If you have been a follower of the anime series “Full Metal Alchemist,” you have probably memorized Edward’s monologue which he delivers during the start of every episode. It goes something like the paragraph below which I got from the third link of my Google search.
“Mankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law of Equivalent Exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world’s one, and only truth.”
I was a sucker for the series not only for its unique plot, but also for its killer lines about the metaphysical aspect of life. I have never wished to have a brother so bad until I felt the connection between Edward and Alphonse, willing to sacrifice their life and to cross parallel dimensions for each other.
One fateful Sunday morning trashed everything good I knew about FMA. I was doing my usual habit of hopping radio stations while waiting for the green light, when I heard the line “Out of nothing at all, makin’ na na na and so on…” I had gone past 3 stations when I realized that I need to get back to the channel and listen more to the song. My mind was battered with what I heard, feeling close to having an intra-cerebral hemorrhage. I came to class still agitated, I was thinking about the song I heard, and if I heard it right in the first place.
As I hurried inside the room, my mind was set on googling the song that I even skipped greeting the students a good morning. After a quick search in Google, I found out the song was entitled MAKING LOVE OUT OF NOTHING AT ALL, by Air Supply. I hastily clicked on the link to YouTube and listened to the song.
“Out of nothing at all, na na na”
This song is the antithesis Full Metal Alchemist.