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Let's take a look at the events at the end of FMA - I'm using the manga. Hohenheim offers to use himself to get Alphonse back, out of paternal duty. Ed refuses because what happened to him and Alphonse was their own responsibility. Notice that in FMA, there's this sort of emphasis on personal responsibility for one's actions (e.g. Riza's comments about ...


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Hiromu Arakawa, the mangaka, states that she was not influenced greatly by any specific country, but rather a collection of European countries during the Industrial Revolution, as stated in the answers to this question, sourced back to an interview in Newtype USA, January 2006. While I'm sure Arakawa took inspiration from her own country's history, too, the ...


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I'm not completely sure if my answer is any good, but I feel like it was worth putting this out. We do indeed see that being blind would have prevented Roy from staying in the military (according to the manga), and that in theory he could have regained his sight by giving up his gate. But as pointed out in the question he would "have no way back". This ...


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The following contains heavy spoilers for both anime watchers (up to roughly episode ~48 in the 2003 anime, and roughly episode ~40 in 2009 anime) and manga readers (up to chapter ~75), telling about who, how and when created the Homunculi. I mean it. In manga and 2009 anime, the Homunculi are In the original anime (2003), The difference of Sloth in ...


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His name was never revealed. According to this: In the first anime, Scar died without his name ever being revealed. However, the author planned to reveal Scar's name before the manga finishes (in the "extras" at the end of volume 15, Arakawa states she has a name for Scar, but it's a secret). In chapter 102, when Wrath asks Scar what his name is, Scar ...


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They're so sharp because he takes care of them. The true power behind his swords are his swordsmanship, superhuman strength and incredible speed. Everything King Bradley uses to fight with is really just ordinary weapons. There is a scene in the brotherhood series (I'm aware you mentioned the manga but your overall question is generic) where he even picks up ...


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tl;dr: there is no exact point where the stories go "different ways". Depending on how strict you are with the plot divergence, there are several candidates. Minor differences There are differences even at the beginning. For instance: There are also slight differences in character details (e.g. being a minority, Rose is darker in 2003). 2003 also ...


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Alphonse was shown more of the truth than Edward, however he forgot it at the beginning of Brotherhood. Only towards the end did he remember. Thus, seeing more of it warrants a greater toll. Also, the truth takes from you that which is most ironic (which is why it is such a cruel thing); for example, Mustang had his sight taken as he had his 'sights' set on ...


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I think this may be more a "it's the thought the counts" moment. Yes, Hawkeye mentioned a democratic trial, but after it is mentioned (as you stated in your question), it is not brought up again. Perhaps in the universe of FMA:B a trial actually went underway, but it happened after the events that were told to the audience, and thus we did not hear about it....


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What does it mean that Ed exchanged his Gate? In the context of Ed's final transmutation (in which he exchanges his Gate for Alphonse), the Gate represents his ability to do alchemy, rather than his knowledge of alchemy. In chapter 108, Truth tells Edward: The Gate of Truth exists within everyone. That is how everyone can use alchemy. Notice that the ...


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This is just a supplement to Maroon's answer which is far too long to be a comment. In the raw manga, the original text is not akin to the English phrase "to go back" (as in, to return to the way things used to be; the metaphorical sense). It actually is a literal remark that he will be unable to return [to the real world] after destroying his gate. 「...


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Working off of some manga / Brotherhood details, we can reach some sort of approximation. I am not sure if there are any details in any of the guidebooks to give a clearer answer and so am only working off what I've seen in the series itself. Ed borrows 520 cenz from Roy. He uses this to make a phone call (via a pay phone) to Winry. Admittedly this may be a ...


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Ed's gesture means he throws the priest's ambition away to where the arrow points using his both hands. The SFX (onomatopoeia)「ぺいっ」(pei with small tu to express impetus) dexcribes the movement you toss away something light that you can easily carry such as a crumpled paper. 「ぽいっ」is used commonly but in this case, the author chose「ぺいっ」to make Ed's action a ...


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It's another mark commonly worn by homunculi. This a remnant from Selim being a homunculus. The ouroboros tattoo is a recurring mark of a homunculus, but there are other common themes that at least some homunculi share. Look for the red lines and circles, most notably found on Sloth, Gluttony, Lust, Envy (only in his true form) and Greed (when he has his ...


