Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, episode 1 dub.

As expected, the new Fullmetal Alchemist series kicked EPIC ASS.

One of the big concerns people had was the performance of Maxey Whitehead as the new voice for Alphonse Elric, the co-protagonist for the series. My personal opinion is that she does an amazing job. She’ll never replace Aaron Dismuke, the original voice actor for Alphonse, but she certainly does a bang up job of it! Alphonse sounds a little more mature now, with a somewhat noticeable feminine tinge to his voice you would obviously expect since his new voice actor is a woman. For a relatively unknown voice actor like Maxey Whitehead to play the role of a very popular character in a very popular series like Fullmetal Alchemist and risking the wrath of the fans for a poor performance took guts and i’m glad to say she pulled it off!

All in all, a beautiful job! Mike McFarland (ADR Director) and the crew made another amazing anime for all. The most painful part of the entire episode was all the damn commercials!

Some critique: Unfortunately, for the TV version of the series they cut the intro song short to about 30 seconds, as opposed to its original minute and a half. Personally, I think they should have shortened the commercials instead of the intro.

I didn’t like how the first episode is complete disjointed from the manga series, where Brotherhood is supposed to be almost 100% based off the manga. I suppose the logic behind that was the copyrights behind the first episode of the original series, which would have been the logical start for the first episode of Brotherhood, followed by the Lior arc as the first manga happens. For anyone who hasn’t seen the subbed episodes yet, this will be an initial source of confusion, since they’ve been told for months that the series is manga based. But if they stick around for another few episodes, it’ll become clear that something rare and magical has been achieved in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: an anime that is almost 100% true to the manga that inspired it.

epic win or epic fail?

True to manga