I've recently finished watching Fullmetal Alchemist and I then proceeded to watch an episode of Brotherhood before realizing, Brotherhood isn't actually a continuation of the first series. I then discovered there was a movie that tied up the loose ends at the end of the first series. Now, I want to know, what actually is Brotherhood? I've read that it's simply a version of the show that follows the manga more closely, but I haven't read the manga and I really enjoyed the first series. Will watching Brotherhood disappoint me or change my views of the ending? Could I have watched Brotherhood without having watched the first series (or at least before)? Are there any major (specific) changes that might frustrate someone who is dead-set on things happening like they did in the first series?

I know I have a lot of questions, but I hope someone can answer most of them! Thank you so much!


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    You can probably find your answer here: What's the difference between the FMA and FMA Brotherhood series?. Brotherhood stands on its own and presents a completely different take on the story (which, as you said, is more faithful to the manga). You may even find you like it better; but, if you just want more of the first series, I would not recommend it. – Killua Jul 21 '13 at 3:16
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    In case you intend to stick around here, we can give answers to factual questions like the one linked above by Eric, but not for subjective questions like "will Brotherhood frustrate me?" because it's opinion-based and there's no correct answer. It's better to ask a question like the former, and decide for yourself if it will frustrate you based on the answers. Once you get 20 reputation, you can access chat, and such questions are welcome in the Recommendations & Reviews room, just not on the main site. – Logan M Jul 21 '13 at 3:54
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    Thank you Eric and thank you Logan M ^_^ I appreciate both responses! Logan, I understand how an opinion question can't really be answered; I guess I was more of trying to see what other people thought about it... I don't know. Eric: So, does that mean it's just got a different plot? Is it kind of like they took the characters and basic ideas (particularly of alchemy) and wrote a different story with it? Again, thanks for the help from both of you! ^_^ -Junebug – Junebug Jupiter Jul 21 '13 at 4:18
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    @JunebugJupiter Yup. They both start the same, and then diverge at a certain point (which is elaborated upon in the linked question). Brotherhood is what the manga author intended; the 2003 anime was a different crew's idea. – Killua Jul 21 '13 at 4:53
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    @Eric Oh cool! Thank you so much! ^_^ You've been a big help! – Junebug Jupiter Jul 21 '13 at 4:58