The essay is a bit wordy, but it's also relatively short. I apologize in advance for the rather random way it's written--it was really just stream-of-consciousness, and I just later on figured I might share it.
The first of two parts is a reflection on the various themes that FMA plays up. The second compares and contrasts the main characters in FMA with that of Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X to some), Himura Kenshin.
Some spoilerage throughout the anime and what manga there is so far. Spoilers for the RK series (manga/anime) and OVAs.
Hope you enjoy it! Feedback and further discussion very much welcome!
How DO you make a fake LJ-cut anyway?? Oh well.