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Finishing Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood with My Dad

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In the long time that I have spent watching and talking about anime, never had I actually shared those experiences with my parents. While they have been aware of my hobby for quite some time, I was never really keen on introducing it to them, as I kind of just assumed they would not get it.

Which, to be fair, is not always a wrong assumption to make. Anime is a very different space for storytelling, and as most anime fans know, it comes with its own weird niches that make a lot of it still pretty inaccessible, at least in a cultural sense, to older, western audiences even today.

Still, after a long, somewhat awkward period of my dad being interested in it and me not knowing what exactly to show him, it finally came to be that I sat down with him and we watched some anime. I picked “Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood” for a few reasons.

One, “FMAB” is probably one of the least niche filled anime there is in recent memory. While it for sure is an anime in every possible incarnation of that definition, it still lacks a lot of the strange, more common tropes that are associated with an average show. As such, it seemed like the perfect show to ease my dad into the medium.

Two, “FMAB” also has a lot more in common with modern American productions in terms of its structure and content. For example, at its core, “Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood” is a fairly long, fantasy military story that revolves around a lot of politics and different warring factions. When thought of in this way, it can be pretty easily compared to “Game of Thrones,” or even “The Walking Dead.”

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I came into this viewing with a lot of knowledge. Before I watched it with my dad, I had already seen the show three or four times. However, I will say that “FMAB” is a show that definitely benefits from a few repeat watches and a varied perspective on politics and cultural issues, given that it is most of the show’s focus.

My dad, of course, was on the opposite side of the spectrum. Not only did he not have any experience with “FMAB,” he, again, has had almost no experience with anime. Admittedly this made me a little worried about whether or not he would actually enjoy it.

Another thing that made his viewing experience less than ideal was the time it took to finish the show. We started “FMAB” in the fall of last year and did not finish until last week, and while I cannot remember exactly when it was, it was long enough, that it made it harder to remember key details.

Still, it seemed like overall he enjoyed it. My dad has never been overly judgmental, and it felt like he came into the series with an open mind. One of the things he said he enjoyed most was the more overtly political aspects of the show. This surprised me a lot, as I knew my dad was aware of political discourse, but thought he was not much interested in it.

While watching anime by yourself can definitely be a lot of fun, there is something to be said about trying to show it to other people, especially those who are not as familiar with it, if at all.


Ok, so serious proposal. I do want to show my dad a lot more stuff, so I thought about doing regular posts or videos where, after we watch a few episodes, I do a kind of discussion video about the episodes we watched. If any of you are interested, I would appreciate you letting me know.

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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 26

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It is day twenty-six of the 30 Day FMA Challenge.

26. Favorite Moment Involving the Elric Brothers

My favorite moment involving Ed and Al is actually there fight/make up after they first break in to the fifth laboratory. Barry the Chopper tries to convince Al during their encounter that Ed actually created him artificially, and that he is not real at all. This leaves Al with some extreme paranoia, the the point where he runs away, prompting Ed to go after him. The arc ends with a very heartfelt moment, with Ed explaining that Al is all the family he has left.

The scene, despite not initially having a large impact on me, has, in my eyes, grown to be symbolic of their entire relationship. The two of them travel together, fight together, and work together because they are the only family they have. Sure, Winry is their, she also does not know what it was like on the day they tried human transmutation. They also share the goal of getting back their original bodies which bonds them even closer together. It is a scene that is jam packed with meaning.


What is your favorite Ed and Al moment? Let me know in the comments below.

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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 25

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It is day twenty-five of the 30 Day FMA Challenge

25. Your OTP

If you saw my post at my favorite moment in the show, then this should come at no surprise. Ed and Winry are two characters who, from the beginning, have a lot of chemistry. The two of them grew up together, sharing in Ed’s pain when his mother passed and when he and Al failed to bring her back. Of course, Winry has always cared for him, but it was not until the major events of the show began to unfold that there feelings became more clear. As the show goes on, the two of them more and more begin to realize just how far their caring for one another goes. Overall, my favorite romantic dynamic in the show.


Who’s your OTP from FMA? Let me know in the comments below.

