So i was thinking about the dwarf in the glass and how he’s a homunculus and that he’s from Hohenheim, but what is he really? I mean, he looks like the truth beyond the Door (that eye and smokey/shadowness) and with that it came to me; like getting hit with a bag of bricks.
He is Truth. In a way. Not entirely. He’s knowledge/God/the universe—he’s part of everyone. Not all of truth, but part of it (Literally the Dwarf is pursuit of truth personified). After living in the dark, he sees this world full of possibilities and things to explore and discover and experiment and conquer and it’s only natural to yearn for it. And when it all fails and he’s before his own door of Truth, it all comes out. All he wanted was to seek knowledge, to seek truth. What’s wrong with that! What’s wrong with wanting to go beyond the limits of the world? Of Humanity? To reach for the higher power?
He doesn’t want to go back to the darkness. Beyond the door is Truth, there is no to be beyond the door. It’s pure Truth, but nothing to apply it to. It’s knowledge and truth of the universe, but no universe…
He calls beyond the Door God because to be God means to be all powerful, feared and adored. He’s not human, and he will never be no matter what skin he wears, but he also wants what humans have—the capability to love one another and form bonds.
Arakawa started off the entire freakin’ series with a false prophet, and possibly a false God, and here she ends it very symmetrically. Another false God/Prophet with a bigger Philosopher’s stone. The question is who is the false God: is it the dwarf (by claiming God, does he become God?)? Or is Truth? The Dwarf calls Beyond the Door, the Truth, God mainly because it acts as a higher power that everyone wants yet fears, but no one else claims it as a God. No else yearns for it as much as the Dwarf. Ed, Al, Izumi—yes they all faced the door with their own sins, but it wasn’t the pursuit of truth that sent them there. It was love.
To be honest, I would claim the Truth, the Door, as a genuine God (Not GOD but a God. A higher power. All knowing. All seeing) and the Dwarf was its false prophet. At first, he’s easily seen as a real prophet thanks to Hohenheim’s Xerses story along with preaching to Ed about how cruel Truth can be. But in the end, Dwarf isn’t the true prophet. Not even because he turned on Truth. He never was from the start. It’s Ed. Al. Izumi. Hohenheim. Even Mustang and Hawkeye are qualified. They are the ones who see the genuine truth of….Truth. Ed comes to understand so much that he is able to outsmart it (outsmarting may be the wrong word; he’s grown enough to understand what the true answer to all is. I think. That’s my belief anyway). And it’s not angry or bitter. It laughs. Not cruelly, but happily. “That is the correct answer!”
If I keep going on about the form Arakawa uses for her “God” then we’d be here all day.
But one more thing: after realizing all of this, I can’t help but think of Romanticism. It was sort of lash back at the Enlightenment, all the war and revolts occurring all over Europe. This sudden fear of God and the unknown or the supernatural. FMA fits in this movement like a glove.
and that’s it.
Huh. It seems as though your son enjoys being held hostage.
i think I’ve tried to write edward elric meta like five times and every time i end up an incoherent mess and making no sense what so ever.
BUT I THINK I FINALLY GOT IT. I THINK I HAVE IT EXACTLY PINPOINTED WHY EDWARD ELRIC IS ONE OF MY TOP FIVE PROBABLY THREE FAVORITE CHARACTERS OF ALL TIME.
under spoiler tag for spoiler purposes
We’ve decided to restore ourselves. We don’t need the sort of half-hearted hearts that would get shaken up by something as minor as this.
Read it. Watch it. Love it.
Getting friends or people in general to watch your favorite shows can be tough. Getting friends and people to watch anime or read manga who don’t usually watch or read it is like…extremely tough. Like “this is flippin’ ridiculous how people dismiss this” tough.
When it comes to Fullmetal Alchemist, I wish everyone on this planet would give it a try. I would throw the manga volumes at passing people while walking to work. I would sit outside grocery stores handing out free samples of DVDs. I would be that person going door step to door step handing out pamphlets asking “Have you accepted Edward Elric into your heart yet?” I love this animanga so much that I’m willing to write up a huge post listing reasons why Fullmetal Alchemist, FMA for short, is amazing and why you should read it. watch it. love it.
Here’s the thing, I’m not going to tell you to read manga and watch anime. If it’s not your thing, that’s okay! If you’ve tried and hated it, that’s totally fine! I am not here to force you to read anime or manga. This post is ultimately to lure you to try out Fullmetal Alchemist despite it being an anime/manga. I’m trying to get those who have never tried to read or watch anime/manga to leap over those prejudice thoughts and ideas that have been conceived toward the medium. If that is the only reason holding you back, this post’s purpose is to help shine positive light on Fullmetal Alchemist as a narrative driven story, like any show or book you’ve read, and not only as an anime or manga.
