Xingese “How To”s

How To Correctly Identify Edward Elric, by Ling Yao

How To Earn Your Xing Scouts “Junior Firefighter” Patch, by May Chang

How To Make Friends, By Shao May

There’s a continuity error in the FMA:B English dub.

While Ed and Al are searching for Mei, they ask around to see if people have seen Xiao Mei. They refer to her as a “weird cat.” Ed does this, Al does this, Mustang, Grumman, even Yoki. It makes sense considering most Amestrians have never seen a panda bear in their life. The closest animal Xiao Mei resembles then is a cat.

When Al first (accidentally) picks up Xiao Mei in episode 22, Ed’s reaction in the subs is:

He just calls it “that thing”, and then he and everyone else spend the rest of the series calling her a cat.

In the dub though

Ed recognizes her as a panda bear, then…seems to forget, and calls her a cat for the rest of the show.

Obviously it was just the result of a translator not realizing that, down the line, it was going to become an on-going joke that no one knows what Xiao Mei is. Easy, understandable mistake.

But in context, I like to believe it went down something like this

Al: By the way Brother, what did you call this little thing back in the car?
Ed: Huh? I called it a panda bear. Why?
Al: As in a Xingese panda bear?
Ed: …Yeah?
Al: As in those 7-foot tall creatures that live only in Xing?
Ed: What’s your point!
Al: My point is how the heck is a panda bear supposed to get all the way to Amestris from Xing?
Ed: I dunno! It has legs, doesn’t it?
Al: Yeah, tiny legs. The desert is enormous, Brother! Ling almost died crossing it! And he had supplies and body guards! So how exactly do you think a panda bear would pull that off?
Ed: Ling’s theatrical! Frankly considering that Ling could cross the desert I take that as evidence that anyone could!
Al: Okay, and what about the little detail that pandas are huge!?
Ed: And how do you know? You ever met a panda?
Al: No because I don’t live in Xing.
Ed: Fine, fine, it’s a cat! It’s a cat okay!? Whatever. Why are we fighting about this? Why do you even have that thing still?? I said get rid of it!

Post-Promised Day, in the hospital someone finally asks what type of cat Xiao Mei is. Mei blinks, and answers, “Oh, no, Xiao Mei is a panda bear.”

Four nurses come running into the room to make sure everything is alright after hearing Ed scream, “I GODDAMN KNEW IT” at the top of his lungs.

anonymous asked:

Hey, Riza, Roy! Have you ever been to Xing? If yes, have you tried wearing Xingese clothes? :)

Roy: Ah… yes. Xing… We’ve been there just once. When Emperor Ling invited us for his wedding. (Can’t believe that kid actually ruled his country. I’m still halfway to the top with mine) We wanted to decline since we’ve been busy since Riza and I’s promotions but we’re glad we went there in the end.

Riza: It’s such a beautiful country. We did try on their clothes. They were much more comfortable than the usual military garb. 

Roy fit right in with the locals. Too much actually. It came to the point where the locals would straight up converse with him in Xingese, thinking that he was our group’s translator or something.

This is long overdue, but I promised Xingese that I would doodle her some Ling/Lan Fan! I didn’t know which Ling you preferred so I added both owo

{ So for my Roy I have it head-cannoned that his mother was Xingese. She came over as an immigrant when she was 16 and met his dad who at the time was 23. They eventually fell in love and had Roy. You can’t tell me that she never dressed him up in Xingese clothing. Her Xingese heritage would have been very important to her and she would have wanted to impart as much as she could to Roy.

anonymous asked:

holy shit I love all your hc's alot? (If you want to) Im kinda curious and wanna know more about Japanese Roy and Iranian Elrics??? (I'm glad someone else noticed how Xerxes is lines up so well with it, bless) ahh ty in advance!!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  I’m trying to post them more bc they make me happy and this fandom needs all the love and content it can get. ;)  Sooo… TONIGHT’S HC IS ABOUT ROY AND ED AND THEIR HERITAGES!

My headcanons differ, actually, between modern AUs and Amestris for Roy.  Since we don’t get a mention of any Japanese equivalent (minus, I think, one line where Breda mentions the origins of Shogi) but we do have Xing, I actually headcanon him as half-Xingese because he’s drawn, IMO, similarly to the Xingese characters (and also, canon needs less white dudes) on his mom’s side.  She was one of Chris’s girls, and Chris’s brother went and knocked her up, so Chris agreed to raise him because she got attached ok.

However, in modern AUs, I actually go with Chris and her brother as being part Japanese as an homage to the origins of the manga. ;)  For Roy (as opposed to the Elrics) I don’t see him as being super, super into his heritage; I imagine he probably picked up the language because he wanted to and learned some about it but he’s cool where he is.

