Saturday, 6 August 2011
12:06:45 AM (GMT)
So, another flash gale has showed up, and I'm bunkering in my room with my dinky
little laptop. Being stuck in here, I took a look at the various FMA memorabilia I
have obtained over the past 3 years. I started pondering why I got into the show so
much, and I think I have an explanation. I think, lol.
Might as well start this story from the beginning so everything makes sense.
It's early February, 2009, and I'm at the mall with my mom and grandma. I had a gift
card for the book store from my birthday party a few months beforehand, and it was
burning a hole in my pocket. After going to the book store and looking to see if I
could get into any new mangas, (At the time, the only one I really read was School
Rumble because I didn't know where to look, lol.) I ended up holding two different
series' in each hand. On my left hand, there was Fruits Basket, Volume 1. In my right
hand, I had Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 1. I had heard good things about both shows
beforehand, and was having a hard time choosing which one to buy. It was just a gift
card, so if I didn't like it, it wasn't a huge loss or anything. In the end, my
reasoning was simple: Fruits Basket was a shoujo and Fullmetal Alchemist was a
Shounen. Since I tend to prefer guy stuff, I chose Fullmetal Alchemist, and had
enough to buy the first two volumes. I went and sped through both of them during
lunch there, (I remember thinking Alphonse had a man's voice because I was confused
by the armour, even though it stated he was a kid, lol.) Yeah, I really liked it.
Volume two doesn't get that into the story though, and I was broke at this point, and
didn't realize that manga was up on the internet for reads. I remembered that a show
existed, though, and checked for that.
So, naturally, I ended up finding Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 variety on the interwebs
and dedicating about 5 good days into power-watching the show. Strangely enough, I
couldn't find any English episodes past episode 9, I think, so I ended up watching
the whole show in Japanese first, which is probably why I favour Romi Park over Vic
Mignogna as Edward Elric. (Not to say Vic Mignogna is terrible or anything. Strange,
two completely different-sounding VA's somehow got to play the same character, lol.)
Of course, at the end of episode 51, I was crying like you wouldn't believe. (I
remember having to run to the bathroom and catch my breath in there. Lol, Ed upset me
with his decisions.) After about 5 minutes of that, I wondered if there was a
And this led to Conqueror of Shamballa, of course.
I watched it through (In English, strangely enough) about 3 times, and then admitted
that even though I felt a bit better about the ending now, I still wasn't satisfied.
Maybe it had to do with Nazis being in the movie. (WHY HUUUUUUUUGHES?? Y U A NAZI??)
At this point, it was April of 09 or so, and I had gone through every bit of FMA I
could find. (Again, not realizing I could read it online.) So I went onto Wikipedia
and did any additional research I could find on it, and I discovered that in a few
months, a brand new show would be running, entitled Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
Holy cow, what a coincidence that was. However, looking online, not nearly as many
people were as excited about it as me. Heck, lots of people hadn't watched the show
and instead, favored the first one, which has slowly become the inferior of the two
shows to me.
After a bit of thinking, I think I'm so into Fullmetal Alchemist because I had such a
large amount of material avaliable to me, plus the added bonus of getting to follow
new material as it came. Most of the fans I talk to tend to have seen the first show
when it originally aired in 2003-2005, I think. Between 2003 and 2009 is a lot of
time to lose interest in a series. Most fans probably saw it as a neat thing to see
the show up and running again after all that time. However, I got into Fullmetal
Alchemist just a few months before Brotherhood started airing. I was still new to the
series and freshly interested. Having watched through the first series, plus the
movie, then eventually reading the entire manga online as the climax started, and
faithfully watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood on FUNimation every Thursday
morning at 9am, (Lol, I actually clocked it.) I had a lot less time for the show's
awesomeness to degrade for me.
And THAT'S my reasoning for why I like Fullmetal Alchemist so much.
OMFG I RAMBLED FOREVER.
Lol, sorry to eat up 3 hours of your time. >w>''