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Dragon Ball Z Kai - Episode 02 Review

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Episode 2, "The enemy is Goku's older brother?! The secret of the Saiyans, strongest of warriors"

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****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: The armored man, whose name is Raditz, and is Goku's brother, reveals that he and Goku are both part of a race of alien warriors called the Saiyans and Goku's real name is "Kakkarot". He insists that Goku accompany him to destroy a planet, and when Goku refuses, Raditz kidnaps little Gohan. Goku and Piccolo agree to team up to defeat Raditz, but he appears stronger than they expected, and tells them the other remaining Saiyans are even stronger than he is.


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Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z-Hen - Episode 01 Review

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Episode 1, "Finale"

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: A young man named Kouji Kabuto, piloting the giant robot Mazinger, tries to save the world from the forces of Dr. Hell with the help of the Mazinger Corps. However, things seem very bad for the team, one after another falling in battle. Kouji battles hard, however, and vows to perserve the peace of the world.

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So... a lot of things happen.... and... hm.

DBZ Kai Episode 01 Review

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Episode 1, "The curtain opens on battle! Son Goku's back"

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Synopsis: A man named Son Goku, a young hero who was born "Kakkarot" on the planet Vegeta, home of the Saiyans, and was sent to Earth, visits his old friends on Kame Island. Along with him is his son, Son Gohan, named after the man who raised him. However, an armored man from space lands, looking for "Kakkarot", scaring even the demon Piccolo, and showing up before Goku and his friends.

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Episode 01 Review

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Episode 1, "The Fullmetal Alchemist"

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: A man named Isaac McDougal is terrorizing Central, the capital of Amestris, with his use of water alchemy, heating it up to burn his victims or freezing it to freeze them alive. The President, Fuhrer King Bradley, puts Colonel Roy Mustang in charge of capturing Isaac, who fought alongside him in Ishbal. Mustang calls on the help of the Elric brothers, Edward (the "Fullmetal Alchemist") and Alphonse. Isaac plans to kill the Fuhrer using his ice alchemy, which is boosted by a Philosopher's Stone, but it is the Fuhrer who ends up killing him, and the stone in him dissolves before the miltary has a chance to check.

Fullmetal Alchemist Manga vs First TV Series - ROUND FOUR

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Fullmetal Alchemist Manga vs First TV Series - ROUND FOUR

In the original manga, Edward is "rescued" by the homonuculi from Laboratory 5 after sustaining injuries in the fight with the Slicer Brothers and given into military custody. In first animated television series, however, the homunuculi attempt to get Edward to use the red water and live prisoners to transmute a Philosopher's Stone. This is the beginning of some of the bigger differences between the anime and the source material.

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Chapter 13: Fullmetal Body

Event(s): Ed is confronted by the homonuculi, who kill the Slicer brothers, and knock him out, then destroy the laboratory. Ed is brought into military custody by Ross and Brosch.

Episode 21: The Red Glow/Episode 22: Created Human

Fullmetal Alchemist Manga vs First TV Series - ROUND THREE

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Fullmetal Alchemist Manga vs First TV Series - ROUND THREE

The third volume of the FMA manga covers the Elric brothers' trip back to Risembool to get Edward's automail arm fixed (it was destroyed by Scar), the research at Central's library into the Philosopher's Stone, and most of the Laboratory 5 incident. The first animated series stayed pretty faithful to this portion overall.

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Chapter 9: A Home with a Family Waiting

Event(s): Edward, Alphonse, and Major Armstrong visit Resembool, the Elric's hometown, to get his automail and Alphonse fixed.

Episode 17: "House of the Waiting Family"

Event(s): Edward, Alphonse, and Major Armstrong visit Resembool, the Elric's hometown, to get his automail and Alphonse fixed.

Judgement: Rather poignant in both versions, but slightly more subtle in the anime one.

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Fullmetal Alchemist Manga vs First TV Series - ROUND TWO

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Fullmetal Alchemist Manga vs First TV Series - ROUND TWO

In this round, I'll cover comparisons between chapters 4-8 and the episodes that correspond to the events in them. It's in this volume of the manga, volume 2, that Scar first appears and menaces the State Alchemists, and it all happens in "present" time, meaning none of it in a flashback like in the anime. The incident where Ed gets his automail broken by Scar comes shortly after the Tucker incident. In the first series, the Tucker incident occurs in a flashback, so chronologically, Scar's main attack in Central doesn't occur until around the time Ed and Al encounter Dr. Marcoh. Also, Marcoh isn't killed shortly after the encounter by Lust and Gluttony in the manga like in the anime.

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