Royai: Possible ‘Secret Relationship’ Implications
I talked about this on a tag meme I did, and I liked my analysis enough that I figured I’d edit it up and add some pictures.
I’m going to talk about the reasons why Roy and Riza
having a relationship in the manga could possibly be a thing. I am 80%
sure that despite how clearly they loved each other, Roy and Riza did
not have anything going on between them in the series. However, there
are some points I want to make that lean toward them possibly being
together in a romantic sense throughout the manga.
My main point
is how comfortable they are around each other. Comfortable enough that she’s the only one he cries in front of. He holds back his emotions throughout Hughes’ entire funeral and only lets himself be vulnerable when they’re alone in front of Hughes’ grave.
A lot of people say
there’s a lot of unresolved sexual or romantic tension between them
throughout the series, but I honestly don’t see that. I see two people
who clearly care about one another a great deal, who, with one look,
make it obvious that they’re in love. But I don’t see them really pining
for one another or anything like that. They act like an old married
couple. They don’t seem to act like they want to kiss or touch each other
desperately. Which, to me, says that perhaps it’s because they already
do. (This could be because I’m Ace, though, and I do not go looking for
sexual implications in my OTPs, so maybe it just goes over my head all
the time, but…)
Case in point, I knew my husband for ten years before
we got married. In the first four years or so, we definitely were a
couple of teenagers in love. We pined for one another when we couldn’t
see each other. When in public, we stared at each other silently wishing
we could go somewhere to be alone, we made out as often as possible.
After about four or five years, the feeling of “I need to touch this
person because I have a lot of pent up sexual and romantic tension for
them” pretty much died down and we became very comfortable with just being around each
other. If we didn’t hug or kiss for a while, it was no big deal because
we had each other and we knew we could arrange to be together to do
those things whenever.
My point is, Roy and Riza act like that
around each other, which tells me that perhaps the reason they aren’t
desperate to touch one another all the time is because they already do. They already do all the things normal couples do.
They’re used to intimacy so why would they itch to touch each other
24/7? If they were as in love as they appeared to be, but couldn’t be
with each other, I think they’d show more signs of yearning for one
another. This, of course, could be because we just don’t see it since
they were not the focus of the series and their relationship had no huge
importance to the story (and Arakawa has said that she does not include
anything that doesn’t need to be in the story), but I feel like, even
with the amount of time they had been together, if they had never
touched each other or kissed or hugged or whatever, they’d have a hard
time masking the want they would have for each other. Their comfort in
each other’s presence could be more than just them having spent a long
My other point is the Barry the Chopper scene where
Roy gets super jealous of Barry touching Riza and prepares to burn him
to a crisp. Riza stops him and seems absolutely unfazed by his jealousy,
which could indicate that he’s acted like that multiple times in the
past and she’s used to telling him to calm the hell down.
Roy also gets annoyed again after they’re done interrogating Barry to see if he’s the real thing. Barry flirts with Riza again calling her ‘Missy,’ looking at her with hearts over his head. Roy is visibly annoyed in this scene as well.
My next point isn’t exactly evidence, but Roy and Riza did change clothes in a
car together and didn’t come out of that looking flustered or blushing or
anything like they might have if they were unused to seeing each other
in various states of undress. I mean, yeah, Roy learned his alchemy from
her bare back, but it’s not like he saw anything else. I feel like he’d
still get flustered if he saw her without a shirt on, even if it was
just her back, because if they weren’t together, if they weren’t
touching each other on a somewhat regular basis, he’s just a guy in love
and he’d want to touch her and he’d blush about it or get embarrassed easily
when seeing her. Think about Ed in that scene where he was in the room
when Winry was changing. He was flushed and embarrassed because he was a
kid in love who had never touched the person he loved intimately
before. So this one kind of goes back to my ‘comfortable with each
Oh, and also, that scene where Madame Christmas asks why
Roy doesn’t just go play with Elizabeth. What kind of ‘play’ is she
insinuating? And why does she know this is something he would do? And why do the other girls
think they have a ‘chance’ now that Elizabeth has been taken by another
man? What has Roy been telling them about her?
