Fullmetal Arithmetist

Share Collapse

Author Comments

Made with two months Flash experience over the course of four days.
*Front Paged from 8/19/11 - 8/31/11. Thanks for the ego.


Oh God.

I actually though it was pretty lame until you began the introductory talk.
Oh god I laughed so hard. good job!

Its ok

Its ok in animation standards but It was pretty boring in terms of plot and overall did not see what you're trying to do

People find this review helpful!
BoobMarley responds:

You couldn't see what it was I was trying (and succeeding, btw) to do?
Alright, let me break it down for you:

There is a popular manga and anime series called "Fullmetal Alchemist". The series follows the story of two boys who are highly adept at alchemy - that is to say, they have the ability to transmute matter into different forms and uses. Well, much like there are laws that place limits on human experimentation and stem-cell research, there are a few rules that govern the practice of alchemy in the series' world. The main rule being to never use alchemy to create human life/return it from the dead.

Welp, wouldn't you know it, the two boys tragically lose their mother to pestilence at a young age. Even though they know it's taboo to attempt to raise her from the dead with alchemy, they do it nonetheless. The results are disastrous. Not only do they fail to bring their mother back to life, one loses his left leg and the other loses his entire body in the transmutation process.

In the world of mathematics there are all kinds of laws that govern what can and cannot be done. These laws are in place due to years of trial and error, and empirical processes that have established a working knowledge of values (represented by numbers). One such law that has been established is that it is impossible to divide by zero. Think of it like this; how many times can nothing go into something? Some mathematicians are of the opinion that dividing by zero is the same as multiplying by infinity - it is simply illogical and is not a calculable process.

The word "arithmetic" is an antiquated word for what we now simply call "math". Remember this because it will be important in about four paragraphs.

In looking at the series "Fullmetal Alchemist" and then considering for a moment the so-called "taboos" in other fields of academia (alchemy being now defunct and out-moded by chemistry) one can begin to imagine a story wherein the two aforementioned brothers break those laws respectively.

The whole "divide by zero" concept has not only manifested itself in recent times through the occasional internet meme, but has been the basis for a few animations here on Newgrounds as of late due to it being the focus of a certain contest.

If at this point in time you're still having trouble seeing what it is I'm trying to do, start back at the top.

When we examine the "Fullmetal Alchemist" series in an alternate way with a different field of study, and then take into our consideration the widely known "divide by zero" taboo, the meshing of the two becomes a thing of nature. The two brothers dividing by zero and then having poor results makes good sense through both perspectives. The name "Fullmetal Arithmetist" then not only satisfies a connotation that there is a math theme here, but is a pleasing approximation of the word "alchemist", a word that appears in the title of the original material.

I hope that this has been helpful, and that you can find the time to watch "Fullmetal Arithmetist" again. Perhaps this time with a bit more understanding, and dare I say, appreciation, for the concept.


I'm just kidding, you're a fucking moron.


Not bad, however I guessed what the greatest math taboo was before I even clicked play. Great work, keep it up!


It was confusing, and to be honest kind of stupid and boring. Oh and by the way, responding to this will make you look like a pussy ;)

People find this review helpful!
BoobMarley responds:

Nice review. Sounds like something a real cunt would say.
Sorry that this was so complicated and confusing for you. Your teachers know you go inside to watch flash animations during recess?


i get the joke it was just a lame one...

BoobMarley responds:

Write a better idea for a parody that coincides as well as this one.
I will animate it and give you all the credit.

Seriously, send me a private message with a wittier parody idea.

Click on an icon to vote on this!

Credits & Info

3.49 / 5.00

Aug 17, 2011
3:59 PM EDT
Comedy - Parody