I am not putting this list up looking to start a battle. As such, I will not be responding to any comments made on this post, positive or negative.
Everyone agrees, more or less, that Fullmetal Alchemist
is truly a masterful creation, a story universe that borders on a work of art. It began life as a manga series, went on to become an anime, then a movie, and even several games.
But although the universe, many of the characters, and much of the storyline is the same from one aspect of canon to another, there are also differences, sometimes significant, between them. The devil is in the details, they say, and the details vary from one version of Fullmetal Alchemist to another.
The manga and the anime are, as they always have been, two distinct entities, in completely different formats. Comparing details and trying to judge quality between them is like judging apples and oranges. It's ridiculous to say that an apple is bad because it doesn't taste enough like citrus, or that an orange is the wrong color because it's not red enough. I'm of the opinion that people don't take enough time to stop and appreciate the things, completely independent from Arakawa's original work, that make the Fullmetal Alchemist anime great.
And so, I present to you:
The Top Ten Reasons Why in and of itself
the (First) Fullmetal Alchemist Anime
Please keep in mind that these aren't the top ten reasons why Fullmetal Alchemist, the story,
rocks, although it does. These are the features which are unique to the anime, which make it, as an example of its media and format, magnificent.
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