“Is this 03 or Brotherhood?”, the definitive guide

I know a lot of people have trouble telling the two FMA anime apart, and I’ve noticed an increase in confusion lately, so I thought I’d make a post to help clear it up! I’ll go over some telltale differences between the two styles, in order of ease. For images, Brotherhood will be on the left, and 03 on the right.

1. Al’s armor

If Al is present in an image, he’s the quickest way to tell the difference between the two series. 03 Al is fairly greenish in hue, and his face looks similar to the early stages of the manga, with a very rectangular chin. Brotherhood Al is much greyer, a little shinier, perhaps a bit bulkier, and his face is more angular with a curvier chin, giving him something of a permanent >:( face. His toes curve up in Brotherhood, but not in 03. Also, since the fight with Buccaneer never happened in 03, if Al’s ponytail is short, it’s definitely Brotherhood!

2. Characters who appear in one series but not the other

This is something of a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. Look at what characters are present in the image. Anyone who appears after the Dublith arc in the manga/Brotherhood would not be in 03. Conversely, characters such as Dante, Lujon, Archer, the Tringham brothers, and Leo don’t appear in Brotherhood.

3. The women

While this doesn’t necessarily apply to every screencap, women in 03 tend to have somewhat defined lips, while they don’t usually in Brotherhood (with the exception of Olivier, who wouldn’t be in 03 anyway). This is especially true of promotional art, as opposed to screencaps.

4. The chain

(Running in the shadooooows~)

On every Amestrian military uniform, there’s a rope chain on the right shoulder, which also attaches to the front of the breast. In 03, the bit connecting the chain to the front of the uniform is braided, while in Brotherhood, that portion is a single cord.

5. Colors + general vague feeling

Colors can sometimes be used to tell the difference, if the lighting is standard. Colors in Brotherhood are fairly muted, but not too dark, and generally stick to shades of red, blue, yellow, black, white, and brown. They might almost be described as pastel, at least compared to 03. While colors in 03 are usually more saturated than Brotherhood, they’re also a lot darker, and not nearly as coordinated in hue. Also, 03 characters in general tend to have something of a youthful look to them, compared to Brotherhood, and noses are usually longer and pointier than in Brotherhood.

6. Specific character differences

Certain characters have notably different looks between series. If these characters appear in a screencap, you can look to them for clues. Some examples:

  • Ed: His hair is darker and more orange in 03. He also wears the same outfit throughout most of it, while his alternate outfits from Brotherhood don’t appear. His face shape also pretty much stays the same in 03, while in Brotherhood he matures physically towards the end of the series.
  • Al: His human form in 03 has noticeably darker, more brown hair than Ed, whereas in Brotherhood there’s really very little difference between the two. Shamballa Al is also very distinct: Long hair in a ponytail, basically dresses like Ed. Post-Promised Day Brotherhood Al looks older than Shamballa Al, and has short hair.
  • Winry: Her “work outfit” in 03 had a pink bandana and light purple pants. In Brotherhood, the bandana is green, and her pants are tan.
  • Rose: Had dark skin and pink bangs in 03, while in Brotherhood, her skin is light and her bangs are more of an auburn color. She also appeared much more in 03.
  • Scar: 03 Scar looked way younger, and had no cheekbones. Brotherhood Scar has cheekbones and could crush 03 Scar’s teen vogue looking ass with his bare hands.
  • Bradley: Brotherhood Bradley has wrinkles on his forehead, and a very defined nose. 03 Bradley has a more empty face, and also usually a darker skin tone. Brotherhood Bradley also looks a lot more pissed off compared to 03 Bradley, most of the time.
  • Greed: In 03, Greed’s shield form is dark blue with red eyes. In Brotherhood, it’s grey with black eyes. His undershirt is also dark blue in 03, while it’s dark red in Brotherhood. Also, obviously, Greeling does not appear in 03.
  • Kimblee: Brotherhood Kimblee is a suave ass motherfucker with the best fashion sense in the entire series. 03 Kimblee has this absolutely terrible circa 1980s Rachel Summers-esque braid/buzz cut combo that makes me want to cry every time I look at it.

