So, this is definitely not rebloggable. I realized in typing this that it’s actually way less cliche than I thought it was. Anyhoot here’s the “I finally figured out I was a girl when…” story below the cut.
“Is this 03 or Brotherhood?”, the definitive guide
I know a lot of people have trouble telling the two FMA anime apart, and I’ve noticed an increase in confusion lately, so I thought I’d make a post to help clear it up! I’ll go over some telltale differences between the two styles, in order of ease. For images, Brotherhood will be on the left, and 03 on the right.
1. Al’s armor
If Al is present in an image, he’s the quickest way to tell the difference between the two series. 03 Al is fairly greenish in hue, and his face looks similar to the early stages of the manga, with a very rectangular chin. Brotherhood Al is much greyer, a little shinier, perhaps a bit bulkier, and his face is more angular with a curvier chin, giving him something of a permanent >:( face. His toes curve up in Brotherhood, but not in 03. Also, since the fight with Buccaneer never happened in 03, if Al’s ponytail is short, it’s definitely Brotherhood!
2. Characters who appear in one series but not the other
This is something of a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. Look at what characters are present in the image. Anyone who appears after the Dublith arc in the manga/Brotherhood would not be in 03. Conversely, characters such as Dante, Lujon, Archer, the Tringham brothers, and Leo don’t appear in Brotherhood.
3. The women
While this doesn’t necessarily apply to every screencap, women in 03 tend to have somewhat defined lips, while they don’t usually in Brotherhood (with the exception of Olivier, who wouldn’t be in 03 anyway). This is especially true of promotional art, as opposed to screencaps.
4. The chain
(Running in the shadooooows~)
On every Amestrian military uniform, there’s a rope chain on the right shoulder, which also attaches to the front of the breast. In 03, the bit connecting the chain to the front of the uniform is braided, while in Brotherhood, that portion is a single cord.
5. Colors + general vague feeling
Colors can sometimes be used to tell the difference, if the lighting is standard. Colors in Brotherhood are fairly muted, but not too dark, and generally stick to shades of red, blue, yellow, black, white, and brown. They might almost be described as pastel, at least compared to 03. While colors in 03 are usually more saturated than Brotherhood, they’re also a lot darker, and not nearly as coordinated in hue. Also, 03 characters in general tend to have something of a youthful look to them, compared to Brotherhood, and noses are usually longer and pointier than in Brotherhood.
6. Specific character differences
Certain characters have notably different looks between series. If these characters appear in a screencap, you can look to them for clues. Some examples:
Ed: His hair is darker and more orange in 03. He also wears the same outfit throughout most of it, while his alternate outfits from Brotherhood don’t appear. His face shape also pretty much stays the same in 03, while in Brotherhood he matures physically towards the end of the series.
Al: His human form in 03 has noticeably darker, more brown hair than Ed, whereas in Brotherhood there’s really very little difference between the two. Shamballa Al is also very distinct: Long hair in a ponytail, basically dresses like Ed. Post-Promised Day Brotherhood Al looks older than Shamballa Al, and has short hair.
Winry: Her “work outfit” in 03 had a pink bandana and light purple pants. In Brotherhood, the bandana is green, and her pants are tan.
Rose: Had dark skin and pink bangs in 03, while in Brotherhood, her skin is light and her bangs are more of an auburn color. She also appeared much more in 03.
Scar: 03 Scar looked way younger, and had no cheekbones. Brotherhood Scar has cheekbones and could crush 03 Scar’s teen vogue looking ass with his bare hands.
Bradley: Brotherhood Bradley has wrinkles on his forehead, and a very defined nose. 03 Bradley has a more empty face, and also usually a darker skin tone. Brotherhood Bradley also looks a lot more pissed off compared to 03 Bradley, most of the time.
Greed: In 03, Greed’s shield form is dark blue with red eyes. In Brotherhood, it’s grey with black eyes. His undershirt is also dark blue in 03, while it’s dark red in Brotherhood. Also, obviously, Greeling does not appear in 03.
Kimblee: Brotherhood Kimblee is a suave ass motherfucker with the best fashion sense in the entire series. 03 Kimblee has this absolutely terrible circa 1980s Rachel Summers-esque braid/buzz cut combo that makes me want to cry every time I look at it.
Happy Easter. I know that today is a mixed bag of emotions. So shout out to:
- the closeted trans guys and enbys trying their hardest to find a way to not wear a dress to church, especially if your parents are pressuring you into it
- anyone who has finally managed to grow out a decent amount of body hair and is trying to find a way not to shave their legs without being questioned
- closeted trans girls and enbys wishing they could wear a pretty Easter dress
- basically, everyone who is having to conform to cishet formal wear standards that don’t match how they identify. It sucks.
