History Headscratchers / FullMetalAlchemist

9th Apr '18 4:02:09 AM LeviAckerman88
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** In the original FMA series, there were shots of Al without his apron (I think they were in episode 17). The apron was already on the armor before Ed transmuted Al's soul in it so it is probably just part of the armor. Also, he would look really weird without the apron, so whoever designed the armor probably thought it would be better to add it.
23rd Mar '18 12:53:02 AM OrangenChan
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** I believe Ling explained that he would simply bring the ''possibility'' of immortality to the Emperor and to get himself in his favor, then the Emperor would likely pass shortly thereafter while waiting for supposed further research into the matter. However just stating "i has an idea fur immortality" wouldn't be enough and he needed to have something like the Philosopher's stone which was a solid lead(Or May taking back the remains of a homunculus). Alternatively, Ling returning as an immortal himself would also make him a fitting candidate for emperor.
** Also, i can't remember the exact moment, but i'm pretty sure that at one point Ling says that his goal isn't to become emperor, but to gain favor for his clan, and ''maybe'' become emperor. I could be wrong though.
** He calls himself "future Emperor of Xing" plenty of times.

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** I believe Ling explained that he would simply bring the ''possibility'' of immortality to the Emperor and to get himself in his favor, then the Emperor would likely pass shortly thereafter while waiting for supposed further research into the matter. However just stating "i has "I have an idea fur immortality" wouldn't be enough and he needed to have something like the Philosopher's stone which was a solid lead(Or lead (or May taking back the remains of a homunculus). Alternatively, Ling returning as an immortal himself would also make him a fitting candidate for emperor.
*** Yeah, pretty much this. Ling needed to bring something back that would gain him some prestige, and he wanted to make ''himself'' immortal (explaining why he [[spoiler:was so willing to fuse with Greed]]).
** Also, i I can't remember the exact moment, but i'm I'm pretty sure that at one point Ling says that his goal isn't to become emperor, but to gain favor for his clan, and ''maybe'' become emperor. I could be wrong though.
** *** He calls himself "future Emperor of Xing" plenty of times.



** I thought it was stated, at least in Brotherhood, that the Emperor of Xing was dying and they had already chosen a heir - presumably the eldest son, though given May's involvement possibly just the eldest child - but that whoever it was wasn't particularly well-liked. I think they believed that if they were to return with the secret of immortality then they'd curry favour with the rest of Xing and be elevated to heir. May or Ling, I can't remember which, does state later that the current Emperor of Xing wouldn't hesitate to use the Stone despite knowing what was in it, though, so maybe it's just discontinuity. Or maybe the whole of Xing is searching for it and they want to be the first or something. Or maybe if they got back before the death of the Emperor then perhaps they'd have had to give it to them but were searching for it for themselves.
** I've always assumed that the ''official'' mission was 'Find a source of immortality for the dying Emperor.' while the ''unofficial'' mission had 'that lasts just long enough to have you named heir.' tacked on the end. That's why Ling was still interested when Al told him about how his soul might leave the armour at any moment - if he could transfer the Emperor's soul into a suit of armour, it'd last long enough for Ling to become 'heir' and then wear out allowing him to inherit.

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** I thought it was stated, at least in Brotherhood, that the Emperor of Xing was dying and they had already chosen a heir - presumably the eldest son, though given May's involvement possibly just the eldest child - but that whoever it was wasn't particularly well-liked. I think they believed that if they were to return with the secret of immortality then they'd curry favour favor with the rest of Xing and be elevated to heir. May or Ling, I can't remember which, does state later that the current Emperor of Xing wouldn't hesitate to use the Stone despite knowing what was in it, though, so maybe it's just discontinuity. Or maybe the whole of Xing is searching for it and they want to be the first or something. Or maybe if they got back before the death of the Emperor then perhaps they'd have had to give it to them but were searching for it for themselves.
*** Yeah, if I remember right, Ling also says in the manga that the Emperor is ''so'' sick that he doubts the stone would do much for him. I'm not sure if it was ever stated that the Emperor had already chosen an heir or not, but if so that would raise the same question you asked about why someone as far down the line as May (the 17th princess) would bother trying. That would lend a lot of support to the "everyone's racing to beat each other to it, and whoever does becomes heir" idea.
** I've always assumed that the ''official'' mission was 'Find a source of immortality for the dying Emperor.' while the ''unofficial'' mission had 'that lasts just long enough to have you named heir.' tacked on the end. That's why Ling was still interested when Al told him about how his soul might leave the armour armor at any moment - if he could transfer the Emperor's soul into a suit of armour, armor, it'd last long enough for Ling to become 'heir' and then wear out allowing him to inherit.




