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24 July 2006 @ 01:33 pm
Timelines for the anime?  
I have no idea if this has been discussed before (I'm pretty new to the series). Does anyone else notice the huge discrepancy in the passage of time between our world and Amestris at the end of the anime and in the movie? Has anyone ever tried to make a timeline for FMA?

If I'm reading things right, I guess this must mean that time is supposed to run at a different pace in our world than it does in Amestris. This is what I'm talking about ...

1910: This is when Ed and Al leave home; Ed is 12 and Al is 11.

1913-4: This is when the main events of the anime must take place, in order for ages to match up. Ed is 15 (his birthday is in the winter, I guess he would have turned 16 until the end of 1914) and Al is 14.

September 2nd, 1916: This is when episode 50, Death, takes place -- at least in OUR world. That's the date mentioned in the preview for 50, and on that day, just as shown in the series, German zeppelins bombed London (and one zeppelin was shot down -- the one that killed Alter!Ed). (More info on that here). So unless a lot more time goes by in the course of the series than it seems, and Ed is older than we think, then there's a difference in years when Ed comes out on the other side of the Gate.

Now, here's where it gets weird. During Schiezka's narration sequence, it's clear that not much time has passed (I believe she says one year? Wiki says only a few months, but I don't think that's true). So it should be 1915 (?) when Al (now 10 again, or maybe he's just turned 11) goes to train with Izumi again.

However, when we see Ed in Munich it is 1921. Maybe these two scenes aren't actually supposed to take place at the same time -- though honestly, I want to believe that Ed and Al are riding on those trains thinking of each other at more or less the same moment! ;). However, even so, that's a difference of six or seven years. The means that in the movie, Ed would have to be, like, 23 or 24 years old. Which I don't think he is.

So basically, I think that time in Amestris is supposed to go slower than it does in our world. Presumably, when Ed came through the gate a second time, several years had passed by -- it was probably around 1919.

Actually, if you take the Kids OVA into account, I think it must have been 1920 or so when he appeared again in our world -- because it's stated there that he turn 100 in 2005, which would have meant he should been born in 1905 -- and he wasn't, he was born in 1898. The only way it works out really is if he's 15 in 1920. I don't know what age Al is supposed to be in the movie ... or even a period of time is stated as having gone by since the end of the series and the beginning of the movie in Amestris, I haven't watched it thoroughly enough.

Now don't ask me to explain why there wasn't a huge gap in time during Ed's couple hours back in Amestris during the movie. *acknowledges the abundance of plot holes in the anime, but loves it too much to care*

Please tell me if I've got any of these dates or ages wrong. *_*;; I almost hope I do.
Kim: Ed and Denkirarakim on July 24th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah time flowing at a different pace is my only explanation for the time discrepancy. This is actually sort of common in fantasy although it would have been nice for the anime producers to actually explain this and also how Ed ended up in Munich the second time instead of London (although I guess that Ed and Hohenheim could have also easily traveled to Munich from London).
It's in the trees! It's coming!thickets on July 24th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely assuming that he first appeared in London again, and then he and Hohenheim traveled to Munich (presumably so Hohenheim could track down organization like the Thule Society in the hope that magic could get Ed home).

Maybe where the Gate shoots you out is a bit less organized. Obviously, the Gate opening in the movie was reliant on both Al and the Thule society working on both ends. Meanwhile, when Ed came to our world the first time, he was going into the waiting body of his Alterself. I don't what it was like when he arrived here the second time. He might not have even wound up with Hohenheim at first, he might have had to go find him after he got here.

*itches to write fic*

Another thing which points to the time difference which I forgot -- when Ed comes here the first time it's clear that Hohenheim has been in our world for some time already -- long enough become a close advisor to the British government and establish a friendship with Alter!Ed. And of course, he was only sent through the gate by Dante a day or two prior to Ed crossing.
Kim: Brotherskirarakim on July 24th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
I read a few fics of how Hohenheim and Ed got together in our world. Usually they involved Hohenheim finding Ed but it would be interesting if it was switched the other way and it had Ed looking for Hohenheim especially in a world that he is completely unfamiliar with.