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Old 2010-08-07, 19:04   Link #2061
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More FMA is always good, either way.
Quoted for truth!

Looking forward to it. But I guess it's just something along the lines of a sweet bonus chapter. Beach episode, anyone?
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Old 2010-08-08, 10:14   Link #2062
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Shounen Gangan just cannot quite FMA. It is even getting the cover again.
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Old 2010-08-09, 08:25   Link #2063
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All the best stories have a meaning behind them, and FMA is one of the best!

Its interesting to see what other people took as away from it. There's alot of morality and philosophy shown & discussed by the characters. FMA did make me think, which I LOVE from a narrative.

The only political message that I seemed clear to me was the similarites between Ishval & real world's Middle east.
Considering Armestris is frequently refered to as the west (& the Armestris characters being Aryan in appearence) & Xing as the east (with the characters being clearly Asian), and Ishval is right in between (that & along with the racial similarities of the Ishvalian people & those from the middle east...on top of the religious fundamentism).
I thought the Ishval massacare reflects the Wests invasion of Iraq (and now Afghanistan), especially considering the after effects on the returning soldiers (many have commited suicide after returning home & expressed guild over their actions, which FMA touches on with Mustang & co)
Not a happy issue, but interesting.

It can't be, FMA was first written in 2001, so unless Hiromu Arakawa has a time machine then Fullmetal Alchemist has nothing to do with the middle east other than similar skin color. Generally speaking Scar's story generally has more to do with Christianity due to how forgiveness and atonement are emphasized just like in Christianity.

Arakawa has also stated that the idea from Ishval came from the Ainu. Also the human experimentation of Ishvalans by the goverment is based off of the Japanese preforming human experimentations on the Chinese.
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Old 2010-08-09, 09:29   Link #2064
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It can't be, FMA was first written in 2001, so unless Hiromu Arakawa has a time machine then Fullmetal Alchemist has nothing to do with the middle east other than similar skin color. Generally speaking Scar's story generally has more to do with Christianity due to how forgiveness and atonement are emphasized just like in Christianity.

Arakawa has also stated that the idea from Ishval came from the Ainu. Also the human experimentation of Ishvalans by the goverment is based off of the Japanese preforming human experimentations on the Chinese.
Ahhh Very good point. I suppose thats just what I took away from it then.
Again, its a sign of a good story when you your auidence finds relevence in your work other then to what you had previously invisioned
Though, the story was not fully fleshed out in 2001, certainly no reason why she couldnt have taken some inspiration at a later date.

Though I would also argue there are more similarities than skin colour. It was to do with where it was geographicaly located on the map as well the the fact it was a desert. And the religious culture. And Scar being constantly called a terrorist. And the utter destruction suffered by the innocent civillians of Ishbal. That all kind of came together, and thats what gave me the impression.

You also reminded me of the christian themes, I'd forgotten to mention that. It did seem to have a strong christian moral to the story, in which, bonus points to Arakawa, she told through a main character that was an Atheist (and obviously didnt demonize lil Edward ).
I'm not the religious sort myself, but I liked FMA because it was sutble with the religious message, "under the hood" as it were...
The only time I found it grated on me was when Mustang didnt finish off Envy or "he would turn to the dark side"

Thanks for the head up on the Arakawa quote there Knight, I'll keep in mind next time I'm running through the series
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Old 2010-09-05, 12:42   Link #2065
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FMA Gaiden:

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Old 2010-09-05, 15:58   Link #2066
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yay!!!! is this already out? can't wait ^-^!!!
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Old 2010-09-11, 19:47   Link #2067
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Gaiden chapter is out.... very sweet and cute indeed, but I kind of wished for the other characters

http://tieba.baidu.com/f?kz=884340509
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Old 2010-09-12, 02:35   Link #2068
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Gaiden chapter is out.... very sweet and cute indeed, but I kind of wished for the other characters

http://tieba.baidu.com/f?kz=884340509
I just wished it was translated so I know whats going on
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Old 2010-09-12, 03:21   Link #2069
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I managed to follow along with only 3 years of Japanese under my belt. Thankfully (i cant wait for it to be translated)
I was hopeing for a military centric story myself... has anyone heard tell of their being more chapters like this??
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Old 2010-09-12, 08:41   Link #2070
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My bad! Translations are here, I think

http://www.fullmetal-alchemist.com/f...howtopic=13824
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Old 2010-09-12, 09:06   Link #2071
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Thanks for the link. That was a cute little chapter
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Old 2010-09-13, 14:32   Link #2072
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I promised my self I wouldn't cry but ..gwaddamnityoushouldvekeptit

I guess life just goes on ... T_T

and that was my favorite armor too
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Old 2010-09-13, 20:49   Link #2073
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I promised my self I wouldn't cry but ..gwaddamnityoushouldvekeptit

I guess life just goes on ... T_T

and that was my favorite armor too
Yep it made me cry too. But I actually cried because I was so darn proud of Al. Gosh I love these characters. It's like every chapter enforces that.
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Old 2010-09-14, 18:29   Link #2074
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Gaiden chapter is out.... very sweet and cute indeed, but I kind of wished for the other characters

http://tieba.baidu.com/f?kz=884340509
Hmmm...I wonder who . Coughroyxrizacough Thanks for the link though
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Old 2010-09-15, 03:08   Link #2075
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I can't believe I never thought about what happened to Al's armor! :O

This was a really cute extra chapter :'3
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Old 2010-09-15, 16:25   Link #2076
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I can't believe I never thought about what happened to Al's armor! :O
You're not the only one . I just thought it disappeared.

But yeah adorable chapter. The last page has such a huge impact. ;__;
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Old 2010-09-24, 00:02   Link #2077
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Wow, I didn't think we would be getting a FMA side story... kinda gave up hope after the months with nothing. Then again I haven't been reading this thread that much since FMA came to an end... suppose I should keep an eye on this thread for word on other side stories that may be up coming.

As sappy as it was , it did a good job reminding me I miss FMA. ...

Won't spoil anything since it was so out of the blue... but I will say it seems meant not to have a follow up chapter. After this single chapter the side story has a clear ending.
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Old 2010-09-28, 10:19   Link #2078
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I really hope that there will be one gaiden for Roy/Riza and another for Olivier and Alex maybe.
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Old 2010-10-07, 16:24   Link #2079
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I really hope that there will be one gaiden for Roy/Riza and another for Olivier and Alex maybe.
A romance/comedy between Roy/Riza, and a Complete Comedy between Oliver/Alex
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Old 2012-01-24, 20:07   Link #2080
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I finally got around to ordering and reading the English version of Volume 27 (well it did only come out earlier this month I believe) and surprisingly enough there was a new gaiden for Hohenheim and Trisha, depicting a meeting between the two after Hohenheim's death. Just three pages, but very moving nonetheless. Worth getting the volume for that alone, even with Viz's sloppy translations.
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