Breaking The Cycle: Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)


Among the tapestry of themes and ideas presented
in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the story’s take on anger is one of the most interesting. It’s a topic that is lesser discussed compared
to other elements of the narrative, but it is just as prominent of a theme as nearly
anything else. It’s about fury. Hatred. Some would say, wrath. And how these things can apply to revenge. Brotherhood is not afraid to delve into arguably
mankind’s most base and feral emotion, and this is demonstrated throughout. The story is filled to the brim with iconic
moments that have a fundamental basis in hot rage, and it’s not difficult to see why
given Hiromu Arakawa’s stance on anger and how humans react to upsetting events. The series’ writer has gone on record to
say that “We adults are angered by the senseless things that happen every day in this world
but at the same time we repress those feelings by telling ourselves ‘there was no other
choice’ or ‘there must have been a reason for it.’ But it’s a natural human reaction to be
outraged when senseless things happen. Some things can’t be justified or rationalised. I want boys and girls to grow up valuing those
feelings.” Here, Arakawa is saying that there is value
in anger and that you need not try to downplay injustice or feign hopelessness to avoid it. Allow yourself to feel it and use it to change
society for the better, learn and progress. It’s not something that should ever be shamed
because it is human nature at it’s purest, and sometimes it’s completely warranted
and beneficial. Sometimes anger and hatred are deserved and
right. Sometimes things change because of it.” Not only can these emotions be the gateway
to positive societal change, but sometimes retribution feels so right and does such good
that you would not have it any other way than white hot revenge. There is often very little value in trying
to become entirely zen and cutting out anger and rage entirely, because not only is that
agonizingly difficult to achieve, but it suppresses a great deal of what makes us human. The unpredictability and unrestricted variability
of our nature. Needless to say, anger is not an inherently
bad emotion, and revenge is not an innately bad motivation. Oftentimes they are the fuel for success,
proving others wrong, allowing us to have backbone, confidence, authority and personal
agency.. However, this does not at all mean that this
story advises you to follow your anger religiously and let revenge drive everything. In fact, it advises the opposite – that we
should use anger as a tool in our arsenal, a means to constructively release and build
ourselves up, but one that we should not lean on. There are always limits. Just as radical pacifism has it’s obvious
downsides, so too does limitless fury. There is a point where it becomes too much,
and in excess, rage can be detrimental. Ieating away at itself and leaving no satisfaction
or value. There’s a fine line that must be tread before
an outlet becomes a black hole. And when it gets to that point, you must cut
your losses and learn to move on. This stance on anger, revenge, and extremes
in general is strongly evident through Scar, who encapsulates this philosophy so faithfully
that one might mistake him for a mouthpiece if he wasn’t so full of development and
human nuance. In the beginning of his character arc, Scar
is completely possessed by a thirst for vengeance. Due to his people, his kingdom and most importantly,
his brother, being slaughtered by State Alchemists under the orders of King Bradley, along with
the very concept of alchemy being thought of as an affront to God by all of Ishval,
he holds a loathing abhorrence to all state alchemists and alchemy in general. His brother, who was conducting blasphemous
research on alchemy and alkahestry in order to gain a worldly understanding and create
a better future, entrusted the research and alchemic powers within his arm to Scar so
it could live on after he died. And so, Scar uses this arm to take down the
people who took everything away from him as a sort of poetic retribution, with the goal
of not stopping until every state alchemist has paid their dues. Despite being painfully aware that his methods
of revenge are in conflict with Ishvallan teachings, Scar still claims to be an agent
carrying out God’s divine will and retribution. However, this is just a brittle front used
to cover his true ambitions of displaying his fury through exacting his revenge. He becomes something of an ideologue, closely
adhering to his revenge and Ishval’s creed to form his own philosophy which he sticks
to dogmatically. This leads to a hatred of all State Alchemists,
even those who had no part in the genocide – it’s an irrational attitude with no broader
perspective and due to how contradictory this is to his religion, Scar thinks of himself
as a disgrace. This much is obvious given how he exiles himself
and forfeits his name, which is considered a sacred gift from God by Ishval. Scar doesn’t think that he’s a hero for
doing this – he is just doing what he feels he needs to do. He is carrying out what he feels is proper
retribution, but he is not proud of his methods. On occasion, he has lamented that he did not
die in situations where he could have, likely because he believed that he deserved such
a punishment. He isn’t losing his way by accident – this
is all completely self-aware. And if you hurt others with your fury, you
become hated as well, perpetuating a cycle that is difficult to stop. He is still capable of compassion, as shown
through his mercy killing of Nina and Alexander, but Scar is all in. He knows that what he’s doing isn’t right,
but he needs this. And nothing, not even anti-hatred advice from
Ishvalan elders really convinces him to sway on this stance. Until he meets Winry. About a third of the way into the story, it’s
revealed to the cast at large that Scar was responsible for the death of WInry’s parents,
who were doctors in the Ishval war treating military and Ishvallans alike. Having realized that his brother had been
killed, Scar went Berserk and killed the couple who had saved him – the simple, kind-hearted
doctors just doing their job and caring unconditionally. In realizing the horror of what he did, Scar
accepts his life as forfeit. He/Scar doesn’t blame her in the slightest
