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10 May 2007 @ 04:13 pm
I have a question connected with FMA the movie: Conqueror of Shamballa:

Why does Al have transmutation circles on his gloves, even though he remembers the Gate?
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Shark Bait: Elricgrifstar on May 11th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
I honestly... don't really see why the gate and Al's gloves have to connect actually. The only plothole(among five bilion other things that happened in the movie, but I dun wanna talk about those >.>;; ) that I still understand what the gloves are actually supposed to do.. I mean, they're appearently made to transfer his soul into other objects, but then he was also using them for other kinds of alchemy, like in the desert. And I always thought the other catch with alchemy was every array had a different purpose and could only do one thing..

... In my own personal opinon though, I really don't think all of Al's memories were completely wiped out anyway, rather just "blocked", especially for the fact they start to come back at the end. And then there's the deal with instincts and habits too, which supposibly stay no matter if you can't remember anything or not. Hell, if I recall in the movie (sub or dub, though I think it was the dub..) Al said something about having his soul in other things felt 'familiar', or got used to it... *braindead at the moment and haven't seen it a long time* x_x
lmd_84lmd_84 on May 11th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
That array on the gloves is an odd one, actually.

It would seem more reasonable that certain shapes within a circle correspond to certain things depending on what is to be transmuted - on a basic level, the elements involved. I'm not sure that a single array can be used for one thing only, only that it can be applied to similar types of things, things made of similar materials.

But in the film Al transmutes so many different things (the water in the desert, the air, the armoured...things in Lior) using the same circles that I just decided that it was another hole on the part of the writers, because it corresponded to nothing we'd learnt in the tv series' canon. By the canon notions of alchemy, it doesn't seem feasible for a single array to cover such a wide range of transformations, especially the soul one, which is otherwise flawed anyway.

You're right about Al saying something about having his soul in other things felt familiar, but I haven't seen the film in a while either, so I can't remember the exact quotation.