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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 9

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It is day nine of the 30 Day FMA Challenge.

9. Least Favorite Male Character

Yoki is an interesting Dilemma for me, because, on the one hand, in the original FMA, he was a one arc villain who served his purpose well and then kind of just left. He was not on screen for long, but he was a fine enough character because he did not overstay his welcome.

However, his character in Brotherhood, where he gets significantly more screen time, feels wholly unnecessary. For starters, the brotherhood adaptation completely skips his original arc, aside from a brief flashback in order to justify him as some kind of Villain. Then he spends most of his screen time running around with Scar only to do literally nothing the entire show.

He also spends most of his time kind of just being annoying. Even when all of the characters are interacting and doing something important, he kind of just sits there as a continual reference to the original, like “Hey you guys remember me, back when I was an ok character?” It honestly would have been better to just not have him show up at all.


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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 8

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We have reached day 8 of the 30 Day FMA challenge.

8. Least Favorite State Alchemist

Honestly, I never really liked Kimblee as a character, not because he is a villain, but because he is not a particularly interesting villain. He often times comes off as just evil for the sake of needing to be a villain. His backstory is pretty lackluster, being someone who fought as a state alchemist in the Ishvallan war but loved the sensation of killing as so teamed up with the Homunculi so he could do what he wanted. His transformation came as a result of using the philosopher stone and he realized he wanted to keep that power, which made him a lunatic. Overall I find his character archetype to be kind of boring, because it ends up being kind of predictable and unoriginal.

I will say that his interactions with scar near the middle of the show in Brotherhood were fairly entertaining, but if you are looking for interesting characters from FMA, maybe look elsewhere.


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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 7

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It is day seven of the 30 Day FMA Challenge.

7. Favorite Female Non-Alchemist

My favorite female non-alchemist from FMA is easily Winry Rockbell.

Some have made the argument that Winry is more like a typical shonen side character, just there to be an attractive “romantic” interest for the main character with little substance, and for some of FMA I can certainly understand that perspective. However, I think there are plenty of things that differentiate and humanize her for than other female characters in similar situations.

For example, for the little screen time that Winry gets, she has a lot of great moments that span the entire series, such as the episode where she confronts scar about the death of her parents, or when she helps give birth in Rush Valley, both of which help her realize important things about herself.

Another thing that makes her far more interesting is that FMA is an anime, at least in the Brotherhood iteration, where the investment in Winry and Ed’s relationship is rewarded at the end when the two get together. Not to mention just how well executed the last scene is in how the two take the whole thing. Ed stumbles around for two minutes not just because he’s an anime protagonist but because he is genuinely nervous about how the one person he’s ever had romantic feelings for might respond, and Winry is, at least one some level, genuinely surprised at Ed asking her to marry him because of how much she does not want to recognize her own feelings.

This is not to say Winry is the most interesting female character ever written, but she is a pretty good one.


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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 6

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Welcome to day six of the 30 Day FMA Challenge

6. Favorite Male Non-Alchemist

Maes Hughes has been a fan favorite among many, including myself, since the original, with many, including myself, being disappointed with his early exit from the show in Brotherhood. Still, a mediocre representation in Brotherhood, he’s still my favorite non-alchemist.

A lot of that is due to his bright and bubbly personality. Whether it be fawning over his daughter and wife, or enjoying the sweet pleasure that is annoying Roy Mustang on a near-daily basis, he always serves as a great bit of comic relief and fun side character in general. A good example of this is when Ed, Al, and Winry all come over to his house for the first time to have dinner, where Hughes goes on for a while about all of the great things in his life, including his wife and daughter.

Still, duality can also be a good thing. Another thing that makes Hughes a great character is his relationship with Mustang. Throughout the early episodes, it is clear that Hughes is doing everything he can to help Mustang accomplish his goal of becoming Fuhrer. However, that assistance leads to him learning things he wasn’t supposed to know, and then his famous death.

Hughes death also represents an important turning point in the show. It is a realization that something is wrong in Amestria, something that goes all the way up to the top. It is a traumatic moment for most of the show’s major characters, most notably Roy Mustang.


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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 5

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Its day five of the 30 Day FMA Challenge.

5. Favorite Homunculi

Across both iterations of FMA, Envy remains my clear favorite. For as interesting as some of the other Homunculous are, and believe me, some of their backstories are great, Envy has always been the one I enjoy watching the most.

For a start, as someone who watched the show exclusively dubbed, Envy’s English voice actor did a really good job of portraying the Homunculous’ character not only as a villain but as someone who seemed like they were really just along for the ride, not caring what happened to the world so long as he made it out alive.

Aside from that the though, his designation as Envy among the seven deadly sins never really made that much sense because his desire to be human that was expressed in the show never felt genuine. Then again, it could just be that he was hiding his insecurity behind a false bravado, which makes the most sense from a storytelling perspective.


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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 4

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It is day four of the 30 Day FMA Challenge.

4. Favorite Female Alchemist

So, there is a bit of a problem with this category, in that there is only one real contestant who kind of wins by default, that character being Izumi Curtis, so for today I’ll just talk about a few of the things I like and dislike about her as a character.

