Cooking (Science?) with Anime: A Human Body (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Style!)
You know what time of year it is? SPOOKY TIME! You know what's spooky? MAKING A HUMAN BODY!
As an anime food blogger, I LOVE recipes. I mean, seriously! If I see some awesome anime food, the best thing I can possibly find is a recipe to go along with it so that I don't have to make anything totally by scratch. It's a huge lifesaver, because it saves me a lot of time researching, and time planning on what to do and how to do it. Normally, I look for recipes for actual food items, but amazingly enough, there are some recipes out there that will produce something much greater and more interesting than any old food item.
That's right people, I'm talking about chemical reactions: add a pinch of this and a pinch of that and then BANG! There you go, you've got something completely new! Did anyone else love chemistry for that reason? Science experiments always seemed like more technically inclined cooking experiments. More academic, if you will, but they're essentially the same thing. You combine a bunch of ingredients to get a specific end product.
And hey, Ed and Al from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood do the same thing! All they want to do is make their good ol' mom come back to life... Or rather, make her a new human body so that she doesn't have to be dead anymore. Same difference? As we all know, things go horribly awry (sorry, boys), but on the upshot, we get a detailed list of the specific ingredients that make up a human body: water, carbon, ammonia, lime, phosphorus, salt, glucose, sulfur, silicone, among other things. And I couldn't help but wonder... What would it be like if I just, you know, mixed these things together?
Well, what we get is basically a human soup. I asked my good friend, Kellen Miller, a chemistry teacher, to help me out with this science experiment. He assembled all the ingredients we would need, using household items, and let me come into his classroom to film. We decided not to use some of the more difficult to obtain/ hardcore ingredients because as it turns out, you can get some pretty dangerous reactions by adding a bunch of chemicals to water. Who knew? So in order to keep it safe, since we didn't have a super secure filming location, we tried to keep it to the most pertinent ingredients that could be easily obtained around town. Miller is a genius, and worked out the exact proportions of ingredients we'd need, and we were able to mix up our human body in a about thirty minutes. Easy, right?
Now, some things to note: I am not posting a recipe, or the specific list of ingredients we used, because you really shouldn't be trying this at home. Some of the chemicals we used are dangerous when unbonded (that means when left in their pure form), and if we had gotten the pure form of the chemical, we would have had some incredibly dangerous reactions. Flourine and water, for example, are a very explosive when combined. So is calcium, which is why we used chlorine bicorbonate, etc. This brings into question exactly how Ed and Al, two children, got these super dangerous ingredients in the first place, and also how they managed not to blow themselves up before they even did the transmutation. We have a theory that they ACTUALLY lost their limbs/ body due to the unsafe chemical reactions, rather than as the price for opening the gate. Also, because of the difficulty in getting all these ingredients, and the safety issues related to that, what we do in the video is not technically 100% accurate to what Ed and Al say they do when they try the transmutation. On the other hand, it clearly didn't work for them, so, you know. The original recipe didn't even work ANYWAY, and I'm not sure it was the lack of a soul that was the real problem... Hehehe!
So, how did it all turn out? You've got to watch the video below to see the results! Can I just say though that it was so much fun to do this science experiment? Miller and I had the best time putting it all together and getting all spooked by the thought of stirring up a human being in a plastic kiddie pool on the floor of a classroom. It was really fun! If you like the idea behind this, comment below with some other science experiments you'd like to see us try. In the meantime, have a great Halloween!
Check out how we made our very own human body by watching the full video down below!
I hope you enjoyed this post! Check in next week for another recipe, and to check out more anime food recipes, visit my blog. If you have any questions or comments, leave them below! I recently got a Twitter, so you can follow me at @yumpenguinsnack if you would like, and DEFINITELY feel free to send me food requests! My Tumblr is yumpenguinsnacks.tumblr.com. Find me on Youtube for more video tutorials! Enjoy the food, and if you decide to recreate this dish, show me pics! :D
In case you missed it, check out our last dish: Hot Tub Tamago from Kakuriyo-Bed and Breakfast for Spirits-. What other famous anime dishes would you like to see Emily make on COOKING WITH ANIME?