Today’s post is for all of the Fullmetal Alchemist lovers out there. So I apologize to anyone who hasn’t seen this anime before because this post probably won’t hold much interest for you. In fact if you haven’t watched this show and want to watch it at some point I highly recommend you don’t read this post.
There will be spoilers in this post and I would hate to ruin the show for you. Well basically the first few episodes but still they are damn good episodes. I will eventually do a review post on this series so if you are curious to know more about the show spoiler free look out for that.
Let’s continue on!
The first few episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist take our heroes Edward and Alphonse to a desert town named Reole. They’ve traveled there in search of The Philosopher Stone. They hope to use the stone to restore their bodies which were destroyed whine they were practicing forbidden alchemy… trying to create a human.
However there’s something funny going on in the town of Reole. All of the townspeople are mystified by a man claiming to be a holy envoy of God. Through him the town had become prosperous and the people look towards him for guidance and miracles.
After watching Father Cornello though Edward becomes convinced that he isn’t performing miracles at all but alchemy. On top of that he is ignoring the laws of equivocal exchange. This is a dangerous practice that can lead to serious consequences.
Edward believes the only way this is possible is of Father Cornello had The Philosopher Stone. In order to bring his brothers body along with his arm and leg back the brothers need that stone.
While trying to get the stone the brothers discover many dark truths about Father Cornello. Not only is he duping the townspeople into thinking he is a profit of God he is also making a mockery of the dead.
One of his sins includes tricking a woman named Rose into believing that he can bring he dead boyfriend back. In reality he actually constructs a bird- like chimera that can mimic her boyfriends voice.
During this little arch you are able to see how Father Cornello is able to manipulate the townspeople into doing whatever he wants. Since the townspeople want so desperately to believe in his miracles and the hope he brings they are willing to do whatever he asks, even kill.
Finally Ed and Al are able to trick Father Cornello into broadcasting to the entire town what he had been up to. He calls the townspeople pawns and admits to wanting to use them to wage war on the state so that he can be the ruler. In his eyes they are the perfect army because since they believe he is holy and can resurrect them they aren’t afraid to die. Also they have so much faith in him the follow him blindly.
After everything is reveled you would think the townspeople would run him out of town. Sadly as soon as the brothers leave Father Cornello (at this point Envy in disguise) shows up and claims that he was away on a journey and the other Cornello was an imposter. The people immediately rally behind him.
I have always scoffed at people who assume that anime is just for kids because depending on the anime you are dealing with some pretty heavy and relatable themes. The idea of this blind faith isn’t to far off from how many people operate today and I don’t just mean in a religious sense.
If you are not from America you might not know everything that is going on in this country but it’s pretty much in crisis mode here. Watching this arch made me relate to our political and social atmosphere in this country.
We have many leaders that are constantly caught in lies but because of party loyalty and blind faith every time they come up with an excuse the people let it slide. The evidence can be smack dab in their face but they will still cling to their leaders as if they were holy men.
I have watched people that I would normally think were good people defend, rapists, murders, and pedophiles because of the uniform they wear or their position in government.
I don’t think it’s wrong to have faith but I think we need to be more conscious about what we have faith in. Some things don’t deserve our faith. Maybe we don’t realize it right away but when it’s put in front of us we have to be realistic about it.
This isn’t a bad thing.
Most importantly we have to start having faith in ourselves and our convictions. At one point one of Cornello’s followers actually shoots both Ed and Al. The only reason they survive is because Al is a suit of armor and Ed has some quick thinking. The intent to kill was there though and these two are children still!
What type of holy man asks for the lives of children? But because this follower is so blinded he doesn’t question it and brushes his conscious aside.
Much like Ed says at some point we have to stand on our own two feet and more forward. We have to decide what is morally right and sometimes disregard people that at one point we might have looked up to.
Ed and Al we are living in some crazy times but one thing they do that I love is that they’re always checking in with themselves. They are willing to grow and learn from their experiences.
This is something I try to work for in myself and I think many others do to. Hopefully with this line of thinking the world will become a different place.
Today’s post was a little bit more serious then usual. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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