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Fullmetal Alchemist: Bluebird's Illusion
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Original Chinese visual novel case cover
Information
Title Fullmetal Alchemist: Bluebird's Illusion
Alternate title(s)

Bluebird's Illusion (BBI)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Illusion of a Bluebird
Illusion of a Bluebird
鋼の錬金術師[青鳥の虛像
Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Aotori no Kyozou

Designer(s)

Neoland OceanX

Platform(s)

PC

Language(s)

Chinese (original language)
English (partial)
Japanese
Portuguese

Release date(s)

2003[1]

Mode(s)

Single-player

Type

Doujinshi
Visual novel

Fullmetal Alchemist: Bluebird's Illusion, also called Illusion of a Bluebird (鋼の錬金術師[青鳥の虛像 Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Aotori no Kyozou), is a Fullmetal Alchemist doujinshi created by the group Neoland OceanX in 2003.[1] It combines elements of both the manga and the anime, but it takes place in the manga story-line about five years after the failed resurrection of Edward and Alphonse Elric's mother, Trisha Elric. The game is a combination of RPG and "card duels." Unlike Yu-Gi-Oh!, these card duels use cards to recover health, use alchemy, raise defense, and so on.

TitleEdit

The bluebird this visual novel's title refers to what represents Edward Elric's happiness. Calling out early in the game in his monologue, Edward explains how this bluebird left him forever at his mother's deathbed. Even though he caught a glimpse of it when his brother, Alphonse Elric, regained his human body, his happiness was an "unattainable illusion."[2] Hence "Bluebird's Illusion," or in an alternate translation, the "Illusion of a Bluebird."

Major charactersEdit

See Category:Characters for all characters.

Alphonse Elric: Alphonse is sixteen or seventeen in Bluebird's Illusion. The plot begins moving when he reports feeling "pains" as his alchemically-created body begins to deconstruct.

Edward Elric: As the main character, most of the game is from Edward's perspective. He and his brother Alphonse are peacefully living in Central City before the events of Bluebird's Illusion. He is about seventeen or eighteen years old. At the beginning of the visual novel, we learn that Edward was recently promoted to the rank of Colonel, but serves more as a secretary for the Fuehrer, King Bradley.

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King Bradley: Edit to add content.

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PlotEdit

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The visual novel is broken into eight "days," at the end of each the player is given the choice to save their progress. It is possible that the player will reach one of four endings, described below, or game over.

Day OneEdit

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Bluebird's Illusion ~Remastered~

A portion of Day One with the English patch by Bluebird's Illusion Translation Project.

Day One is the same for all paths in the game. It is the decisions made here and in subsequent days that ultimately decide the fate of the player. It begins with Edward Elric's Day One monologue, speaking of the loss of his mother, when he returned his younger brother Alphonse to his human body, and equivalent exchange. The screen then changes to Alphonse trying to awaken his brother for his first day as a military colonel. After pushing Edward through a morning routine Alphonse bids him goodbye and "gets pains," according to the Bluebird's Illusion Guide, "and knows there's something wrong with him."[2]

Edward is driven to headquarters by Riza Hawkeye with the company of Jean Havoc and Roy Mustang. When they reach HQ, Edward goes about his given tasks (organizing documents, and at Mustang's suggestion when he first arrives in Fuehrer King Bradley's office, brewing tea), "mopes about doing menial work"[2] and later engages in conversation with Hawkeye, who muses to herself that Edward is "really only a secretary."

Edward returns to the Fuehrer's office with tea and endures some praise disguised as teasing from Mustang. When they both leave after a short conversation, Bradley says to himself, "It seems... the wait is about to end..."[2]

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EndingsEdit

There are four possible outcomes of the visual novel, all based on choices made by the player throughout the earlier game play. Each is identified by a fan-given nickname: Tea Alchemist ending, Roy ending, Vegetable Ed (Veggie!Ed) ending, and Pride Ed (Pride!Ed) ending.

Tea Alchemist endingEdit

Main article: Tea Alchemist ending

A joke ending, the "Tea Alchemist" ending is one in which Edward happily serves the rest of his time in the military as a secretary, brewing and serving tea to Bradley. Before learning of this there is apparently conversation amongst the creators of the visual novel (represented in the text boxes as "XXX") in which they exclaim how cute the "Tea Alchemist" is.[3]

Roy endingEdit

Main article: Roy ending

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Vegetable Ed endingEdit

Main article: Vegetable Ed ending

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Pride Ed endingEdit

Main article: Pride Ed ending
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Mustang is fatally stabbed by Envy as Edward mourns Alphonse's death.

Also called the Pride!Ed or PrideEd ending by fans, in this outcome of Bluebird's Illusion, Mustang and Alphonse protect Edward from death at the hand of Envy twice at the price of their lives until Edward dies in the ensuing collapse of Father's lair under Central City. Father later orders Envy to bring him the body, and with the remaining Philosopher's Stone he makes Edward into the homunculus Pride.