Fact of the Day #50

There’s an abandoned factory in the west side of Dublith, where the Elric brothers used to play during their time training with Izumi Curtis. In the manga, this is where the chimeras met Al, leading to a long chase before finally capturing him. It was cut from both anime, instead having him go straight to the Devil’s Nest.

(Source: Chapter 26)

anonymous asked:

greed caring so much about his dublith gang though, like here is someone who SHOULD HAVE BEEN FUHRER

fuck you for putting this idea in my head because im now imagining, based on the roughly 400 separate instances of Greed trying to save individual humans during the Promised Day, him trying to be Fuhrer.

Greed: Well it’s not the world, but ruler of the country aint a bad gig for now. Wrath better be turning over in his grave seein’ this.
Adviser: Fuhrer sir! You’re needed for an urgent meeting. Our spies in Creta say the country’s consolidating their military power and planning an attack. They’re trying to take advantage of our vulnerability while we rebuild.
Greed: Ah shit. Really? Well what are we supposed to do?
Adviser: Uh, well we suffered a lot of losses from the Promised Day, but we still have about 50,000 troops available. We could focus our power near the Creta border preemptively.
Greed: What? You want to send humans out there?
Adviser: Uh…..yes. As opposed to–?
Greed: You idiot, humans are fragile! Most soldiers aren’t even alchemists how do you expect them to survive when you just toss them out on the battlefield like that?
Adviser: I mean we….we do have some state alchemists. too. They would–we would send them also. We just–
Greed: Nah shut up. Screw the meeting. Where’s my car? I’ll go talk to this “Creta” myself. Teach them a thing or two about threatening my property.
Adviser: Creta is…an entire country, sir. 
Greed, summoning his full-body shield: Yeah and it’s MY country now. Someone GET ME THE CAR. Let’s see how Creta’s president plans to argue against THIS. *punches out a window with his carbon fist*

This leads to quite a strange blip in Amestrian history. Looking through the timeline is pretty much: The first Fuhrer, “Fuhrer X” was well-known for his military strategy. “Fuhrer Y”, his successor, was gifted in negotiating for land and weaponry. “Fuhrer Bradley” was a conqueror who earned absolute trust and loyalty from his men. Following him, “Fuhrer Greed” just…he stormed into other countries and beat up their presidents until he got what he wanted. A lot. The military shrunk to 1/5 of its size because most of Amestris’s foreign policies were handled by the Fuhrer kicking the shit out of other rulers and declaring the country “mine now.” The next Fuhrer, Fuhrer Mustang, rather boringly went back to “foreign policy” and “negotiations”. Retired Fuhrer Greed stated that this was “lame” and out of boredom decided to go conquer Xing, much to everyone’s satisfaction.

However this did lead to several instances of Fuhrer Mustang having to turn down invitations to “fight me” passed along from Emperor Greed.

Crack headcanon (after seeing this) that Greed’s compulsive need to possess things doesn’t stop when he’s got a little bit of everything. He’s more of an all-of-one-thing-at-a-time kinda guy.

Like he and his chimeras hear about this thrift store over the radio. And they walk in and it’s just awful filthy clothes, awful filthy furniture, awful filthy knick-knacks as far as the eye can see. And Roa comes over like “See anything you want, boss?” And Greed nods once. “What do you think?” Roa sighs, defeated, and goes to fetch the wheelbarrows.

Several stores in Dublith have “going out of business, everything must go” sales over the years. They all talk. They all know that if they ever have such a sale, some weird guy in a puffy vest and sunglasses will show up with a posse of thugs just to…buy everything. Book store? Cleaned out. Lawn care accessories? Gone. Wig shop? You bet your ass puffy vest dude is leaving with 200 neon colored wigs.

One day when there’s not much going on, Dolcetto suggests they visit the pound. (He likes watching the dogs, okay? It’s normal.) And Greed tags along because he’s bored too, until he sees this little girl and her family adopt a puppy. He finds an employee, points to the cages all “…Are those for sale?” And the lady working there nods. “Yup. In fact we need them to get adopted. We’ve been having issues finding homes for them, and they have to get put down if no one takes them. We’ve lowered the price to 100 cenz per dog” Greed thinks about this, crosses his arms, nods. “Give me all of them.” 

