Alright boys and girls: BentoByte Super Fight Sunday Round 1 is here! Let’s go ahead and explain how this will work: we are going to pit two characters against each other, check out their abilities, and see which one of them is going to stand on top. Ready to get this show on the road? Then let’s ring the bell!
In today’s Super Fight Sunday, we’ve got Edward Elric of Fullmetal Alchemist fame facing off against Shirou Emiya from the Fate series. Both of them are a bit stubborn and tend to jump into the fray, so let’s see which one of these two is gonna come out the winner today.
In the blue corner, we have Edward Elric. The titular character of the series, he’s the youngest person in history to become a certified State Alchemist at the age of twelve. In addition to his status as a prodigal alchemist, he is also a capable hand-to-hand combatant, capable of facing off against many foes at once or even people twice his size.
The one thing that makes Edward Elric who he is, however, is his prowess as an alchemist. He can perform alchemy without a transmutation circle, using his own will as a substitute for the necessary runes and scripts. This on-the-fly alchemy combined with his masterful combat training makes him an unpredictable foe.
And over in the red corner, we have Shirou Emiya. He’s the
adopted son of Kiritsugu Emiya, one of the combatants of the Fourth Holy Grail War. He was trained in magecraft by his father, but the knowledge he was given was simple at best. Because of this, Shirou frequently tries his hardest to get better, but sees little results. Additionally, Shirou strives to be an Ally of Justice, to have the power to save anyone that needs it.
It is revealed that Shirou actually possesses a lot of power in the form of a Reality Marble called Unlimited Blade Works. This allows Shirou to manufacture various swords and blades from thin air in order to fight against his enemies. Inside of his Reality Marble, Shirou is a powerful enemy to go against since he can look at a weapon and manufacture a near-perfect copy in order to counter it.
Alright, let’s take one last look at our combatants here:
16 years old
Martial Arts, Alchemy
17 years old
Magecraft, Reality Marble, Swordsmanship
THE VERDICT: TIE
If we look at their powers as a whole, they are very similar. Edward does have the edge over Shirou when it comes overall skill; the kid has trained in some intense martial arts sessions and has walked off from many things that should have killed him. On the other side, Shirou isn’t one to give up and roll over just because he’s losing. This tenacity of his might be his downfall if it weren’t for his Reality Marble. In that area, Shirou can lay down some hurt. He brought Gilgamesh to his proverbial knees on his own after he had already suffered a beating.
Both of them are good at analyzing their situations, but Edward appears to have another slight edge over Shirou when it comes to how their powers work: while Shirou is able to analyze and construct things based off of what he sees, Edward can break things down, not just create. Now, this is where things get tricky: the Law of Equivalent Exchange states that to create, something of equal value must be given, more or less. When it comes to battles, Edward has finite resources, whereas Shirou’s powers are only limited to what he has seen: if Edward makes it, so can Shirou.
In the end, it looks like these two are on even footing. Their powers are too similar in nature. Though it would seem that Edward would have the edge with his martial arts prowess, Shirou’s familiarity with bladed weapons due to his projections and Reality Marble even that field out.
Thanks for checking out this week’s fight! Let us know in the comments who you want to see face off and we’ll check them out. See you next week, folks!Tweet