- JUST PRETEND THIS PAGE IS FOR THE OVERALL FRANCHISE- I'll be talking about both series here, not just Brotherhood.
With amazingly well-written characters that go through plenty of development complementing the perfect plot, it's not hard to see why this is my favorite anime/manga series of all time.
Both the original and Brotherhood are awesome, but with superior music and visuals, awesome actions scenes, an insane number of episodes that still feel incredibly fast-paced and the fact it follows the manga better, I prefer Brotherhood.
Both the sub and dub are amazing, so you can't go wrong either way. However, I'd think most people would prefer the dub. After all, it has such dialogue along the lines of...
"A dog huh? I love dogs!"
"These sparkles have been in the Armstrong family for generations!"
and of course
"One day all female officers will be required to wear... TINY MINISKIRTS!"
With 115 episodes for both series' combined, it feels like just the right length; one of VERY few series' that deserves over 100 episodes.
The movies are cool too, though neither of them have particularly strong endings. Actually, the first series doesn't have a great ending either. Brotherhood however, was the most satisfying because it had an absolutely PERFECT ending. So yeah, I guess I'd reccomend that one the most.
Just remember that if you're watching Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, the first 13 or so episodes will feel a bit rushed and not-so-great, but afterwards it easily surpasses the original. Once you start an episode of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, you'll need to watch 10 more! It's a masterpiece that has captured the hearts of countless otaku, and I hope it'll be around to capture the hearts of countless more over history.
I give it an 11/10. Yes, it breaks the scale.