Creating a new topic to create a new central focus. Don't judge me.
SO. The first episode of the new FMA series was officially released in English today. How about some thoughts?
I love the intro. I can't seem to get enough of it. I've probably played it back way too many times (probably to get Ready Steady Go out of my head, but anyways). The episode itself was alright for an introduction episode. Since I have the basics down from the last anime, I didn't have much of a clear head as to whether this was a good beginning or not. I did like the episode itself, even if it falls into some of the climax traps anime/drama usually carries. The scene with Kimbly doesn't seem like it will pay off much. Some things felt like they went over too fast (the introduction to Hughes and his invitation to the Elrics to live at his house, most notably). The 'short' joke was played way too frequently in a short set of time, but these are all my gripes.
I'm liking the art direction. The colors feel right this time (Edward's hair doesn't look golden any more, instead it looks more like a natural shade of blonde). The animation is pretty fluid, and the fight scene felt unique in that it wasn't overly dramatic (at least, not outside expectations). The dialogue seems about right; a little rough, but better than most anime series out there. I'm going to have to save most of my judgment for the middle of the series, however. The story in the first kicked up about that time, and I expect it all to pay off at about that time in the second. I am looking forward to it.
So, there's my stream of consciousness. Make what you will of it and post your own opinion.