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09 August 2004 @ 04:05 pm
FMA predictions  
The end of the series has always seemed sort of like common sense to me, but not very many people seem to agree with that, so. I'm laying out my thoughts here and comments are welcome.



The series will end with Al restored, his body at its proper age, but with Ed still in possession of his automail limbs. Here's why:

They're not going to create new limbs/Al's body from scratch. Since they've got the PS now, which (in theory) has absolutely no limitations, they probably *should* be able to create flesh from nothing, but I don't think that's what's going to happen. They're going to use the PS to retrieve Al's body from the other side of the gate. Because, as we learned from the Wrath arc, it's still there. It didn't disappear or decompose or anything, it was just taken to the other side of the gate. And not only is it still there, but it's aging at a normal rate, the same way Wrath did while he was beyond the gate.

(Which leads me to wonder if he's stopped aging like the other homunculus, now that he's in the real world. Hm.)

But anyway. So they're going to retrieve Al's body. But they *can't* retrieve Ed's limbs because, well. Wrath's got them. It's not like Ed can rip them off and reclaim them. Those suckers are beyond his reach now. They're part of someone else's body. ...you know, Al is pretty lucky that Wrath didn't just steal his whole body, as opposed to just Ed's arm and leg. Then they'd be screwed.

As for everyone else-- oh man. I'm so afraid. ;_; This show has such a huge cast... People are going to die. I feel that's certain. I just don't know who, which is very nervewracking. However, the fact that Roy does the voice over for the movie trailer makes me sure that he survives the series. Maybe not intact (;_;) but he DOES survive.

There are so many military characters, character's whose *job* it is to put their life on the line for civilians, that I feel sure that some of them are going to die. And it pains me to say this, but I have this sinking feeling that they're going to kill my Maria. Obviously not in the manner that they did in the manga, but the fact that they DID in the manga certainly doesn't bode well for her continued health. There's also the fact that people with familial or quasi-familial relationships with Ed and Al have a pretty bad track record. Mother, dead. Little sister Nina, dead. Father figure Hughes, dead. It's part of a "Ed brings misfortune to those who love him" cycle of ANGST. Oh Maria. Please don't die. Pleeease.

Although I'm am 100% certain when I say that Winry will not die. The series could end in a giant massacre with only Ed and Mustang surviving (since the trailer officially confirms that atleast the two of them live) and Winry would remain untouched. This, I know.

It seems to me that these are obvious conclusions, but the fact that nobody else seems to think similarly makes me question that. What do you think?
 
 
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ani_beeani_bee on August 9th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC)
I concur ^-^ Even before the anime version of Wrath showed up I was positive that Ed was not going to get his limbs back. I think the Gate recognised Ed as being the main contractor and as the track record has shown No One has gotten back what they have trade. Al’s body on the other hand has not been used for Sin part yet >.<

Must Get Trailer O__O........
Nikkisarashina_nikki on August 9th, 2004 05:59 pm (UTC)
lol. The trailer is not that great. It's made up entirely of old clips from the series and Mustang reciting the Touka Koukan speech. And the site has a picture of Ed at 18(?) wearing clothes similiar to what he wears in the series, only tailored to look like what someone would actually be wearing in 1917. As opposed to, you know, shiny leather pants.

But it proves that Ed and Mustang don't die!! So I'm happy.
i am a jedi, like my father before me: fyetatooine on August 9th, 2004 06:37 pm (UTC)
Shiny leather pants may not be time-period appropriate, but they sure do bring in the fans.

But it proves that Ed and Mustang don't die!! So I'm happy.

Damn. There goes my dream of a complete Hamlet ending with everyone dead.

And, if Roy lives, I'm sure he's become Fuhrer. We'll just have to wait and see whether he suceeded in making all the women in the military wear mini-skirts...
Marianamaliza on August 9th, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC)
are you sure thats mustang reciting the touka koukan speech? O.O"
reversing the polarity of the neutron flow: *loads gun* Die Envy DIE!shinraisei on August 9th, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC)
I think Roy's subordinates will live they are, after all, the remaining few who believe he can make it to the top. (Well...Hawkeye and Havoc do for a fact, but about Farman, Fuery and Breda, they probably do too) But I do fear lots of casulties to come. I mean a lot can happen in 8 x 30min episodes you know. =)


They're not going to create new limbs/Al's body from scratch. Since they've got the PS now, which (in theory) has absolutely no limitations, they probably *should* be able to create flesh from nothing, but I don't think that's what's going to happen. They're going to use the PS to retrieve Al's body from the other side of the gate. Because, as we learned from the Wrath arc, it's still there. It didn't disappear or decompose or anything, it was just taken to the other side of the gate. And not only is it still there, but it's aging at a normal rate, the same way Wrath did while he was beyond the gate.


