The fictional country of Xing in Fullmetal Alchemist is heavily inspired by the real-life country of China. From the weapons, food, flora, fauna, clothing, architecture and art, we can see the Chinese influence.
Xing is a country made of 50 clans, ruled by an Emperor. Similarly, China is a country made of 56 different ethnic groups, and had a monarchy for thousands of years until the end of the Qing dynasty in 1912. In Fullmetal Alchemist, we know three of the clans: Yao, Han, and Chang. The Yao (瑶族)is an acutal ethnicity in China that lives in the South and Southwest, with a population of 2 million. The Han (汉族)
is also an ethnicity, who are the majority of the Chinese, with a population of 1.2 billion and making up 92% of China’s population. The Chang clan is fictitious, however, from the Chinese translation, the clan’s name is “张”, a common Chinese last name, commonly transliterated as Zhang.
The form of alchemy, called alkahestry, in Fullmetal Alchemist is also likewise based on Chinese alchemy. Chinese alchemy is similar to Western alchemy as both seek to create gold from common base metals and finding the elixir of life. The elixifir of life was thought to be created from gold and cinnabar (mercuric sulfide). There is also a focus on herbal and medicinal treatments in Chinese alchemy.
Other forms of Chinese culture influencing the country of Xing is Ling’s dao sword, Xiao Mei the panda (pandas are only found in China), and Fu and Lan Fan’s masks, which resemble the masks used in Beijing Opera.
very quick and rough gif to celebrate this day!! done in a rush while working on some commissions, duhhh. I wish I remembered about this day before so that I could work on something better. OTL once again Happy FMA Day everyone~ \o/
Trisha Elric is the late mother of Edward and Alphonse Elric, and wife of Van Hohenheim. After her death, the Elric brothers were driven by their grief to attempt to bring her back using human transmutation, ultimately making Trisha the catalyst that started the plot of the series. Some facts about Trisha:
In the manga and Brotherhood, she died of an epidemic in 1904, four years before the deaths of Sarah and Yuriy Rockbell. Her sons were five and four years old at the time. In the 2003 anime, however, Trisha dies of a disease she had been keeping a secret for years. She apparently dies several years after the Rockbells, and the boys are much older.
Additionally, while the manga and Brotherhood show no details about her illness (Skipping directly from the boys unexpectedly finding Trisha collapsed to her funeral), the 2003 anime shows her slowly dying, with Ed holding her hand as she finally passed away. Neither series gives any specific name to her illness.
Though they are for all intents and purposes considered husband and wife, Trisha and Hohenheim were never legally wed, and Elric is her maiden name.
Trisha was introduced to Hohenheim by Pinako. According to Hohenheim, their relationship was “love at first sight”, and they were soon married.
Trisha is often shown with a basket of tomatoes.
According to Alphonse, Trisha was a good cook, and made especially good cakes.
In the Brotherhood filler episode titled “Interlude Party” (Episode 27), Trisha appears in Hohenheim’s dream first as a toddler, and again as a young girl. This would seem to imply that he knew her from such a young age, which is almost certainly not true.
In the 2003 anime, the would-be Trisha “monster” that Ed and Al transmuted when they attempted to revive her later became the homunculus Sloth. Sloth had the same appearance as Trisha, and seemed to share some of her memories. Her personality often seemed to waver between motherly and apathetic. Her appearance was greatly conflicting to the Elrics, and she would often use it to her advantage by attempting to emotionally manipulate them.
Shortly before her death, Trisha asked Pinako to deliver a message to Hohenheim. The message was “Sorry I couldn’t keep my promise; I’m going first.” The “promise” refers to Trisha’s insistence that she and Hohenheim would grow old together.
After Hohenheim left, Trisha would often seem sad or lost in thought. However, she kept up a bright and cheerful attitude for the sake of her boys, pretending nothing was wrong and simply saying “It can’t be helped”. Ed later developed a similar habit of hiding his sadness.
Considering how rarely she is shown, Trisha has been shown in a very large variety of different outfits.
Happy Mother’s Day from FMA Facts! Please take today to show some appreciation for a mother figure in your life, biological or not, and please do not try any necromancy at home or anywhere else. Thank you.