Now that that’s out of the way lets get this party started.
[warning extremely long party ahead]
A painless lesson is one without meaning. One who does not sacrifice anything cannot achieve anything.
Cool! You are a tiny alchemist just like everyone says!
[AGGRESSIVELY SCREAMS FROM THE TOP OF MOUNT EVEREST] I LOVE LING YAO
No like Bradley and Ling
the craziest parallels. Ready?
+ Bradley was the 12th soldier to be injected with the philosopher stone. Ling is the 12th son of the emperor.
+ Bradley was the first to survive the injection of the philosopher stone (turning him into Wrath). Ling was the only other person to survive a philosopher stone’s injection (turning him into Greed)
+ Despite being homunculi, they are both human based (originally human).
+ Both have wills and desires of their own. (Bradley chose who he wanted to marry and also his own death. Greed was born within Ling’s body, and yet Ling’s soul wasn’t smothered and even occasionally switching places with Greed—like in moments of great concern).
+ Both homunculi die peacefully (and the only ones).
+ Both were raised to be warriors.
+ Both fight to protect.
Man i’m sure there is way more, but those are the ones I can think of on top of my head.
But I think what’s most important the one thing that makes them different from the other. Bradley is KING Bradley. He is already a King, or Emperor in Ling’s case. Ling isn’t. His goal is to save his people and rise to the top. Ling meets Bradley and sees the King he doesn’t want to be, but what I think Greed/Ling finds so frightening about Wrath/King Bradley is that he is everything Ling seeks to be an Emperor. Strong. Determined. Charismatic. Ambitious. Caring. Of course Ling is horrified that someone with these characteristics is strong, determined, charismatic, ambitious, and caring for the wrong team and all the wrong reasons.
Jokes on you Ling/Greed because you pretty much are Wrath/Bradley. Lols.
I found it really weird at first that Scar was the one to due in Wrath/Bradley and not Ling/Greed (it makes perfect sense though and I’m glad it was done this way. Scar sought revenge for Ishbal by killing of state alchemists, but the real terrorist was Amestris or the state military, and what better to find closure by killing the leader, the face of Amestris and the state military?) but then I concluded by Ling/Greed killing Wrath/Bradley is equivalent to suicide. Being a king is not easy. You WILL face many of your sins. You WILL commit many sins. Ling judging Bradley for what he’s done, is naive (of course he has every right to because, you know, Bradley executed MASS genocide. Bradley is in the wrong, but Ling’s is quick to make assumptions of what a King really is, when he himself has no right to make such assumptions being a fifteen year old and a total punk). He doesn’t realize that by him becoming Emperor he will face decisions that have no right answers. He himself will commit sins (THUS THE IRONY IS THAT LING (FUTURE EMPEROR) A HUMAN WELCOMES GREED WITH OPEN ARMS AND KING BRADLEY IS ALSO WRATH).
So they don’t kill one another, but they also don’t ever see eye to eye. THere is no moment of understanding. In fact, their relationship grows worse. They grow to hate the other so much, even with Greed in control, there is no sympathy/empathy because as Kings, they cannot accept what they have/will become. They must remain strong and holdfast to their resolves. By showing sympathy toward one another and their choices is not a sign of weakness, it’s a way of admitting that they are/will not be the King they want to be. And Bradley gets that. There are no true kings in this world. Perfection.
someone had to show me a post about why another blogger loved fma (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE YOU EVIL BASTARD) and now i can’t stop thinking and just crying like OKAY
THE DOOR. THE GREAT KNOWLEDGE. I AM TRUTH. I AM GOD. I AM YOU. The Elric brothers, Mustang, Father, the seven sins, ALL THESE CHARACTERS GOOD AND BAD, they all sought after the door, the being at the door in one way or the other. The bothers wanted their bodies back (knowledge). Mustang wanted answers (truth). Father wanted God, the higher ultimate power (I AM GOD). The very bane of humanity, these seven sins that are personified and terrorize everyone, are what drives all these people to search for the door it’s all in them. THEY ARE THE THEIR OWN ENEMY. And through out their journeys they all face moments of self doubt or rage or envy and self indulgent and pride and just—moments of self destruction and it’s through others that assist or stop them.
And in the end it’s through self sacrifice. Not just Ed sacrificing an arm to save his brother (the arm that holds his al’s hand) or his ultimate sacrifice, but Riza sacrificing a normal life for mustang and Lan Fan willing to die for Ling. LING WILLING TO SACRIFICE HIS FREEDOM FOR HIS COUNTRY. LIKE.