of one or both before their goal is reached--or before they ever see each other again.
"Fullmetal Alchemist" has a brilliant story populated with brilliant characters. Both the plot and the people are among the best I have ever encountered in a fictional work of any kind. I'm not even an anime fan; I stumbled on this because I thought the story sounded cool. It's beyond cool; I don't often use this word, but I will repeat: it is brilliant. I can't recommend it enough."