for wanting to kill him and exact revenge. After all, being a person molded by revenge
himself, he is all too familiar with that need. But.. WInry doesn’t shoot him. She very nearly does, but her hesitation speaks
volumes to Scar. Winry’s hesitation gave him pause but it
coalescing with Ed’s protective stance makes this a watershed moment – one that firmly
cemented this cyclical nature in Scar’s mind. He has previously only thought that this chain
could only by halted by his own death, but this shifted Scar’s perspective a little
bit and made him begin to question things. He had been going through his vengeful, rage-induced
motions, deliberately dismissing any path that wasn’t self-destructive revenge because
nothing had convinced him to do otherwise. But this opened his mind a little. Why was he really doing all this? Is there more to this life than this shallow
gratification? Is all of this anger being directed properly? Is this revenge even worthwhile anymore? From this point, Scar’s motivations irreversably
change. He doesn’t disregard the concept of revenge
but he opens his mind. Undoubtedly helped by the presence of May,
Scar begins thinking about alternative endeavors, other purposes. When he first comes into contact with Father,
he realizes that those who were responsible for Ishval’s demise are way more powerful
than he imagined, and that straightforward thoughts of revenge would not make the impact
that he desired if he didn’t change. He realizes that this fight is much bigger
than he imagined, and that much more is at stake. This didn’t help Scar realize that he was
wrong, as once again, he knew he was doing terrible things and just couldn’t bring
himself to stop himself, but all of these factors shift his perspective and finally
give him reason to think of an alternative. When he comes in contact with Dr Marcoh, we
witness another benchmark moment. Here he meets someone who was a primary contributor
to all of the suffering his people endured. But instead of killing him, he demands knowledge
of the war and ultimately decides to escape with Marcoh to the north to recover his brother’s
research. He is no longer fixated on pure revenge – he
is searching for a truth, a greater purpose. It’s a far cry from the man at the beginning
of the series, who likely would have killed or maybe even tortured Marcoh without hesitation. But the final step in his development and
the biggest shift he experiences comes once again from the young woman who first began
changing things for him. In the frigid north, Scar hesitates in his
fight with the Elrics the moment he sees the girl who is so significant to him for so many
reasons, which allows him to be subdued. Given that Scar once again encourages Winry
to exact revenge, it’s clear that despite his growth he still has not completely turned
a corner with his feelings about revenge. However, what Winry proceeds to do, or rather,
not do, signals the approaching conclusion of Scar’s character arc. It all begins to click for Scar here. Through displaying a microcosm of Arakawa’s
stance on the extremes of human anger and hate, Winry does not give in to meaningless
rage and foregoes revenge. Bandaging Scar despite her hatred, caring
for him because that’s what her parents would have done.. Scar knew he wasn’t a good person but it
is here where he finally understands why he was wrong and how he completely missed the
point. Winry doesn’t forgive Scar and she still
hates him.. but revenge here would be a pointless action. It wouldn’t achieve anything, it wouldn’t
make her feel better, it wouldn’t bring her parents back and it wouldn’t do anything
to benefit the world. There are just some things that are more important,
and when those things are in the forefront of your mind, everything else becomes trivial. Before this event, Scar had developed pretty
significantly and started rearranging his priorities. But here, he begins consciously thinking that
maybe he could be devoting his agony and energy to something more important and fulfilling. In this action, Winry reinforces the words
that Scar had heard quite a while ago and forces him to rethink those words through
a new perspective. This experience gives these words much more
meaning and fresh context. He formerly thought of their nonviolence as
overly pacifistic sentiment that wasn’t worth much thought – but now he sees the greater
purpose in it, the bigger picture and the road to breaking the cycle and seeking salvation. It is here where this theme is presented most
forcefully. Hatred is unavoidable and often a natural,
justifiable response. However, it should be used with a bigger picture
in mind. Use it as an outlet for significant value,
not as an aggressive release for the sake of it. There is no need to forgive all the time – we
are all human and things just don’t work out that way. But there IS need to move on. Scar now realizes this and makes strides to
do the same – he lets go of the temptation of revenge and instead directs his attention
towards working with everyone to end the imminent threat and bring about a better world for
Ishval. It’s an indication of progression – THAT
is how he chooses to direct his fury, and it is a much more productive and significant
goal. By dismissing his personal vendetta and letting
go, and by turning his enemies into his allies in order to help Ishval, Scar chooses to strive
past hatred as his brother and his people would have wanted. He has no obligation to stop hating, but he
owes it to himself and those he cares for to not let it overpower his life and control
his actions. This is what lead to his past cycle of bloodshed. If you maintain that cycle and drown in anger,
you will lose yourself. But Scar doesn’t let that happen. And funnily enough, through choosing this
path, Scar becomes even more technically blasphemous to Ishvallan teachings in doing so, as he
decides to go all in with alchemy – embracing his brother’s research in order to help
the cause as much as possible. During the battle of the Promised Day, he
finally begins using the final step of alchemy, reconstruction, to optimize his power. In an abstract form of equivalent exchange,
he sabotages his beliefs completely to purge his soul of this unwanted bloodlust. Using his brother’s work and embracing alchemy
here is a symbolic gesture from Scar. He finally got the point. His brother had been conducting this research
