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12 March 2006 @ 08:53 pm
 
While rewatching the anime (specifically the Wrath episodes), I started wondering.

Consider this. Ed lost his arm and leg, allowing Wrath to gain enough power to break out of the Gate, and he kept Ed's arm and leg. 
So what about Al, who lost his entire body? It could have been taken over completely by Gatelings.  And Wrath wasn't created by Ed trying to revive someone, and yet he still got Ed's limbs. 
Meaning, could another homunculus show up looking exactly like Al? (Could it somehow break out of the Gate without somebody attempting human transmutation, since the body is already complete?) Would it have any of Al's memories?
Would Al, after being restored, still have some Gatelings stuck in his body (if the body he gets at the end of the series is, indeed, the same body he had in the first place)? Maybe he's not entirely human/ has some weird split personality thing/ has evil tendencies because of the influence of the Gatelings?
When he 'disconnects' his soul in the movie, maybe that's b/c he has Gatelings helping to animate his body? Going along with that hypothesis- if he disconnected too much of his soul, would his body be left a semi-homunculus or something? Could the Gatelings take over?

Just presenting a few questions I asked myself. Any thoughts?


Warning:  Some end-of-anime and movie spoilers
 
 
Moe Shmoemoeshmoe on March 12th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
Actually, a friend of mine and I started a fanfiction on that same theory. Gateling takes body, shows up looking like Al around the time period after Lab Five when he's already doubting who he is.

But yeah, good theory. I'd say its really probable and I'm surprised the anime didn't touch down on it.
Ketitaketita on March 12th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty surprised too, actually, considering that it's a wonderful plot device to use to make both Ed and Al even more miserable than they already are (and we all know the anime is an angst-fest...).

I want to read! Have you posted any of that fic yet?
Moe Shmoemoeshmoe on March 12th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Exactly. The creators could have had a ball adding that in to throw everyone off. Oh well. I seriously thought they would, too, after the Wrath episodes.

Meh, just the first chapter. My cowriter hasn't been online for years, so there isn't really much and it really isn't very good (since it's only the first chapter and it's sorta... confusing.)I can send you the link if you want.
Ketitaketita on March 12th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
Link me anyway? I'm curious.
Moe Shmoemoeshmoe on March 12th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
// y ~ u ~ k ~ o ~  //prides_tears on March 12th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Ditto~~ I wanna read it~
Mehistoryblitz on March 12th, 2006 07:35 pm (UTC)
Dude, I would love to see a story about Al's evil twin/split personality. That would be hilarious. XD
// y ~ u ~ k ~ o ~  //prides_tears on March 12th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
>____< YOUR ICON PWNS ALL~!! XDD
Kurizukurizu on March 12th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
if you read the manga it shows you that al's body is just sitting there between two gates. apparently not all of al's soul is in the armor as well.
Justice for allpuckyducky on March 12th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
The manga and the anime aren't the same though.
charlie ϟ: fma [various] in the beginninglibraire on March 12th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Your icon is gorgeous :O May I steal?
Ketitaketita on March 12th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
I did mention that there are only anime/movie spoilers. I make a complete differentiation between the manga and the anime - in terms of character development and theories. This is just an anime-specific theory. (I've actually had theories that fit both the anime and the manga, but this isn't one of them...)
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Ketitaketita on March 12th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
*sigh* Every question just unearths more plot holes... Man, it's sad, but I actually didn't think of what happened to Wrath's arm and leg (that Izumi's kid was whole).
In terms of how Wrath got a human-looking form before eating the red stones, I thought it had something to do with the fact that he had taken Ed's arm and leg, which meant he had more energy available to him (or something like that). Eating the stones obviously affected his mind- it sort of awoke the nasty 'homunculus' part of him.
And the reason he matured inside the Gate is obviously because if you had a teeny-weeny baby homunculus Wrath crawling around and bawling, the whole revenge-on-Izumi steal-Ed's-body bit wouldn't work nearly so well, would it? 9_9 I mean, who needs reasonable explanations for anything?
Jessiscah_rambles on March 12th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
Wrath's one of those it-doesn't-really-make-sense-but-we'll-just-accept-it-and-move-on kind of things. ^_^;

And yeah, once Wrath was introduced, I was really really worrying that something would take over Al's body! But it never happened...

redrose999: Captain Jack 2redrose999 on March 12th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
Movie
Maybe that's why Al can cross the portal without being posessed at the end of the movie?

That is an awesome theory too! Very awesome....


Ketitaketita on March 13th, 2006 07:09 am (UTC)
Re: Movie
Hmmm, good thought. That may be the solution to Equivalent Trade- infest yourself with a few Gatelings, and you get free passage through the Gate. XD
redrose999redrose999 on March 13th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Movie
Heh. wich leads me to think of some interesting fanfic stuff...

I am very tempted into doing that 1920s Au RPG still...
shadowsecretsin on March 12th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
thats a great idea. i cant belive they didnt make another humonculus like that since they used eds arm and leg. great idea
Treebenttheleaningelm on March 12th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
But even if Al's body is part Gateling(maybe this would explain why Al's soul separates from his body so easily?), it doesn't necessarily mean that he'll turn out to be evil. After all, Wrath didn't start going psychopathic until after Envy fed him the red stones.
And sorry if this is explained in the series, but how does Wrath lose Ed's arm and leg?
master lurkernachtstar on March 13th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
This may be totally off but...instead of going evil, maybe Al has all the other perks of being part gateling. Like immortality and ....stuff. (sorry if this doesn't make a lot of sense, i'm half-asleep *smiles sheepishly*).

Wrath looses Ed's limbs in Episode 50. Dante summons the Gates and they forcibly take Ed's arm and leg back
redrose999redrose999 on March 13th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
Al Gateling
Heh

Maybe it still makes Al a Philosopher's stone....

The Au fic Possibilities....

Or Maybe Ed used the Gateling up when he crossed over to the real world....