“Is this 03 or Brotherhood?”, the definitive guide
I know a lot of people have trouble telling the two FMA anime apart, and I’ve noticed an increase in confusion lately, so I thought I’d make a post to help clear it up! I’ll go over some telltale differences between the two styles, in order of ease. For images, Brotherhood will be on the left, and 03 on the right.
1. Al’s armor
If Al is present in an image, he’s the quickest way to tell the difference between the two series. 03 Al is fairly greenish in hue, and his face looks similar to the early stages of the manga, with a very rectangular chin. Brotherhood Al is much greyer, a little shinier, perhaps a bit bulkier, and his face is more angular with a curvier chin, giving him something of a permanent >:( face. His toes curve up in Brotherhood, but not in 03. Also, since the fight with Buccaneer never happened in 03, if Al’s ponytail is short, it’s definitely Brotherhood!
2. Characters who appear in one series but not the other
This is something of a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. Look at what characters are present in the image. Anyone who appears after the Dublith arc in the manga/Brotherhood would not be in 03. Conversely, characters such as Dante, Lujon, Archer, the Tringham brothers, and Leo don’t appear in Brotherhood.
3. The women
While this doesn’t necessarily apply to every screencap, women in 03 tend to have somewhat defined lips, while they don’t usually in Brotherhood (with the exception of Olivier, who wouldn’t be in 03 anyway). This is especially true of promotional art, as opposed to screencaps.
4. The chain
(Running in the shadooooows~)
On every Amestrian military uniform, there’s a rope chain on the right shoulder, which also attaches to the front of the breast. In 03, the bit connecting the chain to the front of the uniform is braided, while in Brotherhood, that portion is a single cord.
5. Colors + general vague feeling
Colors can sometimes be used to tell the difference, if the lighting is standard. Colors in Brotherhood are fairly muted, but not too dark, and generally stick to shades of red, blue, yellow, black, white, and brown. They might almost be described as pastel, at least compared to 03. While colors in 03 are usually more saturated than Brotherhood, they’re also a lot darker, and not nearly as coordinated in hue. Also, 03 characters in general tend to have something of a youthful look to them, compared to Brotherhood, and noses are usually longer and pointier than in Brotherhood.
6. Specific character differences
Certain characters have notably different looks between series. If these characters appear in a screencap, you can look to them for clues. Some examples:
Ed: His hair is darker and more orange in 03. He also wears the same outfit throughout most of it, while his alternate outfits from Brotherhood don’t appear. His face shape also pretty much stays the same in 03, while in Brotherhood he matures physically towards the end of the series.
Al: His human form in 03 has noticeably darker, more brown hair than Ed, whereas in Brotherhood there’s really very little difference between the two. Shamballa Al is also very distinct: Long hair in a ponytail, basically dresses like Ed. Post-Promised Day Brotherhood Al looks older than Shamballa Al, and has short hair.
Winry: Her “work outfit” in 03 had a pink bandana and light purple pants. In Brotherhood, the bandana is green, and her pants are tan.
Rose: Had dark skin and pink bangs in 03, while in Brotherhood, her skin is light and her bangs are more of an auburn color. She also appeared much more in 03.
Scar: 03 Scar looked way younger, and had no cheekbones. Brotherhood Scar has cheekbones and could crush 03 Scar’s teen vogue looking ass with his bare hands.
Bradley: Brotherhood Bradley has wrinkles on his forehead, and a very defined nose. 03 Bradley has a more empty face, and also usually a darker skin tone. Brotherhood Bradley also looks a lot more pissed off compared to 03 Bradley, most of the time.
Greed: In 03, Greed’s shield form is dark blue with red eyes. In Brotherhood, it’s grey with black eyes. His undershirt is also dark blue in 03, while it’s dark red in Brotherhood. Also, obviously, Greeling does not appear in 03.
Kimblee: Brotherhood Kimblee is a suave ass motherfucker with the best fashion sense in the entire series. 03 Kimblee has this absolutely terrible circa 1980s Rachel Summers-esque braid/buzz cut combo that makes me want to cry every time I look at it.
So a bit of context: we banded together to have a halloween game early (we called it part 1 because we were gonna do an actual one on halloween) everyone in the party knows what Hallows eve is except our tank (what we call our knight) who grew up with wolves. So we had to explain in character what hallows eve is.
Druid (me): so we basically dress up in costumes and are given free stuff
Tank: So like… a robbery?
