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04 September 2004 @ 10:36 pm
Where's the brotherly love?  
Since my other topic got swamped by people going "this person will die NO NO I'LL KILL MYSELF AND TAKE BONES WITH ME," I hope no one minds if I make another one. ^^;
I've been thinking over the last few episodes of the anime, and realized that there's been a severe lack of brotherly love.
At first I was thrilled by Al going solo, but look at how that turned out. Ed and Al just aren't on the same level anymore. They haven't been sharing information. They're messing up each other's plans.
Ed has apparently put restoring their bodies on hold to go psycho Homonculus Hunter on us. Al is like "oh, these people just want to use me but I'll trust them anyway." Leaving Ed to go "D'oh! Al, WTF do you think you're doing? You used up half of the Philosopher's Stone!"
The thing is that Al might not have gone to seek Tucker's help if Ed just told him what he's planning and what's going on. Sure Al is in danger, but he has a right to know when anyone goes digging through his mother's grave. "Just sit there and be quiet," Ed says, "and I'll take care of everything because I'm the older brother."
Come on. You're only older by one year. Al isn't an idiot. They'd been doing fine when they were in things together, but recently they've been splitting apart, and frankly I'm worried.
This all started when Al became the Philosopher's Stone. They can't even touch each other now! And then they meet up with daddy. Just look at Ed's face when Al went camping with Hohenheim. He looked...abandoned. They can't agree on what to think of their father, and now they're mixed up about their Homonculus mother (so to speak). This isn't just a simple fight between siblings. Someone is going to get hurt if they don't get themselves straightened out.
Already we have a sort of casualty: Lust. I was screaming at Ed to go save her when she let out that screech, but nooooo, Ed was too busy getting Sloth out of Al's body.
Speaking of which, surprisingly I didn't sense very much angst during the Sloth fiasco, Bratja or no Bratja. Maybe it's because Sloth had little personality to begin with, but it all felt quite sudden.
Anyway, just some thoughts. Anyone agree/disagree?
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: "Rewrite" from FMA
Yuuki Hikari: EdStrayDogyuukihikari on September 4th, 2004 09:04 pm (UTC)
This struck me first and foremost out of the whole speal, and I want to address it first before I forget.

Just look at Ed's face when Al went camping with Hohenheim. He looked...abandoned.

That's such an accurate description; he was, it's very sad. Ed's very narrow minded sometimes, we can all see that, and to have Al (who's been the focus of the last 4-ish years of his life) suddenly get up and walk off with someone whom Ed has stuck the blame on for the misery of the person he loved the most (his mother) must have absolutely broken his heart. We don't see Ed upset anymore, we don't see him cry (it's been years since Nina), he holds it all inside in some built up ball of rage. Now, the only person who even listened to him and he felt comfortable talking to has walked away on him. What little bit of his morality Al's presence was having on Ed walked away with him.

Now begins Homunclus Hunter Ed. Perhaps, in his mind, the death of Sloth might be symbolic in that he will distroy the thing which represents what they've done to ruin their lives. Once that is gone, they can try again to get Al's body back because they cannot be haunted (distracted?) by anything - he can regain some sort of focus in his life which he's loosing.

So, Ed stopped talking to Al. In Ed's little mind, Al betrayed his trust when he "sided" with his father. He'd rather rely on his own self than his brother's since some part of his mind is telling him he can't trust Al anymore. We all know how Ed feels towards his father (strong feelings too), and when Al wanted to get to know and become friends with this "horrible" man, Ed's feelings of distrust for his father transfered to Al as a result. It wasn't intentional, it's just human nature (especially for a person like Ed).

Al makes matters WORSE in this episode when he is sucked in by Sloth (Al you -retard!- *WHACK*). Ed's trying everything in his power to make things right, grasping at straws and what little he thinks he has left open for options... Al comes along and ruins it all! Ed's brain is going "WTF is going ON >_mother</s> father...

wow that was a long train of thought o_O;
Poison Envy: Angel Wings [Gift from Tears_priestess]winter_ruins on September 4th, 2004 09:19 pm (UTC)
I agree with everything you mentioned. I think part of Sloth's attitude is because she's... well... Sloth. Slothful, bleh. I think one of the 'bad things' about sloth that makes it one of the deadly sins is that you become like... well, that. Pretty emotionless.

