First, to inform those who are wondering the difference between the Viridian Collection and the regular edition, the Viridian Collection is just a cheaper version of the same set. Much like funimations recent blu-ray "S.A.V.E." sets, they are just repackaged anime series in cheaper form to allow people with more limited budgets to get the anime's they would like. I don't own the original set, but this set contains all the special features identified on the original set, and the picture and audio quality are all top notch (though I'm not a fan of the fact that I can't skip over the advertisements when the disc is initially started). So, if you're interest in Fullmetal Alchemist, and would like to save some money, this is the way to go.
As to the show, it is a rather amazing show, filled with humor, action, tragedy, and some of the best characterization (and twists) I've seen in an anime. I have to warn you, if you start it, you're probably not going to want to stop...
Okay, so I bought season 1 (this boxset) a few months ago thinking, 'it's inexpensive right now, it's popular, and I need to watch it someday, but I probably won't get so into it that I feel the need to own the rest of it, right?' and then, I watched an episode 3 days ago. I finished the series in about 2.5 days, and would have done it faster if I hadn't been sick and unable to sit up the whole time. I'm so excited about it that I even wanna show my mom this series! I think she'll like it since her and I are fans of Supernatural, and this is pretty similar in a way.
This next part is so parents can know what's in it, or so that kids who have seen a little of the series can know whether they'd need to watch it in secret or out in the open.
For those of you who want to know of the general content, it has some cursing in it, but they never say the f-word (can't remember if they ever said the s-word, but they said the d-word and b*****d a lot). There's quite a bit of...
I watched this series when it original aired on Cartoon Network. I am happy that I now own it so I can view it at any time. For those who purchase this series it varies from the second one called brotherhood which remains faithful to the original manga. This series however is still great because it offer an alternative version of what could have been if things had progressed different for the characters. So from my prospective both series are great to own in regards to story telling, and voice acting work.
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