of alchemy and alkahestry with the goal of gaining knowledge and perhaps even building
connections between different types of people to create a much more harmonious future. Scar had been so angered by the war on his
people that he didn’t see the value in it in the past, but through accepting it now,
he is completely showing his devotion to the future of the world, and his intention to
make it one for which all people can leave happily. However, there is also a dualistic function
in Scar’s development here that relates to another of the story’s major themes – that
of science vs religion. It’s an ideological tug of war that goes
on for the length of the story, but it reaches it’s point primarily through Scar. Consistent with the writer’s thoughts on
extremism with relation to anger, the story clearly portrays that neither science nor
religion is fundamentally right or wrong, and that both sides are capable of atrocities. The genocide of Ishval is the best example
of science being taken to radical levels and the fuel for the idea that some Ishvallans
hold – that alchemy is a disgrace and a disruption of the natural world that God created. But in response, there is a proportionately
extreme countermeasure demonstrated through Scar’s consequent quest for bloodshed, which,
as discussed, is displayed to be an excessive and improper way to harness anger. Mass murder is obviously an act that is chastised
by Ishval, but Scar hypocritically uses religion as an excuse to commit it – an act that directly
contradict that religion’s very philosophical basis. This is the biggest demonstration of this
theme, but it is present in micro-situations throughout the story as well. Basically, both sides can be good if used
sensibly, and both sides can be terrible if taken to an unsavoury and dark extreme. This is what Scar realizes. He learns to open his mind and accept that
the world is multifaceted, with good and evil everywhere. He learns that hardly any ideals or schools
of thought are inherently bad, and that alchemy itself is not a problem so long as it is being
used correctly. Scar is what Arakawa uses to communicate the
dangers of radical extremism or fanaticism when it comes to beliefs. Any ideology is capable of terrible acts if
someone leans too far and gets engulfed by dogma, or more prevalently, if someone uses
it as a front or excuse to satisfy their own desires. Good, bad and everything in between are on
all sides – it just depends on the person. This theme dovetails seamlessly with the story’s
take on anger to form the core of Scar’s thematic resonance in the story – and his
story reaches the most appropriate conclusion imaginable as he resolves to confront Fuhrer
King Bradley. A man who ironically advocates the value of
religion vs one who despises the concept of a God. One who contradicted his beliefs for a greater
purpose vs one whose purpose was set in stone who hated anyone that wavered in their beliefs. But, most resonant of all – a man facing up
to the person who ordered the death, torture and experimentation of his people. It was a fight that meant so many things thematically,
and, some would argue, one that reached the conclusion that both men desired deep down. The quick scene in the final opening of the
series is a great microcosm of two comparable character journeys. King Bradley, the raindrops disguising themselves
as tears of his, the embodiment of Wrath who spent his life bound to duty faced with the
one who discarded his wrath and freed himself from an unhealthy obligation. As Scar throws off his cape, he sheds his
former self-imposed burdens to do what he needs to do, to move on and progress in his
life with his motivations more profound than ever before, while Bradley sits there, contemplative,
almost inviting Scar to take everything from him. In the end, Scar achieves his original goal
by helping to kill those who slaughtered his people, and he himself kills the person who
was arguably most responsible. But the ironic thing is that without opening
his mind and progressing, he likely would never have gotten to this point and gotten
what used to be his revenge. My guess is that he would have died along
the way. And if he did somehow achieve revenge on the
path he was on originally, he would have burnt himself out through doing so and felt an emptiness
when everything was done, nothing close to fulfillment. Along with his journey being ingrained in
some of the essential themes of the work, Scar is undoubtedly one of the characters
that receive the most personal development throughout. From a narrow minded, feral animal running
on hateful fumes to one who learns so much from those around him that he is able to find
fulfillment where he thought there was none and pass on his wisdom to those who he formerly
would have killed in an instant. Appropriately for a character that ultimately
breaks the cycle, it is a progressive, symmetrical character arc that rhymes and folds in on
itself. When you are possessed by rage, there comes a point where revenge is no longer justice. Where it goes so far that there is no justifiable
retribution, no equilibrium, no balance – and it just becomes an atrocious act in response
to atrocious acts to satiate an empty hole. Clinging on only lets a pathological hatred
fester, the start of a downward spiral. Scar continuously, consciously found himself
in this state and could not bring himself to stop. It’s very hard to give up that rage and
drive because it almost feels like betraying the memory of those you are avenging. But Scar is mature enough to realize that
there is a much bigger picture and that those he was doing this in memory of would not want
this for him. He’s a character that displays the story’s
takes on how to use anger and hatred, the concepts of revenge and ideological extremism
– and through him coming to his realization through the help of others, he also subtly
contributes to the story’s advocation of human connection to make life worthwhile. In a drearier story where Scar may not have
found anyone to learn from, we could have seen a much darker outcome for the nameless
Ishvallan. But instead, he found purpose beyond grief,
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  1. That KOTOR quote is actually from KOTOR I, not KOTOR II. Also – One topic that I didn't mention in the video and only touched on through the footage I added: Major Miles.

