Telling oneself that envy is bad becomes much more entertaining when one recalls Fullmetal Alchemist.

Chad pointed out yesterday that we were coming up on a year of not-watching the Fullmetal Alchemist movie. As he was quite right, we popped it in the DVD player.

Short version: didn't suck, but really should have been several episodes, not a movie.

Long version: )

Also, [livejournal.com profile] vayshti is looking for meta thoughts on Ed's clothes during the series (warning: link is to a post with spoilers for the entire series). Anyone able to help?

My sister-in-law does origami (for those of you at the wedding, she folded the 1001 cranes that were in the centerpieces and on the tables), and as a birthday present she sent me an origami bookcase, complete with individual books, with a note saying it was a library for Ed and Al.

As you can see from the pictures behind the cut (one of just them, one of all my Fullmetal Alchemist figures), they look very happy to have a bookcase to defend.

(The origami books are very cool; they're folded from a single sheet of paper, and have endpapers and everything. There's another picture behind the cut of a larger one she did for me for Christmas, and a stegosaurus she did for Chad.)

700 KB of pictures, one 1200 pixels wide )

Free-assocation musing about the end of Fullmetal Alchemist; series-ruining spoilers and a poll behind the cut.

spoilers )

Finally finished! Below the cut are series-destroying spoilers for Fullmetal Alchemist (also, holy cow but this got long; actually, it's so long I'm separately lj-cutting episodes). We haven't seen the movie yet, so don't be an asshole by spoiling it. (I had to screen a comment today spoiling episode 50 in an old post; people never fail to amaze me.)

episode 49 )

episode 50 )

episode 51 )

scattered general comments )

one last roundup )

Right. Who's up for an episode-by-episode rewatch?! *ducks, runs*

Almost done! Spoilers for episodes 46-48 of Fullmetal Alchemist below the cut; even hint at spoilers for the last three episodes (or the movie, or the OVAs) and I will kill you with my brain.

(Also, GIP, because I am easily amused.)

spoilers, FMA eps. 46-48 )

Roundup )

Spoilers for episodes 44 and 45 of Fullmetal Alchemist behind the cut. If you spoil me for future episodes, I will kill you with my brain (and screen your comment).

FMA episodes 44 & 45 )

Roundup )

I don't have time to update my "Why watch Fullmetal Alchemist" post this week, but I wanted to note that the Cartoon Network has come around again to episode one, starting this Saturday night at midnight (repeated at 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning). I still haven't finished the series (wah!), but the episodes I've seen since writing that post have only deepened my love for the show. So, in the unlikely event that there's anyone left reading this journal who hasn't tried it, go and watch!

(I know, I know, it's Saiyuki week, but recs are recs, right? Anyway, it can't be FMA week until after I've finished the series.)

If you haven't seen episodes 41-43 of Fullmetal Alchemist, you really truly do not want to read this post. Even more than usual.

Reminder on spoiler policy: if it's information from an episode after 43, no matter how insignificant, I don't want to hear it. Comments containing spoilers will be screened and reposted under ROT13; people who post spoilers will be killed with my brain.

That said, I would like people's advice on the best episode groupings for the rest of the series. Example: stopping on 26 is a bad idea, one should stop on 25; 43 was a reasonably good place to stop, while episode 41 would have been awful. If people could recommend which episodes to watch together, either for all of 44-51 or just for a subset, with no explanations, that would be great. Nb.: we usually watch 2-4 episodes at a time.

Spoilers for Fullmetal Alchemist, episodes 41-43 )

Roundups )

Since about the midpoint of the series, I've been contemplating the different moral viewpoints being offered in Fullmetal Alchemist. I've mentioned some of this in comments before, but I wanted to update it slightly and put it in all in one place (because, hey, I haven't written enough about anime this weekend).

Unfortunately, I'm very tired, and this feels like it's coming out flat and obvious and not at all interesting; but if I don't finish this tonight, I won't for ages. If it sucks, I'm sorry for inflicting it on you all.

Enormous, enjoyment-destroying spoilers up through episode 40. If you spoil me for episodes after 40, I will kill you with my brain.

Competing moral worldviews in FMA, including equivalent exchange, the creation of life, childhood, and cooperation )

Addenum on revenge )

Well then.

Spoil me for episodes after 40 and I will give you a cold, and a migraine, and cramps.

spoilers for episodes 39-40 )

Roundups )

Up next: my grand theory of morality in Fullmetal Alchemist.

I have a migraine [*] so real episode writeups will wait until tomorrow, but I just have to say

spoiler for Fullmetal Alchemist, episode 40 )

[*] Excedrin kills the pain but leaves me queasy and shaky. Yes, on top of the cold. Also, thank you all for the anime recs; responses to those comments will come tomorrow too.

Back to watching FMA after a longish hiatus for holidays and such. Spoilers up through episode 38 under the cut; spoil me for future episodes and I will transmute a big cage around you.

Episode 36-38 spoilers )

Roundups )

A good place to leave the series for a week or so. Spoilers for episodes 33-35 behind the cut; spoil me for future episodes and I will send a vengeful ghost to go "BLEAAAHHHH!" at you.

