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Gah! I'm late! But I guess it's never a bad time to talk about why you love RoyAi in this thread...
But first, thanks to Jacksparrow and A Pierrot's Aria for organizing everything! It'll be so much easier for me to go back and finish commenting now
The reason (one of the many, but I think DarkWinds did a wonderful job covering the rest) why I love RoyAi is because it’s written on a different level than most relationships in manga, books, TV, movies – anything! Most relationships are out in the open – written on the surface – and therefore only touch the reader on the surface. RoyAi, on the other hand, is written below the surface, something that exists there but isn’t spelled out for the reader. That way, when the reader comes to see it, it resonates on a different level with them than the more blatant relationships do.
While most character relationships demand a reader to accept their existence as true, RoyAi asks the reader to understand why their relationship is true. I think that’s that’s what makes it different, and oine of the reasons why it affects us more than other couples.
Avatar by Michiyo and signature by me. Fan Fiction, Fan Art FMAobsessed Wrote: Bradley: "Oh by the way I made Breda my personal assistant." Roy: "WHAT NO! I AM IN IMMENSE SHOCK!"
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@RoyxRizaFan Don't worry about it, I added your reason to the album list so everyone can see its awesomeness. xP I love your reasoning and think you've hit the nail on the head in regards to the nature of Roy and Riza's relationship!
Thank you very much, jacksparrow589 for putting together the album (and putting it in your sig so everyone can find the amazing-ness!) And of course, a huuuuuuge thank you to everyone who contributed their absolutely awesome, brilliant, fantastic (...I could go on all day) works. I can easily say I enjoyed every fanfic, essay, fanart and fanmix! It was all a total pleasure!
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Telramko - Oh my! Fdsfsdfsd I love this, every time it gets me, every time! When they look at each other like that it makes me believe they're a married couple hahaha. I mean, is that really the way you hold a subordinate?
RoyxRizaFan - My thoughts exactly. I'm very impressed how skillfully Arakawa managed to convey such a relationship and how it just… draws you in to ship them haha. No doubt even the anime staff do, I mean, drawing them in wedding outfits?They're one of us.
Seconding that, really, thank you for diligently putting the works together, jacksparrow589 & A Pierrot's Aria !
Everything pretty much inspired me to get myself a shiny new signature, really. Can you tell I love flustered Roy? Was he ever even in canon? Stop making things up, Schnabeltier It started to feel pretty empty anyhow.
I still don’t have much time to comment on everyone's contributions, but I’d like to thank you for sharing your awesome works, they’re all amazing. Also, thank you, jacksparrow589 and A Pierrot’s Aria for organizing this event!
@Telramko: Wow, that pic made my day! It looks official to me, I really hope we’ll get a clear version of it.
And, thank you to anyone who commented on my drawing, I’m glad you liked it. ^^
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First time being able to comment on Royai Day and it is over. But everyone contributed some great works. I am impressed and convinced that Royai will not die. jacksparrow and Pierrot's Aria, I am duly amazed with your organizationd skill. If I had to organize this, I probably would have gotten frustrated and gave up.
But I wanted to contribute a reflections piece I wrote about Royai for Royai Day. But I think it is too late, and it is quite long. Is it alright to still post it here?
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@FMAobsessed I can't wait to be able to read your reflections on Royai! Better late than never!
@amestris_star It's really nice that you and Kale Mustang were still able to celebrate Royai day! This was actually my first Royai day and it was very fun. It was also great that you could drop by this thread again.
@jacksparrow589 I forgot to say this before, but it's awesome to see that you have an avatar now! Extra points for it being Royai.
Also, thank you for the appreciation, everyone. But jacksparrow589's initiative is what helped spark this year's event. So thank you, jacksparrow589 again, you're awesome!
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I'm back! What wonderful contributions everyone made for Royai Day - I hope you all enjoyed yourselves! Thank you to everyone who left such nice remarks about the Elemental Chess Trilogy, too; I'm expecting to get it all wrapped up in the coming week.
Here's how I spent the Royai Day. This is me and my husband with our beautiful goddaughter and dashing godson-in-law.
<Pssst, Lady Norbert, the pic at the above posted link is viewable only for Facebook account holders ~ Board Staff>
ETA: June 14 Augh, sorry, I didn't realize the link wouldn't work - I used the same link in my blog post and there haven't been any problems with it as far as I know. Let's see if I can figure out this picture attaching thing.
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Well, here are my Royai thoughts and reflections. It is really long for a post. But hopefully it can fit.