They expand the lair to this abandoned chunk of lawn that used to be part of a now-foreclosed house. No one knows why there are suddenly 50 dogs living in this lot, but the strange tattooed folk who come and go keep them fed and exercised. One of these thugs gets down on all fours and runs around with them, and that strange guy with the sunglasses and pointy teeth likes sitting in the center of the dogpile letting the dogs climb over him and lick his face while he declares, “Yes! I own all of you!” so generally people aren’t too worried for the health and well-being of the dogs.


THE GREED!HUGHES FIC IS UP. My computer is on it’s last legs, but I finally managed to get it typed. Really pumped about this fic, actually. I hope you enjoy it as well. Definitely moved cannon around to make this work. @ladywiltshire @dailymaeshughes

Read on AO3 here.

Bido crept after the Fuhrer. He knew in his heart this was a bad idea, but the Fuhrer had Greed, and everyone else… everyone else was dead. Bido scrunched his eyes shut for a moment. He couldn’t think about that right now. If he just followed Greed… Maybe, just maybe, everything would be ok.

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14th day of Inktober!!!

EEEEY AM NOT LATE. Bought new pens and wow boi was that fun and didn’t took me hours to play with 8D

Anonymous said: So I don’t know if you’re still into Fallen FMA (and if you’re not too busy) but I have been wondering, when did Ed and Roy fall in love with Farris? And when did they start to date? If you don’t mind me asking. (0////0)

…i actually pretty frequently think about fallen fma, i just don’t draw for it, lmao. i have a lot i’d like to talk about! but i always feel like i need to include doodles with it or people won’t be as interested.


ed and farris started exchanging letters after he left for rush valley and dublith; he’s kept much more in the loop of what’s going on in central as a result (including what happens to hughes; he’s aware of it within a couple of days, and knows the officers are lying to him when he asks). what starts as simple updates and correspondence turns into joking quips, friendly advice, research comparisons, and eventually…

(yes i know that’s a fucking sad song but the lines were perfect)

they look forward to each other’s letters, often writing 2-3 times a week. ed’s early ones were short, to the point; nevertheless, farris keeps them all, tucked and filed in a card box. ed keeps farris’ tied together with a string; it’s a lot messier, but he always keeps his stack on him. …he also threw out the first few as he does with any regular work mail, which he kicks himself for once he starts keeping them, lmao.

roy’s a tad more complicated. he and farris didn’t much like each other to start, since farris knows his ‘hero of ishval’ reputation and roy thought farris purposely refused to speak to him, even when they were face-to-face. he actually confronts them about it when questioning them and armstrong after hughes’ funeral; farris’ response was to lower their scarf, show him their throat, and choke, “does this answer your question?”

(riza and armstrong knew farris was injured; neither are particularly happy about the exchange)

after roy and crew move to central and he starts looking into hughes’ murder, it starts more problems for farris, who’s been ordered to take over hughes’ duties–more or less heading investigations. they’re taking a big risk, working through the loopholes of bradley’s orders to help roy, but hughes was a great friend…and farris wants to get to the bottom of it, too.

roy, of course, isn’t fully aware just how much farris is putting at risk to help him, and they develop sort of a…frenemies? type situation. it’s only after weeks of this that riza takes roy aside and lets him know he’s bringing farris up in conversation constantly. he can’t stop thinking about them. and once he’s been made to face that…

he’s indignant at first, frustrated about it and refusing to acknowledge it, but eventually it occurs to him that yeah, he’s got it pretty bad for farris. on asking riza her opinion (and i’ll mention here that riza actually talks to farris much more regularly, is friends with them and also starting to feel more tenderly towards them), she tells him to go slow and be a little less…abrasive with them, see how it goes.

as for dating, hmm. i’m already padding out the timeline as it is, given how tight and cohesive fma runs without much room for fluff–leaving not a lot of room for the ~dating experience~. i think it’s more of…acknowledging being together? which, i always figured farris would end up with roy and riza first, simply for the fact of spending so much time with them. that likely happens right around the time bradley divides roy’s crew.