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Lust, Gluttony, Envy, Pride, and Greed are the same in both. The only differences are Wrath and Sloth:


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Adding to TonyBilby's answer: In the manga you get a short flashback into Wrath's "creation" or "selection". There are quite a lot of candidates to become wrath, training day and night and only the best one is chosen to become King Bradley. At the said point in the story he is 60 years old, in which he summed up a little bit of experience, compared to Ed's ~...


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I'm not sure what it was inspired by or based on. I think that's more a fault of the readers view to think that. I mean, if I say mass genocide what will any Westerner immediately think of? It's just because The Holocaust was such a major representation of such an event we get that image that it must be based on it, when in fact, several other mass genocides ...


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It's very simple. The so called act of "human transmutation" means that the intent of such alchemy is to create a fully functional human being, complete with memories, emotions, capability to feel and think. In other words, a perfect copy of a person. The mannequins are mere cannon fodder. They don't have the ability to feel or have complex thoughts. They ...


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As far as I can recall, we never actually see Sloth himself laying the rails. With this in mind, it could technically have been anyone, be they homunculi or humans working alongside them. Pride seems like one of the more likely options, because we see very little of him for most of the series and he would be up to that kind of task. However, someone would ...


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2001 to 2010 - the manga is published. Fall 2003 to Fall 2004 - the first anime is aired. Spring 2009 to Summer 2010 - the second anime (Brotherhood) is aired. As you can see, the ending of the manga was timed to coincide with the end of Brotherhood.


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What do you call Alphonse Elric's armor seal? I have yet to read or watch this series but the answer can be found here. Apparently, a soul can be bound to inanimate objects via a Blood Rune. A Blood Rune, also known as a Blood Seal (血印, Ketsuin), is an alchemical technique used to bind someone's soul to an inanimate metal object. The iron in the blood ...


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I'm getting all of the following information from episode 3 of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. Near the end of the episode, Ed exposed Cornello as a liar to all his people. Cornello attempts to kill Ed using his alchemy. During the attempt, Cornello's alchemy "rebounds" and causes some ... adverse effects on Cornello. After a short fight, Cornello's ...


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The manga is the original production. The anime equivalent was loosely based on that manga, until the production caught up with the manga. At that point, the anime took its own initiative and came up with a story. Brotherhood is a re-make of the entire completed manga, and is pretty much the same as the manga is.


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The mannequins are explicitly stated to be "humanoid receptacles", not attempts to create a human body. Rather than attempting to call back a soul that no-longer exists in the world, the mannequins were existing souls bound to ready made doll bodies.


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I think that yes, body rejection was possible, but we only ended up seeing situations where it hadn't happened. Barry was number 65 (or something). I think it's possible some of the other 64 failed in their soul transpositions. We did see Al loose consciousness a couple times - I assume that's when his armour was rejecting his soul. I think that Alphonse ...


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The mark on Selim's forehead was already present when Edward had reduced him to his true form in chapter 106. The mark does not appear to be visible on his forehead prior to his destruction: for instance, compare these instances of Selim's face in ch. 70 to that in ch. 108, post-Promised Day. The most likely explanation is that this has the same function ...


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Pretty much just the formation of a physical array or circle in the preforming of alchemy. For an alchemist unfortunate enough to meet Truth, they can use their body as the circle by placing their hands together, forming a ring from their heart through their arms and back. Otherwise nothing else. Edward and Izumi did seem to imply - during the time they were ...


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From my understanding, all that seeing Truth does is allow one to create an Alchemy Array with their own body (as opposed to drawing it). it should be noted that in the 2003 Anime1 that even though Ed could have been doing circle free Alchemy from the moment after he and Al tried to being their mother back he still used circles. his first discovery that he ...


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What Truth takes is not arbitrary, but ironic; it takes something symbolic of what the alchemist who opened the gate desired. This is explained by Father in Chapter 102 of the manga (found in Volume 25), and is summarized by the FMA Wiki as: Father discusses the irony behind the works of the 'Truth', who took Ed's way to 'stand by himself' and his 'only ...


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This question does not have a straightforward answer: the only normal alchemist we ever see making philosopher's stones is Dr. Marcoh, and it does not look like he has ever actually seen Truth, based on the Q&A "Wasn't Dr Marco a sacrifice?". It is also doubtful whether or not the alchemist who created the artificial humans towards the end of the ...


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