Unboxing: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Collection 1 and Collection 2 (Blu-ray) [UK]

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Usually i’d only do one unboxing video per Blu-ray release, however seeing as i recently picked up both instalments of the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Collection i’ve decided to unboxing them together, that way you can see ‘exactly’ what you’ll get and how they interact with each other.

The tale of Manga Entertainment UK releasing the Collection Sets for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a long and amusing one, as originally the series was released as five 13 episode instalments, afterwhich the UK Distributor opted to release a ‘complete’ collection (like they did on DVD), but Aniplex were against it – and so two half season sets, much like the ones released in America several years ago, was released.

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So after all of that here we are and what do we get, well Collection 1 Contains the first 35 episodes of the Series while Collection 2 contains the remaining 29 episodes, each of which are spread out over 5 Blu-ray discs. That’s not all, as Collection 1 includes a carded sleeve that can house both sets – thus giving the illusion of a complete box-set. Disappointingly this is where the excitement ends, as while the series is highly entertaining and beautifully animated this release feels like a ‘cheap’ cash-in from Manga UK.

To start off with the carded sleeve (which houses both sets) is very thin and is easily damaged, the quality is miles away from FUNimations, Madman Entertainments (and to a certain extent MVM Entertainments) carded artbox sleeves discs which are all beautifuly detailed and crafted. This ‘cheap-ish’ continues on the inside of each collection, as the discs themselves are just the individual volumes re-packaged into a new ‘bigger’ blu-ray box, for example each disc Part 1 Disc 1, Part 1 Disc 2, Part 2 Disc 1 (and so forth). I understand that UK Distributors often ‘re-package’ old discs for a complete set and that it costs money to reprint the disc artwork, but i can’t help feel short-changed with something that has an overall higher price than most releases.

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The disc content also remains the same as previous individual volume releases, so if you were thinking of ‘upgrading’ from individual volumes to the complete series set then i would probably not bother as it’s the exactly same content just packaged slightly different.

So what did we learn, well if you are new to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and you want all of the episodes in one place than the Collection 1 and Collection 2 sets are an ideal place to start, as it contains everything in one box – however if you’ve been purchasing the individual volumes you might want finish the set off as opposed to buying these collection sets, either way you can check out our unboxing videos of both below.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Collection 1 Unboxing:

 

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Collection 2 Unboxing:

 

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Collection 1 and Collection 2 are now available on Blu-ray within the UK via Manga Entertainment UK.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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