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15 September 2004 @ 02:43 pm
September 2nd, 1916  
Well, believe it or not...

I generally like to wait for someone else to bring up these questions and then read what people have to say but I'm suddenly impatient.

According to Sonchou-Shinsen: "Episode 49: Beyond the Gate. 1916 A.D., September 2nd. A devil in the shape of 14 units covers London's sky."

Added: "(You should go do some research on the date...)"

While I only looked for about fifteen minutes, I couldn't find anything relevant that occurred on September 2nd, 1916. 1946, maybe (Japan, not London), but not 1916. Anyone know what this is about?

I'm gathering from what Dante/Lyra said in episode 45 (I think) that the story is going to go the route of the FMA world being a future about 400 years after this 1916 stuff. I'd prefer it didn't, but that's what I'm picking up from it. If anyone has a good reason why not, please tell me, because I'd much rather believe in that.

Anyway, I'm curious what people think about this, what happened on that day, and what effect it'll have on the series.

Also, one last thing: is the last episode 51 or is there a 52? I was originally under the impression that 51 would be the last episode but then I kept hearing 52. While I really want to know how the story ends, I think with everything they have left to say, a 52nd episode would probably be necessary--that's not to say I think they'll do it. Too many series end prematurely. I think FMA took the right amount of time though...
 
 
Ananomoreprinces on September 15th, 2004 11:48 am (UTC)
Look several posts down for the one titles "September 2, 1916" there's already a lenghty discusstion going on there.

http://www.livejournal.com/community/fm_alchemist/957529.html
Adam Dachisadachis on September 15th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
I don't know how I missed these...
Asimuth: hellll yeahhhhasimuth on September 15th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
In the beginning, I believe there was a lot of confusion and a lot of people (myself included) were thought to believe it was 52 episodes, but it is actually only 51 episodes.

So only 3 left... *cry*
Cynthia: Edwardcsakuras on September 15th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC)
I think the whole "400 years after" thing wouldn't really work out, because of how the FMA world is set up. I mean, here you have this European-looking country that is shaped like a circle, surrounded on three sides with three other countries, and a huge desert in the East next to which is a country resembling China.
If that were the case, then the continents must have gotten smooshed together or something (though something as catastrophic as that could possibly explain such a big change).
Mikefinnell1912 on September 15th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
That makes me think big time...the part of the fma "world" being a circle....
Cynthiacsakuras on September 15th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC)
Well, on all the maps Amestris is shaped roughly like a circle...
Yuuki Hikariyuukihikari on September 15th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC)
I'd like to know why they're talking about 1916 tho... because FMA is still in 1915 o_O
Cynthia: Edwardcsakuras on September 15th, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
It's a prophecy! XD
Or not.
Cynthiacsakuras on September 15th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
Seriously, though, wasn't the last time the date was given in episode 1? *If not, please ignore this.*
Since Ed had his birthday in episode 23, and if we can assume that it's in winter, then they've already passed into the next year since then.
Yuuki Hikariyuukihikari on September 15th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
*opens up her FMA timeline file*

Ed's 16th b-day would have been before Feb 2, 1915 (January is my running theory *is about to make a big post on that in just a second*). So, if it was September 2, 1916 Ed would have to be 17 already... 17 going on 18 in under 4 months. Since he's still 16 at this point, Feb 2, 1916 hasn't come yet
Cynthiacsakuras on September 15th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
So...confused...
Wait, when was the last time the date was given? Other than episode 1? Was there another time?
Yuuki Hikariyuukihikari on September 15th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)
There are only 2 dates that we get to have to base anything off of =/

In ep 1 obviously the Feb 2, 1910

In ep 4 we get our date vicariously thru Winry in ep 17. Ed and Al are listed as being 10 and 11 when they burn their house in Episode 4, and in episode 17 we get to see the date that happened, Oct 3, 1910.

... there might be one other date >.< but I can't remember at the moment
Mikefinnell1912 on September 15th, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC)
Its 1915...but they never said 1915 A.D.
Yuuki Hikariyuukihikari on September 15th, 2004 01:11 pm (UTC)
Would that make the 1915 calendar year 1916 A.D.?
Mikefinnell1912 on September 15th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC)
In episode 46 Izumi says that the love letter is 400 years ago and the date is based off the birth of Christ so it would be (BC / AD). Episode 1 gives the date as "Continental Year 1910." The current date would be 1915 Continental Year, not 1915 A.D.
Mikefinnell1912 on September 15th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)
There is always the chance they simply kept the same running number but just removed any relgious signifigance.