f: a heart made fullmetal

“There’s no such thing as a painless lesson. They just don’t exist. Sacrifices are necessary. You can’t gain anything without losing something first; although if you can endure that pain and walk away from it, you’ll find that you now have a heart strong enough to overcome any obstacle. Yeah…a heart made fullmetal.”–Edward Elric

Gravity Falls is over

And it was incredible. The way everything came together, the final battle, the ending, all of it. It’s funny how they kind of made fun of anime with Soos saying a certain something had to have a gun sword, but the final episodes alone had scenes that were either inspired by or taken straight out of:

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Soul Eater

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Seriously, so much Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

That’s not to knock it at all.  They were incredibly well done and fit the show very well, and reminded me of two of my favorite series of all time! (And NGE, but now’s not the time to get into that)

There were a few secrets shown in the credits that I want to look into, though.  It’s JUST LIKE Alex Hirsch to set up a real life scavenger hunt of some kind in the final episode, and I’m pretty sure that’s what’s happening.

A Heart Made Fullmetal [Spoilers for FMAB by the way]

I was discussing a quote from a song with my mother. It went something like “knowledge [AKA technology] is powerful but it doesn’t solve everything”. And it made me think of the ending to Brotherhood and the ultimate exchange for a human soul. That “knowledge” is alchemy. And Edward realized this; that it creates more problems than it solves. He gave it up partly for this reason. The other reason being that he cared more about all the people in his life than his most valuable weapon. I feel like it’s a great philosophy to follow. Sometimes knowing it all isn’t as effective as simply having a caring and understanding…fullmetal heart. Having made this little connection from my own life to that of a show like this…I dunno, it just felt magical.