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14 December 2009 @ 05:30 pm
MOAR CHAPTER 102 THOUGHTS  
Is anyone sick of these things yet? 'Cause I'm not.



OK, so everyone's freaking out that Roy's blind, right? Including me. HOWEVER. My sister just mentioned something...

Roy doesn't need his gloves anymore to make things go boom. He's opened the gate (although unwillingly), so he is connected with the truth and doesn't need a circle or anything to complete/activiate a transmutation. This would be a good thing, as his gloves are now completely screwed up, except now he can't see his targets. :x

Also, I would like to point out, he is now a crippled orphan. SEXY.


Regarding Al. Many people are surprised that he didn't take his body back. I wasn't, though. Al is way too selfless. I figured there was no way he'd get his body back before the huge ass battle. WHICH WILL BE EPIC. Theories on this, anyone? Cause now that Mei['s here... and Ed and Al and Izumi... hell, they don't even need Roy practically! BUT OH GOD. I hope Hawkeye doesn't find out until after the battle that Roy's blind, because she will freak the hell out.

OK, and since I think there's enough of these posts floating around, I'm gonna end it here.

Comments?

 
 
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qashqai1 on December 14th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Nah, Roy still need his gloves. He can't make a flame out nothing. xD he doesn't need a circle on them, though
lalikaalalikaa on December 14th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
Ooh, right! Reactive cloth! :0
rika24rika24 on December 14th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
not even gloves, he just needs a lighter lol
reversing the polarity of the neutron flowshinraisei on December 15th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
And there went part of the Central office's budget. lol.

"Mustang...Can I ask what this 'lighters' on the expenses about?"

Wonder how many lighters he would go through in a year though...
Arthurcxrdevil on December 14th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
I think if he had a warm enough heat source to begin with, it'd only take basic alchemy to get a fire-starting chain reaction going. Maybe the machinery
lalikaa: Royai: 0 regretslalikaa on December 14th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Ooh, true! '3'
Wolfsjunges: Talathia: 8E Uh?driftwoodwings on December 15th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
Maybe rubbing his hands together- although that's not TOO hot/maybe not a strong enough heat source.. But it is friction.. so.. *ponder ponder*
rhelpimtiredyo on December 15th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
I think that'd be pretty convenient. Maybe his alchemy skills will have leveled up enough for this to work.
lalikaalalikaa on December 16th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Let's hope!
kashicatkashicat on December 16th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Roy needed a spark before he could manipulate the atoms in the air. But I wouldn't be surprised to discover that he doesn't need a spark any more either. I mean, the air molecules are still there. I can't see why he can't clap his hands and make them do the same thing they do when they spark in the first place.

So I suspect he's very, very powerful now.
rhelpimtiredyo on December 15th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
I actually really like Mei's character, but I'm really hoping she doesn't play too big a role in this whole thing. IT'S HARD TO EXPLAIN. I like her, I just want to see more Ed+Al+Izumi+Slightly Incapacitated!Roy = AWESOME than anything.
rika24rika24 on December 15th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
i agree, it gets annoying when she steals the spotlight from the main cast
rhelpimtiredyo on December 15th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
very much so
priestess_grrrl: ed_bishie_hairpriestess_grrrl on December 15th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, and the way she keeps coming in as a deus ex machina is also annoying. I wish we would get a little bit more of Mei's backstory. So far all we know is she is from one of the warring clans, she can do alchemy and she likes pandas. While I understand that every anime is required to have their quota of cute little girls with pandas (or cats or lions or unidentifiable cute furry creatures), I'm kind of interested in seeing EDWARD every once in a while, seeing as he's the protagonist... just saying.

But I really can't complain, because honestly, compared to most manga, Arakawa is really good at creating interesting and well fleshed out supporting and side characters.
mfelizandymfelizandy on December 15th, 2009 04:36 am (UTC)
Roy himself being one of those "side" characters, at least in terms of whose name's on the cover. Isn't it wonderful how many FMA characters we've all fallen in love with and want to see get a "happily ever after" sort of ending? I for one am betting that Hoho, Izumi, and Scar end up as casualties--not something I'm hoping for, you understand, but I don't think Our Heroes are going to get out of this without some good-guy deaths, and those three would at least make some modicum of sense and not completely break my heart. (I'd just write fanfic to fix that whole death thing...wait a minute, I'll write fanfic anyway...)

As for Mei--she is turning into a cross between a Mary Sue and a walking deus ex, isn't she? She has powers no one else does (she can feel Father's unnaturalness somehow, she does her not-just-healing alchemy by remote), she manages to worm her way into even the hardest of hearts (Scar has his weaknesses, but he took Mei under his tattooed wing with almost no hesitation), she's got a fur-bearing "familiar"...from that light, it seems like Arakawa knows she's treading close to that line and meant Mei's fangirly fantasizing about Ed and then Al (she just assumed both Elrics would want to marry her, much as Mary Sues do) to say, "Yes, I know--don't worry, I won't get carried away and let her take over." So far, she's done a masterful job of giving us a lot of very "real" characters who, even if we don't know the details of their backstories, clearly have them and feelings that aren't driven by the plot. They have lives, which is one of the reasons there's such a loyal and prolific fan community attached to them.

