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This is not alternate...actually, the original anime deviated from the manga, and made up its own story...from what i gather, this one is going to follow the story of the manga....truth is, the original FMA anime was an overglorified fanfic....I read the manga....^_^....and the manga is awesome...i could go on and spoil things for others...the original anime only followed up to around chapter 20 i think...ive read up to chapter 90++
Wow. Just watched Episode 17. This was the first major plot development to the series which was entirely new for people who have never read the manga before. (Note: the previous two episodes introduced new major characters, but the plot didn't really make any huge strides.)
Suffice to say, there's some pretty major character development in this episode since characters admittedly are the vehicles which drive plot forward. The individual fates of Roy Mustang, Edward Elric, Alex Louis Armstrong, Alphonse Elric, Maria Ross, and Barry the Chopper all take some pretty huge turns in this episode. But the plot itself thickens due to Roy Mustang's behavior -- just what is this man thinking/doing!? -- and the cliffhanger ending in which Armstrong removes Edward from his hotel room in Central and whisks him off on an adventure for just the two of them.
Damnit, Now I really want to see what's happening. But I still can't decide if I want to catch up and watch this on a weekly basis. I waited for the first series to finish before watching it and I cracked out on it and watched huge chunks of episodes at a time taking about 3 days to finish the whole series. That was really enjoyable.
If you haven't started to watch them yet, now would be a poor time to start. Episode 17 ends on a cliffhanger, I said. Do you really want to have to suffer like me for one whole week, maybe longer, before you get resolution?
If you're dying to watch some FMA and have the self-control to not continue further, I'd say "go ahead and watch through Episode 14." No new characters are introduced prior to then. Everything that happens will be familiar to you, although time and place for certain events will differ from the original anime. (For example, where and how Greed is defeated is very different, but it's the same ol' Greed.) Episode 15 introduces new characters. Episode 16 ups the anxiety ante. And Episode 17 further ups it. Better to not watch any of those period until more episodes air.
So I decided to start watching this, lol. Well, I was bored and tired of watching some of the "okay" anime released this season. I've only gotten up to episode six, but I'm really enjoying it. The opening is awesome.
I think you mentioned this before, but it's interesting watching the "old" content again, without it fresh in my mind I forgot a lot of things, like what happens to Hughes later on (read a little too much in this thread ;p) but remember other things, like what happens with the Chimera Alchemist.
Hopefully I'll be able to stop at 14, but.... doubtful.
I never read the manga , but watched the original and fell in love with it.
I just finished episode 17 of the manga based FMA:Brotherhood. Though it has been many years since seeing the original many aspects from the original anime are still fresh in my mind. I am not disappointed by anything in the new series and enjoy to see where the original anime deviates and where this one goes. I am saddened that I had to relive certain tragic events again.
Just watched Episode 18. It addressed all of the "WTF!?" developments in Episode 17 ^^; , but it addressed them in a rather satisfying way, so it's not like you need to feel too let down that the drama 17 creates is liquidated by 18. ^^;
So I'm on episode 14 now. With that said, I guess the original series ending is gone? Was it made for the anime? I guess I was under the impression that we'd get up to that "ending" and then there would be some new conflict that would occupy the remainder of the series. But from the looks of it, I guess they're just redoing everything after well... what happens with Greed?
If you look on Wikipedia, you'll see a picture of Greed from the manga where he's on a crucifix-shaped rock (Japanese) or a slab of rock (American). Suffice to say, this scene is in the new anime, and is also part of the answer to your question.
Yes, the original anime ending is way, way out of the picture. And quite frankly, I'm so glad of it.