There's something to be said about reading manga versus watching anime. I started out as an anime watcher, and loved my Scryed, FMP, FMA, and of course, Makoto Shinkai's stuff. For the longest time, I preferred anime to manga.
But now, reading FMA instead of watching it, I'm finding that I actually connect better with the story. I'd heard a lot of talk that the anime corrupted the story pretty badly, but it goes beyond that. I'm at chapter 9 now, and finding that reading the manga actually helps me to connect better with the characters. When we see Armstrong crying to hear Alphonse's account, well, I'm just like - yeah, I feel a bit like that too!