    I think Miles had a substantial impact and that should definitely be noted. I didn't tout his importance much here because it wouldn't have added much in terms of contribution to the thesis of the video (a lot of what Miles teaches him is reinforcement for what was already told to him by others), but I should have mentioned his importance as an aside as well, for sure. He was very important to Scar, primarily because he showed Scar what an Ishvallan could do to change things.

  2. WOw FMA is much better than I remember. I guess there are more than one reason to keep M(violence) rated stuff away from kids. ecksdee.

  3. I can never really accept a narrative that Scar isn't in the right, in general, for most of the show's narrative. Commentators never put themselves into Scar's shoes. Imagine it, your people are completely obliterated, your country is now a wasteland of nothingness, state alchemists and the leader of Amestris completely mocked and humiliated your civilization and religion, things the Ishvalans consider important. Why does Scar killing two doctors who seemingly did nothing to protest the genocide while in a blind rage make him a bad person but no one considers Mustang, Hawkeye, or Hughes bad people even though they killed thousands upon thousands of innocents with complete and utter intent to kill? Does being a soldier somehow make it fine? I can't see how Scar can be cast as a bad person, it would be far more cowardly for someone in his position to do nothing and just accept what happened to him. If the show was from his perspective from the beginning, nothing about Ed, Hawkeye, or any of the main cast would make them seem like remotely heroic people.

