So first thing I have to say is, this part in the manga made me so fucking emo that I actually had to stop reading it for a while. Arakawa seriously had me hook, line, and sinker with this storyline. I was just like, but, but, but, ROY...! *makes gaspy fangirl noises* So I was really interested to see how they would treat this arc in Brotherhood, if they would drop any clues as to Roy's state of mind, etc.
The most upsetting aspect of the whole thing for me was Roy and Edward's interaction
So as I was scanning the screencaps of ep 17 for Roy's emo faces (like I do every week), I was pleasantly surprised to see that in fact, Roy does let his face slip briefly during that scene. Look carefully at the following screencaps:
Ed gets in Roy's face:
Roy clocks him:
A moment of hesitation...! (look closely at the full size image)
"Crap, I really didn't want to hurt him..."
Back to business!
I love how they did that! It's just a split second as you're watching it, but it's enough to show that he actually regrets what he has to do. Of course Ed himself doesn't see it, and Ed's devastated face was so emo I was clutching my Ed Medicom doll the whole time...! (trying not to get chocolate on him because I eat chocolate when I'm emo!) As a whole, I thought the episode was fantastic, and I was really impressed by their use of subtlety and their knowledge of the manga as a whole.