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  • Character of the Week: Riza Hawkeye

    Riza Hawkeye

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    リザ・ホークアイ
    AKA: “The Hawk’s Eye”, Elizabeth (codename), Margott Orange Peko (codename), The Queen (by Roy)
    Age: Late 20’s
    Family: Berthold Hawkeye (father), Lt. General Grumman (grandfather), Black Hayate (pet)
    Affiliations: Amestrian State Military, Roy Mustang (Commanding Officer), Führer King Bradley (temporary boss, in the manga and 2009 series)
    Occupation: Roy Mustang’s Adjuntant, Weapons specialist
    Rank: 1st Lieutenant
    Abilities: Sniping, Close range gun fighting
    Weapon: General hand-held firearms
    Unique Trait: Hawk’s wing bangs over left eye, Pinpoint shooting accuracy, Tattoo and burn scars on back, Extremely strict personality
    Goal: Protecting Roy Mustang until he becomes Führer

     

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    As an officer in the Amestrian State Military, Riza is the sharpshooter of Roy Mustang’s team. She is also his closest friend and watches over his back when not on the battlefield. She served in the Ishval Civil War as a sharpshooter as well. She knows of Roy’s secrets as he knows of hers. She is very invaluable to him. She is also a very quiet and withdrawn person. She stays out of people’s way and expects them to do the same. She has a deep secret that very few know about her which is why she is so t=withdrawn. Her father taught Roy Mustang.


  • Automail of Fullmetal Alchemist

    Automail of Fullmetal Alchemist

    Fullmetal Alchemist is known for its main character Edward Elric and his automail arm and leg. Automail is an automotive armored prostheses. Over the years though, it has become more than just prosthetic arms and legs for war amputees.

    The automail is directly linked into the nervous system. This way it can be moved like any other appendage and not require an external source of power. It is powered through the electrical pulses that come from the nerves. It will regulate the power to the pneumatic actuators and electrical motors inside.

    A full skeletal frame and armor plating are both made out of steel to protect the machinery and wires inside the appendage. Over time, though, technology evolved and materials such as chrome, carbon fiber, aluminum alloys, fiberglass, and copper-nickel are now being used. This helps though who use their appendage in a way such as Edward does. They can also be used in different weather conditions since steel is more likely to lock up in the cold.

    The process of getting an automail is very painful. Only a specialist in bio-mechanical engineering do this process. Sometimes they must further amputate the appendage to fit it properly. The recovery time is extensive as well. A lot of nerves, tissues, muscles, and much more are taking a great deal of pain. It takes about three years to properly recover. There have been those that have taken only a year, it really depends on the automail surgery.

    You must upkeep your automail as well. Making sure it is properly oiled and maintained over time is important. The automail can come unconnected and sometimes must be connected back together which is painful as well. There are those who use automail in battles as well. This is well known as combat automail. Various techniques are used to further the combat automail. People will add claws, hide blades or firearms, and other such weapons.

    Users of Automail

    Edward Elric: Has a right automail arm and a left automail leg.

    Bald: Has a left automail arm with a high-cliber, double-barreled rifle and army knife.

    Den: Has a front left automail leg.

    Paninya: Has both automail legs which hide a blade and grenade launcher.

    Tetsu: Has an automail leg.

    Captain Buccaneer: Has a right automail arm that has interchangeable automails which over all holds a gas powered chainsaw with a moveable jaw and hte other has diamond tipped claws.

    Lan Fan: Has a left automail arm with a spike strip wound and long blade sword.

    Frank Archer: (ONLY in 2003 anime) Half his body is automail which his left arm holds an anti-tank weapon and mouth a mini gun.

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    Wrath: (ONLY in 2003 anime) He has a right automail arm and left automail leg similar to Edwards.

    Genz Bresslau: (ONLY in the video game) Has a left automail arm.

    Julia Crichton: (ONLY in the Sacred Star of Milos movie) Has a left automail leg.


  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Roy’s Gloves

    Roy’s Gloves

    Roy Mustang’s custom made gloves are the main ‘weapons’ he uses. He created them with pyrotex/ignition cloth, a cloth that when rubbed together, create a spark. He has a unique Transmutation Circle for flame alchemy on gloves that allow him to manipulate the oxygen in the air.

    When facing a target, Mustang raises the oxygen density around the them at which point it creates a pathway between the two. He can then use the gloves to create a spark and attack the target. He uses his hands differently in battles. His right hand is mostly used for large explosives while his left hand is used for more accurate and smaller attacks.

