2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the ending of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, and to celebrate we’re talking about why Fullmetal Alchemist matters. From the best selling manga to the TWO anime series and the controversy around them both to the creator, Hiromu Arakawa herself we dive into it all with the help of LaNeysha from the podcasts, Did You Have To? and So Here’s What Happened. This episode, we (minus Matt) cover the high notes, the depressing notes, and how the series has some of the best female characters in all of shonen. Plus, we get into the heart of why Fullmetal Alchemist matters by detailing the series’ major themes like family, discrimination, imperialism, and the way people find redemption after transgressions.
If your unfamiliar with Fullmetal Alchemist, it’s set in the fictitious country of Amestris where two young brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, are bestowed with the gift of alchemy – the supernatural ability to transform matter. This becomes a burden after their mother dies from an illness before they figure out how to use their alchemic skills. Edward loses his left leg and Alphonse’s entire body is unusable. The boys replace their deformities with prosthetic limbs and become Full Metal Alchemists as they seek out the legendary Philosopher’s Stone to heal themselves. Inspired by the Industrial Revolution in Europe and WWII, the series is a lot deeper than the traditional action anime series.
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