It would be impossible to bring back his arm. He'd have to rip off his limbs from Wrath and use the stone to transmute it back to thier respective spots. (So transmute a pre-existing arm into a new one attached to his shoulder) With Al, they may not go back to the Door but we don't know, there has been nothing about someone who's brought back a body from the Door so we don't know what will happen. I'm thinking they use the stone and we have a remake of the split second where Ed and Al were both seeing the Truth and were trying to grab thier mother's arm (Ed who did and Al who did and lost half his body) where we see Ed trying to bring Al's body through the gate. Probably the scene might be a bit extravagant but *shrugs*.

And, if Roy lives, I'm sure he's become Fuhrer. We'll just have to wait and see whether he suceeded in making all the women in the military wear mini-skirts...
I view his "make women wear mini-skirts" policy a lure to get more women into the military for a good reason since Hawkeye's the second-highest rank woman in the military next to fmr. Captain Juliet Douglas. Its a good policy he's got too. (Roy doesn't strike me as the guy who wants the women in just because he's a guy mind that could be just 10% of the reason for all I know XD...)
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Tammy, mauled by fluff bunnehztomoyodaidouji on August 10th, 2004 09:28 am (UTC)
There aren't too many expendable characters, because the series has been killing them off so quickly. **cracks up** XD

If it weren't for the movie, I'd think Ed would be the one to end up dead, since you don't dig up your mother's grave, mess with "God's territory", and leave your little brother behind (ep 44 preview) and expect to get away with it. But even if the movie preview's been completely misleading, Ed can't be dead, cause who would watch the movie if he were?

Ah, yes, but what's stopping them from pulling a Bebop? There's no law saying the movie has to be after the series ending (unless that's written somewhere on the site and I missed it...), and God knows countless fans went and saw the Cowboy Bebop movie, even knowing what happened at the end of the series... But, God, I hope not! T-T
Nikkisarashina_nikki on August 10th, 2004 02:08 pm (UTC)
Ack! I never even thought of that.

o_O
(no subject) - cocacat15 on August 10th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Tammy, mauled by fluff bunnehztomoyodaidouji on August 10th, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC)
Ok, thank you for clearing that one up... x_x **hates her computers unwillingness to support Japanese text**
Nikkisarashina_nikki on August 9th, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
What makes you think Captain Juliet Douglas was the highest ranked woman in the military? What makes you think Hawkeye is the second highest? Did I miss something?

I mean, I know we don't see a lot of women officers, but I don't think Hawkeye, Ross, and Douglas are the only three in existence. o_O
reversing the polarity of the neutron flow: *loads gun* Die Envy DIE!shinraisei on August 11th, 2004 01:38 am (UTC)
Juliet has been known as the highest known ranked female introduced into the series. And the show has shown that most of the women we've seen affiliated with the military (introduced or not) are secretaries or basically have no rank. (Scheska, the girl Havoc flirted with before getting the call that he was to come down to the Colonel's office, the lady who worked at the military phone place where Hughes always was [manga] the secretaries at the Southern HQ where Ed had to take his National Alchemist recertification exam, etc.)


Captain is higher than 1st Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant is higher than 2nd Lieutenant. ^_^ (Juliet, Hawkeye and Maria respectivly)
Nikkisarashina_nikki on August 11th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
Hm. I do agree that we see a lot of women being secretaries, but I really don't think that that precludes the existence of other women officers. Yes, Douglas was the highest woman officer that's ever been directly referenced, but I seriously don't think that it's that unusual for women to rise through the ranks.

And then there's the fact that if Douglas was the highest ranked woman in military history she would have been extremely well known. But instead, no one even knew that Douglas had died! And that was a matter of public record, no effort had been made to conceal her death at all. And I doubt that her face bore a very close resemblence to Trisha Elric's. The fact that Sloth was able to get away with impersonating her for *years* confirms that Douglas was an obscure figure. Which I think proves that a) she was not the highest ranked woman, and b) that women officers are at least common enough to be unremarkable, even if the majority of the army is still men.