Well, this will be my short little blogspace on the New, FullMetal Alchemist now released in 2009! If you don't want spoilers to the NEW one, please do not read ahead.
First thing's first, I was very surprised that they had announced FMA 2009. Although its true the first one did not do justice to the Manga in the 2nd half of the season (more like 2/3 but whatever), I didn't think they'd do another on the sheer fact that the first couple of episodes would most likely be the same (Edward meeting Rose, Edward freeing the mining town, Scar, etc.)
However, it seems they've addressed this problem by simply saying, well shit... You know this already! We're going to flood this episode with characters since it's episode 1, and then pretend you already know mostly about them, if not just wiki it. Even obscure characters whom have had their fair share in the 1st FMA get a little nod at them, E.G. Kimbly.
Also, such a crappy enemy becoming so powerful? Not terribly good, getting beaten the crap out of after he pretty much turns the whole city into ice? Just silly. To be honest, this is a huge friggin' tribute to Rurouni Kenshin, something I will mention again soon. Although some assumptions are good to continue to have, this Anime should be kept at arms length from both the Manga and the old Anime. Some revelations may not be so, and others you might just go, 'Saw that coming'.
Great artwork, as expected from the BONES crew most recently known for their work on the hit Soul Eater which recently reached its final episode. (They left this mostly open, so I'm hoping that they actually give this a second season as well ^^, one can hope yes?)
Although explanations are lacking and it looked like instead of a recap episode they decided to just throw as much into an action episode as they can, I expect to see episodes soon once again reflect upon Alechmy, and the past of the Elric brothers (As pictured in the Intro... which features among other things, a lot of the Elric's Dad as well as their mother. The intro and Ending reminds me of the Rurouni Kenshin, soft and non-battle like while the anime itself was fast-paced and actionpacked. I expect this season to be darker (like the Manga) and look further to episodes of the Elric's brother's past, and a more flushed out back story.
Next episode Prevew: Recap of the opening of the gate after transmutation of their mother, and how Edward got his Alchemy License.
-Zero, your Anime Source out.