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Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 12: The Truth Behind Truths

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The action anime series FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST explores epic themes of hubris, personal transformation, and spiritual quests through the tragic story of two grievously wounded siblings. While attempting to resurrect their dead mother through the forbidden … see full wiki

Release Date: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
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Alphonse Elric and the Philosopher's Stone

  • Sep 18, 2006
Pros: Getting near the end (that's a pro because I'm excited!)

Cons: Nada

The Bottom Line: Wish I knew alchemy - could transmute myself some cash.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

I’m still searching for a job, but prospects where I live in Illinois are low – pathetic even. And I’m sitting pretty on my little college degree. You know, sometimes I wonder if some places even want you to have the degree – that means they have to pay you more than the average Joe. But, that’s essay material. After another sad day of “Sorry, we’re not taking applications” etc., it’s time for me to plug in and get some more alchemy in me.

Fullmetal Alchemist. Starting from the beginning is key, end of story. There are 51 episodes, and with about 4 episodes per volume that brings us to roughly 13 volumes in total. Let’s rock.

Episode 45: Whoa. This thing goes back way farther than ever expected. Do Ed and Al know where they are going? Will Rose make it out of all this? And Lust doesn’t seem to enjoy everything that she’s found out… Ah, so that’s why Al didn’t tell Ed about that phone call (it all makes sense now).

Episode 46: Al really needs to stop listening to psychos. Envy has rekindled my interest with her anger with Hohenheim. And Ed, though he’s done some research, has his own problems with – can you guess? Homunculi.

Episode 47: Ed’s got a plan on how to defeat the Homunculi, but Al doesn’t seem to understand, or is he seeing things in a different light? Either way, Wrath poses a huge problem and for once I actually said thank you to Lust.

Episode 48: It looks like Mustang has a plan up his sleeve, we get to meet the “other” Elric brothers once more (and they aren’t the only familiar characters popping back up!), and as for Homunculi, well, 3 down, 4 to go. Who’s next?

The Details?
When it comes to Hohenheim, um, that was pretty anti-climactic. I was disappointed with all of it, really. Ah well. At least I was right in my guess about the choices Lust would eventually make. Score one for me. In #47 Al really started to annoy me – kid, that is NOT your mother, how stupid are you? Sometimes Al just gets on my nerves because even after going through all that he’s been through, he’s still ridiculously na├»ve, whereas most people would become different, even if only a little.

Animation? In some ways it’s simple (as in not a lot of detailed shading, depth), but it’s still really good (details in other areas such as transmutation circles). Concepts are all awesome and the animation to go with them has to be the same, now doesn’t it?

Voices – I prefer the English version. I usually end up watching it because I prefer Ed and Al’s VAs over the Japanese ones. All the other characters work out rather well so sit back and enjoy. As for the Japanese version, even though I’m used to Ed and Al having female VAs, they manage to merge into the characters, and everyone else was fine from the start, so in the end it just depends on what you prefer.

Well, well, looks like we have a new opening song at #42. It’s not bad at all, and actually I think it’s done by same artist as another song I know. That gives it an added edge, heh. The closing song is different also, and I don’t think it fits too well. It’s kind of mellow-pop and after everything that’s been happening it’s a bit out of place. Ah well. The instrumental background music for the show gets 5 stars in itself because it works so nicely.

This series, though it has amusing parts, is serious a lot of the time. There is violence and blood, and Ed tends to say “Damn it” more often than everyone else (actually it seems like he’s the only one ever swearing), and a lot of weird stuff going on, but in my opinion (though without kids I’m by no means an expert) most kids will be able to handle it without much of a problem. I think actually the story might be a little more to consider than the “questionable material” as one might call it. *shrug*

Episodes in this Volume:
Episode 45: A Rotted Heart
Episode 46: Human Transmutation
Episode 47: Sealing the Homunculus
Episode 48: Goodbye


Earlier Volumes:
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 1: The Curse
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 2: Scarred Man of the East
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 3: Equivalent Exchange
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 4: The Fall of Ishbal
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 5: The Cost of Living
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 6: Captured Souls
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 7: Reunion on Yock Island
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 8: The Altar of Stone
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 9: Pain and Lust
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 10: Journey to Ishbal
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 11: Becoming the Stone

Future Volumes:
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 13: Brotherhood


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