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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?
 
 
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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. ^^;.)