The Pride Ed ending is arguably the most popular among fans. Besides being the easiest to reach, it is almost blatant fan service. A majority of Bluebird's Illusion fan fiction and fan art is based on this ending of the visual novel. Critics of this ending, however, view Edward becoming Pride as him "giving up," and note that "giving up" is out of character of the eldest Elric.

LanguagesEdit

Attempts have been made to localize Bluebird's Illusion on numerous occasions into languages such as Portuguese, Japanese, and English. Many of them remain unsuccessful in the Romance-speaking vernaculars, while those of the Asian culture were successfully concluded soon after the visual novel was released outside of China.

EnglishEdit

Main article: Bluebird's Illusion Rebuild (visual novel)
BBI cover english
Numerous attempts have been made to translate Bluebird's Illusion to English. Guides are available online where all Chinese text has been translated to English, but a complete patch has yet to be made. Bluebird's Illusion: Rebuild adopted a patch project from Deja Vu: All Over Again and after a short bout of inactivity revealed that in that time was working to make what they already had translated smoother with a new engine.[4] They work to "rebuild" the visual novel by remastering the images, refining the software, and rewriting the script.

JapaneseEdit

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PortugueseEdit

A Portuguese version and guide to Bluebird's Illusion exist.[5]

MusicEdit

Main article: Bluebird's Illusion Unofficial Soundtrack
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Bluebird's Illusion unofficial soundtrack cover.

Bluebird's Illusion features four singles: Ayumi Hamasaki's "Moments" as sung by "ChrisFox" (which is utilized in the opening sequence), "Emotionally" (ChrisFox), "Motherland" (ChrisFox), and the "Emotionally" instrumental by Fu Zhixiang.[6] These singles are the main source of accused copyright infringement the visual novel contains. The soundtrack is as follows:
  1. "Natural Balance" (Fu Zhixiang) - 1:24
  2. "Alchemy Master" (Fu Zhixiang) - 3:34
  3. "Forward" (Fu Zhixiang) - 3:38
  4. "Magnificent" (Fu Zhixiang) - 3:13
  5. "Magnificent 2" (Fu Zhixiang) - 2:01
  6. "Library" (Fu Zhixiang) - 0:54
  7. "Zone" (Fu Zhixiang) - 2:44
  8. "Wandering in the Streets" (Fu Zhixiang) - 2:08
  9. "The Park of Angels" (Fu Zhixiang) - 2:51
  10. "Darkness" (Fu Zhixiang) - 1:12
  11. "Sanctum" (Fu Zhixiang) - 1:49
  12. "Just Kidding" (Fu Zhixiang) - 2:20
  13. "Forgiveness" (Fu Zhixiang) - 3:38
  14. "Memory" (Fu Zhixiang) - 2:33
  15. "Fighting Spirit" (Fu Zhixiang) - 3:19
  16. "The Truth" (Fu Zhixiang) - 3:15
  17. "In Peace" (Fu Zhixiang) - 2:05
  18. "A Sad Dream" (Fu Zhixiang) - 1:05
  19. "Sadness" (Fu Zhixiang) - 1:00
  20. "Scheme" (Fu Zhixiang) - 2:09
  21. "To You" (Fu Zhixiang) - 3:25
  22. "Gameover" (Fu Zhixiang) - 3:08
  23. "Brothers" (Fu Zhixiang) - 1:02
  24. "Matrix" (Fu Zhixiang) - 3:04

CreatorsEdit

Main article: Neoland OceanX
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Bluebird's Illusion was created by a group of four or six unknown Chinese and/or Taiwanese university students who labored under the title of Neoland OceanX.[7] Shortly after Bluebird's Illusion went out of production the group disbanded.

CirculationEdit

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Bluebird's Illusion PC CD.

Only a hundred professional copies were released before Bluebird's Illusion was hit with copyright infringement claims and ordered to cease and desist. Illegal downloads are often common on the internet, as well as a few overpriced original copies on auction sites.[8]

It is speculated that the copyright infringement claim was based mainly on the music used in Bluebird's Illusion. The songs re-recorded by ChrisFox ("Moments," "Emotionally," and "Motherland") and several of the background tracks were modified versions of songs used in the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime and video games.[9]

EditionsEdit

Two editions of Bluebird's Illusion were released.[10] They all included the PC visual novel CD, game cards, the Bluebird's Illusion Handbook, pencil case, and art prints.[11] The two editions only differed in cover art.

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The first edition features Edward Elric in casual uniform and Alphonse Elric in civilian clothing standing in a outdoor evening setting. There is a transparent birdcage around them, perhaps representing how the two brothers are trapped in an illusion. It has the Bluebird's Illusion logo and slogan overlaid on the picture.[12]


Part of edition two cover
The second edition's cover features Edward Elric in full uniform and his homunculus counterpart Pride in some sort of classically constructed building of stone and stained glass, possibly a church. They stand in the same positions as Edward and Alphonse in the first edition cover, except Edward has his left hand raised palm open to the sky. This edition of the game is more rare than the first edition and the only cover scan available is part of the cropped official wallpaper, seen at left.[13]

ReferencesEdit

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