“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.

Tbh… One of my biggest critiques of FMAB is that compared to the manga and 03, it’s just not funny enough.

Like, one of the things I really, really loved about the manga is how frequently and seamlessly it swapped between serious moments and little joke lines and slapstick panels, but Brotherhood just doesn’t do that. And 03 had two whole episodes that were nothing but comic relief, plus a lot of amusing lines sprinkled in even with the worst of the angst, most of the time.

Just off the top of my head, I can list some of my favorite manga comedy moments that I know weren’t in Brotherhood (Ed and Ling’s height comparison, Lan Fan’s new mask, the “I’ll order a blitzkrieg on that little brat!” scene, the part where Greed thinks Ed is dead + pretty much the entire Dublith arc, Hohenheim’s reaction to meeting Al, etc.). 

I mean Brotherhood isn’t totally unfunny, but the big “funny moment” is pretty much Elric Telepathy. That’s it. That’s the height of comedy in FMAB. They used a few running gags painfully frequently in the first few episodes, and then that was about it. :/ The bloopers and 4komas were way funnier than the rest of the series, and granted everyone knows the omakes were the best part of the manga, but still, yknow? Come on.

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.


Pardon me did @10outta10wouldsinagain say “Greed taking care of Nina AU”?

It was something he heard from every guard and scientist in the Southern Command lab—always the same breathless whisper, with a dry-throat choke of fear and the shaky tremor of disbelief: Monster.

They’d whisper it, and swallow, and then run. That part was always nice. Humans weren’t a fair fight.

“You’re…Y-you’re a—“

“—yeah, yeah, monster, you’re not the first genius to reach that conclusion pal.” Greed cracked his neck, rolling his shoulders where his shield melded with the flesh near his collar bone. “Words hurt sometimes.”

Dorochet swung in from the left, katana in hand. The guard hadn’t budged since Greed spoke, and his frozen gun sliced easily in two, along with a cut of his scraggly gray beard. This jolted the man into action. He let out a high-pitched whine, then tripped on his own feet as he spun and bolted down the hall.

“But still, I guess monster is better than homunculus. Less chance of Pops finding me here.”

Dorochet didn’t answer. He turned, breathing heavy, and watched. Greed rubbed at his neck.

“You know you’re a real stick in the mud today, Dorochet. Usually you laugh at my jokes.”

“She’s close,” Dorochet answered. He stuck his nose in the air, grimaced, and twisted on his heels to the left hall. His sword slipped back into its scabbard.

Greed followed. He surveyed the walls with muted curiosity. Harsh fluorescence beat down from overhead. Small strips of lighting lined the bottom edges of the hall. It was sterile, and white, and buzzed distantly, and seemingly hadn’t changed from the day he busted in to free his own chimera gang.

“I’ll bet you’ve got some pleasant memories of this place,” Greed mused. They turned another corner. Empty—not so much as a painting worth snagging off the wall.

“Oh yeah, the best,” Dorochet bit back. His lip twitched over his teeth, the hair along his neck bristling. “The antiseptic smell is real nostalgic.”

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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.


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

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.

the3musesanglena-lucinda-markus  asked:

It was a good day, the sun was beating down warm rays on the town in dublith as a group of people was moving things into a place that was called the twin dragons, a female who was a tattoo artist and owner of the said place helped with boxes, she was speaking to one of her friends who is an another tattoo artist who is going to help with working with her as well she had really long dark chocolate brown hair and was short only 5'3 in height, she had deep ocean blue eyes and was a curvy/chubby

The sin happened to be walking by he paused at the door taking a look around “nice” he said while shoving his hand to his pockets “way too nice” he smirked noticing the girls

13 and 12 years old Edward and Alphonse walked into the office one day and stumbled upon Jean Havoc and a fling of his in a rather compromising position. Since granny Pinako was back in Resembool and the Curtises in Dublith, it was Roy’s task to have the talk with the boys.

The boys couldn’t look into Roy’s eyes for two weeks and work performance suffered for an additional month.
To prevent this from ever happening again (and as kind of revenge) Roy started stealing Jean’s dates.

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 




Can we just talk about these scene for a second? It’s in the anime, but I love Ed’s expression here so I’m using the manga.
Here is Ed’s farewell to Winry, the last time they see each other before the Promised Day. In the scene, Ed tells Winry to bake an apple pie. In the anime he says “Keep an apple pie waiting for us, okay?”

I’ve seen some commentary saying that this is somewhat sexist, that this scene is Ed brushing Winry off, telling her she can’t fight.
But I’m not seeing that. If you remember waaay back when Ed, Al and Win are on the train making their way to Rush Valley (and eventually Dublith) when Winry pulls out Gracia Hughes’ apple pie and, after Ed declares it delicious, Al exclaims that’s he’s definitely added that to the list of things he’ll eat once he gets his body back. Winry then promises to make it for him that day.

It’s also mentioned other times, Winry’s apple pie, but my point is, Ed’s not telling her to go back to the kitchen. He’s telling her, in his own kind of passive aggressive Edward Elric way, that when they return from the Promised Day, he and Al are going to be in their original bodies. They’ll come back in one piece. (which in the previous pages, confessed to be unsure of, but here he is reassuring her)

Man I love this scene.

Happy Mother's Day, Teacher

A quick, fluffy oneshot because the fma fandom has murdered my soul today and I needed to cheer myself up. 

Note: This oneshot is assuming that there is a Mother’s Day in Amestris. 

“Shh, calm down, sweetie, we’re almost there,” Winry Rockbell cooed as she tried to comfort her three-month old son while he wailed in her arms. She could barely spot the golden hair of her husband as he swiftly led her through the unfamiliar town. She wondered how he could move so fast since he was carrying all of their luggage, but he seemed too excited to slow down. 

“Hurry up, Win!” he had the audacity to say once he noticed she and the baby had fallen behind. She rolled her eyes and let out a disgruntled huff. 

“I’m coming. If you would slow down, I would be able to keep up. I’m walking for two here,” she said as she tried to hurry it up while little Benjamin Elric continued to cry. It seemed he didn’t care much for train rides, unlike his father and very much like his mother. 

Ed seemed to remember that his wife was carrying their new son and slowed down a little so they could catch up. Once she had fallen back in stride with her eager husband, Winry turned to him and said, “You don’t have to go so fast, you know. I’m sure they’ll still be there if we take our time.”

“I know, I just can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when we surprise them,” Ed told her with a mischievous grin. He had been planning this trip for quite some time and was pleased that they had managed to keep it all a secret. 

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