For those of you who have not watched all of either of these, I will leave the beginning portion spoiler-free. I will warn you on any major spoilers, so I am not held accountable for your frustration. Now that we have that covered, I will explain myself.
Right off the bat, I’ll tell you that I enjoyed both of these shows. But, I do have a favorite, after a year of contemplating it. You probably have a good guess of which one it is, but I’ll explain why I like each one before getting to that.
Let’s start with the beginning of the 2003 version.
This one starts the same as the Brotherhood version, but veers off in different directions pretty quickly. I enjoyed the “filler” episodes that were in the beginning, because it let me get to know the characters before they dove into anything too serious. By the time things really start to happen, I have a good idea as to how they’ll react. I could understand the characters feelings and I knew them more personally than the beginning of Brotherhood.
Things don’t start to really kick off until around episode 20, and we all know the devastating loss around episode 25. It was this time that it became different from Brotherhood. Although Brotherhood splits off at about episode 11. The original gave more time for explanation and added some adventure to the beginning, where Brotherhood wasted no time getting to the problem.
I’m not saying that Brotherhood did anything poorly as for the beginning, but I just appreciate the time the creators put into adding character development in the beginning, since there isn’t nearly as much as in Brotherhood.
Now, we know the main goal the two brothers have is returning their bodies back to normal by means of Philosopher’s Stone, but in both versions, there is another goal in mind as well. In the 2003 version, Scar and Dante were huge villains and the two were after them for most of the second half of the show. In Brotherhood, the homunculi and the Father were the main villains. Although the original DOES focus on the homunculi a lot, it just isn’t as much as Brotherhood.
Alright from here on, there WILL be spoilers for both shows. So exit out if you aren’t to the end of both.