Spoilers for all versions of Fullmetal Alchemist.
( FMA 3, 'Mother' )
( FMA:B 2, 'The First Day' )
( FMA 5, 'The Man with the Mechanical Arm' )
( FMA 6, 'The Alchemy Exam' )
( FMA 7, 'Night of the Chimera's Cry' )
( FMA:B 4, 'An Alchemist's Anguish' )
So the Toast-commenters-in-exile have a Slack, and some people there proposed a Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood watch, which of course is entirely my jam. We're actually interleaving early episodes of FMA as an experiment, since FMA:B shortens some of the opening and does it in a weird order. Specifically:
( episode order )
So tonight while waiting for laundry to go into the dryer, I had no brain for anything but some rewatch and live-blogging. Here, therefore, are notes about FMA 1 & 2 (and then I got sucked into semi-watching FMA:B to compare).
( live-blogging of FMA 1 and 2, and also FMA:B 3 )
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, 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.)
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 )
( one last roundup )
Right. Who's up for an episode-by-episode rewatch?! *ducks, runs*
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.
( 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.
I have a migraine [*] so real episode writeups will wait until tomorrow, but I just have to say
[*] 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.
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.)