I have finished this series. It has been rather long since I started, about a year I believe. Last February I remember thinking that this is a pretty good anime. Not without a drawbacks, but still pretty well done. My perception of the series changed a few times since then. And now I’d like to talk about it. It is not a review, so there will be spoilers in all shapes and forms here. Be careful when reading.
From the very beginning the one thing I was not comfortable about was the alchemy. They try their hardest to impress on us this Law of equivalent exchange, something that seems to be a conservation of mass law. And while that is good and way better than most shonen shows ever cared to impose on themselves, I was thinking about another law we all now. Conservation of energy. To make things happen you need energy. And I was thinking “Okay, as long as they keep their alchemy low-scale it is probably okay; still this thing disrupts the universe here”. What I mean is – there doesn’t seem to be any reason why all the people won’t use alchemy all the time, since it is basically a free source of energy and power.
Then the attention was shifted towards “the military” and “the sate”. That was really interesting to watch. Realistic portrait of bureaucracy and somewhat realistic portrait of war, both were a treat. Yet again, the question rises. Why? Why military controls the state, what goals/ideas this society has, who are the ones in control? All that was kinda vague.
And then there came those homunculus, and I thought it was sending the show down the hill. Because they were way out of the world, and the lack of reaction on their existence from the officials seemed very strange.
And that was going till the very end. Till the moment I saw Hohenheim of Light and heard his story. That changed the whole thing. Now the story turned into en end of a centuries long legend, started by Hohenheim and Dante. Those people, by creating a philosopher stone, gained such a terrifying power that their lives became the pivot for the whole world to rotate around. That took care of most of the problems I listed above, except the first one.
And this first issue was kind of dealt with two. This thing with there being two worlds, one feeding another, that was pretty good. Reminds me of a novel called “His Dark Materials”. And I liked that they were consistent to the minor details, like that they made it clear that automail doesn’t work in our world. Also it was interesting how they made Al follow the same exact pass that lead to so many disasters already. Trying to bring Edward back, that could it lead to if not to a yet another attempt to study philosopher stone.
All in all it was a really good anime. There is so much more I can say about it,but I don’t want to make this post too long. Maybe some other time. Till then, see you (^_^)/
My other posts on FMA:
- Fullmetal Alchemist, half way through
- Fullmetal Alchemist, episode 13. What an awesome episode.
- Fullmetal Alchemist, up to the episode 8
- Fullmetal Alchemist, short reaction on the episodes 1 and 2