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Spring 2006 PHL 201 Turner Philosophy in Anime I have found recently, to my surprise, that the Japanese animated phenomenon “Anime” produces some shows that indeed contain philosophy in their story and plot. One show in particular I’m going to talk about is Fullmetal Alchemist . Not only is this a damn good show, but it says something about life, morals, and etc. It seems pretty plausible to me anyway. Who would have thought to find philosophy in “cartoons?” This is not the only show though like I said, as there are probably many others since there is a vast library of anime, and I can already think of three; but on to the focus. I should probably give a little background on each. Fullmetal Alchemist is about two brothers (Edward and Alphonse Elric) who, in a world where alchemy is widely used, try to do the rare and also illegal. They try to resurrect their mother after losing her to a disease. And well, they fail… Horribly. The first law of alchemy (In the show at least) is said in this dialogue in the intro of the show: “Human kind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law of equivalent exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world’s one and only truth.” So basically in trying to do this “transmutation,” Edward loses an arm and a leg while Alphonse loses his whole body. Before Ed can lose his brother, he binds his soul to a ten-
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