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13 March 2006 @ 01:49 am
Obligatory Fullmetal Alchemist observations.  
Crossposted to my lj and fm_alchemist.

Australian television is barrelling through Fullmetal Alchemist at a brisk clip (four episodes a week, in fact), so I guess I won't have too long before I can see how it ends. It's up to 38 at the moment...



Interesting. Having read around, I've heard the general comment that 25-30 is around the place where it definitely splices off from the manga, making the plot inherently weaker. Which, I've gotta say, I don't really see. Yes, the plot is a tad confusing at times, with different strands and motivations, but I got the same feeling watching the Lab 5 episodes and they were based on the manga. I'm digging the anime plot just fine.

Random Comments and Observations:

- Good Lord, Breda's Armstrong costume includes the sparkly bits. Even the actual characters see them! Also, way to freak people out, Breda :-).

- Interesting idea with the gate, and with the homunculus origins. I like how they've been putting the hints in, though I have to confess that I had to have the Trisha Elric/Sloth similarity pointed out to me, despite the fact that it was practically broadcast in flashing lights several times. Hell, a friend of mine picked up Sloth/Trisha and Lust/Scar's brother's love straight away when I showed him 13/14, and they were the first episodes he'd ever seen! *sigh* Other people are more observant than me.

- Wrath's origin was clever, I thought, and so logical that I did guess it might be coming and was pleased that I was right. Pretty weird about turn with the evilness,though. Is it just his nature, I wonder, or the evil red stones?

- Speaking of which, what the hell's with Greed coughing them up and calling them his 'life'? That was the only bit of the Greed saga that made me scratch my head. I really hope they explain it.

- Also, half her organs are missing, and her body just 'adapted'? Errrr.... I mean, hysterectomy, yeah, appendectomy, okay, but a half-your-organs-ectomy is stretching it a tad.

- Was it me, or was the episode about Lust and the plague village the most inconsequential bit of padding ever?

- Winrey finds out about what Mustang did, and then finds out that everyone seems to trust him and consider him as the country's real hope. D'oh.

- Okay, I have to admit, when I saw they were making as episode about the angst ridden Colonel who killed thousands of people, nearly ate his own gun several times, and is trying to take over the country because of what amounts to an all-consuming sense of guilt, I really wasn't expecting to see "Colonel Mustang and his Wacky Subordinates, Part One, Two and Three!". So, um, points for surprising content, anyway.

- That said, it was rather funny, despite being a bit predictable. I'm not really much for wacky slapstick comedy, so I guess the fact that I found it amusing says a lot :-). Poor Havoc. And what was Riza dreaming about? Or who, I suppose :-).

- Things seem to be kicking into gear now. Woot!



Oh! And I found a neat post in kate_nepveu's journal that has a list of other people's comments on episodes as they watched them for the first time. Kewl.
 
 
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Let's Moseyteambenevolence on March 12th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
Pretty weird about turn with the evilness,though. Is it just his nature, I wonder, or the evil red stones?
I thought it was just the stones, since he seemed pretty happy and more 'normal' before he ate them.

Speaking of which, what the hell's with Greed coughing them up and calling them his 'life'?

The red stones are what allows the Homunculi to regenerate etc, so when Greed lost his it weakened him enough for Ed to be able to kill him.

Also, half her organs are missing, and her body just 'adapted'? Errrr.... I mean, hysterectomy, yeah, appendectomy, okay, but a half-your-organs-ectomy is stretching it a tad.

It's because Izumi is so bad-ass she doesn't need them anyway XD.

Having read around, I've heard the general comment that 25-30 is around the place where it definitely splices off from the manga, making the plot inherently weaker

I'm one of those weird people who prefers the anime to the manga, and I'd have to count the last few episodes (48-51 in particular) as my favourites because where would we all be without the zeppelins lolz

It would be pretty cool if they went back and did a version completely of the manga, like what happened to Hellsing, because it would be great to see Ling and all the other manga characters (especially Envy, how wtf worthy would that be?)
ღ a b b y: Aizenalistaere on March 12th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
- Was it me, or was the episode about Lust and the plague village the most inconsequential bit of padding ever?

Yes. :D

- Also, half her organs are missing, and her body just 'adapted'? Errrr.... I mean, hysterectomy, yeah, appendectomy, okay, but a half-your-organs-ectomy is stretching it a tad.

Yeah, I thought about that too. Oh well, that's FMA for you. Rarely explanatory. XD

And yeah, it's a bit slapstick right now, as far as where you are in the anime, but trust me, after this point, it all just goes downhill and gets verrrry depressing.
Blueblue_aeon on March 12th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Also, half her organs are missing, and her body just 'adapted'? Errrr.... I mean, hysterectomy, yeah, appendectomy, okay, but a half-your-organs-ectomy is stretching it a tad.

That's been bothering me for a bit. I know human biology inside out after having to cram it at school and I've still no idea why she's still standing. When Izumi took those pills for her condition I couldn't help but think how could she take those without a stomach? How could she eat for that matter?

Speaking of which, what the hell's with Greed coughing them up and calling them his 'life'? That was the only bit of the Greed saga that made me scratch my head. I really hope they explain it.

Quite simple really. The red stones are what allows the homuculi to remain immortal. Once they're gone you'll die eventually. Greed, being obsessed with being immortal, would have been seeing his life literally leave him.

Was it me, or was the episode about Lust and the plague village the most inconsequential bit of padding ever?

In a way yes, in a way no. It did give us a bit more insight into Lust, although I supposed it needs more thn one viewing to be appreciated fully.
Mabis: Roy1mabis on March 12th, 2006 08:28 pm (UTC)
- Okay, I have to admit, when I saw they were making as episode about the angst ridden Colonel who killed thousands of people, nearly ate his own gun several times, and is trying to take over the country because of what amounts to an all-consuming sense of guilt, I really wasn't expecting to see "Colonel Mustang and his Wacky Subordinates, Part One, Two and Three!". So, um, points for surprising content, anyway.

I always thought that bit helped solidify the notion that Roy is not the big ball of angst everyone seems to think he is (including official artists). I personally think he did a very good job of keeping his guilt tucked away and thus, acted fairly normal and well adjusted, considering his past.
honeywellagent_honeywell on March 12th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
I remember seeing this guy on "Ripley's Believe it or Not!" who was talking about how he once attempted suicide by drinking acid (or something else highly acidic). He was rescued but his esophagus and stomach were destroyed, so in surgery they basically replaced all that with intestine. He's alive and well now, but since intestines are supposed to be for the last leg of digestion, he has to eat several times a day and take all sorts of vitamins to stay healthy since his body can't process food as efficiently. It's probably a similar thing with Izumi. :/
Jessiscah_rambles on March 12th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
And what was Riza dreaming about? Or who, I suppose :-).
Apparently they made it sound more dirty in the dub (which I haven't seen, being Cartoon Network-deprived). Originally it was just something like "don't, that tickles" and just sort of misleading until you see Hayate. Not dirty at all, unless you're inclined to think that way.