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13 October 2004 @ 01:23 am
FMA #51 and fanfics... (minor spoiler)  
Ehh... watched 46 straight through to 51, patted self in the back after finishing 50 and congratulated self for *waiting* until 51 came out before watching....

.... very... unexpected ending... I don't think anybody saw this coming, I certainly don't, and I do believe this is one of the very few endings that neatly collect all existing fanfics and drop-kick them all into the AU field. Hrmph. And hey, calintz was right, Ed did gave up his braid and use ponytail instead!

Nevertheless, quite a satisfying end, it managed to wrap up some very important issues nicely, and some aspects it wrapped up *very* satisfactorily indeed. Very rare for an anime for which the originating manga's ending is not yet known. I can't wait to see how the manga will do its own ending.

What do you all think?
 
 
Nikkisarashina_nikki on October 12th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC)
Of all the things I love about FMA, the absolute attention to detail is what I admire the most. Clearly, they had everything planned out from the very beginning-- not only what they were using of the manga that had already been published, but also they knew exactly what their original ending was going to be too. (...Sorry, that's a complicated run on sentence. I'm so incoherent)

For a while after I saw the finale I was a little ambivalent towards the sudden inclusion of parallel universes. I felt like it had dropped out of nowhere in the second to last episode, and it felt... well, "pastede on yay." And that was so unlike everything I had come to except from the anime. But then someone reminded me later of all the images from our world that were shown in Ed's Gate flashback back twenty or so episodes ago. So now I feel much better about the ending because it IS so unexpected, a real twist ending, but it still uses the foreshadowing that I really love.

So, um, yes. In a word: WORD.
[Z]: flusteredzyraxus on October 12th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC)
Indeed... I went back and watched some random episodes since watching the ending... and I never found it strange that Al was the one narrating at some points, voice sounding normal and non-metalic!echoish, then realization dawned. XD
It gives me hope that Al's going to regain his memory.
naga_battousainaga_battousai on October 12th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, one thing that I find very satisfying about the finale is that it is a true *finale*, not just a temporary stop-gap that resolves nothing and is really just supposed to tide you over until the mangaka comes up with the real ending in the manga. Here, we actually get an ending that wraps up all the story strands beautifully and the ends came from all the stands carried forward into their own logical conclusions. Nothing kills my mood faster than a forced, artifical ending, but this is most definitely not it. Huge kudos to the writers of this series, those talented people who's perfectly capable of writing their own damn good series if they want to :)