Today is FMA Day! DON’T FORGET 3. Oct. 11. I was proud I became a FMA fan just in time for 2011 lemme tell ya.
Further proof Olivier is the best
Even further is her excellent coverup for General Raven’s death (if It is a cover???) Regardless, this woman has some strategic genius and nerves of steel.
Speaking of strategic genius, RIZA. YOU ARE SUCH A SMARTIE. Of course she and Roy have a code worked out. I love that even though Riza has been taken hostage, she uses the opportunity to gather vital information and has the smarts to covertly pass it on to her allies who need to know. RIZA HAWKEYE IS NEVER HELPLESS AND SHE’S ALWAYS GETTING SHIT DONE. Once again a wonderful subversion of the lady hostage trope by Arakawa.
ULP NOW IT’S TIME TO LEARN THE ORIGIN OF HOHENHEIM. WHAT A DOOZY.
GODDAMN Hohenheim was hot when he was younger. Ed and Al have excellent genes, no wonder Ed’s turning out so fine
OH. So that’s where Ed gets that from. Remember how Hohenheim said “he’s just like me when I was young?” HE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH (in the manga Ed made a similar rage face at him, observe:http://adventuresofcomicbookgirl.tumblr.com/post/… so that’s how he knew)
Remember how I said Hohenheim is named after Paracelcus aka Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, a real life alchemy dude who claimed to be the creator of a homunculus? YUP DIRECT REFERENCE TO THAT WITH THE HOMUNCULUS WANTING TO NAME HIM THEOPHRASTUS BOMBASTUS VAN HOHENHEIM and then shortening it. And the fact the real-life Hohenheim claimed to create the first homunculus was an important clue- our Hohenheim did have an unwitting hand in the creation of the first homunculus and thus, all the ones that followed.
Also, remember this?
now I can un rot13 my commentary
he’s so offended they didn’t taken Hohenheim on as a last name
CMON GUYS I WORKED REALLY HARD COMING UP WITH THAT NAME
IT’S A GREAT NAME
YOU GUYS WOULD JUST THROW AWAY THE NAME I SO KINDLY GAVE TO HIM?
He was so happy Hohenheim got he kids he wanted! Like not enough to not use them as human sacrifices clearly but…he really legit kinda likes Hohenheim in his own weird way? He does feel a bond to him? And as I said before, I think a big part of the reason he shows such affection here and not later is that he had greed inside him- and Greed had his greed for companions (aka Hohenheim).
Okay moving on, we find out Hohenheim always wanted a family, aw <3 and that Father always kinda…did not get the concept of affection and community. Which is weird, considering he’s built his own little pseudo-family with the Homunculi. But above all, Father had an ambition- freedom from the flask that bound him. Now that he’s out of it, what is his new goal?
Also we learn the King of Xerxes was a huge dick like wow. KINDA OKAY WITH YOU DYING. Not the rest of the country though, that’s super horrific.
AND NOW WE FIND OUT THE ROOT OF ALL HOHENHEIM’S ILLS- HE IS A HUGE PHILOSIPHER’S STONE WITH SURVIVOR’S GUILT LIKE WHOA. He was unwittingly a pawn in a scheme that mean his entire country died. And worst of all? HE CAN HEAR THE VOICES OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO CAN’T BE SAVED.. AND HAS TO LIVE WITH THAT. FOREVER. NO WONDER THE DUDE DOESN’T WANT TO LIVE FOREVER.
This really explains a lot about Hohenheim- mostly how incredibly standoffish and socially…cut-off and unintentionally cruel he can be? He’s been living for years and years stuck with these voices and it’s clearly made him disconnect from the rest of the world and be a little odd. This is much clearer in the manga, where during his first meeting with Hohenheim Ed gets angry at him and Hohenheim actually asks “why are you calling me a bastard? Why are you angry at me?”
Hoho hates himself SO MUCH and is SO disconnected from reality thanks to trauma and all the voices and shit that he genuinely does not understand why Ed would resent him for leaving- after all, he’s the worst, why would Ed care? He didn’t get that his family would have liked to hear from him during his journey too for that reason, I think. And he’s so just…socially disconnected and inept he seemingly doesn’t think to warn Izumi what he’s doing to her or anticipate the reaction.
This doesn’t excuse his behavior and people (especially Ed) still have a right to be angry about it- he could make more of an effort- but it’s an explanation.
Speaking of Izumi, SHE’S BACK! And she’s been healed! Or, at least her sickness has been mostly suppressed/delayed. Because fuck yes, we’re definitely going to need her badassery if we want Amestris to be saved.
Haha then Ed talks about how he never wants to see a huge philosophers stone and HE’S RELATED TO ONE it hurts.
I love that Hohenheim goes out of his way to praise Rose and validate what she is doing and how important it is.
This is what she’s best at, but she thinks what she’s doing is lesser because it’s not hardcore physical labor, and instead she’s a girl cooking for everyone, which she’s clearly internalized as inherently inferior and easy because “women cook all the time whatever it’s clearly an easy thing” but Hoho is like “no don’t be down on yourself what you are feeding everyone and you are smiling for them and you are the reason everyone can work!”
And her partner just gives her a thumbs up like “yeah girl listen to him you rock major respect here” This entire scenes is making a point to say RESPECT ROSE AND HER CONTRIBUTIONS and it’s so great.
Just like…FMA is so good about reminding us that what’s had been traditionally seen as “feminine work” is NOT lesser, it’s really vital and difficult in it’s own right and NOBODY should be dismissed or looked down upon for doing it or feel dismissed or looked down upon and we really need to respect the people who do it and not dismiss them and let them know how important they are. Women shouldn’t have to feel they do these things- and a lot of FMA ladies choose not to and go into other fields- but the women who do choose to do these things of their own free will shouldn’t feel like they’re any lesser.Everyone contributes in their own way. Rose is incredibly vital and strong and everyone wants to let her know and ugugugugu i love.
The number one reason to watch the subs of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood rather than the dubs: the awesome way all the Japanese VAs say ‘BRRIGGSSSSS’
bonus points for the fact that the Japanese word for 'Lieutenant’ sounds exactly like 'Chewie’ and once you hear it it’s impossible to unhear and it completely ruins all dramatic moments with Mustang and Hawkeye because you end up going to a weird Star Wars AU place oh god I’m so sorry if you’re reading this and I’ve just destroyed the show forever for you