Among the list of must-see anime is Fullmetal Alchemist, a captivating series about two brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric, who travel the world as State Alchemists to find the legendary Philosopher's Stone. The Elric brothers’s journey to regain what they’ve lost after failing to resurrect their late mother through alchemy is a rollercoaster of human emotions.
For every small victory comes an emotional loss, but as the series’s motto goes, “to gain something, an alchemist must sacrifice something of equal value.” The story of Fullmetal Alchemist resonates with so many anime fans, however, with two anime adaptations available, it didn't take long for arguments to erupt over which one is better.
Both the 2003 version of Fullmetal Alchemist and the 2009 series, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, are worth watching. Each series brought a unique perspective to the original manga story by Hiromu Arakawa. While Brotherhood is generally thought of as superior for merely sticking closer to the manga, there are crucial aspects of the original anime series that are simply better.
Below are 15 reasons why Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 is better than Brotherhood. If you enjoy this list, make sure to check out 30 of the best Fullmetal Alchemist AMVs of all time.