Over the last month I've been giving out writing tips pulled from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, while having an FMA pocket watch giveaway. First, I would like to say, there is plenty more going on in that story than what I've covered. I'll be talking more about Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in the next couple of posts (like one I'm doing about writing action scenes), but since I'm talking about writing in general and pulling from other stories, I'm not including those in my "Editing with the Elric" series. I'll just be referring to FMA for extra examples.
I'd also like to point out that I'm new to the Fullmetal world (saw it for the first time this year), so I wasn't able to go as in depth with the story as I would have liked. Someday I'd like to dig deeper to see exactly how it works. It's definitely one of the best written stories I've encountered.
What's to Come?
For at least a month, I'll be doing some general writing/reading/life posts, but I have been working feverishly on another story dissection like this. One word: Trigun. And that's one show I've probably seen a million times--so these posts are deep. I mean like, it's crazy the stuff I found when I started pulling that story apart. If you're a fan of the show, you're gonna eat it up. If you're a writer, you might learn something new.
If you don't know what in the world Trigun is, it's another anime. I don't know what my deal is, but I've gotten sucked into this stuff this year. (It might have to do with the fact some of them have killer stories.) I usually don't post about anime, but it's like I got bit by a bug. It's been good though. I wanted to break away from American stories so I could try to learn some new storytelling techniques. Each culture has writing specialties.
Okay, so, if you want to follow along with those posts, or prepare for them, you can find the whole Trigun series online or on Netflix. There are only 26 episodes, and if you cut off the openings, endings, and episode previews, you can watch the whole thing in under nine hours. Warning: The English version swears. A lot. So if that's something that bothers you, you can watch it with subtitles (which don't swear as much), but the English voice actor for the protagonist is amazing! So, if it doesn't bother you, I'd say watch it in English. I loved the story enough that I was willing to turn a deaf ear to it.
The first half of the series is very episodic and random (and hilarious), but there is an overarching storyline, it just doesn't pick up until halfway through the series. It's a sci-fi western that follows an outlaw so dangerous he has a $$60 billion bounty on his head, has turned a city to rubble, and has been labeled a "natural disaster" in insurance policies. Two girls from an insurance agency are assigned to track him down to curb the damage he causes, but when they meet him he's nothing like his reputation. You'll have to watch the show to find out why he doesn't fit his description.
I don't know when I'm going to start my Trigun post series. Could be one month, could be five. I kind of wanted to do something in between for my followers who aren't into anime. But if I have followers who really like Trigun, let me know, and maybe I'll bump it up.
Giveaway Winner! More Giveaways!
Congrats to MyNameisHolmstrom for winning the FMA pocket! Yay! We had over 522 of entries from my social media outlets! Thanks to everyone who entered. If you didn't win, I'm sorry, but don't worry, I'm working on lining up some more giveaways (which is why I added a giveaway section on my blog), including more FMA.
Last week I asked my followers what they'd like to see me giveaway, and I listened to your responses. That's why I'm going to do an Attack on Titan giveaway and a Dr. Who giveaway in September. (And I've never even seen Dr. Who. So yes, I listened. Don't worry, though, I at least know what a tardis is, and I found something one-of-a-kind to giveaway for you guys.)
I also heard you guys say Sherlock, DBZ, The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, more FMA, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pacific Rim, Star Trek, and story critiques. I'll try to eventually do giveaways for all of them. I've already been looking up items. So I'm way excited. I have more fun doing giveaways than buying the stuff for myself.
Thanks for being awesome!