What did these Elric brothers want???
From the beginning of the series, all they wanted was to get back what they have lost. Al wants to feel the sensation of another person's touch once again and Ed wants to get back his arm and leg.
They want their original bodies back.
It was resolved by the end of the TV series but then a conflict arises again.
They were living in two different worlds. And Ed has artificial arms and legs again.
(if he was wholly human, it wouldn't be called Full Metal Alchemist now, would it?)
The end of the movie resolves this conflict of their separation but by a sad twist of fate
they're now living in a foreign world. A world without alchemy.
WHY THE HECK DID THEY DO THAT?!?!
Even Ed wonders why he did that!! Why!?!!
Enter the wonderful world of open-ended endings
which gives fans something to debate about!
When I finished the series, I couldn't wait to see the movie. It just hooked me!
Sheesh, like, HOW will they get back together again?
HOW? HOW? That just kept circling my head so I just HAD to watch it.
Did i love the movie? Did i hate it? I'm not really sure...I'm in the mixed stage right now.
But I think I'm slowly understanding it. Slowly but surely, as I'm writing this.
And I was also influenced by the posts of The Regal Tigress and yellowduckie. Awesome posts btw.
Back to the question at hand, WHY is this the ending?
Ed and Al in a world without alchemy?!?! Presposterous!
But remember that Ed realized that the alchemy that they've been using in Ametris comes from the life source of the people dying in the "foreign world". Sort of like what they had to do to get the Philosopher's Stone.
By interacting with the people in the "foreign world" he realized that the people are just the same as the people back in Ametris. Same human will, same desire to live, same emotions. Even the people's faces are the same. But the most important factor is that they could survive without the use of alchemy.
Maybe he realized that they've been relying too much in alchemy. Did he still want to go back to Ametris? He could opt to go back and withhold using alchemy. But then there would still be alchemy.
All their life they learned that alchemy can be used to ease life's burdens. But at the expense of the lives of other people? Now, even the people from the "foreign world" wanted to use alchemy to help them win the war. This Thule Organization wanted to draw power from the world of "Shambala". So in effect, they're just draining each other's life sources. Wars erupting because of the unending search for more power. Ed realized this and maybe, subconsciously, he wanted to leave it all behind. To leave all their friends and loved ones behind...
Could that be their sacrifice? You know, the law of equivalent trade. To regain Al's body, all of Al's memories had to be erased and they were separated. So to get back together again, and to make right what they've done wrong, they had to leave their whole world behind. Which just shows that you can never get everything. It reflects how things are in the real world. You can't have your cake and eat it too.
In the series, somebody said that
"The world is imperfect. That's the beauty of it."
Or something like that.
That was how the ending is. It's imperfect and therein lies the beauty of it.
I didn't get the ending that I wanted, it was unpredictable.
Towards the end of the series, Ed realized that there are
"things more important than your dreams, than yourself..."
and in the movie he showed this ideal. He was even willing to leave his brother behind just to make everything right. He didn't think of himself or their dreams. He was thinking of others. That's the most important lesson he learned.
In the end, the brothers realized that there's no easy way around anything.
They sought the Philospher's Stone. They obtained it but it only brought on more conflict.
They tried to get back together and that made things even worse.
In the end, they realized that what matters most is that they're together,
that they can take on anything that comes their way. Without the Philosopher's stone. Without alchemy.
After all they have each other. And we have each other. Our families, friends and all the lives that we touch. And all the lives that touch us. We're all in this life together. We might as well help each other.
That's the most important lesson we can learn.
I just wanna say thank you to everybody who made Full Metal Alchemist possible to watch.
It has a great story and a depth to it that only few other anime could rival.
And thank you for reading this post. It's 3 am and I haven't slept yet.
And I have classes tomorrow, I mean, later lol.
I just wanted to get this out of my system. haha