About being nearly out of time? Ed knows/thinks it's either his father manipulating them, or Dante. I'm thinking that soon he's going to figure out "Hey, Dante must be Lyra" because of the whole perfume thing. The kids smart. He figured out what Tucker was going to do just by finding a burned drawing in episode 7. I'm waiting for him to make the connection, if he hasn't already made it.
Yuuki Hikari: EdStrayDogyuukihikari on September 4th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC)
That makes a lot of sense for the Sloth character. I suppose with a name like Sloth you wouldn't expect to get to know that type of person in any intimate detail, nor would they convey any willingly.

I'm very interested to see what'll happen when Ed encounters Dante/Lyra. I'm not sure what he'll think about meeting his father's ex-lover and the person who's orchestrating his misery... especially since she's so strong o.o. I'm sure he's got a clue, he's already hinted at it... I look forward to him putting the pieces of his mind together for us.
Cynthiacsakuras on September 4th, 2004 09:23 pm (UTC)
Looking at your icon, I just noticed that in most of the Openings and Endings, Ed and Al are always standing/sitting together when they angst. In the latest one...Ed and Al angst apart. And Ed is the only one fighting the Sins in the Ending.
Poison Envy: I won't listenwinter_ruins on September 4th, 2004 09:27 pm (UTC)
Stupid farking foreshadowing. JFDKSJf;klS >.
Yuuki Hikari: EdStrayDogyuukihikari on September 4th, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC)
You're so right >.<

They don't stand together in this new OP, they don't stand near, don't interact, they don't even look at each other. With the exception of when they walk away down the railroad tracks... they're solitary. It's depressing to think about >.
reversing the polarity of the neutron flow: *loads gun* Die Envy DIE! [fullmetal alcshinraisei on September 5th, 2004 02:07 am (UTC)
*adds that to that list of stuff from the OP and ED that have appeared in the anime/influenced the current events in the anime* o.o

...It makes sense. When the song starts ('Gishinda omoi wo...') you see Ed and Al, distanced [not facing each other at all might I add] and the slide-panelling makes it look more like what's happening now than just a mere animation effect.

I think the fist-clenching from Al is supposed to give the impression that Al wants to do his own things to fix what's going on whilst the somewhat darkened/worried-faced Ed is in my opinion giving the viewer the impression about how much Ed is bottling inside of him. I mean, his frown and that look on his face gives the impression to me that he's keeping way to many emotions bottled up in him. (anger, sadness and especially worry)

Hate to take a reference from Pokémon Advance Generation (forgot what the dub called it) but, in the 1st or 2nd episode, Satoshi [Ash]'s Pikachu becomes sick from having not released any form of electricity for a long time and is suffering from a you could say 'surplus' or 'dangerous buildup' of electricity within him that its going to kill him.(aka Go boom) Now lets say the electricity is like emotion [Ed's and the world's] and looking at it from that standpoint, keeping all those feelings bottled up is either going to cause some bad things to happen [perhaps the worse is yet to come] or drive him mad or, the unlikely but we all know how angsty Mr. Edward gets, kill him. (Or the somewhat deeper reason, 'eat him up from the inside out')

So unless Ed and Al reconcile soon and start talking about things like they used to, Ed's relationship with his brother and perhaps those around him will further deteriorate to the point where one would find it impossible to rebuild all those years (15 of them) of bonding between the two.

(my goodness...i think alot at 3 am...when I should be trying to fix myself so that I go to bed no later than midnight for school. ^^;.)
Cynthiacsakuras on September 4th, 2004 10:39 pm (UTC)
You have a good point about how Ed loses some of his morality when not with Al. We already have plenty of examples:

Episode 7: I'm sure Ed would have ended up killing Tucker if Al hadn't stopped him.
Episode 8: Ed was -this- close to killing Barry.
Episode 22&23: Ed is disappointed with himself for not sacrificing those prisoners.
Episode 34: Ed kills Greed. ><
Episode 44: Ed digs up his mom's grave.

What happens to Edward the Emotionally Unstable when Alphonse the Rational is no longer buy his side?
(Basically the same things you said, just expanding on it.)
Poison Envywinter_ruins on September 11th, 2004 04:15 pm (UTC)
I thought it was Alexnina who stopped him?