ed confesses later, farris tells him it’ll be a package deal, there’s more relationship stuff, my ed/roy and ed/riza kicks in, etc. i have a loooot of material i’ve been thinking about…

zudilio  asked:

yeah let's talk about ed, al, roy, izumi and hohenheim being the only living people left in amestris tbh!!!!!!! everyone they love is dead (worse, really) and they all kind of just? stick together and travel east just trying to be anywhere other than where they are. hohenheim dies by the time they make it to the desert and then it's just ed, al, izumi and roy crossing the desert together and they all kind of lose their shit one by one and it can go anywhere devastating from there, really

hell yea IMAGINE THE EMOTIONAL CONSEQUENCES okay but like what if al feels so guilty abt this like if he never woke up the world wouldnt have ended and like what abt roy bc everything he fought for is gone and he has no purpose and hes still blind and ed doesn’t know how to deal with this mess and he blames himself bc hes always like that and izumi is just trying to keep this broken family together but ed doesnt want to talk and roy doesnt want to talk and al doesnt want to exist and imagine all the empty cities they pass

  • imagine ed walking into a preschool and seeing all the dead kids still playing with their toys and throwing up before he enters another abandoned home to scavenge food and izumi finding him trying to flush his vomit down the toilet when the plumbing doesnt work
  • imagine roy shivering bc of the smell of rot and bc its the first scent he learned to recognize clearly after he went blind and he can smell it on his clothes how many times has he stepped on corpses? he cant tell he cant tell?
  • imagine al seeing these corpses and feeling less human bc he isnt rotting and imagine him thinking of scratching his blood seal off but he cant do that bc he knows that would break ed
  • imagine al stumbling upon all the dead animals in the city and collecting them for a mass grave next to the human grave and wishing he could cry for these ppl because there can never be enough grief for the deaths of so many
  • imagine izumi being super scared of silence bc dublith was always so loud and full of ppl and now theres nobody so she has to create living sounds to feel okay and she does this by talking with the others but they dont respond all the time so it makes her scared but she hides it until she completely breaks down
  • imagine izumi breaking into a house and finding a sleeping baby in a cradle and thinking that its almost alive for a second before the realization strikes
  • imagine ed seeing winry and seeing a half made apple pie sitting on the counter and everything looks like its meant for a time when he would come home except this time its winry who is not coming home
  • imagine ed digging a deep grave just for hohenheim but in the end there were so many corpses and so little time that it just became a mass grave for everyone in that area
  • imagine ed regretting the fact that the only time he truly showed any respect to his father was after hes dead and even then hohenheim didnt get much respect as hes rotting away in a mass grave
  • (imagine all four of them regretting the mass graves)
  • imagine them walking through the desert and imagine al carrying roy bc he keeps tripping and imagine roy just silently freaking out bc als armor is hot metal and it all reminds him of ishval
  • (and ishval is gone)
  • imagine al realizing this but not putting roy down bc hes scared of what will happen if he does
  • imagine ed wanting to protect his automail bc its the last true souvenir he has of amestris so he scraps his red cloak (they are using white ones in the desert) to sheath them
  • imagine some xingese travelers finding these half mad amestrians and they dont know what to do so they give them a ride to xing

idk theres just so much potential in this

AU's I Desperately Need

-An AU where Greed gives up his immortality in exchange for the Truth reviving him, and he goes to Xing, reunites with Ling, and they have lots of queer adventures.

-An AU where Greed survives the raid on the Devil’s Nest and joins up with Ed & Al to find immortality, then meets Ling in Rush Valley, and they end up reenacting the course of the series and fall for each other whilst being incredibly sarcastic and dorky.

-An AU for the 2003 anime where Ling is banished from Xing to Amestris at about the time Greed gets freed from his imprisonment, and he ends up in Dublith and stumbles upon the Devil’s Nest, where Greed gives him a job and they end up growing very attached to each other.

-A cheesy high school AU where they’re dumb boyfriends that go on crappy dates to diners and watch stupid horror movies together while cuddling and kissing.


