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07 August 2005 @ 10:09 am
Yesterday I’ve read in someone’s post that she/he liked manga!Al more than the Al from the TV or the movie. And I thought that there could be an interesting discussion about differences in characters. For example, manga!Ed is a bit more polite and a lot more like an adult, manga!Winry has a stronger personality, and all the good qualities of Roy are more obvious in the manga (just let’s take his interaction with Havoc)… And, I think, Al had the worst luck in TV series. There he was turned almost in Ed’s pet (calm down, I didn’t mean AiNoKusabi! ^_^) while in manga they are practically equal.

For example, he was almost as enthusiastic about the idea of reviving their mother as Ed. And when there were in that village of miners Al felt absolutely free to say that he was not with Ed to collect more information. And he teased his nii-san a lot! And he wasn’t in love with Winry! And he remembered how to perform alchemy with clapping pretty soon and performed it very impressing!

 Of course, TV have to be simpler to be a commercial success in all strata, but why did the decide to simplify characters?..
fortexd: tenmafailsatninjafortexd on August 7th, 2005 05:17 am (UTC)
I love Al in both versions, but I think his character was distorted in some of the anime. The writers made him too immature, to gullible, and WAY to angsty (I mean, FMA is angsty enough already!! Don't add more!)

I think one of the classic examples of this is in episodes 23 and 24. After the fight in Lab 5, Al is effected by Barry telling him that his brother created his memories, and that he was never really human. While in the manga, it only takes a brotherly argument and a little sparring session to knock the sense back into Al, the anime treats it far differently. Gah- the metal suit of armor LEAPS off a hospital roof and then runs off crying! It takes an entire episode of kidnappings and angst and Scar/Al for Al to finally admit that he was wrong.

The manga definitely highlights his maturity, and lets him always be a strong character. No extra angst.

...Plus Al doesn't need a transmutation circle in the manga *thumbs up*
amasquerade on August 7th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
I concur.
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amasquerade on August 7th, 2005 06:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, the show is already angsty as it is, to some degree. Al also comes off to being the more cool and collected one out of the two brothers.

The fanfic sounds interesting.