(Roy: They're attached like barnacles,actually.
Me: That's an odd simile for a landlocked landlubber to use.
Roy: Would you rather I'd said leeches?
Me: Would you rather fade into obscurity and end up as an extra in "The NeverEnding Story"?)

Er. Yes. Anyway...there are more fully-fleshed-out supporting characters in FMA than there are leads in most fictional stories, anime, manga, or otherwise. I don't know what I'll do (aside from write fanfic) when Arakawa finally declares the story over.
priestess_grrrl: royxed netspeakpriestess_grrrl on December 15th, 2009 05:24 am (UTC)
I don't know what I'll do (aside from write fanfic) when Arakawa finally declares the story over.

I know, right? I mean, I won't even know what to do with myself. I've been a fullmetal whore for so long, it's like, what now...?? Thank God for fanfic...! But it's still gonna be sad. ;_;

Yeah, Mei is just kind of weird. I didn't get that arc at all in the manga where she goes to go back to Xing and then changes her mind (bc of stupid Envy?? WTF?). I kinda felt like that was a waste of time. It seems kind of odd that Ed and Al are following her around, too. I mean, I get the whole different!Xingian!alchemy thing, but... I dunno. Not my favorite arc. And she is so Mary Sue-like!

But yeah, I mean, that's one of the things I really love the most about Arakawa, is that all of her characters are really interesting, even the liminal ones. She rarely gives us throw-away characters. I mean, look at a character like Knox. He's only been in a handful of scenes, but look how much we know about him, and how cool he is...! I love how she does that.
fractured_chaosfractured_chaos on December 15th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
Maybe Mei is a deliberate Mary Sue?
kashicatkashicat on December 16th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
Probably, but why? That's what I'm wondering.

I really dislike her. She's just so...fabricated. Doesn't seem organic at all to the story.
fractured_chaosfractured_chaos on December 16th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Who knows? Reilly was supposed to be a deliberate MS, but I failed at that. Maybe Arakawa is guilty of something we've all done at one time or another -- author self-insert, and Mei is really her.... or something. But I agree. Somehow she doesn't mesh as well as the other characters. I don't dislike her, I just don't like her as much as I do others (I certainly don't loathe her as much as I do Dante from the first anime). But it's like Arakawa had this story plotted out, then realized she was missing something and stuck Mei in there as an afterthought without really fleshing her out like she did with the rest (even Yoki has more back story and personality than Mei).

(and that was like a really, really BAD run-on sentance! Sorry)
lalikaa: Alphonse is confusedlalikaa on December 16th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
She's organic to the story because of retanjutsu. There need to be an alchemist from Xing, and Ran-Fan and Fu were too busy being nija while Ling was too busy being badass. Therefore, little plotbunny!Mei was introduced. Besides, no Mei = no Riza. ANd Scar would have had a harder time escaping with that bullet wound Riza gave him in his leg. She's certaintly useful.
fractured_chaosfractured_chaos on December 18th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Actually, you're right. As for the complaint (from someone else) about her "special abilities". Aside from the fact that a Xingian alchemist was needed in the story, there is also the fact that Ling and Ran Fan and Fuu all seem to have the ability to identify homunculi without needing to see the oroborus. In fact, Ran Fan chased Envy all over town, finding him no matter what form he took, annoying him greatly (and scaring him silly in the process, I think). So it's fairly well established that Xingians all have special abilities (or at least these abilities aren't out of the ordinary to Xingians). So Mei "feeling" what she does under the city and when she encounters Father doesn't seem that Mary-Sueish in that light. Maybe she's just an annoying character that rubs many readers the wrong way?
lalikaa: AlxMei huglalikaa on December 16th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
It was to represent her indesiveness, I think. It i also vital to the plot that a Xingian alchemist be in the fray during the big battle, lest Father makes the Amerstrian alchemy not work again. It was supposed to be a significant scene. ANd besides, even if you thought it wasn't, it was only like, 10 pages. So not a lot "wasted" there.

Also, I disagree that she's Mary-Sue like. How? Because she fangirls? SHe's a 12-year-old princess. I mean, it would only make sense if she fantasized over a "Prince Charming". Because she's smart? That's a trait found in every FMA character. You cant escape that.

Me too. Knox is love. <3
lalikaalalikaa on December 16th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
I can see those 3 dying, easy. Although I'm hpoing Scar finishes off Bradley if he does end up dying. Or Scar could just not die. That works too.
lalikaa: AlxMei huglalikaa on December 16th, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
But she's only done that a few times. Once when she was introduced, once in Central underground (and she was only really important in a few pages), once when she was attempting to understand Amestrain alchemy, and the 10 pages she took up while making her decision about going back to Central. In a 100+ chapter manga, that's not very much. :/

And I don't see anyone complaining when Scar or Knox "steals the spotlight"...
lalikaa: AlxMei huglalikaa on December 16th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
I think she's only down there to do some retanjutsu if needed. C:
collarkidcollarkid on December 15th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Also, I would like to point out, he is now a crippled orphan. SEXY.

oh god, i had the image of Tiny Tim when you said that. D:
*shudders*
El Profesoro: I accidentally my eyesightheterodog on December 15th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
With the Fuhrer as Scrooge?
lalikaa: LOLZlalikaa on December 15th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
HA. xD