….I do have some AUs where he lives in Japan and has dual citizenship and is a model, tho, so ymmv.

AS FOR THE ELRICS.  Pls consider Iranian Hohenheim and Jewish Trisha!!!  Ed isn’t really into any of the religion at…. all, though the Elric household was definitely not one that contained pork.  Hohenheim isn’t really practicing either, but Trisha raised them with religion and even though Ed didn’t take to it, Al definitely did and actually pulls from both sides of his family.  (Also!!!  Ed and Al having bar mitzvahs???  please????)

Hohenheim actually immigrated from Iran and I looove Trisha being a UN ambassador, so she’s a polyglot, and Ed and Al definitely know at LEAST Farsi and possibly a couple other languages.

Not Japanese.  Roy alternately insults and flirts with Ed in Japanese and it drives Ed up the wall and Roy loves it.  Not that Ed doesn’t do the exact same thing.

(Unfortunately, Al DOES understand what Ed is saying in Farsi so his shriek of horror is enough for Roy to figure out how inappropriate that last comment just was)

I like to headcanon that one of the reasons Roy was so adamant to help Heathcliff in the academy was because he, too, had been mistreated because of his race. It had taken a long time to earn their respect, and simply because he had paler skin, had darker hair, and sometimes he still bowed his head when someone he deemed of higher status walked by. He couldn’t stand to see someone else treated the same way.

Guard Dog AU
AU where dolcetto lives because ed knocked him out and the soldiers thought he was dead. Eventually he finds greedling and after the promised day he leaves for xing with ling to become a royal gaurd.
–imagine when greed first sees him again he practically hugs him and dolcetto doesn’t have a clue who he is because he looks different
–or maybe dolcetto recognizes him first because of his tattoo and tackles him, much to the homunculi’s confusion.
–imagine lan fan returning to see dolcetto with greedling and the two getting into an arguments over the whole crazy situation
–imagine dolcetto and ling slowly becoming buds
–imagine dolcetto trying to sacrifice himself for greedling but the homunculus makes falman stop him
–imagine ling and Dolcetto mourning greed after the promised day
–imagine dolcetto having to learn xingese and gets annoyed when people whisper about his accent behind his back
–imagine the horror on all the royal’s faces when they see how informally dolcetto addresses ling, just calling him “boss”, “Cheif”, and occasionally “kid” and seeing him fist bump ling and slap him on the back in greeting instead of bowing (usually he just gives a mock salute, but still)
–Imagine all the rumors that would spread about his origin
“I heard he was a mercenary in amestris.”
“I heard he helped assassinate the leader of the nation.”
“I heard he used to be the servant of a demon!”
–everyone being confused when Ling makes terrible dog puns around him
–dolcetto being on the night shift a lot because of his better night vision
–Also, he becomes the unofficial poison checker as he can smell most any kind of poison
–Ling and Dolcetto having conversations in amestrian about the other government officials behind their backs

Hohenheim’s Dork Face

Ladies and gentleman, I present to you one of the most powerful alchemists in all of human history, the progenitor of Xingese alkahestry, the human Philosopher’s Stone, who contains within him 536, 329 human souls, and who is bound by neither transmutation circles nor the law of equivalent exchange….

Behold, your lord and master!

Words of Wisdom include:


“Oh man, I took one look at her and totally swooned.”

“Please don’t pull stuff out of your crotch…”

Source: Fullmetal Alchemist Manga Chapters 63, 82
All credit to Hiromu Arakawa


Rating: T
Word Count: 1,861
Summary: Ed can’t find Roy, and the colonel doesn’t make his life any easier when he finally does.

Ed crumpled the piece of paper in his pocket, fuming. Of course, that bastard was never where he was supposed to be. All he needed was a signature, one scribble on a dotted line. He had already gone through the trouble of actually writing the letter for him. Dammit, this was supposed to be a quick trip!

The military had placed a hold on his discretionary fund, citing his frequent, large payments to a certain “Rockbell Automail.” The teller at the bank had the audacity to suggest that he was committing fraud. Ed grit his teeth, stopping only because the noise made his skin crawl. All of his funds were frozen; he had twenty cens in his pocket, a stick of gum, and nowhere to stay.

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(from left to right)

i. Pinako Rockbell in 1872 (photo by Resembool Times) 

ii. Xingese soldier (presumed to be Lan Fan, Lin Yao’s bodyguard)

iii. Ishvalan refugee camp in 1912 (Central Times)

iv. Colonel Roy Mustang at the Annual Military Festival, 1911

v. Riza Hawkeye in 1907 (photo by Lt. Rebecca Catalina)

vi. Van Hohenheim’s notebook 

vii. Edward Elric, Winry Rockbell and Alphonse Elric in 1903