Parents' Guide to

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

By Lien Murakami, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Powerful anime explores mature themes with some gore.

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age 13+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 16+

Awesome show, mature content

Let me just say that this is the best anime of all time. This is fine for young adults and up. I would recommend watching some yourself before you introduce it to your kids. It explores some mature theme that may not be suitable even for some young adults. It all depends on if you think as a parent that your child is old enough to understand the concepts of the show because it gets quite deep and is most definitely the only show of its kind.
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age 13+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (17):
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Manga purists should be ecstatic as not only is the original storyline kept intact, but the art is closer to that of the manga as well. This is the second anime series adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. Unlike first Fullmetal Alchemist series which had its own original plotlines, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood reboots the Elric brothers' story as it appears in the manga. Fans of the first anime series who have not read the manga series may be a little disappointed that Brotherhood is not a sequel, however, there are enough differences in plot to keep things interesting for those familiar with the series.

Despite containing many visual and thematic conventions common to the genre (the prodigal youths, violent adversaries, over the top destruction, and giant sweat drops), the storyline contains an enjoyable balance of action, tragedy, humor, and surprisingly mature themes. The Elric brothers and their large supporting cast are generally well thought out with believable motivations. The villains have some dimension to them and are not purely evil or misguided minions as they are in many more mainstream series. This combination of great characterizations, as well as some solid pacing and believable plot points make Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood stand out as a worthy time investment for any anime fan or newcomer with the maturity to handle the more violent aspects and the attention span to understand the complex plot points.

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