FMA: Original vs. Brotherhood

FMA: Original vs. Brotherhood

For those of you who have not watched all of either of these, I will leave the beginning portion spoiler-free.  I will warn you on any major spoilers, so I am not held accountable for your frustration.  Now that we have that covered, I will explain myself.

Right off the bat, I’ll tell you that I enjoyed both of these shows.  But, I do have a favorite, after a year of contemplating it.  You probably have a good guess of which one it is, but I’ll explain why I like each one before getting to that.

Let’s start with the  beginning of the 2003 version.

This one starts the same as the Brotherhood version, but veers off in different directions pretty quickly.  I enjoyed the “filler” episodes that were in the beginning, because it let me get to know the characters before they dove into anything too serious.  By the time things really start to happen, I have a good idea as to how they’ll react.  I could understand the characters feelings and I knew them more personally than the beginning of Brotherhood.

Things don’t start to really kick off until around episode 20, and we all know the devastating loss around episode 25.  It was this time that it became different from Brotherhood.  Although Brotherhood splits off at about episode 11.  The original gave more time for explanation and added some adventure to the beginning, where Brotherhood wasted no time getting to the problem.

I’m not saying that Brotherhood did anything poorly as for the beginning, but I just appreciate the time the creators put into adding character development in the beginning, since there isn’t nearly as much as in Brotherhood.

Now, we know the main goal the two brothers have is returning their bodies back to normal by means of Philosopher’s Stone, but in both versions, there is another goal in mind as well.  In the 2003 version, Scar and Dante were huge villains and the two were after them for most of the second half of the show.  In Brotherhood, the homunculi and the Father were the main villains.  Although the original DOES focus on the homunculi a lot, it just isn’t as much as Brotherhood.

Alright from here on, there WILL be spoilers for both shows.  So exit out if you aren’t to the end of both.

 

 

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Why Winry Rockbell is Awesome Part 2

This is a continuation of the last post.  I didn’t want to publish all of it at once since it was so long, but here is part two.  Enjoy!

 

  1. She’s freaking STRONG

Yeah, that’s in all-caps.  There’s a reason.  She’s got some superhuman strength going on in her arms.  Think about it, she’s using her arms every day, and what does she carry with her everywhere?  A WRENCH.  Not a purse, or a makeup bag, or any of that.  A wrench.  That in one episode of the original show, she knocked Ed, Al, two other guys, then Ed again on their backs with.  I don’t know how she managed to knock a giant 7 foot tall suit of armor over, but she did it.  Also, in Brotherhood, there is a scene where she picks Ed up by the back of his shirt and carries him all the way across the room and drops him like a doll.  I can’t even pick up a basket of laundry without my arms starting to hurt a bit.  (I’m a wimp, I know)  It’s so funny, because later, (Brotherhood still) Ed has to carry her on his back, and he STRUGGLES.  This dude who has had two limbs ripped from his body and comes face to face to death on a daily basis has a hard time lifting her up.  And she picks him up like he’s NOTHING.  I don’t know about you, but if I was in their world and I accidentally got Winry mad, I’d run out of there like my life depended on it.  I had one more point, but I think you’ve got the just of it.

BONUS: When she, Ed, and Al are in Rush Valley, she doesn’t care about any of the beautiful jewelry.  She wants to examine the craftsmanship of the various metal arms and legs.  And, you know, wrenches.  She’s nothing without her wrench.  I’m not a fan of jewelry myself, and I’ve always appreciated impressively built items.  I’m with her on this one.

  1. She’s a caring person

Despite her superhuman strength, she has a soft side.

 

*******SPOILER ALERT******SPOILER ALERT******SPOILER ALERT*******

 

Please, please, please, don’t read ahead if you haven’t gotten past season 2 of Brotherhood.  This is a major, major, major spoiler.  It wasn’t in the original, so don’t go off of that please.

 

 

Alright, I’ve warned you.  Now you can’t yell at me.