Bard: no! You go to a place and are given stuff in spirit!! *as said with the most pure tone*
Tank: so… a festive robbery! *begins to pull out their sword*
One of the things he likes to imagine doing with you is just completely spoiling you, he loves it when you’re a quivering mess under him. Also, the idea of combining two things he loves on his mouth, which means food play. Licking things of his choice off your body just turns him on to the max. +bonus
Fucking on the kitchen counter.
N A M J O O N :
Just you, dressed in basic kitten/princess clothing, obeying him just like he wants to. Loves hearing things such as “Please touch me,daddy”, “Please let your princess come”, just anything that makes him feel like he’s in absolute control.
“I’ve been a bad girl,daddy”
H O S E O K :
One of his sexual fantasies is you and him, in his practice room, dancing.It can go either way: you nail the dance and before you know it he is making you watch yourself get fucked in front of the mirror, or you’re not doing so well so he gets to punish you with teasing to the max later.
“Do you see the way my hips move? Just wait till later to see how they move when I’m fucking you senseless.”
T A E H Y U N G :
The idea of public sex appeals to him. You, blowing him in a bathroom stall of a bar, or you two fucking outside in the balcony or a rooftop at 2 AM. He also loves car sex a lot. Just the idea of trying not to get caught excites him and turns him on.
Muffling your moans with his hand or his mouth while he thrusts forcefully into you so no one hears you.
Y O O N G I :
What turns him on is filthy and rough sex, or his fingers in your mouth while he thrusts deep inside you, watching you swallow when he explodes inside your mouth or giving you facials. Deep down tho he just wants to spoil you.
Elevator sex. Do I have to say more?
J I M I N :
Shower sex is something he loves. Whether you’re standing up and he’s taking you from behind against the wall or you’re lying in a bathtub and you ride him,or cold water hitting your bodies while he’s eating you out; it just turns him on a lot.
Sex when he’s angry. ×69 times hotter when he pounds into you+often leads to overstimulation
J U N G K O O K :
That boy is extra. His biggest sexual fantasy is fucking you in the bathroom of an airplane as it’s flying high; even if you’re scared of airplanes, he’s so good he’ll make you forget what’s happening around you.
Baby boy who loves amusement parks and wants to finger you on a rollercoaster ride.
Hey y'all! As a someone who likes to sleep in until 12-1pm, adjusting to early morning hospital rotations has been difficult to say the least. However, I think I’ve figured out a few things that have made life easy in the morning and have gotten me a few extra minutes of precious shut eye. Let’s begin!
meal prep: I can’t emphasize this one enough! Prepping your meals has so many benefits, from saving money (because we all know hospital food is gross AND expensive), being generally healthier, limiting food waste, and most importantly saving time! Meal prep some pasta salad, overnight oatmeal, even sandwiches, and you’ll be thankful in the morning when you can just grab some Tupperware and run out the door.
make your coffee the night before: This one has been a lifesaver. You can put double the amount of grounds into your coffee maker the night before, so that in the morning, you just push a button and the sweet sweet caffeinated nectar comes right to you. Pro tip! Make twice as much coffee and then put the leftovers in a thermos so you can have cheap caffeine when that 2pm lull hits you.
lay out your clothes and supplies the night before: First, as long as you’re dressed appropriately, basically no one cares what you’re wearing. Make sure your day will be either surgical scrubs, med scrubs, or white coat/professional and lay them out the night before.
set as many alarms as needed and keep your phone AWAY from your bed: When it’s time to wave up, you need to make sure you’re actually able to wake up. Having your phone away from your bed (preferably somewhere you have to walk to), ensures you don’t easily snooze all of your alarms and ensures you physically get out of bed to turn off your alarm.
place “can’t forgets” by your keys: There is always random shit you can’t forget to bring to the hospital or to lecture, so to ensure you don’t forget these items, place them by your car/house keys the night before to ensure that you don’t forget them.
minimize/make your make up/skin routine more efficient: If you’re in medical school and still have time to do make up in the mornings I am officially jealous of you. To minimize time, try to cut out unnecessary steps and lay out your make up in order of use on you counter the night before. We often forget how long it takes to do make up!
play upbeat music: I was skeptical of this one, but it actually works! Play upbeat fast-paced music to help get you in the mindset of being quick and efficient. You’d be amazed how much time you lose being sluggish and slow in the morning.
Feel free to message me for medical school advice, and add you own little tips to this list as well! Happy studying medblrs!
Ok so no.1: that fight was surprisingly good and McGregor did really well. no.2: I went with mama to a beer festival in town this afternoon and right when we got there we very quickly learned my dress was basically see thru in the direct sunlight. So I had to emergency run back out but I found a dress and it was this one and it was cheap but really cute and vintagey looking. When life gives you lemons or something like that.