Oo, I'd better catch-up with this thread.
It's finally here and it's awesome!! I'd wished for this series ever since the original one strayed so far from the manga story.
My first impressions (episode one - though I've seen episode two and thought it was great too):
The opening's great and the ending's cute!! =3
And I got to squee over Ed all over agian!! He's so cute and awesome and yaaayyy!! =^.^=
And his voice!! Squeeeee!!
I mean, I found out before (as I think I mentioned in a previous post) that it was gonna be Romi doing it again, but actually really properly hearing Ed's voice of awesomeness was just so, well, awesooooommmmme!!
I lol'd when a certain character popped-up a couple of times coz I know it's gonna confuse the hell outta non-manga readers. XP
Oh man, I can't wait for more of this!! =D
It was very packed-full. But alot of shows do that kinda thing with a first episode. I think it's coz they wanna make an impact and show as much of the coming elements as possible. I kinda like it that way. Keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering who'll pop-out next!! XP
The only let-down (and it's a major one) is the episode has bugger-all to do with the manga (as far as I can remember). And the whole point of this new series was to follow the manga's storyline instead of doing what the last anime did, and make stuff up as it went along.
But, again, I think it's just because they wanna give everyone a little taste of everything yet to come as they've already given us a slice of action, drama, comedy, and the appearance of a certain character previously only seen in the manga, and a certain thing linked to Issac's death, it's bound to hook people in.
So yeah... I loved it, apart from the nagging inside me going "this isn't what happened in the manga"... I've already had that during one series - I don't want it during another!! >_<
But I'm willing to bet the first episodes are just like this to kick-start things and get the anime-only peeps curious, and thus, hooked.
And anime+manga peeps, like me, drooling at the thought of all the goodies yet to come!!
Though... I'm dreading a certain few things too. I mean, let's face it, anime or manga wise, Fullmetal Alchemist has a way of not only tugging at your heart, but well-and-truely crushing it!!
But... anyways... on a lighter note...
Did anyone else get that feeling, with that guy going "Fullmetal Alchemist" during the eye-catchers, that they were playing a video-game!? XDDD
Seriously, it was like when you play a beat-em-up and you choose a character and their name is said out really dramatically!! XP
So, yeah. I spent most of the night in "Squee Mode" when this came back. ^^;