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15 September 2004 @ 03:30 pm
The Real Hohenheim  
I don't think this has ever been posted. . .

I was rereading the Full Metal Alchemist manga this morning & I began to wonder if Arakawa Hiromu (by the way, isn't it shocking that she's a SHE?) was basing the series on historical figures like Nane Kurono did for Peacemaker Kurogane. Seems like she did. Hohenheim was an alchemist that existed back in the day. Here are a few links

Link 1

Link 2

Alchemy History if anyone's interested.


There was an Ehrlich that existed named Paul Ehrlich. From what I've skimmed through he's a bio professor at Stanford. I don't know if Ed & Al's characters are based on him tho.

I wonder if the info on Paracelsus gives us any insight on future plot developments.

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chrononuriko on September 15th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
I'd put FMA and Kurogane on entirely different levels really. PMK not only has characters based on real people, but its plot itself is based on real history.

FMA just has a couple symbolic references for fun as far as I can tell, but I wouldn't really say it's really anything much. Plenty of works of fiction do such, and there are several other references in FMA (Like the symbol of the crowned winged crucified snake that Ed, Al, and Izumi have as their mark. That symbol is found in the writings of another real alchemist known as Nicholas Flamel, who succeeded in creating the philosopher's stone and gained immortality according to legends.)

In the anime/manga One Piece several characters are named after real pirates (Edward Teach, L'lonois (wow, I butchered the spelling), etc.

In the...well, I can't think of any other examples...but yeah, it's fairly common in fiction to throw in stuff like that.

Though about the future plot developments...now that you mention it Real!Hohenheim supposedly created a homunculus, and Manga!Father, who did create the homunculi bares quite a striking resemblance to a certain Elric father...
crysiana on September 15th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)
People have brought up the alchemy connections before, though I don't think anyone's done a concerted effort to go through all the symbolism in the series and post it in one place. However, HagaRen relates to alchemy in the same way it seems to relate it's places to real places - enough to know what influenced the design, but not enough to say that there are full historical parallels.

I think fullmetal-alchemist.com also mentioned that the soldiers in the manga are named after various army aircraft/vehicles, which is another reference that was brought in.
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Cynthia: Edwardcsakuras on September 15th, 2004 01:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I heard it was revealed that Arakawa is female. I always thought he was a guy before.
chrononuriko on September 15th, 2004 01:47 pm (UTC)
Same here. I always had a feeling that the FMA manga was written by a female, even before the great 'Is Arakawa male or female?!' confusion and debates happened...dunno why. I guess I have mad instinct, or wanted the creator of FMA to have my babies so much that I refused to even begin to think of acknowledging the creator to be male. Who knows >_>;
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handle: Fukamichi hates youjangmi on September 15th, 2004 05:11 pm (UTC)
(by the way, isn't it shocking that she's a SHE?)

So what? You think all we're good for is the kitchen, huh? This is the real life, women do things now.
thirtyangelsdeadko0lchiki on September 15th, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC)
Paracelsus (Latin) = Hohenheim (German)

just in case you didn't know.
Adam Dachisadachis on September 16th, 2004 08:48 am (UTC)
Hehe, I had a math teacher named Judy-Ann Erlic. I think there are a lot of those coincidences :).