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12 July 2006 @ 12:14 pm
Food for thought anyone?  
SPOILERS for the end of anime/movie behind a cut!

Being a fan of Science fiction literature and FMA (The perfect combination for killing brain cells. XD), I realized a connection...

Well, first off, let's start with the butterfly theory. It was mentioned in one of Ray Bradbury's short stories from R is for Rocket, called "A Sound of Thunder".
The theory, and the story itself, explained how destructive it would be if time travelling ever became possible.

The thing is, if you went back into the prehistoric era and stepped on a bug, all the future offspring of that bug would instantly cease to exist, and that's a lot of bugs, not to mention THEIR offspring. All those bugs lost might cause a single bird to starve to death. Think about that bird's entire offspring, and all of the animals that eat that bird, and their offspring. The sudden absence of all these animals could cause, further in the future, for a caveman to starve to death. Now, what if said caveman was the ancestor of Martin Luther King Jr.? Mother Theresa? George W. Bush?

How does this connect to the FMA movie? You see, the Elric brothers were meant to stay in Amestris. They were never meant to go on our side of the gate. They went against the laws of nature, just like a time traveller would do. If this actually happened in real life, what kind of impact would they make on the world? If the Elrics spent the rest of their lives on our side of the gate, how many bugs do you think they stepped on?

Really makes you think, doesn't it? ;D
It's in the trees! It's coming!thickets on July 12th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
I think they have already affected our world somewhat already. Well, maybe not them. But something they were involved in affected our world. Because wasn't it implied that the crazy scientist they visit at the beginning of the movie somehow would up in our world with his uranium bomb (I know pretty much nothing about the history of physics, but wasn't a bomb using uranium the first step towards making the nuclear bomb)? They say at the end of the movie that they need to try to track this invention down and keep it from being used. If they make a second movie, I think this will be the plot of it. Maybe they'll get involved in the Manhattan Project ... it would be kind of amusing, considering Edward's opinion of Einstein in Episode 51. ;)

If you watch the Kids OVA, it's implied that Ed at least has had a big role in world events during his long life. You see a picture in his apartment of him standing with some official looking dude ... I'm actually trying to figure out if it's supposed to be a real figure, and considering that Ed still looks pretty young in the picture, I think it could even possibly be Martin Luther King. He's concerned with world events even at the age of 100, considering the fact that he's got all of those newspaper articles pinned up (including one about the World Trade Center).

If they do make a case for the Elrics changing history, I think rather than attributing them with deviations from our actual history, instead they will be given roles in established history -- implying that if they hadn't been there, our history might have been quite different. The same can be said for Hohenheim's assistance to Churchill during the first world war and later on with the Thule Society (unfortunately). The Thule Society did really exist, by the way, and it was connected with the Nazi party ...