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on 1/24/2013

Volume 3 is my least favorite of the 3 released dvds. It is still a great collection of episodes, they just fall furthest off the storyline. "Be Thou For the People" is Ed's first assignment to inspect a coalmine, which doesn't further his search for the philsopher's stone. It shows Ed and Al's character, just how good of people they are, but not one of my favorite episodes. "The Phantom Theif" is a fun episode but still one that doesn't further the main storyline.

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Fullmetal Alchemist

on 9/15/2013

With all the major elements of the Elric Brother's past explored, this volume goes back to where it left off in the first couple episode of the Fullmetal Alchemist series. The brothers are searching once again for the Philosopher's Stone, this time following clues that lead them into troublesome situations. After the first episode on this DVD, which is the last of the "past" episodes, the brothers find themselves in a city hunting a thief that advertises her crimes. After that, the brothers face a second pair of Elric brothers who are refining magical stones from red water in the hopes to duplicate the effect of the Philosopher's Stone. Yes, I will say that the story slowed somewhat in this, but that had to have been expected considering the fast-paced beginning of this series. In fact, looking back, I think the slower pace was somewhat welcome. It allowed for the series to lighten up a little and give the viewers a chance to take a breather and just enjoy the goings-on of the Elric Brothers. Besides, it still has the excellent animation and music to back up the slowing plot. And though it slowed, I'm fairly sure that it will pick up sooner or later (my guess would be sooner, since I've already taken a peek at volume four). I'm startled myself by how hooked I now am by this series. The first volume didn't catch my attention the way it probably should have, mainly do to my own skepticism. But now that I've given FMA the chance it deserves, I'm loving every second I spend watching this series, and I feel confident saying that FMA is definitely one of the better anime out at this point in time.

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The Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward Elric, is given his first assignment. He is to inspect the coalmines of Youswell, a task he believes to be Mustang's attempt to deter his search for the Philosopher's Stone. Ignoring direct orders, Ed and Al take a detour to a popular tourist town hoping to uncover the smallest fragment of truth behind the Stone's growing legend. There they encounter a thief with enough tricks to keep the detectives busy for decades. Yet a tip from this unlikely source leads them into an adventure more startling than they could have ever imagined.

Ed and Al arrive in Xenotime, once a prosperous gold-mining settlement. But Xenotime's gold has been exhausted, and its economy is crumbling. Its only hope: two alchemists who are developing an artificial Philosopher's Stone to rejuvenate the mines. Their names? Edward and Alphonse Elric! Who are the false Elrics? And what light can they shed on the Philosopher's Stone?

Contains episodes 9-12!


Studio Funimation Prod Inc
SKU 205768268
UPC 704400081378
UPC 14 00704400081378
Format DVD
Release Date 11/13/2007
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Fullmetal Alchemist
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Cast & Crew
Christopher Sabat - Voice Of
Dameon Clarke - Voice Of
Hideo Katsumata - Executive Producer
Hiromu Arakawa, et. al. - Writer
Justin Cook - Producer
Luci Christian - Voice Of
Michiru Oshima - Original Music By
Seiji Mizushima - Director
Vic Mignogna - Voice Of
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Actor Fullmetal Alchemist
Label Funimation
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Bamboo Dong, With a compelling storyline, strong characters, and enough action and humor to keep things going, Fullmetal Alchemist seriously approaches perfection.
Chris Johnston, NewType USA This is one anime series you can't afford to miss.
Dave Halverson, Play Magazine Combine equal parts alchemy, neo-western drama, and comedy and you've got one helluva cool show...
Detroit News Fullmetal Alchemist continues to shine.
Joel Pearce, DVD Verdict ...a treat for a wide range of anime fans. If you haven't yet checked out the series, it's well worth it.
Matt Shingleton, DVD Times ...a lovely warm colour palette and attractive character designs.
Zac Bertschy, Anime Insider Entertaining, heart-breaking and thought-provoking. One of--if not the--greatest anime ever.

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