The blogosphere is full of great (and not-so-great) blogs. One of the first blogs I came across when I first started searching them out is also one of the best. Many of you frequent the wonderful site, GAR GAR Stegosaurus. While rummaging through notes I’ve developed, I noticed that I found a post about Christian symbolism from that blog. It’s a good one, making the strong connections between the faith and the first Fullmetal Alchemist series, particularly focusing on Ed as a Christ figure. Though many anime heroes can be posited as such, his connection is stronger than almost any. Please have a read (note that the post is full of spoilers):
I would only take this a bit further (and doing so, make a bit of a stretch). Perhaps Ed can also represent Adam. After all, the Bible describes Christ as the second Adam. Ed, as the first Adam, along with his brother, Alphonse, commit the “original” sin by trying to be like God. In the Bible, after all, Eve is tempted by the serpent whe he says her eyes will be opened like God’s. The experience they go through, in which parts (or wholes) of their bodies are taken, can be seen as a death. Ed is then reborn – now, he is the second Adam, on the road to bringing salvation for mankind.
He also brings salvation for his brother.
In Christianity, familial analogies are often used. Christians are sons of the Father, adopted by the Father, daughters and mothers of Christ, and brothers of Christ. As Jesus died for us, his brothers (and sisters), Ed dies for his blood brother, so that he might be saved. The beauty of Jesus’ sacrifice is alive and well, even in non-Christian anime.