fma apparently

anyway here’s the best omake in the entire series

So I’m on episode 59 of FMA:B and…. they ACTUALLY did my boy like that!!!!! My baby boy Roy Mustang!!!!!! I’m actually screaming…. I’m dying…. how dare they do him like this…. I’m so MAD I cannot handle this…… please talk to me right now because I cannot handle this………

Here’s Ed in a dress.

FUN FACT: up until about the 40s or 50s, pink was a boy’s color, since it was thought of as a diluted red. Blue was for girls, because Virgin Mary was oft depicted in a soft blue shawl.

Okay I’m going to elaborate a bit on that last post. The argument I’ve seen more than once is basically that Arakawa ‘overcompensates’ with her female characters by showing them as over the top totally awesome, competent, a+ all the time in fields that are traditionally male dominated. I don’t agree with this argument. I love these characters, but I don’t think their awesomeness is on some kind of… unrealistic level or SO WAY ABOVE the level of the guys. 

But let’s say they’re right. I wonder why that could be? Maybe because Hiromu Arakawa is, herself, in a career that is SO male dominated that it is literally called ‘boy’s manga’ and that is SO male dominated that she had to change her name for publishing (from Hiromi to Hiromu) so people would think she was a man and be more open to publishing/buying her stuff. It would be no wonder if her characters did come across as overcompensating, considering due to her field of work, it’s likely she’s felt like she’s had to do that herself. 

It is not uncommon in shounen manga (Adachitoka, Yellow Tanabe, etc) for women to go by either a gender neutral or male pen name for this reason.  

So instead of acknowledging the sexist industry that may have caused Arakawa to end up feeling like she needed to ‘overcompensate’ (as much as I disagree that she did), ya’ll just lay into her. Let’s be real; on the scale of one to sexist, a female author making her women ‘too awesome’ is relatively low.

Continuing onward, don’t forget that:

  1. Arakawa wanted to bring more women into the story earlier on, but her editors would not let her (case in point, Winry was not introduced until the beginning of volume three because of this). 
  2. Once Arakawa was successful enough that she had much more in the way of editorial freedom, one of the things she did was set out to add more women to her cast. She looked at what she had and said ‘not enough’, so she introduced several more. 

I’m not saying that Arakawa is above reproach or something, but it’s important when discussing her to look at her work through the lens of- this is a woman writing in a field that is so male dominated it is literally called BOYS COMICS, who constantly has to work to tow the line between the story she wants to tell as a woman and the story that editors, who generally hire male authors, want to see in their shounen magazine. And ignoring that context is ridiculously unfair to her. This also applies to other female shounen mangaka. They’ve all been in her shoes. 

Equivalent Exchange

for a prompt from a while ago “one playing with the other’s hair”

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“Dammit!” Edward muttered under his breath.

Taking care to not move her head Riza asked, “what is it?”

Ed sighed, “I’m still not used to this damn arm.”  Riza couldn’t help but smile.

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Royai Role Reversal Part (1/?)

In which Rebecca Catalina is the one murdered by Envy and Colonel Riza seeks to avenge her death. I imagine Riza wouldn’t exhibit pure rage so much as complete lack of emotion and utter disdain. Roy would be the one yelling words of desperation. 

What I’m Reading:

Time for Dreams by themaidontheshore

“Have we never really touched before?” A short, bittersweet fic based on an idea from pandacea.

This is a Roy/Ed fic. I noticed that fmaweek2015 has apologized for starting a ship war. I noticed they did not apologize for disrespecting one of the great, classic pairings of FMA fandom.

Apparently we should be nice to them because they are “four teenagers trying the best we can.”

As Bugs would say, “What a bunch of maroons.”

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GET TO KNOW ME MEME - [5/20] Anime/Manga Series
↳ Fullmetal Alchemist 

“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 Fullmetal.”

i am jus tso really into fucking greed/ling/lan fan these days guys idek man WHERE DID THIS REVIVAL OF OT3 FEELS COME FROM??????? like i was just rewatching the last two discs of fmab today and it was like OH NO FEELINGS

bc greedling timeshare u guys i stg, the way they are so much more casual and like YEAH OK about switching control back and forth, about how they work together and fight for each other and also ling has insight into ALL U WANT IS FRIENDS and greed is like OH SHIT

and then lan fan motherfuckin’ lan fan and UGH FINE YOU’RE IN THE YOUNG LORD’S BODY SO I WILL LOOK OUT FOR BOTH OF YOU and gosh it seems so antagonistic but also she trusts Greed to protect Ling too and they work together in the end

and i just

idk i don’t ahve thoughts necessarily i just have ot3 and why do so few people ship this what is wrong with thsi fandom people should ship what i ship like i ship it GEEZ

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Chess Pieces [Roy X Riza]

A Royai amv for FMA day!

Song: You Know Where to Find Me (instrumental)-Imogen Heap

Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood