Can’t we all just agree both versions of FMA are amazing in their own way?
Things FMA did better:
Most of the Homunculi (except Pride)
Strays from the usual shonen clichés
Fewer characters, but all were executed almost perfectly
Envy was the type of villain you love to hate. He makes my blood boil
Humour in the right places
Much more poetic ending
A lot of you hate the first adaptation because it doesn’t follow the manga. But I don’t see why that’s a reason. Arakawa-sensei herself said it was a brilliant story in its own.
Things Brotherhood did better:
Most of my ships (Royai, LingFan, EdWin, Meiphonse)
In short: Brotherhood had the plot and villain, but FMA had the characters and ending.
You might hate me for this, but I loved the ending of FMA... not despite it being so dissatisfying, but because of it. Went to show how imperfect the world is.
”Nothing’s perfect. The world’s not perfect. But it’s there for us, doing the best it can. That’s what makes it so damn beautiful.” ~Roy Mustang
See? Even Mustang says it.