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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.
geochangeochan on October 16th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
Hey guys I’ve seen many people trying to make a Fullmetal Alchemist timeline, but most of them mess up the year dates. The year dates in my timeline are very accurate…Ok here I go:
1899 – Ed is born. In Wikipedia they say he’s birthday is on February 3rd. But I don’t know if I can trust this information. All I know is that he is born in January or February… at the beginning I thought Ed is born in December 1898 but now I’m very sure he is born in the beginning of the year 1899. Now I’m talking about the timeline in anime. The things in manga are different… someday maybe I’ll make a timeline for the manga too, but not right now. Oh I forgot to mention that Winry is born in the same year as Edward.
1900 – Alphonse is born (Wiki says his birthday is on May 23rd, but I don’t know if that’s true). Edward is 1 year and a couple of months old.
1905 – The first transmutation of Ed and Al. They made a doll for Winry… but she gets scared in the process. Ed is 6 and Al is 5.
1907 – Winry parents die in the Ishvar war, killed by Mustang. Ed is 8, Al 7.
1909 – Trisha dies. Ed is 10, Al is 9.
Feb. 1910 – Ed and Al try to resurrect Trisha. Ed – 11, Al – 10.
Oct 3rd 1910 – They burn their house and leave Rizenbul.
Also Glacier, Hughes’ wife is 5 months pregnant. And the Elric brothers go and study for the exam at the Tucker residence.
1911 – On Ed’s 12th birthday, Glacier gives birth to Elysia and Ed learns he can use alchemy without a transmutation circle. Later on Edward passes the State Alchemist Qualification Exam.
Al is now 11.
1914 – Ed is 15, Al is 14. They meet Rose for the first time and a lot of stuff happens and I’m not gonna explain it ‘coz I suppose you watched the whole episodes.
1915 – Ed is 16 and I think Al is still 14 and they meet Rose for the second time and she had her first baby. But I think it’s kind of impossible for Rose to have a baby, ‘coz it’s been less than a year since she last met Ed and she wasn’t pregnant back then … probably the ones working at this anime miscalculated a little. But I don’t think many people noticed it. Or maybe I am mistaken and I miscalculated, who knows… And other things happen after that and blah blah blah.
And it comes that day when Ed is sent for the first time, by Dante, on the other side of the gate, in London 1916. Notice that in Amestris it is 1915… I’m gonna explain this thing later… And for the second time when he is sent to the other side of the gate, in our world it’s 1921 and in Amestris is still 1915. WTF? Ok now I’m gonna explain of what I thought it might happen. ‘Coz I know that you all were wondering what the hell happened. You remember when Hoho-papa, oops Hohenheim said to Alphonse if he wants to obtain what he was taken, he has to return what he was given, right? The first thing was the death of Sloth and the other thing was the 4 years Ed and Al spent traveling. When Al got his 10-year old body back and Ed reattached his soul to his body Al has forgotten everything he had learned in those 4 years. In Ed’s case it means +4 years in our world (if you know what I mean). So if we add 4 years to 1916 we get 1920. Still one year left. I got an explanation for this too. When Dante sent Hoho-papa on the other side of the gate, it’s possible that in our world and Amestris to have been the same year, 1915. We all know Hoho-papa couldn’t spend just a couple of days in our world, right? That’s the time that passed in Amestris since Hoho-papa left. And Edo-kun when he comes for the first time in our world in Alter!Ed is in 1916. And after my calculations I came to the conclusion that a year passes in our world every time Ed goes to the other side of the gate (into our world). Ed has the same age though. So now we can add one more year to 1920 and we get 1921. And a couple of months pass by since Ed has been in here and Al is now 11/15, Ed is still 16.
Ok now let’s talk about the movie timeline.
In our world is the year 1923 and in Amestris is 1917. Two years have passed since the last episode of the series. Ed is 18 and Al is 13/17. So that’s all I have to say about the movie.
About the OVA Kids (I’ve seen it):
Year 2005, in our world:
-Ed is 100 (he’s too old T_T, but I still like him)
-Al is 95/99