November 20th, 2011

Fulllmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

I've been watching this hard-fantasy anime in fits and spurts for a while, and recently went back to it as a stitching and (even more recently) feeding-the-Pip show, on the theory that the final volume of the manga will be out in English next month, and this way I'd have the general outline fresh in my head for better spotting of foreshadowing and worldbuilding when I semi-re-read. (I read scans of the chapters as they came out in Japan, but at this point they were basically just a blur of epic-awesome.)

(I am vaguely contemplating another series, but whether that is actually realistic will have to wait for me to see how this whole two-kids thing shakes out.)

Those of you who've been around this journal for a while know that I loved the original anime and wrote many thousands of words about it. But because the manga wasn't nearly finished then, it went off on its own after a while. And the story it decided to tell is so much smaller in comparison—and also, sadly, far more problematic, in a "how did I not notice this before?" kind of way.

Anyway, I just finished watching the anime (which is available free online in its subtitled version), and I just wanted to squee about the epic and the awesome and the ensemble—especially all the amazing female characters—and someone refusing to do the stupid plot thing that I hate (spoilers!) and just generally how much I love them all. I have a few quibbles with some of the ending, but on the whole: awesome.

So: fic recs, please, especially meaty post-series stuff? Your favorite moments, characters, pieces of personal post-series canon? Talk to me, people.

Spoilers in comments, obviously.

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