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28 September 2004 @ 09:33 am
An introduction--somewhat opinionated, hold onto your butts  
*waves* Hello all. I go by the handle Nabuca online usually. I'm both new and not new...I've been watching this community on and off before I decided to subscribe to it. Got into FMA sometime after Febraury, read both the manga as well as watch the anime. Big supporter of Ed and Winry, as well as Roy and Riza, because yes I must do the whole cliche "My favorite pairings are blah blah blah!!!1one"

Where someone to really ask me what my favorite pairings are, or if I'm a supporter of yaoi/shonen ai, or yuri/shoujo ai, you'd might as well ask me if I'm into romance novels or something. I really seem to lack what alot of fans have, and thats the understanding of the huge hype over same-sex pairings, more specifically same sex pairings between two males. It really makes me wonder if this is merely the result of the fact that current modern-day thought--to be more specific--the U.S. culture in general, is highly repressed. The U.S. in and of itself was founded on very strict Puritanical principles. Not only was homosexuality highly discouraged for a long time in history, or more specifically U.S. history, so has sexuality in general. Now that times are starting to change, I find people, mostly young females, latching onto the whole homosexual phenomenon like rebellious teens after a bottle of their father's booze. And I make this metaphor because, for example, in Europe drinking laws (and depending on where you are, NO drinking laws), are far more lax there than in the U.S. And yet still there are far-less alcohol-induced crimes there than in the U.S. I was raised by an Irish Roman Catholic household, the laws against me drinking where very lax within family circles, and yes although I've done my fair share stupid things under the influence, I've always taken responsibility afterwards, and I've never really seen alcohol as such a big deal as most kids around me did. By the same token, I myself am a transgendered bisexual male (FtoM). All of my decently-sized circle of friends I surround myself with are gay or lesbian, with the exception of one. All of us seem also to not grok the hype over same-sex pairings in anime fandoms, unless of course such pairing is already present, or hinted at such. I used to think that this was a thing mostly common with straight young females, but then I am also under the understanding that either a.) older, or b.) gay/lesbian females and males share this hype too, but as I understand it those numbers are a bit fewer. I've watched the pattern of same-sex pairing fans in the GWing fandom, and I'm noticing similar patterns in the growing FMA-fandom as well. Though personally...I am of the opinion that FMA as a whole really is NOT condusive to same-sex pairings. Then again I'm not a romance-novel type person either, just in general. I've written a small handful of shonen ai fics back in the day. I'm not sure if I pulled it off right, and I notice most people who do, don't seem to pull it off right either, but then again I'm really not one to judge that, so I generally avoid it altogether with a few exceptions. At any rate, it really seems to me like the whole "must pair the prettyboys together"-thing has gotten so out of hand in recent years. Its as if some people are desperate enough to pair someone with anyone or anything with a phallus...OMG EdxTree-stump!!!11

Now...understand that just because I don't agree to something or subscribe to a certain thought, does not mean that I don't respect other people's right to agree with a certian thing or subscribe to that thought. This rant is merely a musing over what I see as a common trend that has flared up over the past several years. It also expresses my wish to participate in some more refreshing lines of conversation...I found loyalwolf108's informative post a rather refreshing change from the usual talk and banter that goes on in fandom communities. For one thing, I've always had an invested interest and fascination with Hermetic Philosophy or alchemy (I found myself very intrigued when I first discovered FMA's exhistence), and it would be interesting to see more discussion on the alchemical symbolism in FMA or the poetic licensing that goes on in the series versus real-world alchemy and alchemical principles. This is assuming that not many conversations of like have gone on already, and I am merely too daft to have seen it, or merely too busy with stuff outside of the glowing computer monitor, as what tends to happen frequently.

At any rate, I'm done. I feel as if I've rambled like a homeless wino, and perhaps I have, though in all reality I'm merely just waking up and waiting for the caffeine in my coffee to slam my system. I will, therefore, go back to lurking, and nursing my skull. Somedays I feel like a flaming zeppelin fell down onto my head.

>.>...

Yes.

~Nabuca
 
 
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神村菊子: Gekka Gackt by TEH MAN kamiwannabekikuko_kamimura on September 28th, 2004 07:33 am (UTC)
First of all, kudos to you for having the guts to post this in a community, and thank you for actually having a well-written rant (very much appreciated by people who think capital letters and periods are our friends).

I myself support any kind of relationship as far as anime goes, as long as I feel it's supported by the content of the series (my rant on EdxRoy--Roy makes fun of Ed. That does not mean OMGTHEIRLOVEISSOPURE, it means Roy's an ass. Not to mention Roy outranks Ed, and that would be a liiiiiittle abuse of power, I think, more than a loving relationship--but again, just my feeling).

I don't really understand the 'trend' as it were, except for the reason that you pointed out, that it's somehow rebellious, or that admittedly, the way homosexual couples tend to go about love is more "cute", considering that the experimentation/OMG AM I GAY??!! stage is usually there in some respect, which heterosexual couples don't really have to go through. Also unlike het relationships they can bring on the feeling with readers/watchers that the pairing is the only real one for the characters in question, especially if one or both characters have endured a lot emotionally to finally get involved with the other person (as opposed to the het "Oh, god, just run off and get some other guy/girl" mentality). But, this part of the thought does of course suggest that the pairing is hinted at or blatantly stated in the series in question, so it really has no bearing when it comes to blindingly pairing people/inanimate objects for the hell of it, which I don't believe in at all.

Forgive my lack of coherence, I'm writing this while very tired, and it is very early. Hopefully my opinions won't start a flame war, here. ^^;;
heliwood on September 28th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)
*bows*
Thank you very much, and I really don't think you're opinions will cause a flamewar, as far as I've seen they've been presented in a mature manner.

It seems to me as if some people will pair any set of males together just for the sake of seeing two males in a relationship. Fanon pairings are highly on crack. And fully agreed on the whole RoyxEd-thing...I try to understand where people are coming from on that but sofar its done nothing but make my braincells commit mass suicide like a bunch of lemmings.