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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 Recap and Relfection

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Well, it took a little longer than thirty days, and to be honest, I kind of thought about stopping the challenge at some point, but as of a few days ago I officially finished the 30 Day FMA Challenge. To celebrate, I though I would take some time to think about and reflect on the challenge.

Why I Did It

I like Fullmetal Alchemist. Yeah, it is not super complicated. The show was apart of my childhood growing up, both the original and Brotherhood, and I have been a fan of both ever since. I have done an anime challenge before, but an FMA focused one sounded interesting. Shoutouts once again to Keiko who I saw doing this challenge originally and inspired me to do it.

The Challenge Itself

It was honestly a lot harder than I though. Answering very specific questions for thirty days straight definitely made me think about my opinions on the franchise more than I ever had. It was also a lot of work and, as I said above, there was a point where I thought about just stopping and working on something else. Overall, despite that inclination, I am happy that I decided to see it through till the end.

What I learned

The main thing that I learned from this challenge is honestly just that I have way stronger opinions on FMA and FMAB than I thought I had. As I did more and more research on both series, I eventually remembered all over again why it was that I felt the way I did about both shows.

That about wraps it up for this post though. Thank you all for reading.


I’ll ask a final time for the challenge: What are your opinions on FMA and FMAB? Let me know in the comments below.

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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 30

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Well, it seems as though I have failed the challenge, but still, I want to finish it out for the sake of closure. I may or may not also post a recap/reflection of the challenge later on, but I am getting ahead of myself.

30. Least Favorite Ending

So, this one is probably gonna be a short one, because, to be honest, I do not dislike any of the FMA ending particularly strongly. However, if I am going to grip about one of them, it would be “Tsunaida Te” by Lil’ B. The visuals from the ending are fine enough, nothing special. However, its the music that just is not particularly interesting to me. Lil’B’s rap delivery leaves a lot to be desired and it can eventually just become grading.


What is your least favorite ending from FMA? Let me know in the comments below.

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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 28

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It is now day 28 of the 30 Day FMA Challenge.

28. Favorite Ending

Now, as for my favorite ending…USO, no question. Its been my favorite pretty much since I first heard it, which was actually before I ever watched Brotherhood. One of the things that I appreciate most about it is the way it contrasts the show’s first opening “Again” by Yui. “Again” uses a more hyper aggressive music and a more serious visual style, whereas “Uso” by SID has a much more somber musical tone, but also a cartoonish visual style. However, both still tell the origin story of the Elric brothers.

I also appreciate a lot of SID’s delivery. Not only is his voice pleasant but it also conveys what the animation paired with it is trying to convey: Ed and Al’s struggle to regain their bodies.


What is your favorite ending from the series? Let me know in the comments.

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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.


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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 24

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

24. Saddest Moment

The death of Maes Hughes is often brought up as one of the defining moments of the original series, and still holds a lot of weight in the Brotherhood version, despite happening much sooner and with not as much development for Hughes. However, a scene that holds a similar amount of weight, at least for me, is the moment after his funeral, where Mustang stands solemnly at his grave. After talking to himself for a while, Hawkeye approaches, asking him if he is ok. Mustang responds with a yes, but noting it is a terrible day for rain. After Hawkeye points out that is is not raining, Mustang corrects her, while shedding a tear.

Even in brotherhood, where Hughes is significantly less important, this scene still holds a ton of weight, Hughes had been Mustang’s friend for a while, and the two became closer after their experience together during the war in Ishval, where they realized just how terrible the military can be. It is during the war that Mustang vows to become the Fuhrer and make the country better, and where Hughes vows to help him.

The death of his best friend hits hard, but knowing the situation that surrounds him and needing to move forward makes mustang feel like he is unable to show emotion, which is why he quips about the rain being bad, as an emotional defense. Hawkeye also realizes this, which is why she goes along with it, not wanting to upset him.

It is a scene with a lot of emotional weight, and in context is one of the saddest scene’s in the whole show.


What do you guys think is the saddest moment in 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.


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30 Day FMA Challenge: Day 22

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

22. Best Revenge

I would also be totally fine with calling this category “most satisfying moment,” because that is also a lot of what makes this scene great. In the moments before this scene, Mustang confronts Lust, who uses her immortality to survive his attacks, despite being burned to crisp, with him being mortally wounded, and presumed dead. Lust then leaves, meeting with Hawkeye and Al further down in the underground tunnels.

Lust attempts to kill the two, but Al protects Hawkeye using his armored body. However, in an unexpected moment, Mustang shows up, looking like he is about to pass out, having used his alchemy to sear his wounds closed. Mustang then uses his alchemy continuously to burn Lust as she regenerates, eventually using up her philosophy stone and killing her for good.

The scene feels satisfying because of the the way in which Mustang is able to come back from his earlier to defeat and just utterly obliterate Lust. Not only is it, in that moment, a relief to see him alive, but the act of taking out taking out his rage on Lust in that is, in a way, cathartic.


What do you all think is the best revenge moment in FMA? 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.


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

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