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Sacrifices and Consequences

Exams are over. Now I can return to watching anime without feeling some sort of guilt for procrastinating. My level of chronic procrastination has decreased to some extent; I think I’m finally settling down. The only thing left to do now is trying to break the habit of last minute studying for exams.

Today I picked up Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. It’s been on my watch list for a while and I decided to start it up because Silence of the Lambs wouldn’t start for some reason.

Four episodes in and I was crying like a…like a…it was gruesome (not my crying).

The gist of FMA: Brotherhood focuses on two brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, and as children they had committed a taboo of alchemy (which is a pretty big deal) by trying to bring their dead mom back to life. Now, while working for the state, Edward is trying to find a way to restore Alphonse’s body and his limbs (left arm and right leg) which were taken as a sacrifice to restore his brother’s soul and affix it to a body of armor.Full metal 5

In the fourth episode Edward and his brother met this man named Mr. Tucker, who has a daughter, Nina, and a pet dog Alexander.

He has his own problems and masters in chimera alchemy (creating a creature by using alchemy to combine two dissimilar living beings into a new, complete form that displays characteristics of what was used to create it.) His struggle is the possibility of losing his State Alchemist position because if he loses his status, it can leave him without benefits and in possible poverty.

Apparently, that was the reason his wife left him and he was at his wit’s end and willing to do anything to keep his status.

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But I never thought the man would really make his child and dog his next chimera lab rats. I felt all kinds of emotions at once. Also, it affected me so deeply because I had never seen such a predicament before…at least not where the father sacrifices his own child for something so…superficial as a piece of metal. Also, I hold fathers in high esteem so this depressed me badly.

(THIS! THIS is what he traded his daughter’s life for. This rusty thing…not rusty now but it would rust eventually…)

(THIS! THIS is what he traded his daughter’s life for. This rusty thing…not rusty now but it would rust eventually…)

Combined with Alexander, Nina could still talk and every time she called Edward’s name and said “Daddy” it just ripped at my heart and made me cry harder. She said “Let’s play,” and that was it. I was dead. I couldn’t take it anymore.

Full metal 2How could you look at your child and sacrifice her…for something so temporary and unsubstantial? How would that even make him happy? What angered me even more was the complete absence of remorse from him. He didn’t care. He had the nerve to ask, what did it matter? He did it to his wife and turned around and did it to his child.

I just couldn’t do it if I were in his position. I’m not even sure if it was his passion for and dedication to alchemy that made him sacrifice his daughter, or his worthless dependence on the state to provide for him. It was a wicked act and I felt satisfied that he died in the end, but sad that Nina died as well.

There just has to be an ultimatum whenever it comes to making a sacrifice; a line that you just can’t let yourself cross. If someone offered me a billion dollars, with a big-ass house and all the works to enjoy a lavish life until the day I die at the expense of say…killing my mom; as much as we can’t get along, I wouldn’t do it. I couldn’t.

I guess that was what that State Alchemist medallion meant to Tucker…

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5 comments on “Sacrifices and Consequences

  1. devenluca
    May 3, 2014

    Reblogged this on Anime Reviews and Lots of Other Stuff! and commented:
    Great post

  2. Sindar
    May 11, 2014

    I don’t think any normal person would create a monster out of a human being knowing what he is doing. Not to say anything about destroying your own child. But I am pretty sure Tucker was more than a little insane.

    Here is how I read his motivations (I’ve only seen FMA, haven’t started Brotherhood yet, so there might be differences). Tucker was in a sense deprived of the ability to foresee consequences of his actions. When he learned that he is going to lose his position he thought that that was the end. He wasn’t able to see how he and his family could live on after that. So for him it was like death. And from that point of view he deemed it logical that, as long as their lives are going to end anyway, he should at least try to pull off this insane experiment. Most people in his position would just accept the loss of the job and find a new way of making living, but his head just didn’t work this way, or so it looks like.

    It was the same with his later actions. He turned himself into chimera, even though he could have guessed what suffering it would cause him. But he, it seems, just can’t think ahead.

    I’m glad you’ve written about it, it was one of the most interesting and strong moments in the series.

    • charlmeister
      May 13, 2014

      I heard there were differences between Brotherhood and the original anime. I finished it today and I guess I can understand that view. I still couldn’t accept it though, I was just really hoping that he’d be able to find it within himself to just be content with his daughter and find some other means of surviving.

      It really was one of the strong moments; throughout Brotherhood, Edward and Al kept remembering it which helped to keep it fresh in my mind – although I don’t think I can ever forget that moment.

      Now that I’ve finished it, it’s one of my top-five favorite anime. I don’t think I’ll be watching the original though because I heard it has a more depressing ending than the happy one Brotherhood has.

      I’m happy you liked the post 🙂

      • Sindar
        May 13, 2014

        I liked the ending of the original series quite a bit, it was a nice way to tie up the anime without making it all sweet and happy. Those two brothers were following the path that can hardly lead to a happy end, so… But I am not saying that you should watch the original series. It is 50 episodes long and that is quite a lot of time to spend on the show you have seen once already =)

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