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Why Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is my favorite media of All Time without spoiling anything

1. The plot moves a million miles per hour and has like, a minimum of two plot twists an episode. It’s super serialized and feels like a novel.

2. Answers that most series would drag out until the end are answered super quickly to keep the story moving.

3. The protagonists’ plight is really sad/interesting and you actually feel invested in their story and how it ends right from the first episode.

4. The protagonists have lots of agency and drive the story forwards, and there are multiple protagonists with their own plotlines.

5. Multiple interesting antagonists with intriguing worldviews.

6. The antagonists are super intimidating, not just to the characters but to the audience. Every scene one of them is in is extremely tense.

7. Unique setting that isn’t exactly fantasy and isn’t sci-fi.

8. The world’s “magic” has all of it’s rules explained so characters can’t manifest abilities you’ve never seen before without it being logical or foreshadowed.

9. Lots of tragic backstories, but the story has a light tone, and doesn’t try to be dark for no reason.

10. Never afraid to kill off characters, no matter how important, but gives lots of importance to every death that does happen so none of them feel “cheap”.

12. Romantic plotlines that don’t feel forced or boring. No love triangle nonsense to be seen.

13. Side characters that are actually given importance to the overall plot and are given their own characterizations and motivations.

14. Multiple badass female characters.

15. Midwifery being presented as awesome.

16. Gender norms being subverted left and right. Giant, muscly men full of emotions and tears. Women with majestic, long hair that have killed before and will kill again.

17. Deals with race, genocide and the aftermath of war, showing both sides of the conflict.

18. Doesn’t take itself too seriously. Contains the most masterful humorous to emotional tone shifts I have ever seen. They feel seamless.

19. Well choreographed combat scenes with innovative tactics abound.

20. This is subjective, but there are many, many scenes that are sad, or thought provoking, or spine-chilling. It’s a series that constantly shocks and amazes, even on rewatches.

21. AMAZING ending. You’ve heard of 2 episode climaxes. You’ve heard of 4 episode climaxes (hello, Avatar the Last Airbender). Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has a 15 EPISODE CLIMAX. That’s 5 straight hours of finale that literally NEVER GETS BORING.

22. Incredible philosophy.

Imperator

Rae Sloane

They are pioneers in this space. They are the first outside the charted limits of the galaxy.
She realized: It can be mine, if only I am willing to take it.
Soon, they will be at their destination.
And soon, it will be hers to take.

~from Aftermath: Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig

(Inspired by this!)

Pls stay with me here, but after the potential revelations for the new Wendig novelization that Rae Sloane was young Hux’s mentor, all I can think about is Teen!Armitage getting leave from the FO academy, completely ignoring Brendol, and going straight to Sloane like:

*tosses spare keys on space sidetable* *throws backpack on floor* *kicks boots off* *opens space fridge* & yells into the next room: “RAE HOLY SHIT YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHO FUCKING DIED IN THE LAST TRAINING EXERCISE”

She dreams of herself on a table, dying as her child—no, children—are born.
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Leia, dreaming of herself as her mother during Padmé’s death/her own birth 23 years after the fact in “Life Debt” by Chuck Wendig

This one line kills me? Just… damn. Because I was like “Leia isn’t having twins in the new canon I don’t und—oh. Oh.” Leia is so psychically linked to Padmé still, after all these years. “Do you remember your mother?” Luke asked. To which she might have replied, I dream of us still.

PAKISTAN. Sehwan. February 17, 2017. A baby bottle lies on the blood-stained floor at the 13th century Muslim Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar a day after a bomb attack in the town in Sindh province. Pakistan launched a nationwide security crackdown Friday, officials said, after a bomb ripped through the crowded Sufi shrine, killing at least 88 people including 20 children and wounding hundreds. ISIS claimed responsibility.

Photograph: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty

SYRIA. Aleppo governorate. Aleppo. March 9, 2017. Mohammed Mohiedin Anis, or Abu Omar, 70, smokes his pipe as he sits in his destroyed bedroom, listening to music on his hand-cranked gramophone in the city’s formerly rebel-held al-Shaar neighbourhood. Anis had recently returned to Aleppo, with plans to rebuild not only his home, but his large collection of vintage American cars, despite everything being reduced to wreckage and rubble. When reporters asked him about the gramophone, he responded “I will play it for you, but first, I have to light my pipe. Because I never listen to music without it.”

Photograph: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty