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04 September 2004 @ 03:31 pm
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Well, my friends have been listening to me fangirling Fullmetal Alchemist for the past forever. Since... I think since April or May or something. And they've all wanted to see it since ... yeah. XD

So, I finally downloaded the first twenty episodes (because I had borrowed them from a local anime shop before I started downloading them).

I told my friends my Labor Day Plans: I'm going to wake up early, and watch as many Fullmetal Alchemist episodes as I can in one day. I'm aiming for all 47.

One of them invited herself over for a sleep over because of it. XD

So, here's my question: Should I let her read the manga frist, or watch the anime first. If I let her read the manga first, Sunday afternoon we can read the manga, and then all of Monday we can watch the anime. If it's anime first, then we'll watch some episodes on Sunday, and I'm going to hope we have time to read the manga.

What would all of you suggest?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Rusty Nail -- X-Japan
Hakurahakura on September 4th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)
You know what the manga and anime are completly different...

So since she is comming over I say watch the anime ^^
Zranazrana on September 4th, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC)
I've only read the first 4 chapters of the manga, and I saw go for the anime first. People read at diff speeds, but watching something goes at the same rate for all. I find group watching of anime more fun than group reading.
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Poison Envywinter_ruins on September 4th, 2004 02:41 pm (UTC)
Really? I cried much harder in chapter 16 than I did in episode 25 (that might because I actually read that part of the manga first though... I watched the anime first, but I distinctly remember reading the first four volumes of the manga before I had gotten to episode 25).
i am a jedi, like my father before me: fyetatooine on September 4th, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC)
I was much more moved by the anime ep, even though I read the manga first. There are so many things you can do onscreen that you can't in print -- play stirring music, have quavering, broken voices. Elysia in the anime broke my heart.

(BTW, is "what happened in episode 25" still considered a spoiler?)
Poison Envywinter_ruins on September 4th, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC)
(I think so. XD People still mark it as such. Many people, I think, just don't wanna have to type it out themselves. XDD)
i am a jedi, like my father before metatooine on September 4th, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC)
We're all still in denial, I suppose. ;)
Terradoomfish on September 4th, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
*totally agrees with what nanashiivy said*
I also think it's better watching the anime first, then reading the manga. ^^

And when your friend will come over I think it's really more fun watching the anime together! ^^

...all 47 episodes..o.O
Good luck! XD
Ganbare~~ XDD
Absolutely no decorum.niwakaame on September 4th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Tough one. Oh, well, I'll say Anime first-because more things are revealed sooner(e.g, Homunculus)...Other reasons,but my mind's too confused to put them in order^^;;.
Hikikomorithe_hikikomori on September 4th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'm going to say anime like everyone else.
Adaadalove on September 4th, 2004 04:05 pm (UTC)
All 47... oo; That's like 26 minutes each, so... A little over 20 hours? x__x; I admire you greatly.

Mm... I say anime, as well. I agree with other reasons why, but also, watching anime together is a lot more fun than reading a manga together ^^ In my opinion, at least.
Poison Envywinter_ruins on September 4th, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC)
XD I was averaging them to about 1/2 an hour each, so that's like.... 23 and a half hours. XD I'm going to have to get up at like, 5 so she can get home at a time her mom would think acceptable for a school night. XDD They are shorter than 30 minutes though, plus I tend to fast forward through the opening themes, so it shouldn't tak that long.
i am a jedi, like my father before metatooine on September 4th, 2004 05:21 pm (UTC)
Where did you find the first twenty eps...?
Poison Envywinter_ruins on September 4th, 2004 05:22 pm (UTC)
Spoon's site. It's listed in the communities memories.
billypilgrim on September 4th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
If possible, I'd read the first 2 volumes, watch 15 episodes, read another 2 volumes, go to 30 episodes. Then read the rest of the manga, then finish what's out of the anime.

Because, that's bassically where the anime splits off.
Aya: Haaai!//by teruteruboozukawaiiaya on September 4th, 2004 06:24 pm (UTC)
well the anime would be better to watch since she's over at your place for a sleepover why not? i would totally marthon that.
weird and awkward and awkweirdtinboxed on September 4th, 2004 06:37 pm (UTC)
I will be the odd one out and say manga first, because I liked the manga better.
Aristide: Al feels Pretty // nagisathesisaristide on September 4th, 2004 07:07 pm (UTC)
Although I like the manga better, I'm gonna say anime for numerous reasons that have already been mentioned.
summerwolf on September 4th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC)
I think the manga has one of the best plotlines and characterizations ever, but early on, the anime has FAR BETTER pacing. A lot more scenes just have more impact (Nina, yo. It's treated totally different in the manga, and the anime is so much more OMGWTF). And the Hughes screen time. ><

It makes appreciating the manga and its little amazing nuances much easier for new people.
mikkeneko on September 5th, 2004 02:11 pm (UTC)
Anime. Course, I'm biased, I haven't read all the anime yet.