The New Fullmetal Alchemist
Nov 9 2006, 06:56 PM
QUOTE(Color @ Nov 9 2006, 02:53 PM) [snapback]471724[/snapback]
Alright, thanks The New Fullmetal. Also in episode 24 scar tears Barry the Chopper in half and crushes his skull mask. Does he return later or is he dead?
- you're welcome!
And... Nope, unfortunately he's gone - that blood seal is the only thing that keeps Barry "alive" - once that's destroyed, he is, too. Same with Al (about the blood seal, that is!)
- thanks for reading through first! Saves me some time with all these multi-part questions!
1I realize the Gate opens up to Earth, and that the energy for the alchemy in Al and Ed's world comes from those that die on Earth. Does this means that Earth souls are the creatures we see in the Gate, though, or are the Gate creatures more like angel/demons? Are the creatures inherently good or evil or neutral? What happens to those that die in Ed and Al's realm? Do they go straight into the Gate to live forever?
2. I'm still confused as to what animates the humunculi, and I've only seen Episode 3 when Ed and Al made one. I'm a bit confused. Does a piece of the human they are transmuted from have to be put into the circle? Was it because Ed and Al didn't have a piece of their mother that the event went so incredibly wrong?
3. I'm guessing this may be in the movie, but in Episode 50 and 51, I believe, we are informed that Equivalent Exchange may not be the law of the land like originally thought, or maybe it's meant to be something introduced as the primary conflict between science and faith. Izumi at the end of 51 says something to the extent that a soul is never enough, by itself, to exchange for another soul, I think. Is she simply meaning that the energy for the transmutation has to come from somewhere?
4. This is a follow-up to question 3, but in the last episode when Ed dies, Al gives up only his mind and soul to for Ed's mind, soul, AND body, right (since he was given his arm back)? Maybe I missed something, but that shouldn't have been enough should it? And, I know I'm missing something here, but how is it that Ed was able to live (if even in the other world), AND Al was able to live in the other world? Is this something explained in the movie? All of this jumps and switches confuse me especially since we never really get to see what happens inside the gate which would explain a lot.
5. Also, how many years does the anime take place from the death of Ed and Al's mother to the end? I think I remember saying Izumi said it had been a long four years, but how many years was it between their mother's death and then the first episode of the anime, and then the time frame of Episode 51 as quite a bit of time seems to pass?
(BTW, try not to double post! If there's something you forgot that you wanted to add, go back to your post and click on "quick edit" -
1) I actually kind of delved into the first part of this question in my response to you on the other question thread - try that out and then get back to me if you want to hear more!
On to the second part of your question - I'm totally assuming here, but this is what I believe: the gate is a portal between worlds, yes? So, either there is "heaven" inside the gate, or you access it once inside the gate - like another door that you can only gain once you're truly ready to go there. That's the theory for if you believe in heaven and and after-life. If you believe that when you die, you die (and I've never been quite sure which one the series supports, if any), then the gate is a portal and nothing more - once you reach the gate, or go into it, that's it. You're done. Your soul may stay there, who knows. There's so many different theories that I have, it's crazy - if you want to discuss it more, we may either have to find a new thread/start a new one/discuss it via pms!
2) Yes, in the theory that Ed and Al (and pretty much everyone else) in the series works with it implies that you need the original body in order for it to regain its previous life. the reason their "experiment" (sorry, can't think of a better word) went wrong was b/c it was never supposed to go right. That's a point repeatedly hit home throughout the series - in order to bring someone back from the dead, and in order to get the stone you need to kill mass quantities of people - it's kind of a vicious circle - basically, it's designed that way b/c the lesson is that life is life, and it's always flowing - and so, the dead are dead, and you shouldn't try to bring them back - Ed and Al learned that the hard way, along with everyone else who ever made a homunculus.
3) Yes, which comes from the gate (which I think you already knew)... Hmm... your question ended up somewhere completely different of where you were heading... Would you mind re-phrasing? Perhaps you mean to ask about whether or not equivalant exchange is factual or not?
If you'd rephrase it, I should be able to help out!
4) [spoiler]When Al gives up his mind, he's really only asking for Ed's life - in the gate, Ed's mind and soul are attached, and his body is still in the physical world. Al was using the philosopher's stone, which let him be able to trade for Ed's mind and sould in the first place, and then successfully bring him back to life - his own soul was kind of a "bonus" to add into the power and souls in the philosopher's stone in order to ensure that the transmutation would work. Ed also happened to get his limbs back, I think, b/c once he was in front of the gate like that (mind and soul, arguably body), he was "whole" again - he had died, and so was reverted to his original form - he was reunited with his lost limbs. Then, Al gave up not only his own soul but the philosopher's stone to bring Ed back successfully - alive and intact. And as for the whole "Al on the other side" thing, it'll make sense when you see the movie! And at the end of the series, Al is in the "hagaren" world rather than ours, b/c Ed sacrificed himself for Al[/spoiler]
5) Four years from the start of their journey (ie after training with Izumi) - it was probably only a few weeks from the end of episode 51 to the events prior... Also, there was a one year time period between their mom's death and their training with Izumi... So, from their mother's death to episode 51, about 5 years elapsed... That year with Izumi isn't in "actual time" - it was more of a flashback, so we technically only saw about 4 or so years actually played out in real time (the first 5 or so episodes were all "memories" - after that we get into "real time")
Hope that all helped! Let me know if there's something you're still not sure about!