Recently, I discovered a live-action movie based on one of my favourite things: Fullmetal Alchemist. It was everything I could ask of an adaptation of an anime or manga. And it pushed me back to the characters, and the story, that I lived so much. Starting from the beginning of the manga-accurate Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, I have found myself lost again in the world of Edward and Alphonse Elric, two brothers on a quest to redeem themselves and regain what they lost. It’s been about eight years since I read the manga or watched this anime in full; and this time I’m enjoying the knowledge of how it ends.
I’m also soaking in its creator Hiromu Arakawa’s masterful storytelling, the hints of what’s to come, the false leads, the character development. The story is incredibly dark at times, but it isn’t without light. Ultimately, it’s about hope and the strength to keep going, love in all its forms and the cost of loss, the tempering of a soul in fire, the gaining if a heart made full-metal. Basking in that kind of light, I can’t help but be filled with a new kind of resolve for my own storytelling work and life in general.
So I ask you this: What rekindles your spark? I recommend finding it, chasing it, and using it to keep your creative fire blazing bright.