    The snap heard when Mustang is igniting his gloves is not him snapping his fingers. It is actually when the gases spark and react. It creates a popping sound. Most would think that his attack is useless in the water. He uses the Transmutation Circles to separate the hydrogen from the oxygen. It creates a highly combustible fuel as well as a volatile oxidizer. This can only be used when he is in a closed off space, has plenty of water, and a source to ignite it.

  • Anime of the Week: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

    鋼の錬金術師

    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood


    Illustrated and written by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist first appeared in the magazine Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan. It ran from August of 2001 to June of 2010. There are a total of 27 volumes. There have been two separate animated TV series adaptions, two animated films, video games and several light novels.


    As of 2014, Fullmetal Alchemist has sold around 64 million volumes. It is most noted for its character development through out the series. It has won five awards at the American Anime Awards of 2007.

     

    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood


    It is set in a fictional European Industrial Revolution era. The story is centered around the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse, on their journey to get back their bodies. After a transmutation goes wrong, Al is left without a body while Ed only lost his leg and arm. They are in search of the philosopher’s stone. Ed becomes a State Alchemist to get them ‘not-open-to-public’ information. They uncover more than they bargained for on their journey.

     

    Why I chose this anime: I loved the manga, so naturally I wanted to watch the animes. I heard that Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood was closer to the manga while the original anime series differed greatly. So I loved the anime almost as much as the manga. If you are set for an anime with adventure and action, this is it!


  • Fullmetal Alchemist (Manga) Review

    Fullmetal Alchemist Manga Review

    Fullmetal Alchemist

    I had always heard that Fullmetal Alchemist was a great anime. I heard that Brotherhood was even better. To be honest, I though Brother hood was a sequel to the older series. I now know that it is a remake and is closer to the manga. Well I had been wanting to watch the Brotherhood series after I heard about that. Instead I decided to just read the manga. I had somewhat of an idea what the manga was about, but what it ended up being far exceeded my expectations.

    The Plot of Fullmetal Alchemist

    Score 8/10

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    The basic plot is about two brothers that practice alchemy. Edward and Alphonse Elric are the Fullmetal Alchemist team. They attempted transmutation (bringing a human back from the dead), but failed miserably; Ed losing his arm and leg, while Al lost his entire body. Ed quickly places Al in a suit of armor. The two journey around to find out a way to return to normal. They look for things called philosopher stones, but stumble upon a secret far greater.
    The beginning of the story moved it a bit slow. It just randomly picks up and throughout the first few volumes are random sprinkles of memories. I thought I was going to stop, but that was until you come across a man named Greed. Yes the seven deadly sins are present in this series. After that point, the series does a three eighty. I could not put it down! The ending was a little cliche, but really cool. I was actually happy with how they defeated the villain. The only thing I was not satisfied with was the epilogue chapter. I thought it would be different.

    Characters of Fullmetal Alchemist

    Score 9/10

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    For spoiler purposes, I will only go over a few characters from Fullmetal Alchemist. Basically the ones you know their intentions from the start.
    The main characters are Ed and Al Elric. Ed is a hot headed, short teen who is bent on getting his brothers body back. Al is a soft, sensitive teen full of surprises. They were a typical main character for this genre, but they were different at the same time. Their character development took it a new direction. Instead of becoming a stronger person in the end, they chose to be weaker (you will understand a t the end). I thought Ed would have sacrificed something else or worse do the one thing they didn’t want to do. I was very impressed with their character development.
    Roy and Riza are the main government characters. I thought their pasts would have been a bit different, but things were revealed I never imagined. I loved these characters the most I think. Who they became at the end really surprised me and it will surprise you as well.
    Winry is the last character I want to go over. She was almost my favorite character until I realized she had the least development. Her character basically remains the same save one thing that is revealed to her. Other than that she is a great love interest character.
    The villains will be tough to go over without giving away major spoilers. I loved how it all ended up though. This series has a great selection of villains.

    Art of Fullmetal Alchemist

    Score 9/10

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    I really like the manga art of Fullmetal Alchemist. It was smooth and the characters were beautiful. Plus the mechanical drawings were really awesome. Very detailed. The characters clothing were very interesting as well. I love the red coat Ed wears around all the time. Evenwhen Al was back in his normal body, you could still feel the armor guy there. You could tell it was him because of the artwork.

     

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    Over all I loved the manga. I love the villains and actually sympathize with a few of them. You come to love every character. The manga knows how to draw you in, giving you enough to want more. The ending was phenomenal. I loved the main purpose behind doing what the main enemy was doing. Sorry hard to not give away spoilers. What I thought was going to be just another action packed adventure manga, became a very emotional read. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good manga.

    Overall Score: 9/10