    Side note, I get the idea of character development and the less academic but very real idea that it just feels good to have the cool anti hero join the 'good guys'. It just doesn't mean I can accept that Scar was ever a bad person or an evil person.

  4. Jesus christ, the use of the chrono cross music when the turn of this episode sends absolute shivers down my spine.

    Beautiful use the f background music for an amazing analysis of scar.

  5. That’s the thing. A knife can be used to cut an apple to feed someone or to stab someone. But it’s not the knife that’s good or bad.

  6. Mate, you do have a way with words.
    Ever had the though of writing a book?

    or mayhaps gming? I´d totally play a game narrated by you…

  7. I loved scars character one of the main reasons was that I don't think I could do what he did in his growth, given a motive for vengeance like his and the power to take it I don't think I could

  8. Scar actually has both the 'positive strains' and 'negative strains'(refer to as the swallow speech in the video by Scar's Bother) of a person like the ones that his bother discusses with him when he was trying to stop his bother to learn Alchemy. His bother said that if he keeps thinking Alchemy is evil, the negative thought will only be more haunting and this will drift him from the turth. At the end, both Scar's mind and this character become a tapestry that he has both the 'positive strains' and 'negative strains' of a person in his mind and his arms (positive: reconstruction; negative: deconstruction) as he says so in the original which is TOTALLY MISSING in FMA and this video.

    PS Personally, I admire Scar's Bother the most among the characters lol

  9. So you're telling me Scar is the FMA equivalent of Guts from Berserk? I knew that 10/10 jawline wasn't their only similarity.

  10. Another crucial (in my opinion) point in Scar and Bradley's fight is that while Scar is the reason Bradley died, he didn't strike the killing blow when his opponent was down, he defeated him and then left him to make peace and die on his own as opposed to his state alchemist hunting where he always went for the final killing blow.

  11. And it's at this point that FMA: Brotherhood excelled and hit the nail on the head. This is when Brotherhood starts to fire on all cylinders.

  12. I mean to be fair, the Rockbells' deaths wasn't 100% Scar's fault. The guy was clearly in shock, and who could blame him? From his perspective, he just watched his whole family die, was going through immense pain and bloodloss, and watched his own brother transmute his arm onto his own bloody stump. That's a lot of crap to wake up to. Plus, he clearly needed to be sedated or tied down or something, but these things simply weren't available. All of these things coupled with the fact that the Rockbells were the classic example of Amestrians contributed to his mental state. I'm not saying that he's innocent in this scenario, far from it. He could have at least tried to calm down and get his head together, but he didn't. I'm merely pointing out that it wasn't entirely his fault.

  13. 5:10 this helps me understand scar a lot more and also relate to him. I have a cognitive dissonance between my Christian beliefs and what I do. I see myself as a disgrace at points as well.

    It's a sad cycle which I wish to stop. Though so far I'm still stuck in. Like I'm holding the keys to the jail cell I'm in, yet there's fog all around me and i can't clearly see the way out, the moments I do it's only for a very short time ending in the cycle Beginning.

  14. Imagine envy eating greed(like pride did with gluttony). What kind of monster would pop out, a clingy possessive genderless lover who will destroy anyone who touches his boyfriend(who would probably be ed)

  15. Love the character breakdown. Please do near from deathnote as in l was a perfect detective but near was more present and observant of the information and situation going on around him. More looking for the truth not trusting any information given to him unless it made absolute sense and fit what he already knew so far. Near was smarter than l like a successor should be.

  16. And best of all, the series doesn't kill him off after he resolves to become better, unlike others that would with someone like him.

  17. I just finished reading FMA recently (today), after putting it off for so long and only just started watching Brotherhood. Scar became a fast favorite and I've got waaaay too many screenshots of him lolol. I feel like he's so underrated and this video made me really happy. Thank you for making this! I think it hit the points as to why his character development is such a powerful message to our spiteful/vengeance driven society

  18. I think used anger to change for better is wrong because i beleive everything that doesn't do with love is wrong well just simple human opinion can be wrong.

