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16 April 2005 @ 11:46 pm
The 48 Fan Confederation  
After the last few dubbed episodes, the 48's have really grown into some of my favorite minor characters.

They're not as popular as the series mainstays, and they don't have the advantage of being "ZOMGBISHICLEAN" like Edward or Roy, but in the short time that we knew them, they really spoke to me. They can be called a lot of things, like "Ed and Al meet the dark side." But I saw something more profound and interesting in them. I know not as much of a deal was made in tha manga, but I love characters that give us a look at good and evil. It's no question that the 48's were evil people, but... as Ed said, they were also human beings. And unlike someone like Barry, they recognize their misdeeds, while at the same time not saying cliche things like "I'm sorry", and "Wow, we're all going to be great and happy from now on." There was a shade of grey and tragedy painted over these two, and when the younger 48 sacrificed himself, I was in tears. I was forced to see it all over again, when Lust murdered older 48.

That's why I really love these two as characters. There's more to great writing and a great series than how they write the main characters, after all. In the 48's, you see stuff about good and evil, shades of grey, hopelessness, and tragedy, all wrapped up in a large rusty suit of armor...


*ahem* ... anyone else out there got something to say...?
★☆ エリザベート ♕♬: FMA - Al - HAY GUYSkasaii on April 16th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
*nods* I like them too.
ryuuraigekiryuuraigeki on April 16th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
It is sad, and it's one of the first times that Ed is confronted with the fact that sometimes, there are people that are just beyond saving.
someone or somethingavande on April 16th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)

Agreed! After that episode I did gain a different kind of respect for FMA, because of them. It's one of the first examples of FMA's absolute refusal to be all idealistic. It's a major failing of a lot of anime--a lot of stories, period--to have Good and Evil be Absolutely Certain, and this blurs the lines in a good (albeit angsty) way.

...of course they're another stop on Ed's Angsty Road of Disillusionment. XD Seriously...so much Disillusioned Angst, it makes me cry and be amused at the same time...but I digress. ^^
desudeitydes_akazim on April 17th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC)
Icon. Vendetta. <3
someone or somethingavande on April 17th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
! Muaha! Recognition~! <3 *cackles*
(no subject) - cocacat15 on April 16th, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Saya Aenslandsaya_aensland on April 17th, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
Poor Slicer brothers... they needed a hug just as bad as the Elric brothers.
Terterrierlee on April 17th, 2005 10:59 am (UTC)
I started to tear when Lust killed 48 T_T

And I was all *wants to huggle 47(younger48)* when he scratched his bloodseal.
lord_pachi: roy_scarylord_pachi on April 17th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
I agree. The Slicer-kyoudai are awesome. I grew a bigger respect for them in the anime than in the manga, and kinda wished that at least the older brother could have stayed around longer. Barry still outranks them in coolness by 100 to 1, though.

Though I can't help but wonder if it was solely that "Edward Elric....I want you~ *dead*" line in the dub that made everyone like him more. :}