Looking back at the very first airing of Full Metal Alchemist from a couple of years ago, I would say that this season’s airing (or the things I can assume from the first episode anyway) is much much action-packed than its counterpart.
That’s a good thing right? Sure! I don’t mind an extra dose of action right off the start of the season. It’s probably because I’ve watched FMA in the past; the case is different for first-time watchers however. Trying to put myself in a first-time watcher’s shoes, I realized there’s a lack of background as to how and why Edward has an automail (automail = metallic prosthetic, just in case you’re a noob) and why somebody’s little brother, Alphonse, is a suit of armor. Other than that, everything is A-Okay!
I really didn’t follow much of the manga, so assuming that this remake will follow through most of it, I wouldn’t realize it. But heck, I find the first aggressor, the Ice Alchemist, very entertaining. Okay, I lied; I meant to say I find Ice Alchemy very entertaining. Too bad he got PWNED so easily. I hate to say that the guy probably does not realize the full potential of capability of Ice (or water, or steam to that effect). While I do give him credit for being able to manipulate blood by realizing that blood is essentially comprised of water, I think he fails by not realizing that there’s water in form of moisture in the air. GACK!!! I should stop dissecting alchemy for now and save it for later episodes. But hey, you can take this is a good sign that everything seems enjoyable for me as of this episode.
On another note, I liked the OP since it had a completely different feel to it, considering how it we’ve been exposed exclusively to L’Arc-en-Ciel and Asian Kung Fu Generation. As for the ED, well…let’s just say it didn’t stick to me.
On a final note, it’s good to see how our beloved characters has still retained their personalities and traits. It would be weird if they acted any different.