Watch & Learn: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD #40

Topic started by No_name_here on Dec. 25, 2010. Last post by No_name_here 3 years, 9 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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  Poppy, I've got your number.
 Poppy, I've got your number.

I was largely (if not totally) on the mark regarding Father and Hohenheim's unholy relationship… and it feels vindicating. For the life of me, I can’t recall what the actual name is, but there’s a creature in Tibetan Buddhism’s esotery that monks create as dopplegangers of themselves through sheer will and imagination. Father isn’t precisely that, but he’s quite close.  Even if there's no Tibetan mysticism, here,  this episode actually did feature a lot more traditional occultism than we’ve seen so far. Father’s form prior to his “incarnation” is actually what homunculi look like in “real" alchemy - - that is, a mess of flesh in a glass bowl. 

The pieces of the puzzle are locking together. This time, the callback isn’t as obtuse as all these re-appearances of military personnel have been. I actually do remember that episode where the Alchemical kids came across the ruins of Xerxes (Greece?) and wondered aloud about the summoning circle mosaic there. I'm sure if I re-watched it, there'd be probably lots of "Oooohs" and "Ahhhhs" on my part now that I could understand what all the cryptic dialog was alluding to.  

Obviously, something fishy went on with Hohenheim’s marriage. I get the significance of those cryptic conversations he and his wife had about him being a "monster," but I also remember there being some idle comments about him not being able to conceive. Thus, I’ll reiterate my theory that Ed & Al were created through alchemy. Maybe my imagination’s still too captured by the whole notion of Sidious creating Anakin Skywalker with unnatural Sith magic, but my theory would certainly offer a hell of an explanation for why these two kids happen to be such good alchemists at such an early age. 

I couldn't tell how serious Mustang was in his request, but seeing him get shot down by Olivier was a hoot. And, man, the cypher he and Hawkeye use was pretty brilliant, but anybody who was listening in on them at the cafeteria must've thought they were the most redundant conversationalists ever with all the names they were repeating, again and again.

Watch this episode, “The Dwarf in the Glass”,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.  

     

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

Post by rubberluffy (595 posts) See mini bio Level 16
What you remember is Father being surprised that Hohenheim had kids (this was back in episode 28).  It is stated that the homunculi cannot reproduce, but Hohenheim isn't one, he's a human Philosopher's Stone, as opposed to GreedLing and Bradley, who are humans infused with one.  I've never seen anyone put forth the theory that Ed and Al are constructs.
 
And going back to the conversations Ed had in the Xerxes ruins (episode 18), Ed mentioned the legend of how alchemy was brought to Amestris from the east, by the sole survivor of Xerxes, and Fu said Xing had the same legend, but of the "Sage of the West".  But now we know there was more than one "survivor".
 
Also,  Phillippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim is the name of the famous alchemist who was also known is Paracelsus.  Of course, the Dwarf in the Flask was right, that name would be too hard for an illiterate slave to remember.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,644 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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I finally got around to watching FMA: Brotherhood It was pretty good Though, it feels a tad odd how the first anime had the canon first episode, but this series, which has the REAL finale, has a non-canon first episode.  
 
It may take a while, but I might still keep watching and catch up with these articles. I was rather shocked how many profiles were missing for the first episode profile in Anime Vice. Gracia didn't even have a profile at all. I created several profiles that were missing. They included:
 
Did you enjoy seeing your theory turn out to be true?
 
FYI: I'm writing this comment with my new graphic tablet that I got for the holidays. I'm writing by hand, but changing it to typed text. It's a tad slower than typing, but easy and cool.
Post by Roldan (81 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@FoxxFireArt: I'm gonna guess they didn't want to retread everything they did while give out something cool for new watchers. That's at least what i think they'd want to.
  
About the first episode, they actually  reference that episode a lot in the later episodes.
Post by Winrydoppleganger1 (2 posts) See mini bio Level 6
@FoxxFireArt:
maybe im an idiot, but what do u mean when u say "canon episode"?
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,644 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Winrydoppleganger1: 
When talking about works fiction, "canon" is a term used when you are talking about the official version. For example, fan-fiction would be considered non-canon.
 
None of the events that happened in the first episode of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood happened in the manga. That's why it's non-canon.
Post by Psychotime (53 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Father's true form asks if you're mad.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@rubberluffy said:
" What you remember is Father being surprised that Hohenheim had kids (this was back in episode 28).  It is stated that the homunculi cannot reproduce, but Hohenheim isn't one, he's a human Philosopher's Stone, as opposed to GreedLing and Bradley, who are humans infused with one.  I've never seen anyone put forth the theory that Ed and Al are constructs.
That might not be the route, but it'd be pretty rich thematically. It'd definitely underscore Al's existential anxiety about possibly being a creation of Ed's.
And going back to the conversations Ed had in the Xerxes ruins (episode 18), Ed mentioned the legend of how alchemy was brought to Amestris from the east, by the sole survivor of Xerxes, and Fu said Xing had the same legend, but of the "Sage of the West".  But now we know there was more than one "survivor".
Ahhhhhhh...
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@FoxxFireArt said:
" I finally got around to watching FMA: Brotherhood It was pretty good Though, it feels a tad odd how the first anime had the canon first episode, but this series, which has the REAL finale, has a non-canon first episode.  
This cat has finally tried the green eggs and ham. Heh heh...
Did you enjoy seeing your theory turn out to be true?  
Oh, it gave me such a swell... of pride.
FYI: I'm writing this comment with my new graphic tablet that I got for the holidays. I'm writing by hand, but changing it to typed text. It's a tad slower than typing, but easy and cool. "
You are living in the future!
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@Winrydoppleganger1 said:
" @FoxxFireArt: maybe im an idiot, but what do u mean when u say "canon episode"? "
He's really talking about all the episodes featuring Olivier, her tanks and their BIG effin' cannons.
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