 

 

So, this is probably one of the saddest moments in Brotherhood, in my opinion.  I almost bawled.  When Winry finds out that Scar was the cause her parents’ death, she wants so badly to kill him, to avenge her parents.  But as she holds the gun pointed toward him, she can’t do it.  When she lowers the gun finally, there’s this super sweet scene between Winry and Ed.  It’s honestly one of my favorite exchanged between them.  I’ve watched the scene so many times I almost have it memorized.

It’s something along the lines of, she couldn’t shoot because she isn’t meant to harm other people.  She’s meant to help.  She makes prosthetic limbs for people all the time.  She saves so many people every day, and she never tries to.  It’s just what she’s always done.  It’s in her nature.  I just love this scene because it isn’t all awkward like a majority of their conversations.  It shows how well they know each other and the trust between them.  (If you haven’t noticed, I kind of ship them a lot.  I will also have a post about why I ship them later on.  It won’t be for a while though)

 

That’s basically all I have to say about Winry.  I’m sure there’s more, but for now, these four reasons are enough.  Thank you so much for reading this.  I hope you return for more content!  If you have anything to add on, please leave me a comment.  I will try really hard to respond to all comments, and I may use something you say in a future post.  Thank you!

Why Winry Rockbell is Awesome

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**Before you continue, I will assume that you know who Winry is, and if you don’t, it’s your choice to read ahead.  I will keep the major spoilers for all of my posts saved for the end, and I will warn everyone before I reveal anything.  Thank you!**

My first real post!  I figured that I should do something I feel strongly about, from one of my favorite animes of all time.  Well, two, I guess.  Before I get any questions, I love both the original Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.  I DO have a favorite, but I will explain that a different time.  It’s already an idea I have.

For this, I will be using mostly examples from Brotherhood, but I will include some from the original.  I got both sides, don’t you worry.  I know there are some very strong feelings against one or the other, but like I said, that’s for another time.

Let’s begin, shall we?

  1. She is NOT, by any means, a fanservice character

I don’t care how busty she is, that’s not her fault, and she certainly doesn’t try to show it off.  Some may argue that she is because of what she wears while she is working on automail.  Sure, you can see her stomach, but who really cares?  She’s working on metal ALL DAY, don’t you think she’s going to get warm?  I certainly wouldn’t want to be wearing pants and anything other than a tank top.  Anyway, Ed doesn’t seem to care all that much, so why should you criticize her?  If there are no nosebleeds from a male character, I never really consider a female character fanservice.

When she isn’t working on automail, her outfit really isn’t revealing at all.  I mean, her shoulders are showing when she’s wearing her tank top, but again, who cares?  She’s a pretty teenage girl who works on metal all day, I think she’s allowed to wear what she wants.

I know this point really doesn’t have much to do with how she’s awesome, but I was searching for a picture for her on Pinterest for a drawing reference (yes, I draw.  It sucks, but I don’t care), and one of the possible tags was labeled “fanservice.”  I don’t know how often this appears, but I know this bothered me when I saw it.  I had to explain my reasons why at some point.

2. She’s not helpless

I know this is the cliche point made for “strong female characters,” but with Winry it’s different. She’s not afraid to cry for or in front of people she loves.  I think that’s one of the strongest things a person can do.  Though I can’t remember the exact quote, I remember her saying something to Ed about how upset she was that he never cried.  She explained that the reason she cries is for him.  She’s always scared that one day, him and Al won’t return.  It’s a heavy thing for her to carry all the time.  She waits at her house in Resembool, but she’s sitting there, worrying for them.  At multiple moments in Brotherhood, she has said “I hate waiting.”  It’s clear how annoyed she is with not being able to help them more.  But no matter how hard she tries, Ed just won’t let her come.  He’s worried that she will get hurt if she comes.

Despite this, at one point in Brotherhood, she does convince him to let her come on their journey in Briggs.  That was an awesome couple of episodes, I have to say.  For anyone who hasn’t watched Brotherhood, I won’t tell you when or what happens, but it’s definitely one of my favorite parts.  For people who have already watched it, you probably know what I’m talking about.

Part 2 will come the day after tomorrow.  Thank you for reading so far!

**This was my very first real post, so go easy on me.  I had no idea what I was doing**