Anyway, this is an pseudo-essay I wrote on the fundamental differences between the (first) anime and the manga, and why I personally preferred the anime. Feel free to offer your thoughts, to point out any factual or logical errors, or simply to disagree because of your own personal preferences. Since both the manga and the anime rock IMO, there is no bashing whatsoever. XD
Warning: contains spoilers for the manga, the first anime, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
Fullmetal Alchemist: what makes the first anime so different from the manga (aside from the obvious)?