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Old 02-19-2007, 09:54 AM   #1
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Full Metal Alchemist - Anime Review

Full Metal Alchemist is another of your magical animes that is full of science, monsters, and magic that we all wish we could do here in the real world. The anime has considerable violence, loss of limb, and impalations, so if you're too young for that sort of thing, go to bed!

The anime revolves around the life of the brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric. Both are child prodigies in the science of Alchemy, the ability to transmute objects into other objects of equal mass. The law of Eqivalent Exchange plays a very high role in the series as the foundation of Alchemy as well as the general way of the world. Equivalent Exchange dictates, "to obtain, something of equal value must be lost." An equally valuable sacrifice must be made in order to obtain something else.

Of course, what the young brothers didn't know was just how costly it would be to use Alchemy to revive their mother. The brothers attempted to transmute their mother after her death, a known crime in Alchemy. The act cost Edward his left leg and Alphonse lost his entire body in this process. To quickly revive his brother, Edward offered his right arm to reacquire his brother's soul and attach it to a suit of armor in the room. Afterwards, Ed purchases a set of robotic limbs (called automail) and the two brothers set out on a journey to find a way to restore their bodies to normal.

Their first step was to join the military as a state alchemist (equal to an officer) and gain access to their resources. Though both Ed and Al qualify despite their young age, only Ed becomes a state alchemist, dubbed the Fullmetal Alchemist by the military. With the military's resources and funding to support them, the brothers set out to find the legendary Philosopher Stone, said to be the only way in alchemy to gain without Equivalent Exchange.

Picture below shows Edward on the right and Alphonse on the left.
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:06 PM   #2
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Another one of my favs.....have you seen the movie?
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Actually, no, but I so want to. I hear Ed comes back from beyond the gate and I'm curious how he does it without Alchemy.
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Talking "Mr. Ed comes back from beyond the gate" oh no

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Actually, no, but I so want to. I hear Ed comes back from beyond the gate and I'm curious how he does it without Alchemy.
Maybe you two could hook up and watch the cartoons together My kids watched Anime when they where much younger but now they have a day job and pay taxes and do not seem to watch cartoons anymore.
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Old 02-19-2007, 03:57 PM   #5
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Maybe you two could hook up and watch the cartoons together My kids watched Anime when they where much younger but now they have a day job and pay taxes and do not seem to watch cartoons anymore.
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My guess is someone they were/are exposed to on a daily basis sucked all of their youth away because we all work and pay taxes.
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Not everybody works and pays taxes

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My guess is someone they were/are exposed to on a daily basis sucked all of their youth away because we all work and pay taxes.
My children did what young adults do and should do grow up leave the nest and go and make their own family. It is called the natural order of things. No job hopping just get thru college and start at a good level in the work force and enjoy being independent. I did not suck anything but they sucked my pocket book but now that trend is changing and I hope they raise children and pay lots of taxes unlike so many youth that job hop and live in the fantasy world of cartoons.
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Old 02-19-2007, 05:01 PM   #7
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Maybe you two could hook up and watch the cartoons together My kids watched Anime when they where much younger but now they have a day job and pay taxes and do not seem to watch cartoons anymore.
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I can assure you that I have a steady job, I go to college (where I'm at the top of my class), and I not only pay my taxes, but I also file my own taxes too (H&R Block can't touch this! ). You seem to correspond anime with American cartoons which you obviously correspond to "childish entertainment" for people who just didn't grow up. I can safely assure you that this is definitely not the case with anime and it is certainly not the case with Americans who enjoy anime.

Anime is not merely a bunch of cartoons. It is quite the contrary! It is an artform in Japan, no different than any other, and is very popular in the U.S. for all ages. In Japan, every age group has their respective anime genres. Kids have the more playful animes with less complexity. Adults have anime with more action, drama, violence, and even romance (hentai anyone?). Unlike American animation, where audio is very unrealistic and video is unnaturally colorful and low-quality; Japanese anime has very high quality visual art, superb sound and music tracks, and storylines full of mythology, intriguingly realistic twists and suprises, and no expense is spared in creating an entertaining experience that encourages the viewers to feels the joys and pains of the characters as the story develops. It is truly a wonderful art!

