(Cross posted to fma_het
There has been a lot of discussion on various communities and boards about FMA sometime making it's way onto Cartoon Network's Adult Swim once it's picked up for release over here. I think a lot of this is because it's often compared to "Trigun," and that was shown here. A lot of fans really do believe it will be picked up, and I admit that it's popularity and shounen elements make it a prime candidate for AS. (As far as a general dub- I'm hoping it's either Bandai or Pioneer that picks it up.)
My first impression was "there is absolutely no way they'll air it." At the time though I blamed that on the fact that I mourn for any series that makes it's way onto Adult Swim. The fandom turns to hell. *sobs for the "Inuyasha" fandom.* This isn't an anti dub thing, as I do love many dubs.
However, upon thinking on it more I realized that I don't think there is really any way this show could be properly catered to the Adult Swim audience.
Sure "Trigun" and "Cowboy Bebop" had violence, death, and quite a few thought provoking ideas... but in FMA those "thought provoking ideas" are ones I can't see Cartoon Network taking the risk with. It isn't the gore, or the violence at all- it's the structure of the series and the themes behind it.
There's a lot of thought on "God" in the series, and from Ed's and Al's point of view it's fairly Anti-faith.
The one thing that really clenched it as "absolutely no freakin way can this be aired here" was the Nina and Alexander incident. It may not have been gory, but that was one of the most gut-wrenching and disturbing things I've ever seen. The point of course, was to show the horrible things that could be done with Alchemy to an extreme so the still young Ed and Al would truly be able to realize that, but I simply don't see how they could possibly air that over here. There has been nothing close to that on AS, and I don't believe there ever will be.
Some of the later things involving the Massacre at Ishbal as well as the secret behind how the Philosopher's stone was made are just too much for the AS audience.
And there is no way they could edit a lot of this, dubbing can do wonders in changing the intention of the series- but in the case of Nina, the only thing they could do is hack the episode completely. There is simply no way to get around it. This series isn't letting up on the intensity as it goes on, and if anything it's getting even worse. (That's a good thing to me though!) Some of the themes being dealt with are contraversial and even somewhat taboo, and I just don't think it has a chance of airing over here.
Any thoughts? Agreements, disagreements?