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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 23

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It is day twenty-three of the 30 Day FMA Challenge.

23. Funniest Moment

This one was a bit harder since there are so many great comedic moments in the show, but ultimately I decided on the the scene where Ed is in Winry’s room eating a sandwich from FMAB. The only starts out hilarious but then slowly escalates as everyone hears Winry’s scream and then rushes up to see whats going on, starts pulling out guns and then get confused. Meanwhile, all of this happened because Ed just wanted to eat his sandwich alone. I would explain more, but for this one I would just say watch the scene above and enjoy it.


What do you think the funniest moment in FMA is? Let me know in the comments.

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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 21

It is day twenty-one of the 30 Day FMA Challenge

21. Favorite Moment

To piggy back after what I talked about yesterday, my favorite moment overall in the show is the scene where Ed asks Winry to marry him.

This was an interesting scene for me, for a number of reasons. The first is that unlike most romantic relationships in anime, Ed and Winry’s relationship is allowed to progress to this point. Many other action/adventure shows in a similar vein often restrict the relationships to purely platonic ones, despite heavy implications that the main characters will get together. It is even less common that anime portrays romantic life beyond a high school romance, which makes this scene much more unique.

Then, of course, there is the relationship itself, which is absolutely heartwarming. It was pretty obvious even from early on in the show that Ed had feelings for Winry, and later on in the show Winry realizes the same about Ed. Watching the two of them deal with these feelings in a way that does not feel forced or compelled in anyway is genuinely wonderful, and provides a great thread in addition to the many other present in FMA

It is a moment with a lot of buildup and importance behind it, and probably one of the moments I appreciate most in all of the anime I have watched.


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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 20

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It is now day twenty of the 30 Day FMA Challenge.

20. Favorite Quote

After finishing Brotherhood for the first time, I was definitely amazed. It was a series that has stayed with me because of how powerful it was. I can also say the same thing about the original series as well, but another small thing that elevated brotherhood over the original, at least for me, were these final lines at the end of brotherhood.

Part of it is, of course, the lines themselves, which of course represents many of the ordeals the Elric brothers have gone through, whether it be trying to revive there mother, searching for the Philosopher’s Stone, or fighting against father and the Homunculi. Then, at the end of the show, Ed makes the ultimate sacrafice, giving up his ability to perform alchemy in order to finally get his brother’s body back, finally completing the mission he has wanted to ever since that day back in Resembool. All of this makes the lines themselves hit with a lot of emotional impact.

The other part of it though is the way in which Vic Mignogna delivers the lines. He portrays Eds character being not only calm, but satisfied with the way things are, and ready to deal with the rest of his life. In the final scene, Ed has not only dealt with the problems he’s faced, but has also learned from them, completing a journey of self-discovery.


What is your favorite FMA quote? Let me know in the comments.

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30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 14: An Anime That Never Gets Old

Hello, Anifriends

With so much anime coming out nowadays, it can feel like there is not enough time to watch an anime once, never mind multiple times. However, for today’s post, I’ll be talking about the anime that I have no problem watching over and over and over again.

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There are actually a few different contestants for this slot. A lot of them are kids anime like Beyblade and Bakugan that are really formulaic and I could just leave on and sort of watch in the background. The one anime that I would want to actively pay attention to, though, is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

I’ve already seen Brotherhood a number of times, three to be exact, and I loved every second of every time I have watched it. Brotherhood, at least to me, is such an epic adventure and has such a great plot build up towards its final showdown that it can be watched any number of times and be enjoyable each time.

There are a number of reasons for this. One is the expansive world that is Amestris. The show knows when to set up certain plot threads and side stories in order to make the world feel as big as it can. Because there are so many details in FMAB world, a lot of the time it can feel like you missed something on your last watch through.

Another is honestly just Edward and Alphonse. There are a lot of interesting and extremely dynamic relationships between the characters in Fullmetal Alchemist, but none feels as incredibly powerful as the two main brothers who are the focal point of the show. Every time they go through something painful, it is always amazing to see the two support each other, whether it be through kind words or playful jokes.

In fact, I really want to show FMAB to my dad before I start college, so I’ll probably be rewatching it again soon.


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