- to those of us who can’t find a queer-inclusive church but really want to attend services on Easter
- to those of us who go to service frequently, but can’t be out at church
- to those who have to attend family gatherings today and get deadnamed and called the wrong pronouns
- to those who have to attend family gatherings today and just want to watch the kids hunt eggs, not answer passive-aggressive questions about gender identity
- to those who are out in church and feel they have to constantly prove that they are just as much of a Christian as the other members of the congregation
- to those who can’t bring themselves to attend services today because of the hate and/or dysphoria that would accompany it
Easter is a beautiful reminder of Jesus’s love for us and the sacrifices He made. We should be able to have a mindful, happy day. It’s terrible when transphobia takes that from us. Remember that Jesus died and rose for everyone, including us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and God celebrates us and supports us. Try your best to remember God’s love for you today, even if others don’t love you like they should. Draw your strength from that. Happy Easter.
PLL: NEW CLUES! THE MONTGOMERY FAMILY + THE DRAWINGS + BETHANY CONNECTION
So in previous theories ive made several theories connecting the montgomery family to bethany, a new clue i came upon is quite telling. In the ep 6x17 hanna is helping ella out with her wedding dress and theme etc, ella tells us a little about her and byron:
hmm so ella and byron rented a barn to get married in? now barns have been a huge clue in this show, barns are associated with farms, we got the camplbell farm, we got spencers barn, the barn that emily passed out in, now a barn that ella n byron got married at. now remember this drawing:
many of us have already in the past pondered whether ella was the woman in this drawing and it still looks like it could be ella, now given this new information, this could very well be bethany drawing, i found it interesting she said they basically dressed up as “cowhands” now heres the definiton:
“cow·handˈkouhand/nounplural noun: cowhands is a person employed to tend or ranch cattle; a cowboy or cowgirl.”
in the drawing we see cows ,and we also see horse. now this brings me back to this scene:
i found this really interesting a cow tongue? hmm why is that aria from the start, has been associated with farm animals the most? we got pigtunia as if aria grew up on farm possibly, and byron got her the pig to remind of her of her childhood. look at all the A clues dealing with pigs, then we have horse connections with aria as well, i remember when ezra a said he would buy aria pony or something to that degree.
Now speaking of horses, this brings me back to who was really the lady in the big beige purse?
now this scene with ella and her big beige purse was in the same episode where ronda tells us about the lady in the big beige purse taking bethany out of radley. now think about it. if it is indeed the montgormery family in that drawing, what if bethany was apart of that family? what if byron is the father of bethany, and ella was taking bethany out of radley on trips? jsut a thought, is it really a coincidence that we see ella with a big beige purse in the same ep that ronda talks about the rich lady in the big bige purse? was ella in disguise?
Now, heres more connections to bethany from the Montgomery family, we all remember this, when eddie recognized aria from radley, why was aria so fixed on the bethany situation, why was she so determined to be the main one to get info on bethany? what does aria know about bethany? also to throw in there the twin looking picture in byrons family photo album which is still weird, could it be bethany and aria?
then we have this drawing, what if this was aria and bethany when the seperation happened
another bethany/montgromery connection, so apparently melissa buried bethany, now i still find it a little strange that on “that night” in th flashback, byron is talking to ali, when hes about to walk away, he turns around and sees melissa cmoing out of the door, n then he glares as if it was odd to see melissa , nowi still find this strange why the writers felt the need to shwo us that byron saw melissa and made that glare at the sight of her
now remember this weird scene where meredith tells byron:
what was meredith about to say, “that you…” that byron what? what else did byron do that night? did byron have something to do with bethanys murder? lets think about it, when byron goes to the basement and sees scared aria he tells her i didnt hurt alison… but byron seemed like that was his intentions that night as it were monas and everybody else intention to kill ali that night. what if byron tried to kill kill ali but hit the wrong person, bethany? his daughter? just thinking aloud. so we have a weird eye glare that byron gives melissa who is connected to burying bethany, according to meredith, byron did something else that night, and meredith knows first hand what byron did, and meredith found it damaging this info that she went off her meds and went crazy aria because of this secret. now that tells me theres more to what were in those pages and did ali take some of these pages out? or who?
welp theres the montgomery/bethany connection ,theres several other clues but this is just the jist of things. its a huge possibility that aria is also marys kid which could tie into this later.
Extremely frank Reaper/Gabriel Reyes discussion and analysis follows:
I mean this in the politest yet bluntest way possible:
Gabriel Reyes/Reaper is hardcoded mlm.
I’m going to level with y’all
Gabriel/Reaper is legitimately one of the strongest mlm-coded characters in current media.
And before people go, “You’re biased, you’re pulling this out your ass,” Gabriel/Reaper is basically a “mlm character designed and written by straight men (mostly).” I’m actually willing to believe that Blizzard has semi-decent intentions with him at this point, but from the outset, Gabriel/Reaper’s design is so blatantly “we aren’t entirely sure how to design/write a mlm character so we’re gonna kinda throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.”
