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FMA 28

I'm not sure it's readily apparent just how obsessed I am with Full Metal Alchemist right now, since I haven't been posting about it. But I started watching over from the beginning (I just watched three eps now, before work), I'm reading the manga, I'm thinking about it constantly, I have that buzzy crush feeling.

I think after a while this will fall off to normal fannish levels, but you gotta love being in love while it lasts, eh?

I keep meaning to write up something about the eps to date and then getting behind and then yet another ep drops and I get more behind. So, I'm just going to start current and maybe get to the older eps later.

I found Episode 28 pretty hard to watch, actually. I love the flashbacks to ickle Ed and Al -- they're both so darn cute. But this was really harsh. I understand, I think, what Izumi was trying to do and it was obvious from the start that they were being watched over, but, my god, those kids were all of, what, 10 and 11? They're afraid, alone, hungry, cold, wet, and deliberately terrorized.

When I saw them so ill after being poisoned by mushrooms, it broke my heart. And then to see them deliberately beaten by a huge adult man -- supposedly for their own good! That made me feel pretty sick. (God, I'm getting upset just writing about it.) I could suspend my feelings about most of it, but not that.

Apart from that, I really like Izumi (and she is SO hot). I look forward to more information about her dark and twisted past.

It's always a treat to see how stubborn Ed is, even so young. He just won't let anything stand in his way. And their growing confidence was good, even if it meant the rabbit had to die. *g*

Looking forward to finding out more about the mystery kid with the mis-matched arms. There's a total arm shortage on this show. They have to keep swapping them from person to person or something.


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Hey, cool. I've just gotten started on FMA (caught up on anime, haven't touched manga yet), and then I was looking through my favorites for some good fic in old fandoms, and discovered that you, one of the top tier of writers, likes it too! Squee! I'm looking forward to seeing what you write. (Or if you have already written, finding time to browse through your archive)

I agree with you. The final fight scene with, uh, that guy that wore the mask, when you hear him hitting Al over and over and over... Urk, that seemed rather unecessary. I thought I gotten used to the violence of the series (after Chimera's Tears which really freaked me out everything just kinda seemed funny), but this new turn seems to have gotten under my skin. But I still laugh at the random extreme gore of this opening when they take turns messily killing the serpent. *shrug*

I haven't written any FMA yet, but I certainly intend to. It's in the queue behind some HP, Stargate, and GW, though so it might be a while unless I knock off something for contrelamontre or similar. *g* I'm mostly interested in HughesxRoy atm -- they have such a great dynamic and some sort of history together -- much scope for slashifying!

The violence didn't ever bother me until Izumi showed up. I was a little disturbed in ep 27 as well when she beat up Ed and Al. But since they're essentially adults who are capable of defending themselves at that point, I could let it go.

I actually like that the series is rather disturbing overall. It's pretty dark and twisted, frankly. But with a good amount of humour to offset it. And I love love love all the characters. :)

Oh, I'm very obsessed.

Yeah, dark and funny. I like this for the same reasons I like Buffy. Although when I try to explain that it ends up not making much sense.

I'm all obessed now too... It's all my roommate's fault. I was happy with just ninjas (Naruto!) but she had to suggest we watch a show about alchemists.

Stargate's good too. I havne't seen it in a long time but I plan on catchign up this summer. :)

Is Naruto good? I actually watched the first ep last night but was undecided as to whether I should download more or not. Naruto himself seemed pretty annoying but I liked the general idea.

I enjoy it. But I must admit, it has its shortcomings. It gets better after the first story arc (first 20 eps), stops so blatantly overusing flashbacks and kicks the real plot into gear. I actually like Naruto, but one of the other main characters is pretty stangle-worthy. She's typical useless female, does nothing but shout others' names during fights. Sadly, every other female character is better than the main one. The show itself has a lot of interesting characters, is not too predictable, and has general friendship/loyalty themes which I find quite endearing. I'm addicted and have read the manga too. But, if ninjas battles aren't your thing, then its not really worth watching.

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