FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST's almost like a horrifyingly real version of HARRY POTTER. This is what would really happen if you let kids dabble in primordial magics far beyond their understanding - - they'd go on and transgress on some terrible taboo that anybody older would have the horse sense not to touch, and they'd up blowing themselves up. Think about it - - how different is it really for Edward to lose his limbs this than for him to lose some fingers playing with fireworks? Rendering grown-up subjects in a childish style seems to be this show's M.O. If you stop and think about it, it's actually quite unnerving to see this kind of Kabbalistic morality play - - with children trying to cheat death, tap into forbidden knowledge and beg to elemental forces for forgiveness- - rendered with big eyed characters and slapstick pratfalls. It's almost like, I don't know, DUCK TALES doing FAUST.
I suspect the implied (or, at least, unsaid) reason for Edward being such an advanced alchemist is that he basically fell into all the knowledge of the universe. He probably doesn't even understand it himself, yet. And, like every precious kid, he's a big brat. Sheesh... that granny's giving him free dinner and he's giving her lip in return? TSK TSK....
Man... that whole scene in the void was a little trippy and more than a little unnerving. I like the design of that entity he encounters - - being rendered only in its shadows - - but that's imagery right out of a nightmare. I get the sinking feeling that that's only going to be the start of the darker patches in this show. Most of you have said as such, anyway. You've also said similar things about GURREN LAGANN. Does every long-form show start off fun and sun only to get progressively heavier and more philisophcal?
“Fullmetal, huh? I like it. It sounds menacing.”
I loved that line. I'm still convinced that the creator of the manga must've been a FULL METAL JACKET fan and this title just came out of him riffing some ideas with friends during a sake session. “How about a Full Metal.... alchemist?! Ha ha ha!”
Watch this episode "The First Day" here and below, and read my comments on the previous episode here.