Fun FMA manga fact:
This isn’t mentioned in Brotherhood, but the reason Roy and Riza came to Resembool scouting out the Elrics is because someone fucked up the ages on Ed and Al’s file.
Literally Roy and Riza are riding in the back of some horse-drawn carriage into Resembool chatting with the driver like “yes we’ve heard rumors of two alchemist brothers here, Ed and Al Elric ages 31 and 30 respectively. Do you know where they live?” And the driver pretty much answers with “lol what? Those kids are like 10.”
Except now Roy and Riza are already THERE so they decide “Fuck it. Let’s pay a visit anyway.”
So everything that went down in the series is thanks to some mysterious fuck up in the Amestrian Intelligence Department and I salute that person.
I didn’t notice it till now but when watching the show again, it’s kinda obvious. Let’s start with Ed.
Ed’s abuse seems to be more emotional abuse. His parents spoil his sister Sarah, while Ed lives in the basement. They also seem to take Sarah’s side more often. These can be signs of parental favoritism. I mean, look at Ed’s room.
now look at sarah’s:
Sarah’s room is much larger, cleaner and more comfortable than Ed’s. Sure, Ed’s a messy guy but you’d think a good parent would start showing SOME concern when their child’s room is as bad as Ed’s.
Now to Double D. His abuse is more about neglect and lack of affection from his parents. Not only are his parents never home but they communicate through sticky notes they leave around the house. and what are on those notes?
Chores. Double D’s parents seem to treat him more like a maid that cleans the place while they’re away most of the time, instead of their son.
and finally, Eddy. His is the most obvious.
While not a parent, Eddy has been shown to be physically and verbally abused by his older brother. This was revealed in the series finale.
I can’t believe I actually missed this until now.
This also shows another difference between them and the rest of the kids in the cul-de-sac.
Jimmy’s parent’s don’t seem to mind that their son has more feminine interests, buying him things like an easy bake oven and letting him have a feminine room and stuffed animals. Kevin’s dad constantly showers him in gifts. Nazz lives a carefree and happy life. Johnny’s parents seem to be tree-huggers(they have arbor day parties and bring nature inside as a christmas tradition) and don’t find it strange that their son talks to inanimate objects and Rolf has a close, very large and traditional family.
These are kids that most likely wouldn’t understand what the eds go through. That could be another reason why the eds are outcasts in the show.
Truth, the smiling smug bastard who made everyone’s life hell in FMA:B.
Or did he?
Let’s start with our favourite kick-ass mother, Izumi.
Izumi opened the portal of truth in order to try and revive her child that she lost in childbirth, and because of her ignorance Truth took her ability to reproduce, unable to have children of her own anymore.
Except, because of what she went through, and her ability to perform highly complex alchemy, she gained two sons. Ed and Al
Moving on to the Flame Alchemist Himself.
Roy Mustang had his eyes always looking to the future. He kept his eyes forward, aiming to be the country’s leader. Truth took away his sight.
Except, with this he was able to remove his tunnel vision and expand his views to see the work that needed to be done in Ishval and devoted his life to it.
The Elric Brothers?
Ed and Al wanted to be a family again, and wanted to feel a mother’s love again, and so Al lost his ability to feel warmth, and Ed lost his leg to stand with his family. They were a broken, incomplete family.
Except, their quest to get their bodies back gave them a family greater than a mother and father. Their family grew to one of huge sizes, whom supported them the whole way.
Truth is one, Truth is all, Truth is God, Truth is the universe.
There’s no such thing as a painless lesson, they just don’t exist. Sacrifices are necessary. You can’t gain anything without losing something first. Although if you can endure that pain, and walk away from it, you’ll find that you now have a heart strong enough to overcome any obstacle. Yeah… a heart made
f u l l m e t a l.