CSakuraS: ...you know what makes me sad? the majority of the fandom is exposed to the anime first, so that's the canon that they always go by. even though technically the manga came first, it's rarely ever treated that way. it's treated like just an alternate storyline, even though that's what the anime really is.
Japan 44gou: Yeah. : (
Japan 44gou: My Fullmetal Alchemist history... Around June 2003 I tried reading it but lost interest two pages in, and then a year later I randomly downloaded the first episode and watched it, but I was having troubles downloading the rest so I downloaded and read the manga.
CSakuraS: like there were celebrity cast listings at fm_alchemist before, and people started coming up with movie scenarios if there were ever a live action movie.....and they were all based off anime canon.
Japan 44gou: : (((
CSakuraS: yeah, I heard of the anime first but read the manga instead because of download issues too XD;;
Japan 44gou: And THEN it took me a good six months or so to finally get the rest of the anime. XD
Japan 44gou: I finally got caught up on it, like... a few days before episode 50 was aired.
CSakuraS: I started watching the anime when episode 16 or so was just released in Japan. at that time I'd finished reading Volume 3 of the manga...
Japan 44gou: But I was SO CONFUSED when I found out that Wrath was some random little kid in the anime.
Japan 44gou: I was like, "Wait... but... Bradley... whuh????"
CSakuraS: I was watching every anime episode as soon as it came out with the rest of the fandom, so... XD; though most of the fans back then were also caught up on the manga so there was much confusion, yes. I remember everyone going "WHAT THE HELL?" just at episode 24. :D;
Japan 44gou: Episode 24 was SO RANDOM AND MADE NO SENSE WHATSOEVER
Japan 44gou: But it had ScarAl and that was good. <3
CSakuraS: back then it was known as the WTF episode
CSakuraS: no, wait...I think I made a mistake
Japan 44gou: :O?
CSakuraS: I mean episode 21 ><;;
CSakuraS: episode 24 didn't get as strong of a reaction, though people were disappointed at how the Al angsting situation was handled compared to the manga
Japan 44gou: 21... *thinks* OH. THAT episode.
CSakuraS: we were all "...but....Tucker....didn't he....but Scar.....WHAT?"
Japan 44gou: That episode also had ScarAl.
CSakuraS: yes XD
Japan 44gou: That was really one of the only redeeming qualities of the anime.
Japan 44gou: ScarAl is amazing~
Japan 44gou: But it does not exist in the manga, though I like to pretend it does.
CSakuraS: Ed/Rose also does not exist in the manga~ :O
Japan 44gou: Scar: I WILL KILL YOU!!!
Al: I HATE YOU SCAR!!!
Me: THEY ARE SO IN LOVE<3<3<3<3