  19. I love this entire essay and the points it makes so much, I have no complaints about it but I do suggest that comparing a brown man to a raging animal (though it was metaphorically and not at all malicious and it served the purpose) isn't the best thing to do

  20. That was one of the best parts of the series and why it is so good. It shows how anger can consume you and end up hurting others, creating more violence. Scar finally coming to terms with that despite still not fully forgiving is so meaningful. He decided he wanted to make changes instead. He even helped manage to snap Roy out of his burning rage and hatred when he dealing with Envy. He said he won't stop him as he doesn't have that right, but it creates a cycle. While Riza and Edward also talked him in, hearing it from the perspective of someone who went through that cycle made it all the more powerful. Also, Winry helping Scar when he was injured and saying that she didn't forgive him, but it's what her parents would have wanted.

  21. me as a muslim i can relate to that …… yes it will stay like this the vast majority of humans are foolish …. unfortunately
    ty for all the work you have put in these 24 minutes

  22. “there's often little in becoming entirely Zen in cutting out rage and anger entirely"

    oh, how wrong can you be.
    Zen practice only allowed me to harness the wrath and anger within and concentrate it as a weapon.
    Imagine, a mindless blind rampage turned into a cold merciless calculated wrath. There was a moment where Zen practice allows one to see the nature of reality as it is. And it does, but the myth of it granting you eternal inner peace is someway controversial.
    maybe as for me, I haven't reached "there" yet. But , it did allow me to focus greatly more on the wrath and fury within, i no longer lash out blindly, but i can use it like a blade and point it against anyone that threatens me.

    I remember there was a line mentioned by Charles Xavier in Xmen First class and I quote:
    "I believe true focus lies inbetween rage and serenity"

    Zen practice does help you to get there, just saying.
    a Mindless brawler just throw his punches everywhere like a trapped animal, but an assassin is like a predator ,waiting to strike the vital points and delivers the killing blow when the opportunity shines.

  23. Scar is easily one of my favorite villans and antiheros

    And something you brought up about scar giving up his revenge, I kind of like how he does the opposite in the 2003 series when he transmutes the city of leyore

  24. Awesome video. Very insightful and detailed on Scar's character arc. Honestly, I feel like he's the most developed character in the series.

  25. I hate him for what he did…on the outside he is a mindless killer…as they say, perception is reality.

  26. People realize that scar is efectivly a near eastern religious terrorist, and the parallel the author wated to draw here. Replace whian envy did with us , and sometimes otherwise western intervention and you got a near eastern terrorist. And alchemy with bombings. There are even refugees. He is still a great character, but i think the point the author maes here gets ignored by many. That people in the near east are pretty justiied in hating america, but that violence and the cicle of violence doesnt solve anything. But they got reasons to be so angry, interventionism has caused many destabilizing of regions and caused dictators to rise. I just know irukara or the producer wanted to show that in fullmetal alchemist.

  27. I was chastised and punished for exhibiting any rage and anger at all when I was a child. It was my instructors' way of ensuring my subservience and control over me instead of teaching me to utilize and make productive use of my trauma and hatred. Rage does not taint a person. It does not render them impure or unholy. It is the most fundamental human emotion out there. I came to accept that anger and rage will always be present in my mind. Ironically, I found peace by accepting my rage, anger, fury, and need for revenge. It fueled me to help others as a means to reassert dominance over my own life. In my hatred for cruelty and savagery, I did what I could to help people. It was the only thing that made it easier to live with. My rage will never die. My contempt for those who tortured, caged, and shackled me as a child and stole everything from me will never give out. However, I chose my own purpose in the absence of a teacher or mentor. I chose for myself to make use of such pain and fury. I chose well.

  28. Dubs?? Condemn the heretic!

    Okay, I will admit that the FMA team did a good job with the dialogue (could use a lot of work on the voices, though).

  29. I really loved that, for even the people who didn't get the deeper themes of FMA brotherhood, it is very obvious and clear that Scar, a once angry man, reaches the climax of the series by going up against the embodiment of what he learned to let go of, wrath and anger.

  30. I like the knights of the old republic plug. You could attribute so much of the philosophy of that game to any aspect of life. It has so many valuable life lessons, for anyone.

  31. I just wish you had at least mentioned Miles, one of the most important characters in regards to Scar's change. He sees Miles as a role model for how a person who wants to do good should act; a role model for how revenge wouldn't do you any good, while change will. Miles leads Scar into his motivation during the endgame, and it's a shame that he didn't get any credit for that in this video.

