Joined: 24-January 06
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I felt happy and sad, mostly because it had to end and also I felt like there was just something missing. I also hope they make another movie or more to the series but it's not likely to happen, and that is a whole new topic itself.
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Joined: 24-September 06
From: Hiding out in a cave studying Alchemy in Xing
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I really hope they make another movie or series. I mean...heck it would make sense to have one since they have that gate still open, and the question of the guy still alive. Wouldn't mind seeing Ling Yao in there either.
Yea, that was another thing...i think because of the time restraint, there wasn't alot of time to develop a more profound and effective relationship bewteen the villain -whats-her-face- and Ed, so even though the fight was kool in the end, it didn't have THAT much of an effect on me, so instead i found myslef focusing on what Ed and his interactions with the others would be, and since there wasn't that much, i was kinda sad about it.
But that's the thing. If it is time limited, why even bother creating a new villian? Why not use the relationship between Ed and Envy as the fuel for it. I mean Envy even said that he wanted homunculi domination. It would have worked better if he had been the villian.
I'm kinda hoping that if the time rolls around, all the people that participated in the FMA project can get away from their current projects at the time and do another movie or SOMETHING. It could have been better. And even though sappy or typically happy endings are just that, "typical", i think that after all the bull Ed and Al went through they kinda deserve it, as does Roy, Hawkeye and the rest.
Same here, I'm not holding my breath, but it would be really nice. I mean I won't beg for a happy ending, but something more conclusive then an open gate, and a lot of unanswered questions.
Joined: 14-October 06
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I had mixed feelings about the end of the anime, and then the end of the movie.
First, allow me to preface this. I am actually glad that Roy & Hawkeye were never shown getting together, and I don't mind that Ed & Winry never made it. Why? Frankly, it's cliche. The heroes get their girls. Yay. Who saw that coming? While I'm pretty sure Hawkeye & Roy make it in the end, actually showing it would be mostly irrelevant. I wouldn't have minded seeing it, but I don't mind not seeing it.
FMA was never a happy anime, and that's the way I love it. Sure, it definitely had it's lighthearted moments - and then Nina was a bloodstain on an alleyway wall. And then Ed nearly transmuted a pile of prisoners into the Philosophers Stone. And then Scar transmuted an army into the Philosophers Stone. An anime where the villains are the seven deadly sins (one of which is a mockery of the protagonist's mother, one is a mockery of the protagonist's stepson [Envy was Hohenheim's dead son, wasn't he? I'm unsure here though], one villain has the protagonist's arm and leg . . .) is NOT a happy one. So does it deserve a happy ending? I'd actually be disappointed if the boys went back to Resembool with Winry and a random girl for Al (give him Noah, or Rose I suppose).
Frankly, I was completely thrown off by the whole parallel world plot. I mean, sure, the WWII references weren't exactly very subtle (Fuhrer, military names, Ishbal genocide . . .) but I still thought that the parallel world was messed up and random. FMA had basically relied on a form of science, of rules and logic, until then. Granted, alchemy isn't real (their form of alchemy isn't) but it DID follow equivalent trade.
As I thought about it though, Fullmetal Alchemist portrays a world of dualisms and dichotomies. The story follows two brothers, who encounter more brothers in their travels (the two who imitated them; Scar and his late brother, the two Ishbal brothers, etc). Ed was missing TWO limbs.
A parallel world actually makes perfect sense. Throw in the various historical references and the movie actually takes on a whole new level. The beer hall was historically accurate (at least, it's name was). Deep.
At the end of the day, I still don't like the parallel world implementation. Aside from extrapolating from the theme of 'two' from the anime (and assuming two worlds), there was NO buildup to the parallel world. It really felt to me like the anime guys had no idea what was beyond the gate, and had to do something shocking. Everything else in the anime was foreshadowed, even slightly. Then just 'BAM'. "Oh, equivalent exchange isn't real. And there's another world. And some people can go through the gate, just because they can. Oh, and babies open the gate real easy. 'Natch."
But, if I accept the parallel world concept, then I really liked the movie. Solid ending, stayed true to FMA (not happy).
I loved the visual style of the parallel worlds though. The real world looking more colourless and grainy? Reminded me of Corpsebride, actually. But a good effect.
And Hughes was a nazi! I LOVED Hughes! Blast!
Edit Oh, and speaking of random 'BAM' filmmaking moments - I forgot to actually mention the movie! Eckhart attacking Amestris? Ok, so they pulled out the fear motivator . . . but how the hell did she suddenly gain special superalchemy that makes guns? How did she control the tentacle things from the gate? (She wrapped Ed's arm in one, until he cut it.) Why were all the soldiers crushed going through the gate, but Ed and Hohenheim weren't? Why weren't the soldiers crushed the second time? And they made flying ships, not rockets? And they made SEVERAL flying ships? /sigh