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** Also, to address the whole "why isn't anyone surprised at Al supposedly 'wearing' armor all the time" point, it actually comes up when the brothers meet Maria and Denny. They awkwardly try to pass it off as "a hobby" of Al's, which Maria and Denny proceed to get confused over. It's a quick moment, but it does get ''some'' acknowledgement.



*** Yeah, I also assumed that this scene meant that Roy let Havoc use it, too. Granted, you have to read into it a bit, but the implication is there.



** Actually actually, he had ''several'' armors. The scene of Trish's failed ressurrection shows at least 3 different ones, as far as I recall. Also, the part when they meet again in the manga has Hohhenheim saying something like "isn't that armor part of my collection?". I always assumed he had them for purely aesthetical reasons, though.

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** Actually actually, he had ''several'' armors. The scene of Trish's failed ressurrection shows at least 3 different ones, as far as I recall. Also, the part when they meet again in the manga has Hohhenheim saying something like "isn't that armor part of my collection?". collection?" I always assumed he had them for purely aesthetical reasons, though.


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** It could be that Ed immediately jumped to the wrist dagger because the Slicers were using a sword, and if he thought about the rock shield/trap it wasn't until after he was too tired from the blood loss to do much.


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** Well... they still aren't completely "normal" humans. Most people would probably be shocked to see that their loved ones could suddenly turn into animals. It's also kind of unclear how common chimeras are. Combine all that with the fact that ''they'' just wanted to be fully human again so they could feel normal, and it's pretty reasonable that they wouldn't want to see their families yet.
17th Mar '18 2:21:16 PM rjd1922
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[[folder:Kimblee's chimeras]]
* Why did Zampano and Gerso feel they couldn't face their families again unless they became fully human? They can still take human forms, so why are they so ashamed of being chimeras?
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18th Feb '18 7:23:37 PM OrangenChan
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** Also, there's technically a difference between ''seeing'' death and actually ''killing'' someone yourself. Ed may have seen a lot of people die, but he might still be reluctant to directly kill someone if he's got other options.




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** Yeah, I just assumed that she's [[OlderThanTheyLook older than she looks]], and Mei was just drawn that way to look cuter.




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*** Pretty much this. If I remember correctly, Izumi either directly expresses relief over this or says something that comes very close to it.



* Why is the Roy Mustang/Riza Hawkeye ship known as RoyAi? It gets confusing, because Ai isn't in either Hawkeye's first or last name. Although it sounds like the last syllable in Hawkeye, but that would be RoyEye. I think RoyHawk sounds really cool.
** The word RoyAi comes from the Japanese characters of 'Roy' and 'Hawkeye' being combined, and the resulting sound is 'royai'. The correct spelling of this sound would normally be roiai, which is why occasionally you will see RoyAi refered to as RoiAi; however, most fans agree that RoyAi is a pun of Roy+Ai (the Japanese word for love).

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* Why is the Roy Mustang/Riza Hawkeye ship known as RoyAi? [=RoyAi=]? It gets confusing, because Ai isn't in either Hawkeye's first or last name. Although it sounds like the last syllable in Hawkeye, but that would be RoyEye. [=RoyEye=]. I think RoyHawk [=RoyHawk=] sounds really cool.
** The word RoyAi [=RoyAi=] comes from the Japanese characters of 'Roy' and 'Hawkeye' being combined, and the resulting sound is 'royai'. The correct spelling of this sound would normally be roiai, which is why occasionally you will see RoyAi [=RoyAi=] refered to as RoiAi; [=RoiAi=]; however, most fans agree that RoyAi [=RoyAi=] is a pun of Roy+Ai (the Japanese word for love).




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*** Yeah, it'd be one thing if he'd actually lost his legs; then maybe he would've thought about getting automail, or at least prosthetics in general. We do see him [[spoiler:starting to walk again]] at the very end of the series, but that presumably would've taken months of therapy at best, which would also likely apply to getting any kind of prosthetic.




