Hi all. I'm new here. I'm enjoying the FMA anime series so far, and have seen til ep. 48, so I'm pretty near the end. However, I have some questions with me which are really BOTHERING the heck out of me. Obviously, I cannot contact the creators for answering them (I can't speak or write japanese anyway), so then I decided to ask at a big FMA forum - here.
1. Apparently, ed has decided not to return Al back to normal. When did he decide this, and why? The brothers, whether they like it or not, DO have the stone with them afterall. How does Roy know of his decision? Who else knows of his decision?
2. The philosophers stone has been made. It used souls. The souls of all those military men fighting in Liore. We even saw how the stone was made - the men just vanished in red light. My question is, why has there been no hue and cry over those men? Throughout the series, the brothers have shown sorrow over death, even for the bad guys (greed, the guard of Lab 5, etc.), but there has been nothing on the men lost in the stone's creation. Heck, the brothers were pretty shocked at the prospect of making that stone!
3. Barry the Chopper. As a human, he was this extremely scary lunatic. Ed was left really scared after his encounter with him. But, when Barry is introduced again, as a guard for Lab 5, he's become a... comic character? What's that all about? The guy MURDERED women, SLICED them up. And all Al can say is, "Oh! You're the one who kidnapped Winry!"
4. Why did Roy switch from his goal, to plain old vengeance? Didn't Roy feel worthless, deserving of death, before? Didn't he feel that becoming the Fuhrer was the only way to give him the a reason to live and to set things right in his country? Wouldn't Hughes himself want Roy to focus on that goal, instead of revenge?
Moreso, why was Hawkeye assisting him? Wasn't her goal to assist Roy become the Fuhrer? Why didn't the rest of Roy's company protest his decision?
5. Lastly, how come Roy and Ed come to respect each other? Yes, they've changed their goals, but what for? Ed didn't make the philosophers stone earlier in Lab 5 out of conscience, whereas Roy has thrown his conscious away and is simply aiming for petty revenge. (the whole story with Scar was afterall, a commentary on vengeance)