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Philosophical PR Nightmare of Fullmetal Alchemist

Lately there haven’t been a lot of interesting titles jumping out at me on Netflix lately, so I decided to revisit a classic anime series.  This one started as a manga series that sold over 70 million copies worldwide, eventually becoming a best-seller.  It tells the tale of two ambitious boys looking to bring there mother back after a disastrous attempt of alchemy.  I’m talking about Fullmetal Alchemist.

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Fullmetal Alchemist chronicles brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric on their journey to search for the philosopher’s stone.  After losing their mother Trisha to an illness, they work to bring back her mother through alchemy.  They attempt to bring their mother back, but a dangerous mistake causes Ed to lose his right arm and left leg while Alphonse’s soul was placed into a suit of armor.  Ed gets fixed up through automail and joins his brother on the quest to search for the Philosopher’s Stone.

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The underlying story revolves around seeking out the Philosopher’s Stone, a powerful stone that can bypass the laws of Equivalent Exchange.  Ed and Al search relentlessly for any clues about how to create the Philosopher’s Stone, only to find some hidden surprises along the way.  But within the major story lies a fictional PR nightmare revolving around the State Military, the nation of Ishbal, and a group of Homunculi.

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So the story goes like this – the nation of Ishbal was being invaded by the State Military.  Orders were set out to fight a war against the Ishbalans.  There was even a Ishbalan Massacre where many people were slaughtered in a matter of days.  Soldiers were told that Ishbalans ignited the war, but the story went MUCH deeper than that.

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All of these orders were set off by Führer Bradley, who happened to be – WAIT FOR IT – the Homunculi Pride.  Führer Bradley, the leader of the State Military, was a Homunculi all this time.  He was working alongside with Envy, Sloth, Wrath, Lust, Greed, and Gluttony.  What’s even more shocking is that Juliet Douglas (A.K.A. Sloth) was working alongside Führer Bradley the whole time.  Better yet, the entire State Military was working with the Homunculi the whole time.

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Not only did they start the war on Ishbal, but they even took many of them as prisoners as well.  Those prisoners were placed into Laboratory Five where they were used to recreate the Philosopher’s Stone.  They would then use the Philosopher’s Stone to cause even more destruction towards its enemies.

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Of course, the State Military did everything they could to cover up the story.  They never wanted anyone knowing that the Philosopher’s Stone exists or what they were using it for.  It got to a point where Captain Maes Hughes was shot by Envy after getting to close to the source.  All of this just to keep the secret about the Philosopher’s Stone hidden from everyone.  It’s just like the old myth says – you fly too close to the sun and you come crashing down on the earth.

Just…wow.  I am amazed at the level of depth this PR nightmare went throughout the season.  The main plot comes with a powerful storyline, but the PR nightmare around the State Military is just absolutely brilliant.

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There are some amazing stories in anime these days and Fullmetal Alchemist is a great example of that.  Fullmetal Alchemist is so much more than about two boys looking to bring their mother back – it’s a disturbing tale about the Philosopher’s Stone and the lengths people took to obtain it.  So much war and chaos went into the Philosopher’s Stone throughout the series.  I’m not sure which is more bizarre – what people did with the Philosopher’s Stone or the actions they took to keep it secret from everyone else.

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In the end, Fullmetal Alchemist was definitely worth watching all over again.  It was shocking to watch the hidden PR nightmare unfold in front of my eyes.  This storyline featured many twists and turns around every episode.

If you’re looking for a good anime with a crazy PR nightmare, definitely check out Fullmetal Alchemist on Netflix.


4/1 Sunday Funday Quote + Announcement

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               The notion that science does not concern itself with first causes — that it leaves the field to theology or metaphysics, and confines itself to mere effects — this notion has no support in the plain facts. If it could, science would explain the origin of life on earth at once–and there is every reason to believe that it will do so on some not too remote tomorrow. To argue that gaps in knowledge which will confront the seeker must be filled, not by patient inquiry, but by intuition or revelation, is simply to give ignorance a gratuitous and preposterous dignity….

~ H.L. Mencken, 1930

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It is sad to find him belaboring the science community for its united opposition to ignorant creationists who want teachers and textbooks to give equal time to crank arguments that have advanced not a step beyond the flyblown rhetoric of Bishop Wilberforce and William Jennings Bryan.

~ Martin Gardner, Irving Kristol and the Facts of Life 

Altered Carbon’s Altered TV Criss-Cross!

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One of the latest Netflix crazes I have gotten into lately this month is Altered Carbon.  Based on the 2002 science fiction novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is set in a future where interstellar travel is effected by transferring consciousnesses between the bodies (or ‘sleeves’).  The story follows former U.N. elite soldier turned private investigator Takeshi Kovacs as he investigates a rich man’s death.  Netflix released its first season on February 2nd.

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It’s an intriguing cyber-punk sci-fi thriller series that is action-packed full of violence, drugs, and even sex (I’m talking LOTS of nudity in this show!).  The dystopian series features a cast that includes Joel Kinnaman (Takeshi), James Purefoy as Laurens Bancroft, Martha Higareda as Kristin Ortega, Chris Conner as Poe, Kristin Lehman as Miriam Bancroft, and other members as well.  But it’s two recurring cast members that really struck a chord with me.

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Oumou Prescott and Mickey are played by none other than Tamara Taylor and Adam Busch.  Coincidentally enough, both Taylor and Busch had a role in another former crime series as well.

You know what that means folks…it’s time for another epic TV CRISS-CROSS!  Oh man…it’s been QUITE a while since we discussed a TV criss-cross here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.

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Here’s the revealing connection – both Tamara Taylor and Adam Busch had a guest role in CBS’s NCISNCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is about Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs investigating crimes that have evidence connected to naval and Marine Corps personnel.  Both participants had at least one guest role in the whole series.  Tamara Taylor guest starred as Special Agent Cassie Yates and Busch played Arthur Jankowski in the episode ‘Home of the Brave’.  While they didn’t appear on the show together, the fact that they still had a role in the same series still makes this an interesting TV Criss-Cross.

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Those who are sci-fi fans would remember Adam Busch as Warren Mears on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Tamara Taylor was most famous for her roles as Grace Wilcox in Party of Five and Dr. Camille Saroyan in FOX’s Bones.  Both Taylor and Mears definitely had their share of roles in drama series before being featured in Altered Carbon.

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This was a pretty interesting TV criss-cross to spot!  I knew both actors from previous tv series and it was great to see them both on screen together.  Taylor and Busch may not have appeared in the same episode of NCIS, but they did make the appearance otherwise.

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Altered Carbon is definitely a great cyber punk thriller series to check out.  Tamara Taylor and Adam Busch did amazing for their part in the show.

And that was another epic TV criss-cross.  Come back again for another shocking criss-cross discovery.  Who knows what actors/actress will pop up again.