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** Ed actually [[LampshadeHanging complains about this]], if I remember right. Also, as the first reply said, I just took the whole thing as her being a silly little kid.




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** He'd most likely at least ''thought'' about it, but held back due to the whole [[spoiler:not wanting to outlive his family]] deal. As to why he eventually changed his mind... maybe Hohenheim just got lonely over time? Or just decided that [[spoiler:having a family]] would be worth it after all.



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12th Feb '18 3:40:14 AM OrangenChan
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** No, it's perfectly possible and quite probable that her uterus was taken. She had a miscarriage or stillbirth (forget which) and ''then'' tried to resurrect the kid, making Wrath (in the anime). She had her uterus taken for seeing Truth, supported by her saying she could no longer have children. She probably also had some other organs mostly takne or mostly damaged, but if the liver, it's grown back by now, cuz livers do that.

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** No, it's perfectly possible and quite probable that her uterus was taken. She had a miscarriage or stillbirth (forget which) and ''then'' tried to resurrect the kid, making Wrath (in the anime). She had her uterus taken for seeing Truth, supported by her saying she could no longer have children. She probably also had some other organs mostly takne taken or mostly damaged, but if the liver, it's grown back by now, cuz livers do that.




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** The fact that he was desperate enough to [[spoiler:use Nina and Alexander]] in the first place kind of made it seem like he ''was'' really behind on stuff. It could be that his superiors were getting onto him and had started to realize that he wasn't as good as he said. It's a bit of a guess, but it's possible.
4th Feb '18 8:20:44 PM DarkHunter
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** Pride has his shadows constantly patrolling the tunnel that makes up the circle. It took him only a few minutes to a few seconds to find people anytime someone intruded on it. And trying to fight Pride underground, where you'd need a light source to do anything, is basically suicide.
18th Jan '18 4:41:15 PM LongLiveHumour
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** He's also part of an army during a military dictatorship - not the best time or place to be disabled, and especially not when everyone and their mother is going to be clawing for the same position as you, and would probably quite happy to see you out of the way. He might be forced into an honourable discharge, or shuffled sideways along the hierarchy, but either way it'd be hard for him to get the support he'd need to rise to the top.
18th Jan '18 4:27:51 PM LongLiveHumour
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** Or he may have been physically unable to. He follows this up by keeling over sideways, which suggests he was already at the end of his rope when [[spoiler:she finally disintegrated]].
11th Jan '18 6:24:49 AM GobHobblin
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** I always felt the implication was that the proper 'afterlife' was on the other side of the Gate. [[spoiler:The souls that are trapped in Philosopher's Stones are essentially in a sort of 'limbo' until their energy gets burned out on this side, before the soul is allowed to 'transmute' to the other side (which would still fall under equivalent exchange, but that's WMG).]] Still, considering the omake of [[spoiler:Hohenheim's death]], there is a strong implication that souls go SOMEWHERE after death, and being burned out and destroyed would violate the principals of equivalent exchange: the energy doesn't 'cease' so much as transition from one form into something else.

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** I always felt the implication was that the proper 'afterlife' was on the other side of the Gate. [[spoiler:The souls that are trapped in Philosopher's Stones are essentially in a sort of 'limbo' until their energy gets burned out on this side, before the soul is allowed to 'transmute' to the other side (which would still fall under equivalent exchange, but that's WMG).]] Still, considering the omake of [[spoiler:Hohenheim's death]], there is a strong implication that souls go SOMEWHERE after death, and being burned out and destroyed would violate the principals of equivalent exchange: the energy doesn't 'cease' so much as transition from one form into something else. \n I feel this is also aided by one of [[spoiler:the souls Hohenheim used for his counter-circle announcing they would go on ahead.]]
11th Jan '18 2:29:28 AM GobHobblin
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** I always felt the implication was that the proper 'afterlife' was on the other side of the Gate. [[spoiler:The souls that are trapped in Philosopher's Stones are essentially in a sort of 'limbo' until their energy gets burned out on this side, before the soul is allowed to 'transmute' to the other side (which would still fall under equivalent exchange, but that's WMG).]] Still, considering the omake of [[spoiler:Hohenheim's death]], there is a strong implication that souls go SOMEWHERE after death, and being burned out and destroyed would violate the principals of equivalent exchange: the energy doesn't 'cease' so much as transition from one form into something else.
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