Anyway, these are all minor things. It doesn’t necessarily point to them being in an actual relationship. It’s probably more just evidence that they care for one another beyond that of superior and subordinate, but these are the things that do make me question whether or not they were actually in a secret relationship.
Side Note: I’m talking post Ishval relationship here, not young royai. I’m a firm believer that nothing happened between them pre-Ishval, not even when Roy studied flame alchemy from Riza’s bare back. What I’m talking about here are all the things that make me think they might have had a relationship during the series, in the time after Ishval and after Riza becomes Roy’s subordinate.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Liveblog: Introduction, and What I Know
As an avid fan of @zephyrthejester, who will
today start liveblogging FMA: B, a show I have never watched, I feel like it is
my duty to liveblog it before him so as to catch up on it. I will aim for three
episodes a day, so forgive me if it’s not as in-depth as you’d wish. I also
probably will skip Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, because of schedules and
routine shenanigans. Alongside that I will also not use any images in them,
because my ridiculously terrible internet can’t handle posts with more than .01
images in them.
Now, onto what I know about the series. Be
advised this might even be stuff that isn’t in Brotherhood, only in 2003, so.
Yeah. Also, Zephyr, don’t read these. Or else you’ll be spoiled. Probably.
Tbh i headcanon that part of the reason the Elrics were so good at alchemy was bc they had a sibling. With siblings nothing is free. Equivalent exchange at its finest. I just traded half a bottle of soda for the use of my sister’s earbuds on the way home. She brought up the fact that she gave me a drink while I was laying on the couch two months ago in order to convince me to bring her snacks. The Gate of Truth doesn’t have anything on a younger sibling who wants something and did something nice for you a couple years ago
Why Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is my favorite media of All Time without spoiling anything
1. The plot moves a million miles per hour and has like, a minimum of two plot twists an episode. It’s super serialized and feels like a novel.
2. Answers that most series would drag out until the end are answered super quickly to keep the story moving.
3. The protagonists’ plight is really sad/interesting and you actually feel invested in their story and how it ends right from the first episode.
4. The protagonists have lots of agency and drive the story forwards, and there are multiple protagonists with their own plotlines.
5. Multiple interesting antagonists with intriguing worldviews.
6. The antagonists are super intimidating, not just to the characters but to the audience. Every scene one of them is in is extremely tense.
7. Unique setting that isn’t exactly fantasy and isn’t sci-fi.
8. The world’s “magic” has all of it’s rules explained so characters can’t manifest abilities you’ve never seen before without it being logical or foreshadowed.
9. Lots of tragic backstories, but the story has a light tone, and doesn’t try to be dark for no reason.
10. Never afraid to kill off characters, no matter how important, but gives lots of importance to every death that does happen so none of them feel “cheap”.
12. Romantic plotlines that don’t feel forced or boring. No love triangle nonsense to be seen.
13. Side characters that are actually given importance to the overall plot and are given their own characterizations and motivations.
14. Multiple badass female characters.
15. Midwifery being presented as awesome.
16. Gender norms being subverted left and right. Giant, muscly men full of emotions and tears. Women with majestic, long hair that have killed before and will kill again.
17. Deals with race, genocide and the aftermath of war, showing both sides of the conflict.
18. Doesn’t take itself too seriously. Contains the most masterful humorous to emotional tone shifts I have ever seen. They feel seamless.
19. Well choreographed combat scenes with innovative tactics abound.
20. This is subjective, but there are many, many scenes that are sad, or thought provoking, or spine-chilling. It’s a series that constantly shocks and amazes, even on rewatches.
21. AMAZING ending. You’ve heard of 2 episode climaxes. You’ve heard of 4 episode climaxes (hello, Avatar the Last Airbender). Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has a 15 EPISODE CLIMAX. That’s 5 straight hours of finale that literally NEVER GETS BORING.