Truth, the smiling smug bastard who made everyone’s life hell in FMA:B.
Or did he?
Let’s start with our favourite kick-ass mother, Izumi.
Izumi opened the portal of truth in order to try and revive her child that she lost in childbirth, and because of her ignorance Truth took her ability to reproduce, unable to have children of her own anymore.
Except, because of what she went through, and her ability to perform highly complex alchemy, she gained two sons. Ed and Al
Moving on to the Flame Alchemist Himself.
Roy Mustang had his eyes always looking to the future. He kept his eyes forward, aiming to be the country’s leader. Truth took away his sight.
Except, with this he was able to remove his tunnel vision and expand his views to see the work that needed to be done in Ishval and devoted his life to it.
The Elric Brothers?
Ed and Al wanted to be a family again, and wanted to feel a mother’s love again, and so Al lost his ability to feel warmth, and Ed lost his leg to stand with his family. They were a broken, incomplete family.
Except, their quest to get their bodies back gave them a family greater than a mother and father. Their family grew to one of huge sizes, whom supported them the whole way.
Truth is one, Truth is all, Truth is God, Truth is the universe.
I just…. i love this transition so much. Mustang at least gets a couple frames to straighten up his gremlin ass self but Ed and Al are all ÓwÒ and ( ͡° ͡°<~ to Business in 0.0001 seconds. it utterly captures the exact emotion of the moment when you and ur friends are fucking the hell around & there’s a knock on the door and for 3 full seconds the whole gang is ready to commit murder before you remember it’s the pizza guy. Just… Hawkeye’s gun gliding casually into view. The single frame delay between Ed and Al. I am being totally 100% unironic when i say this is one of my favorite pieces of animation ever
After rewatching Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood recently, I was once again extremely disappointed at the amount of content the anime cut out when it covered the Ishval war in episode 30. Volume 15 of the manga (which was entirely dedicated to showing the war in detail across four chapters) still remains my favourite volume of the whole series, so I wanted to talk about 15 things that Brotherhood cut out. Some of them are minor scenes and some are more major plot points.
The images I’ve included in this post have been taken directly from the Viz Media manga, as I really dislike the poor quality scanlations of FMA that are out there. I would highly recommend buying Volume 15 for yourself, even if it’s the only volume of FMA you ever own.
The things I’ll be covering are:
Neighbouring country Aerugo’s role in the war
The Ishvalans as people - their lives and strengths
The Rockbells’ extra scenes
The military’s order to kill the Rockbells
Roy, Hughes, and Hawkeye’s extra scenes
Hughes’ extended scenes as a squad captain
Corruption of high-ranking officers and internal assassination
Armstrong’s extra scene
Torture & human experimentation of Ishvalans
Doctor Marcoh & Doctor Knox’s extra scene
Roy’s role as the Hero of Ishval
Scar’s brother’s scenes
Children as the victims of the war
The overall portrayal of the war, and how Volume 15 was written/illustrated
** VERY LONG POST UNDER THE CUT, VERY IMAGE HEAVY **
Just imagine: You’re in the movie theater, watching Fma Live Acrion. It’s perfect. The actors nail each character flawlessly. The cgi looks stunningly real. The costumes are spot-on. The plot flowed perfectly. You have tears in your eyes because the end is nearing. The movie was such an emotional roller coaster for you, a dedicated fan, able to watch your favorite anime come to life. The movie is close to finishing and you have shots of all of the characters. Ed, Al, and Winry are sitting in a train and laughing. The homunculi are talking to Father. Team Mustang is back in the office, working. The tears are still flowing from yor eyes because this movie was a perfect, quasi-religious experience.
Then the camera pans up to Roy’s face. He has a mustache. The movie ends.
Also while I was running I also watched FMA:B episode 8 and Barry mcfucking kills a guy to “prove” to Alphonse thats all he needs to feel alive and Holy Shit what I mean is the Elrics kinda got that guy killed like. If Ed and Al hadn’t snuck in then Barry wouldnt have killed that guy. Al watched a guy get his cranium meat-cleavered how did this not fuck him up?
And like okay in the broad scheme of things Ed and Al used their info to like. Stop the Promised Day. But did they NEED the info from the Fifth Lab? I dont think so. Maybe it helped with homunculi identification but where did that really get them in the end?
Anyway what I mean is Ed and Al snuck out and a guy got killed because of it and no one mentions this so