Date: 2017-04-12 02:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_rck
If I recall correctly, at the point when you started reading, what Envy wanted and why was still hugely unclear.

I think, though, that the underlying, unbreakable law of alchemy is explained to some degree because it's crucial to understanding what happened to Ed and Al when they tried to resurrect their mother.

Date: 2017-04-12 06:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jamoche
That underlying rule is described in the lead-in to the opening credits of the anime. It's been a while since I watched but I think this would've been covered in the issues James missed, so no spoilers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EW27b8_E_I

Date: 2017-04-12 02:31 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kithrup
Hey, I've read this one! Yay!

I got into it because the first anime series was westernized enough for me to be able to follow the character motives and plots.

There have been at least three anime versions -- the first one, a sequel movie (maybe more), and completely rebooted anime version. I enjoyed them all.

Date: 2017-04-13 05:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mindstalk
More precisely: the first anime followed the beginning of the manga, then had to diverge since it was finishing first, and Arakawa either didn't spoil them or did and had them avoid that. The movie is thus off the end of a very divergent continuity. FMA:Brotherhood fast-forwards through the already animated stuff, then follows the rest of the manga pretty faithfully; it finished around the same time as the manga, IIRC.

I think a majority of opinion is that FMA:B is better, but a lot of people prefer or at least value the first anime. I've read the manga and sen FMA:B.

Date: 2017-04-13 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kithrup
I haven't read all of the manga. We did get FMA:B from iTunes, so I have it around still.

I am curious how the live-action version will turn out.

Date: 2017-04-12 03:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gingicat
I watched the anime version (on Toonami?) around a decade ago. I found it easy to watch if my husband had it on, and as with Ghost in the Shell, I was more likely to make time for it than other shows. I liked the character reveals as they happened.

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