Fullmetal Arithmetist

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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.



the fact that the taboo is divide by zero made me love this even more

i watch

the real show

BoobMarley responds:

You mean FMA Brotherhood?


So what, are the elrics now math prodigy's because they've seeen the truth in arithmetic? Can't wait to see the Flame Arithmatist lol

BoobMarley responds:

Actually... I half-way finished a preloader with Colonel Mustang for this, wherein his glove had all kinds of equations on it. Decided against it on the basis that I wanted all my good illustrations and animations to be contained within the movie itself, and not build up any expectations.


Loading screen needs more detail. People with slow internet have to stare at that for a little while. That white background is not very interesting. You could even make those hands move across as the loading bar.
The outdoor intro scene had more movement and much less detail in it most of the rest of the flash. Adding darker shades to this part would help increase the impression. You could also make those stars brighter they are fairly unnoticeable and a flickering star or two helps night skies pop. Maybe a leaf blowing across... I digress.
I enjoy the detail in the school room background. You could use tweens to illustrate the boys breathing. They could take a deep breath when reaching out to write by use of tween in the close shots. The hands coming out of the board could be made creepier by having some of them grope at the air in attempt to grab the boys.
Good job on the hand drawing on the board by the way.
When you reveal the missing leg you could have him reach down to hold it and lean backward and forward to help illustrate pain. Hair could move separately here showing momentum and adding realism. The infinity on the board is a nice touch I would have zoomed in on it so its more noticeable and creepy.
Oh and I didn't notice at first but your animation seems to lack anticipation when Al turns to his brother. So his head could move the opposite direction for a frame then turn to Ed. I like to use it to make it appear smoother when an unmoving character starts to move.
The concept behind this was good but it came at a time when divide by zero the last theme of the tofa so it felt a little staler than it normally would.
I understand the desire to belittle stupid comments so I don't see why people are so offended. Stirs up lots of reviews I suppose.

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BoobMarley responds:

This has been the single most helpful review yet, I really appreciate it.

The opening scene with the school was the first one I animated, and I wasn't entirely sure where I was going with the style yet. I didn't bother to go back later and enhance the scenery, but I definitely agree with more tones, and having the stars flicker.
Ugh, having them exhale would have been a fucking awesome detail. I'm actually pretty upset that I hadn't thought to do that. I was however, aware of the effect that separately moving hair adds to depth - I just didn't put it in as a stylistic choice, but I think I'll experiment with it in future animations.

Yeah, the concept is a bit stale, but what the hell. Guess I'm just squeezing it for one more good laugh.

Again, I appreciate you taking the time to watch and leave some feedback.

Pretty damn good!

You did a pretty good job here and clearly worked hard. I love how you even animate parts that are hard to see at first. It makes me look at my animations and cringe more then usual. Very very good!

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3.49 / 5.00

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