  32. Another duality of the Scar-King Bradley fight is that the former was given his name by his "makers" and accepted it well, rising through the ranks, becoming ruler and attaining every humanly material things, making it resounding and well-known throughout the country, as well as neighboring ones, whereas Scar, who once took pride of his God-given name, has discarded it when he lost everything to his desire for revenge and, well, wrath. I absolutely loved the confrontation between the Nameless and the Famed.

  33. The best story about revenge and how pointless it is, and it's Vinland Saga. Just trust me and read it, and make a video on it,pretty please

  34. I really like the idea in the show of simply not being able to redeem yourself after you've done something horrible & inexcusable, like partaking in genocide. And the fact that the characters themselves know that they have to face the consequences of their actions and don't try to justify them.

  35. I personally don't hold Scar accountable for killing the Rockbells. He had no idea where he was, he was in massive amounts of pain, he'd just watched all of his people die, and he was in a room with two Amestrians. He wasn't in his right mind. I personally believe it is just a tragic accident.

  36. 1:30 wrong. There is value and reason and sense in and behind everything. It just depends on how much skin (on whatever layer) you alrdy have shed of. And if you can't make sense out of sth why not put your own variable into it or get remembered automatically later (like a flashback), or sure some things you consciously forget, this doesn't mean they don't have meaning or sense. Anyway. Wanted to point that out. Today I got another Euro Note with a 6666 😉 I do like this number.

  37. Funny thing is, Bradley should've won their final duel, and he even says that he would have if he were 10 years younger.
    The only reason Scar scored that final critical blow was because a shard of Bradley's shattered sword caught the sun at just the right angle to blind him, given that he'd already lost his Ultimate Eye earlier.
    It shows how, no matter how skilled you are, no matter how wide or narrow a gap between you and your opponent, victory or defeat can hinge on the most random of circumstances, and you can never be 100% certain of any success.

  38. I just like to say a bit about how much I liked FMA Brotherhood. I've seen them all but never the mag. part so I went in with a open mind to them. One thing I never like is to see a show after reading the books because the books are always so much better but anyway….
    The real reason I like these is because they are a lesson of human mistakes. War being the worst of them and they state a truth that war effects everyone and to me there is no real winner in wars no matter how much we try to say otherwise. I felt this show should have as large a following to just help bring it home that war does horrible things to ones spirit and will just make things worse in the end.

    Oh, one more thing, I try to not dig very deeply into shows because if you dig too deep it's hard to get out of that hole and just enjoy it for what it is….

  39. A: who is ur fav character in FMAB?
    B: Oh, i love ed

    B: i love El
    B: i love scar, and wrath, and greed, and mustang, and izumi, and EVERYBODYLITERALLYtching FMA

  40. Scar vs. Wrath has long been my favorite fight in all of anime. Besides being an epic clash between badass characters, I never could fully explain why I love their battle so much. This video eloquently verbalizes many of those unexplained inner-feelings. All the more reason why Brotherhood is a work of art and also why Aleczanxr is one of my favorite YouTubers. Truly powerful stuff. And Chrono Cross music!? You sir are a God among men. I would subscribe to your channel 100 times if I could.

  41. Of course he was fully aware. That's why he choose to never use his real name again.
    I do understand his point of view. If my family where murdered that way, I would not stop until I got killed or I killed each and everyone of the ones responsible. The way I would see it. They gave me permission to kill them the moment they killed my family. And lets face it. The world was a better place with most of the freaks Scar killed being dead.Scar only acted wrong when he wanted to kill those not involved (The Eldrick Brothers) and those who have changed (Marco). But he did well killing the ones that din't change for good or became worse.

  42. Come to think of it this is like being brave is not not having fear. But do not let fear make the decision for you. Except here is not about not hating. But not letting hate decide your actions. All this can be summarized in accepting your emotions but not letting emotions dictate your actions.
    BTW: I disagree on scar being hypocritical. If he was a hypocrite he would have not cease to use his name. This event means that he fully understand that the killing where against Isbal teachings but he had to do it anyway. And not because Isbal commanded him to do it. But because of revenge.

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