Episode 33-35 spoilers )

Roundups )

We watched these Friday night. At the end of episode 32, Chad and I were discussing whether to watch more taped episodes, and one of the things I said was that, judging from the titles, "I think it's going to be just cliff-hangers all the way down from here."

So, spoilers for episodes 30-32 of Fullmetal Alchemist; spoil me for future episodes and I'll sic a psycho on you (and I have so many to choose from!).

spoilers )

More catching up with episodes taped off Adult Swim. Spoilers below the cut; don't spoil me for later episodes or I will strand you on a deserted island.

(Speaking of which, I am annoyed that I won't be able to check differences in the dubs at The Genuine Truth Behind Truths anymore, as its comparison for episode 29 spoiled me quite unnecessarily. Grrr. I'm going to pretend I didn't see it, however.)

spoilers for Fullmetal Alchemist episodes 27-29 )

Just a reminder (since my original post was on Saturday morning when blog reading tends to be lower): set your VCRs/TiVOs/PVRs/other recording devices of your choice to the Cartoon Network tonight, 1:00 a.m. Eastern, for a re-airing of the first episode of Fullmetal Alchemist. See the why watch post for more details.

(Or, now would be a great time to add them to your NetFlix queue! Whichever.)

I am rather late to this particular party, but since Adult Swim's come around to episode 1 of Fullmetal Alchemist starting this Monday night, I felt I ought to post with some whens and whys of the show. (This is going to be long but not still not as complete or polished as I'd like, because I have to drive to Massachusetts today.)

At the most basic level: Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime, complete at 51 half-hour episodes, which has been available for some time in Japan (there is also a movie that was recently released). While various fan groups have created their own subtitled versions of the series ("fansubs"), the licensed English dubbed versions are only now being aired on TV and released on DVD.

When: The U.S.'s Cartoon Network (which I believe is generally part of the basic cable package) has a late-night programming block called "Adult Swim." Right now, it's showing one new-to-TV episode each Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. Eastern (repeated at 2:30 a.m.), and repeating one older episode each night on Monday-Thursday at 1:00 a.m. (repeated at 4:00 a.m.). Here's Adult Swim's page for the show, but you can avoid the Flash and go straight to this schedule listing to check episode titles. (This general information page has a numbered list if you need to check which title goes with which episode.) The upshot is that Adult Swim's weeknight airings have cycled through the available episodes already this season, and so are starting all over again with episode 1 this Monday night, November 1, at 1:00 a.m. Eastern.

If you've been watching my many spoiler-cut posts go by and wondered what it was all about, or wanted to get into the show but couldn't afford to buy or rent the DVDs [*], now would be the perfect time to start watching (or recording, if it's on past your bedtime).

[*] Four episodes a disc, five discs out so far. The sixth is due out 11/15/05, following an every-eight-weeks pattern.

Why (the short version): Because I think that it has something to appeal to every kind of viewer—whether you want character development, plot consequences and surprises, worldbuilding, symbolism, philosophical and moral underpinnings, angst, humor, mystery . . . it's all there and it's all intertwined (with minor exceptions that I will note later). I love it for the characters, of course, because that's the kind of watcher I am, but I've also had a great deal of fun thinking about the moral universe that's being constructed and trying to figure out plot details as I watch.

(Caveat: I'm only through episode 26 at the moment. I trust the series to continue to make good storytelling choices, but take these comments with whatever amount of salt you deem appropriate.)

Unless the concept of anime is an absolute and immediate deal-breaker for you, give it a try—I need more people who are only watching it now to discuss things with. => (This was my first anime, and I'll talk a little about the ways that affected my viewing below the cut.)

Why: the long version: including premise, structure of season one, and minor caveats. Spoilers for premise only. )

A note on spoilers: don't be spoiled. One of the great things about the show is the way it keeps surprising me, and the one spoiler I've learned and then watched really affected my reaction. Unfortunately it's not so easy to avoid spoilers since the series has been available in fansubs for so long (and some people are less than considerate in the icons they make and use, grr), but do make the effort.

I have a list of episode-by-episode commentary resources that I compiled so that I could read along with other people; posts are only spoilery up to the last episode noted. If anyone else has other links to episode commentary, please do provide them.

(Also, because this was written in a hurry, please add your reasons why people should watch!)

Should've stopped with 25 rather than going onto 26. Oh well.

(I should say that I'm getting over a cold, I'm tired and my head hurts, and I was foolish and got spoiled for episode 25, so if I sound rather flat and befuddled, that's probably why. Also I need to go to bed so I haven't proofread.)

Spoilers for these episodes, as usual (and don't be like me and get spoiled for this set if you haven't seen them yet); spoil me for future episodes and I will kill you with my brain.

spoilers for Fullmetal Alchemist episodes 24-26 )

I've got a "why watch" post half-done, because Adult Swim is starting to air episodes from the beginning next week. I have to drive to Massachusetts tomorrow, so I don't know if I'll manage to finish it before I leave—I want to, because otherwise it probably won't be done until late Sunday if not Monday morning, and that's not so much use when episode 1 is airing Monday night. We'll see.

[Edit: the "why watch" post is up.]

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