Character of the Week: Martel

Japanese name: マーテル (Maateru)
Age: Unknown; Implied in the 2003 anime to be in her 30s or early 40s, but her age is never mentioned in the manga or Brotherhood
Occupation: Former soldier, one of Greed’s gang members
First appearance: Chapter 26 (manga), episode 13 (Brotherhood), episode 21 (2003 anime)

Martel is one of the original Greed’s friends/minions from Dublith, one of few women in the group and very loyal to Greed and the others. She is a chimera combined with a snake and possesses the ability to stretch and contort her body, or at least her limbs. She was killed while inside Al’s armor after a futile attempt to strangle Bradley. Some facts about Martel:

  • Like most of the Devil’s Nest characters, Martel was named after something you might find at a bar: Martell, a manufacturer of cognac brandy. In the 2003 anime dub, however, her name is changed to Marta, a variation of the name Martha.
  • She outlives her comrades by several minutes, making her the longest surviving member of the group.
  • In the manga, she appeared for only a brief four chapters, being introduced in chapter 26 and killed at the end of chapter 30.
  • Martel fought in the ongoing border war with Aerugo, to the south of Amestris, where she was critically wounded after getting caught in a land mine explosion. She was then experimented on by the military, and ultimately combined with a snake as a chimera.She fights with a knife, which she keeps in a leather sheath attached to the left side of a harness when not in use.
  • In the 2003 anime, she apparently has a motorcycle. It’s unknown where she got the motorcycle, or whether she actually owned it or obtained it through illegal means.
  • In the 2003 anime, Marta was a special ops soldier for the Amestrian military, and (possibly somewhat unintentionally/unknowingly) had a hand in starting the Ishvalan War. Shortly afterward, she and her comrades were taken to Lab 5 to be experimented on, which is how she became a chimera. They were kept locked up in the lab for 14 years until escaping with Greed. 
  • When Marta recounted this story to the Elric brothers, she told half of it while inside Al’s armor (Despite his protests), claiming it was for visual emphasis.
  • When Martel was killed inside Al’s armor in the manga and Brotherhood, he lost consciousness within a few seconds, and didn’t wake up until after Ed and Armstrong had removed her body. In the 2003 anime, however, Al was conscious the entire time. Ed wasn’t with him at the time, and it’s likely he disposed of her body and cleaned his armor himself.
  • In the 2003 anime, Marta’s tattoo was red, and her eyes were green. In Brotherhood, Martel’s tattoo was green and her eyes were blue. She was never shown in full color in the manga
Brotherhood to Manga Conversion

Here it is, my little project! A full list of the chapters as they appear in each of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood’s 64 episodes! It’s a bit rough but it could be helpful for cross examination, edits, etc.

All I ask is for you to keep in mind that the anime and the manga don’t always neatly coincide, a lot of the time the events appear in slightly (or not so slightly) different orders and I didn’t/couldn’t keep track of the exact numbers. I do always list the chapters that appear in each episode however, if not the page number or scene in question. (And if I do include the page number, it’s close but not exact. I could be a little off depending) Let me know if you find any mistakes!!

But all in all FMAB is an excellent representation of its manga so please enjoy!


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anonymous asked:

I find it ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS that, at the big climax of the dublith arc, Bradley is wearing a skintight shirt showing off his eight-pack and muscular arms as he talks down to Greed about how he's turning sixty this year and some things about his body aren't quite like they used to be like THIS MAN. THIS MAN HAS THE GALL TO SAY THAT WHILE LOOKING LIKE THAT

I KNOW. Bradley’s whole “I’m getting too old for this” shtick is HILARIOUS. GREED FUCKING CALLS HIM OUT ON IT DURING THE PROMISED DAY!

This asshole manages to JUMP A PATH FROM HIS BLOWN UP FALLING TRAIN CAR BARRELING TO THE BOTTOM OF A RAVINE AND MAKE IT TO SAFETY and he complains about how it left him with some aches and pains cuz he’s getting old and Greed LITERALLY 




When Riza said she joined the military because there was someone she needed to protect she never meant Roy. Everyone just assumed she meant Roy but instead she meant Greed. Despite knowing he was a Homunculus she wanted to protect him after they fell in love when she went to Dublith once. Roy promised to help Riza protect Greed and neither knew about his death until a long while after.