Fullmetal Alchemist The Complete Second Season is a four-disc set that contains episodes 26 through 51 of the series. The first disc contains seven episodes, the second disc contains six episodes, the third disc contains six episodes, and the fourth disc contains six episodes, a commentary on episode 51, and the extras. On the discs, you can watch the episodes with either the English dub or the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.
This set begins with Mustang investigating the death of the character that took place right at the end of Fullmetal Alchemist The Complete First Season box set. Meanwhile, Edward and Alphonse reunite with their former teacher, Izumi. She takes them to Yock Island, where they learned an important lesson before she took them on as apprentices several years earlier. While they’re on the island, Edward and Alphonse come across a boy who is an alchemist; this boy also holds a very important secret.
As the series progresses, Edward and Alphonse have to fight against a couple of the Homunculi, and Izumi takes the brothers to meet Dante, an old woman who was Izumi’s alchemy teacher. After this, the story starts to progress, with more and more revelations being made until the story reaches its climax. I really don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot at this particular point, because there’s just too much potential for “spoilers.”
It’s at this point in the series where the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime series drastically veers away from the manga. There are some elements that are part of this telling of the story that I really like, while there are other elements that didn’t work as well for me as they could have. Even with the elements I didn’t care for as much, I still believe that Fullmetal Alchemist is a strong series.
When it comes to the actual DVD box set, there are four bonus features included on the fourth disc of the set. The first extra is a 31 minute documentary titled, “The Transmutation of a Phenomenon.” This documentary includes interviews with some of the actors for the English dub, and they talk about various aspects of the series and their characters. This is a pretty decent documentary.
The next feature is labeled as “Square Enix Commercial”; it runs for two minutes, and is an ad for the Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir videogame. The third special feature on the disc is the textless openings and closings; this feature includes two of the openings and two of the closings for the series. Unlike the first box set, you don’t get the English subtitles on the openings and closings if you’re watching with Japanese audio. The final extra is trailers for properties that FUNimation Entertainment was promoting at the time this DVD box set was released.
When this DVD set was put together, FUNimation included the booklets from the seven individual discs that were released that included these episodes. The first booklet starts with episode 25, which was released on the Fullmetal Alchemist The Complete First Season box set; outside of that, everything else lines up. Each booklet contains at least one write-up from someone involved with the series; the first six booklets contain a write-up from one of the Japanese voice actors, while the final booklet contains write-ups from two of the actors from the English dub who also directed the dubbing sessions. There is also character information and images, information from the series, artwork, and episode write-ups. The booklets are very well-done and contain a lot of information.
The quality of the series continues to be very high on this box set. That, along with the quality of the booklets, make this a release worth owning. If you’re a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist who wants to own the whole series on DVD, then this box set should be part of your anime collection.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of Fullmetal Alchemist The Complete Second Season that my husband gave to me as a gift.