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06 April 2005 @ 10:13 pm
Rather stupid question....  

At what point-- plot and manga issue number-- does the Fullmetal Alchemist manga and anime's plot branch off? I'll go back and read the beginning in manga form later, but I want to see the different part of the manga first.

Thank you. *bow*
ACacdragonmaster on April 6th, 2005 07:19 pm (UTC)
From what I've heard, there's subtle differences from the beginning, but the branching point in the anime following episode 25. Don't know the corresponding manga chapter as I haven't read it yet. >_>
Dawnshadowdawnshadow on April 6th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
OK. Thanks!

*tries to remember which one was 25*
Jerusharedushab on April 7th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
25 is Hughes ;-;
Dawnshadowdawnshadow on April 7th, 2005 10:32 am (UTC)
Kalika Maxwellkalikamaxwell on April 6th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
The general concensus is that chapter 15 = episode 25, and everything after that point is different. But there are still many differences between manga and anime, so I'd suggest to read it all. Otherwise you'll probably assume some things that you saw in the anime were in the manga and since they weren't, it'll confuse you.
Dawnshadow: FMA-- Will you let me ride on your back?dawnshadow on April 6th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
*loves the icon*

Thank you. *bow*
Jevanajeva_chan on April 6th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
The major differences began around chapter 15 and eppy 25 like people said, but at the beginning, there is the difference of the timelines...in the manga, everything happens in basically the same year and then progresses steadily through time. While in the anime, it starts at a point in time, flashes back in time, and then goes back to the present...

Plus there's the fact that it's 1910 in the anime and 1911 in the manga...O.o;;;
Marikaitou_marina on April 6th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
Actually, I don't think they ever mention 1911 in the manga, I think we just know it's the 11th year of... something. Or do they? Augh, I wish I had it on hand to look at.
Cynthiacsakuras on April 6th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
The date that Ed scratched into his watch (3.Oct.10 in the anime) is different in the manga (3.Oct.11).
Marikaitou_marina on April 6th, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
No, I understand that. What I wasn't sure about was whether or not they mention that it's actually 1911 in the manga, do they? I know they mention 1910 in the anime, but I wasn't sure about the manga.
Cynthiacsakuras on April 6th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
Hmmmmmm...you know what, I don't remember any instance of them mentioning that.

OH! But I think when Pinako was flipping through a photo album (I think it was chapter 40? 41?) when Hohenheim first arrived, there were dates written...
Marikaitou_marina on April 7th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
I'll have to go check on that myself, I'd forgotten that.
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mikkeneko on April 9th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
You can also kinda-sorta see the dates 19-- to 1911

Now that makes no sense at ALL. Wouldn't it be 18-- to 1911?
Rappydappydappy McTappyraptorix on April 6th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
Well, I know for sure that volume 7 of the manga is the Devil's Nest scenario... and from there on things begin to branch off slowly... events happen differently, and then the plot starts to change...

But as for naming when exactly the plot diverts to something alternate? I'm not exactly sure...
Rhel: Envy!? - You Will Come Downrabidtanukichan on April 6th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
Man... the whole thing's different. Even in the first two episodes, which correspond almost directly with the first two chapters, there are differences. ._.;
But yes, as said above, the major change happens after the notorious episode 25, or chapter 15. *nods* yep.
chrononuriko on April 7th, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)
As much as everyone says episode 25/chapter 15 are when the two split for good...I've never understood why. If anything episode 21 is where they split, or episode 35...but not 25.

It essentially goes like this:

The anime is actually different from the manga since even episode 3. Whereas that flashback is in the manga, it doesn't come until later. Then the anime goes on a little filler rampage and doesn't follow the manga at all for awhile, with a single exception to the Nina part, which is different in the two anyway.

Then after the anime gets up to episode 14 it follows the manga again with the whole Scar/Dr. Marcoh thing...but several details are still different...

Then from there until the 5th Lab the general plots are the same but there are minor differences (some which become major later) sprinkled here and there.

Then with 5th Lab, episode 21, the major differences start happening...the 5th Lab arc in the manga barely even resembles the one in the anime in the end.

Then the anime goes back to generally following the manga in general (though it had that random lightning alchemist and Barry attack Ishbal camp filler)...up until episode 25, where there are some differences in details again (that will become important later...)

Then after that it goes into the Izumi/Greed Arc, where it's like 5th Lab all over again (only in a longer arc) in that, while the manga and anime are at the same area and the very generalized plot is similar, there are maaaaajor differences. Gigantic ones. I suppose this is why people say episode 25 is where they split...but as I said, the major differences actually first start at Lab 5.

Then after the Greed Arc is over the manga and anime go off in two seperate directions entirely.


And seriously, read the manga from the beginning. As I said, there are minor differences even very early on that develop into larger differences...and if you start reading the later manga, you'll just be very confused. "Why is he still alive? What happened to him? Why can Al do that? Who is she? Wait, where's Wrath? Scar wasn't doing that in the anime..." etc etc...

It's just not worth it. I attempted to do that at first too, and I could barely understand anything. There are way too many differences in details to start the manga from anywhere but the beggining (or maybe on chapter 3, I guess the first two chapters coincide with the first two episodes fairly well)...regardless of how much of the anime you've watched.
mikkeneko on April 9th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
You know, I think the anime was at its best when it was doing what it did in the 5th lab and Dublith arcs -- loosely following the manga in terms of who was where and when, but with MAJOR differences in what was going on. After Dublith, when they went off in an ENTIRELY new structure of events, a lot of things seemed to get looser.

I might say that I think the FMA anime improved on the manga... when it was improving on the MANGA. Didn't do so good at making up new stuff whole cloth...

*wanders away*