This is about the new show: Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
FMA:B is a really disappointing show. Many scenes in the original series felt dark/serious, the characters on screen truly at stake, etc. but this one is a joke. Each character feels like a paper cutout. Nobody has a real personality. They look like they exist only for their few lines, just as a “tsukommi”. Roy’s voice being different really messes with me too. The original Roy sounds more mature and fitting for a person in charge.
There is no substance at all to the characters and their actions at least for ep 1-20.
Nothing the characters do ever feels “real” enough to care about. I can’t relate to their problems and fights because it doesn’t even seem like they even take it seriously.
- Introduce problem
- Kill problem
- Ending scene
This process sounds pretty normal, but they rush it so much that people seem to teleport everywhere. Talking about a problem and then getting there 1 minute later has a surprisingly bad impact on the world.
- introduce new area
- there are repressed people in this town
- bad guy identified
- bad guy dead
- conflict resolves, happy villagers.
- the characters and obstacles come and go so fast they don’t feel like they matter.
Again, everything feels inconsequential because things happen so fast. Intermediate scenes that plant your foot on the ground in the world don’t exist. One frame to another you teleport around. Time and any sense of urgency stops as the characters find time to make bad jokes. To take an extreme example, think about Family Guy. Everything happens in thought bubbles. It’s funny, but each individual story doesn’t matter.
The pacing throws you off, and so does the animation. Everything is round (“cuter”) and simpler. The focus is on using hyper deformed animation comedy as many times as possible. They use hyper deformation (which is cute/funny for 10 year olds but not good for a story) way too much.
This is like star wars clone wars animated series that I saw a glimipse of: kids only. I think it’s dumbed down to appeal to a broader young Shonen audience. It’s not remotely scary or risky. It’s rated G. Japanese parents will have no issues buying their children FMA stuffed animals.
I think it must easier to make money on franchise games and toys if you appeal to 0-12 year olds.
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