One of the things that I do appreciate about Izumi is just how much influence she exerts over the show even without being on screen. To Ed and Al, Izumi is not only their dear teacher, but also a pseudo-maternal figure who entered there lives in a time when the arguably needed it the most. On top of all of that, Izumi is the only other person Ed and Al can talk to about their experiences with human transmutation, due to having attempted to bring her child back after a miscarriage. She is a much more important figure than the screen time she gets would have you believe, which is why I appreciate the original adaptation’s greater focus on her as a character.

Another thing I appreciate about Izumi is that she fulfills what I would call an archetype of order, someone who takes Ed and Al as kids and quells a lot of there anarchist spirit and resentment at the world by showing them not only how to be strong and survive on their own, but also shows them love and kindness.

The only thing I would say I truly dislike about her is that the joke of the Elric brothers always being afraid of her does get a old after a while, and also that, as I mention before, her Brotherhood iteration leaves a little to be desired.


Here’s a question: What other kinds of female alchemists would you have like to have seen in FMA? How would you have made them fit into the story? Let me know in the comments.

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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 3

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Day three of the 30 Day Anime Challenge.

3. Favorite Male Alchemist

As many smash bros players might say, Roy’s our Boy!

Roy is definitely one of the more exciting elements of FMA, largely due to his flash alchemy. For those who for some reason are unaware, Roy Mustang uses flame alchemy by having transmutation circles on his gloves, and is a fairly high in rank when it comes to the Amestrian military.

I also appreciate him because of his presence/importance to the story of Fullmetal Alchemist. Most of the time, Ed and Al do not particularly like Roy, but whether or not they realize it, he always has there back. Not to mention Mustang also brings a lot of humor to series.


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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 2

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It is day two of the 30 Day FMA Challenge.

2. Favorite Thing About FMA

My favorite thing about FMA is easily the world building and lore behind it. Of course, there is the alchemy and the different types of alchemy that characters use that have endless application, be it war or even repairing of infrastructure. The history behind the Ishvalan war of extermination and how alchemy was used to kill hundreds of thousands was also fascinating as well.

The other thing I love about it is all the parallels to other historical events. Of course, Amestria has pretty obvious parallels to Europe and the government represented in the show is pretty similar to Germany in the 1930’s and 40’s. The Ishvalan War is itself also pretty similar to the war in Iraq, seeing how it was started under false pretenses. Maybe not as conspiratorial, but still just as disgusting in the way it was handled.


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OWLS April “Masculinity” Post: Fullmetal Alchemist and Power Dynamics

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I am back once again to bring you another contemplative piece about… well, something. The topic for this month is masculinity, as described down below:


This month the OWLS bloggers will explore the concept of masculinity. We each have our own definition of what it means to be masculine and we will explore our definitions using “masculine” characters from various pop culture fandoms. We will discuss how these characters are “masculine” or show signs of a masculine persona. We will also share our personal stories about the amazing men that supported us in our lives as well as sharing some of our experiences growing up as a man or knowing men who struggled with the masculine identity.

Also, be sure to check out Scott and Lyn’s posts that will be coming out before and after mine, respectively.

With that said, my post today will be about Fullmetal Alchemist, so here it is:


One of the most iconic moments from both the original Fullmetal Alchemist as well as the Brotherhood remake is one of the opening episodes which takes place in the city of Lior. The Elric brothers end up in Lior after hearing about a miracle worker named Father Cornello, who also claims to be the prophet of the sun god Leto, and who also appears to have a philosopher’s stone, the thing the Elric brothers have been searching for in order to get Alphonse’s body back.

In their first meeting with Father Cornello, and Rose, one of Cornello’s devout followers who told Rose that he would help bring back her dead lover, Ed gives a description of the elements that make up a human body, and after said description explains that even with the power of science, bringing back a human life is impossible, and that Rose’s trust of religion to do the same is misguided. Eventually, after a short battle between ed and Cornello, the two brothers expose to the people of Lior that Cornello’s miracles are fake and that he is no profit at all, only a phony with a fake philosopher stone. Of course, the message of the episode is fairly pro-science, or in this case pro-alchemy and anti-religion, but when it comes to similarities, there is one big one that science and religion in the Fullmetal Alchemist universe share: the problem of masculinity.

It is important to realize that when I talk about these things, I am talking about them in terms of how they manifest in institutions and not necessarily about them as general concepts. With religion, well, that should be fairly self-explanatory. Cornello leads the church of Leto which tricks its followers into believing he is the prophet in order to gain power over him and so that they will do what they say. As for Alchemy, well, that is a long story.

Per the lore of the franchise, many of Amestris’ most successful alchemists work for the Amestrian government. Some work for government grants that are given based on an evaluation done every two years, while others are employed in the army. However, in the field of Alchemy, one thing, or rather one gender, is often missing. Women, while playing substantial roles in story of Fullmetal Alchemist, are generally missing in the field of Alchemy. Sure, Riza Hawkeye and the Elric Brother’s teacher Izumi are there, but they generally seem to be the exception to the rule. Alchemy, much like religion, seems to be a bit of a boy’s club.

I point this out not to say that Fullmetal Alchemist as a show is sexist or that no one should watch it, but rather to say this: much like in the world of Fullmetal Alchemist, power can corrupt, and it does not even have to be absolute power. When talking about Masculinity, one of the most important things to bring up is power dynamics. Whether it be in a work environment or even in a committed relationship between two people, unhealthy power dynamics based on gender can, and likely do exist. It is important to be vigilant so that unhealthy and discriminatory institutions can be called out.


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