I am not saying all mlm individuals in real life behave like this or do these things.
Rather, I am saying that these are mlm stereotypes perpetuated in the media that artists, designers, and writers at Blizzard have seemingly applied to Gabriel Reyes/Reaper.
Here’s the “we took every major mlm stereotype and built it into Gabriel Reyes/Reaper’s character” list:
Talking with a slight lisp
Incessantly sassy, sarcastic, and sardonic
Wearing jewelry (Reaper canonically wears a silver bangle on one wrist, seemingly only for aesthetic purposes)
being dedicated to “an aesthetic” - single major color palette, with “pop” accent colors like red and silver
Dropping pop culture and music references nonstop
Wearing skintight clothing
His entire “we’re vaguing this” relationship with Jack Morrison/Soldier: 76
The fact that zero female characters in the game hit on him (as opposed to Soldier: 76 and Reinhardt, where Ana compliments the former and straight up flirts with the latter)
Quoting Edgar Allan Poe
frankly, literally dressing himself as the deadass “opposite” of Strike-Commander Morrison (while Soldier: 76 basically dresses “the opposite” of Commander Reyes).
He makes his own Halloween costumes
the implication that the only people allowed to call him by a nickname (Gabe) are Jack Morrison/Soldier: 76 and (rather reluctantly) Sombra
Death Blossom - although the Ultimate title is a reference to The Last Starfighter, Chu has joked that it’s related to Gabriel/Reaper hurling roses at Jack/Soldier: 76. When someone on twitter make a photoshop of Reaper attacking Soldier: 76 with a bouquet of roses on Valentine’s Day, Michael Chu joked, “Well, it is called Death Blossom.”
Having a paired spray with another man (Jack Morrison/Soldier: 76) - the Commando “Contra references” sprays
Continuing to call Soldier: 76 “Jack” despite 1) “hating him” (or so we are told), 2) Soldier: 76 trying to obscure his name, 3) Soldier: 76 technically having been “Strike-Commander Morrison” to Gabriel Reyes/Reaper for decades says a lot about Gabriel/Reaper’s attitude towards Jack/Soldier: 76. Despite having a major fall out and literally fighting each other, Gabriel/Reaper persists in calling “John Morrison” by a personal nickname.
If “This is my curse” is, in fact, a Killswitch reference - holy hell, y’all. Holy. Hell. “This is my curse/ The yearning/ This is my curse/ There is love/ Burning to find you/ Will you wait for me?/ Will you desire?/ Your silence haunts me/ But still I hunger for you.”
There is no “cute flirtatious banter” between him and any female/feminine character in the game. By this, I mean interactions that are comparable to, say, the McCree-Hanzo “this is thirsty work” lines or the Pharah-Mercy “Let’s keep the skies clear” lines or even the Ana-Reinhardt “and you look as lovely as ever” lines. In fact, arguably, the only lines where Gabriel/Reaper actually has “cute flirtatious banter” are with Jack/Soldier: 76.
Soldier: 76: Well. You sure take to this bad guy thing easily, don’t ya? (said with laughter) Reaper: And you sure know how to play boy scout. (said in a teasing tone)
Soldier: 76: One of these days someone is gonna to put an end to you. Reaper: I invite them to try.
The latter is seemingly the reason why Soldier: 76 will sometimes say “Well, someone had to do it.” when killing an enemy Reaper.
(Meanwhile, on Soldier’s end, he either is entirely oblivious to Ana’s compliment on him “looking pretty good,” or he straight up ignores it.) Once again, I am not saying all mlm individuals in real life behave like this or do these things.
What I am saying is that these are, by and large, stereotypes of mlm individuals portrayed/perpetuated by media that Gabriel Reyes/Reaper exhibits. And while I think many of them are more entertaining or better-portrayed than many other mlm characters in media, we should keep in mind that these all snowball into something much bigger. Something that Blizzard has only seemed to fuel with the Uprising content. Whether or not they ever actually act upon it in a direct or outright manner is debatable, but regardless, here is what is currently present in the game, comics, and animations. Furthermore, Chu has recently retweeted “familial Strike team content” from a major fandom artist who has posted and continues to post Reaper76 content. The official Overwatch twitter retweeted content from a different major fandom artist who posts Reaper76 content almost exclusively (though the retweet was of Blackwatch content). Even if the content itself does not directly show Gabriel Reyes/Reaper engaging in romantic interactions with another man (Jack Morrison/Soldier: 76, in these cases), it DOES mean both Chu and someone on the Overwatch social media team are watching these artist accounts.
But yeah, sure.
It’s all “subtext.”
(that’s sarcasm, btw. Because some readers will take that literally.)