Seven years since show ended... how the hell fma fandom is still alive!?? I wish my current fandom were this strong. Why do you think this happens?
it really is amazing, isn’t it dear anon? i think it’s mostly because of 4 reasons:
1. FMA’S STORY. tbh if you ask any anime fan who’s watched fma what their favorite animes were, fma would would most likely be near the top of that list. its writing is just so so amazing and its characters are so well-written. there are so many symbolisms and metaphors and parallels and that makes it such a memorable anime. the story is so intense that it’s rly easy to get into it and you don’t forget that experience of watching it for the first time. the anime community has pretty much agreed that fma is one of if not THE BEST anime out there story-wise and character-wise. it’s so popular in the western AND japanese fandoms and that draws new people in to watch it.
2. New fans. like i said in the last point, there are so many new people coming into the anime community every day. fma is one of the first animes that people usually watch, and it’s because of how recognized it is as “one of the greatest animes out there.” it ranks #2 on myanimelist !!! when people are new to anime and they see that, it makes them want to start watching it, and new people are joining the fandom every day. they get invested just like the rest of us, and they want to see more content and create content. it’s a cycle that keeps going on and on when old fans die out and new ones come in.
3. No complete ending. one of the amazing things about fmab’s and the manga’s ending is that there technically is none. it gives a happy ending and a brief synopsis of what the characters are doing years after the promised day, but it still leaves SO MUCH up for interpretation, and that’s where fans and their creative abilities come in. there is so much you can do with fmab’s story and its after-ending in terms of writing fanfics and comics. there’s so much space open enough for fans to create their own headcanons and story lines and adventures with the brothers and the rest of the cast. there is so much you could write about the world of fma because it’s so diverse and there are so many lovable characters. content is so easy to come up with and get indulged in, and that’s why a lot of fans join the fandom after they’ve watched it. they want to see MORE because fma’s ending is satisfying but still not complete, and you could still do so much with it. fma also has such complex writing that you’ll notice new things every time you re-watch it, or you’ll read an analysis post and find out something you’ve never realized before. everyone loves talking about the anime and finding all those parallels and symbols that it has, and getting indulged in that gives so much more to explore about the anime’s life lessons and meanings for things.
4. NOSTALGIA. fma’s first anime came out in 2003 and the manga even further back in 2001. there are people of so many different ages right now watching fma and loving it. it is such a memorable and nostalgic anime that it’s so easy for people to come back into the fandom even after years of watching the show! and that’s because it brings such a huge wave of nostalgia and the anime is just so good that people don’t forget their experiences with it. you could join 10, 20 more fandoms and not really be into fma anymore, but trust me when i tell you, when you suddenly see a really cool fanart piece of edward elric or someone doing an intense analysis on a certain scene years after you left the fandom, all of those feelings just come rushing right back. i’ve seen so many people draw fanart for fma and in the caption say stuff like “watched this back in 2005 and now all the feelings are hitting me all over again.” it’s just amazing how one anime can have such an impact on people’s lives, and i really do mean it when i say that fma is one of those animes that really does change your view on life. it’s so easy to connect to others with it because everyone feels the same way about it. the fandom won’t be dying out any time soon