OK, I only just managed to read Chapter 102. I'm getting ready to do Friday's fullmetal_info digest, and after seeing all the Chapter 102 spoiler discussion I was going to need to link to, thought I'd best read the Chapter before I got spoiled.
The thing is, all I saw were references to spoilery talk about what happened to Roy, if Olivia was going to take over for Roy, the future of Roy, etc.
NOBODY FREAKING EVEN MENTIONED THAT AL WAS RIGHT THERE, AT THE GATE WITH HIS REAL BODY, READY TO HAVE IT BACK, AND TURNED IT DOWN BECAUSE HE WANTED TO BE ABLE TO FIGHT WITH AND FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS!!!!!!!
I mean for gosh sakes, is this not one of the major points of this manga? Al trying to get his real body back? It was crazy enough when Ed meets up with Al's body, and couldn't take it back, but that Al would sacrifice it all for Ed and for May and for Ling and for Scar and for Hawkeye and for Roy and for whoever? OMG. I am dumbstruck! Never, ever did I see that coming!
OK, I have to admit, Roy being blinded is a big deal! (Although 100% what I *thought* was going to happen to him -- how many fanfics have I read where that's what happens to Ed when he re-opens the Gate?) And I've read a really cool theory that he's faking it all here. But come on! AL! His real body! He. Left. It. Behind!!!!