The American connotations of what a cartoon is does not apply in the least to a cartoon that wasn't developed here.
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My children did what young adults do and should do grow up leave the nest and go and make their own family. It is called the natural order of things. No job hopping just get thru college and start at a good level in the work force and enjoy being independent. I did not suck anything but they sucked my pocket book but now that trend is changing and I hope they raise children and pay lots of taxes unlike so many youth that job hop and live in the fantasy world of cartoons.
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I see, so in the fantasy world you live in, adults watching cartoons = hopping from job to job and not paying taxes, supporting the law over religion = Socialism, supporting criminal activity is perfectly acceptable as long as God fits into the equation, and abortion is unacceptable in all situations.


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I see, so in the fantasy world you live in, adults watching cartoons = hopping from job to job and not paying taxes, supporting the law over religion = Socialism, supporting criminal activity is perfectly acceptable as long as God fits into the equation, and abortion is unacceptable in all situations.
Give a child a fish and feed him for a day and teach him to fish and feed him for life with that said leave the child alone and teach them no work ethic and you have a bunch of over grown kids that are not as productive in society. Working here and there and not having a career is a problem in society's youth always has been but seem much worse these days. How long have you worked at your job or last few jobs ? I have been at mine for 24 years and my daughters are working a very stable not to say you are not stable that will help my grandchildren too. Almost time for Sailor Moon got to run........
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I see you are throwing old dirt at a new problem again don't forget your subject and object. You do have a socialist slant to you

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Give a child a fish and feed him for a day and teach him to fish and feed him for life with that said leave the child alone and teach them no work ethic and you have a bunch of over grown kids that are not as productive in society. Working here and there and not having a career is a problem in society's youth always has been but seem much worse these days. How long have you worked at your job or last few jobs ? I have been at mine for 24 years and my daughters are working a very stable not to say you are not stable that will help my grandchildren too. Almost time for Sailor Moon got to run........
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I see you are throwing old dirt at a new problem again don't forget your subject and object. You do have a socialist slant to you
Well let's just say that 24 years ago I was in the 6th grade, old man. No surprise you have more years on the job than me or the guy who just turned 24.

Either way, a person's chosen form of entertainment is in no way, shape, or form, an indication of their work ethic.


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You're 35, BrainSmashR?
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So no answer as to you work experice ?

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Well let's just say that 24 years ago I was in the 6th grade, old man. No surprise you have more years on the job than me or the guy who just turned 24.

Either way, a person's chosen form of entertainment is in no way, shape, or form, an indication of their work ethic.

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Alright guys, this thread is not going to become a flame war. I will lock it up before I let it go there. We are discussing anime here, not our opinions of each other, our religions, or political alignments. I have edited the posts that I feel were inappropriate.


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Either way, a person's chosen form of entertainment is in no way, shape, or form, an indication of their work ethic.
I can agree to this entirely! I am on my 3rd month in a job I love! I am a prior serviceman in the U.S. military. I'm working on a college degree. All the while, I am a huge fan of all kinds of anime. It is obviously no indication of work ethic. I just have my own form of entertainment, that's all.

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>Either way, a person's chosen form of entertainment is in no way, shape, or form, an indication of their work ethic.

TV is (sadly) 2007's bookshelf and the best way to know a person is to browse their bookshelf.

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That is true is some fashion if you don't take its meaning too literally. For instance, I love a good vampire flick with blood and gore (Underworld Evolution rocked!!!) every now and then. However, this doesn't mean that I am a violent individual. Quite the contrary in my case. I'm actually a very calm and peaceful person.
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