My Thoughts and Reflection on Royai
When it comes to couples in fiction, such as anime, manga, TV shows, and books I usually tend to support the secondary pairing. The secondary pairing still being important to the plot, but we know that they are not the protagonist. For some reason I cheer for them because I always felt that the primary pairing was a given. The only time I have rooted for a main pairing has been in the TV show Bones, but I honestly think that the actors ‘chemistry is great. But out of any fictional pairing, I can say that Royai is my favorite. Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist, is a fantasy with believable characterization and an interesting story that engulfs the reader; it is the wide cast of characters that carry the plot, and each character has believable traits. It is the pairing Colonel Roy Mustang and his aid Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye who show how people’s strengths and weaknesses benefit one another in a relationship.
Ever since the beginning, I have always felt that Roy and Riza’s relationship was beyond a typical anime relationship. In most shounen anime’s, it always felt like the relationship between two characters was one of arguing, and acting like they hated each other, then screaming at the top of one’s lungs if the love interest was in danger. While in a shojo anime, the two characters fall in love at first sight and have a whirlwind romance. I have trouble relating to high school romances, because I didn’t really have one in high school. I honestly wasn’t ready for one, and the guy friends I had were guys I had known since age three, or gay. But I was drawn to Roy and Riza’s unwavering loyalty and trust to one another. They seem like a perfect couple, but I think it is their faults, and how they work with them that make them believable and my favorite couple.
Loyalty and commitment is a huge factor in the Royai relationship. Where in other TV shows it seems like a good plot device is to have a romantic pairing doubt their partner’s loyalty, Arakawa never does this. Roy and Riza have both been through so much that they know it is not worth doubting one another. I appreciate their character development. They met when they were both young, Roy learned flame alchemy with Berthold, Riza’s father, when Berthold dies, and Roy tells Riza that he will be in the military and that he will essentially take care of her. But one thing I love, is how Riza doesn’t just force Roy to take care of her. Instead she joins the military because she believes strongly in Roy’s dream. And it wasn’t until Ishval that Roy even knew that Riza had joined the military. This means that she went through basic training, cadet school, or whatever kind of military training that the FMA universe has without Roy. She didn’t rely on him to help her through the training. She proved that she could be independent of him, and prove her worth as a soldier. She proved her worth by being sent to the frontlines of Ishval. Another aspect I love about Roy and Riza is that they are not afraid to show their weaknesses to one another. They show their weaknesses because they know that the other will be strong enough to support and/or encourage them. I have heard people say that Riza is the one that cannot live without Roy, and that she loves him more. But I don’t think this is true at all.
When Roy’s best friend Hughes dies, it is Riza that stays with him by Hughes’ grave site. Roy confides in Riza about how an experienced Alchemist like him understands fully that human transmutation is wrong. But in his heart he would give anything to have Hughes back if he could. He then subtly cries in front of her, while making the excuse that it is the rain that is hitting his face. Meanwhile, Riza just softly agrees with him, because she knows that this is the type of comfort he needs right at this moment. The next reason that Roy also can’t live without Riza is how he is always asking her to follow him. He never orders her to go after Central Command with him. This is because he believes that he has pulled her into this world burdened by Alchemy. But it is also because he needs to hear personally from her, that she will not abandon him. It is as if Roy is letting down the walls of superior officer, to get Riza’s approval in what he plans to do next. Because I feel like Roy needs to know that Riza will be supporting his goals no matter what. And that it doesn’t matter if anyone else agrees with him, but as long as Riza does he will always continue forward. I love how Riza answers him, “you know there is no need to ask,” this is as if Riza understands Roy’s uncertainty. She is telling him that she will follow him anywhere and that no matter what adversary they will face, they will face it together. This response honestly gives Roy the strength to keep going to achieve his dreams. Because he knows that Riza will not abandon him. Then Riza has also proven how she needs Roy. Fullmetal Alchemist may be a fantasy, but it has realistic character development. I love how Arakawa portrays Riza as a strong and independent woman that any women should look up to. But she doesn’t have Riza be too strong that women feel like they can’t relate to her, or possibly try to emulate her. Arakawa shows that Riza is capable of expressing emotion like any women. I think we all know what scene I am talking about.
The infamous chapter 39, where the main suspense is when Lust tells Riza that she has killed Roy and Havoc, and then smiles creepily. Riza then fires round after round at Lust before breaking down and crying. I have heard that some people think that makes Riza weak, or that she is the one who can’t do anything without Roy. But I think that this ultimately makes her stronger. The fact that Riza breaks down and cries in front of the enemy shows reader’s that even a tough character like Riza has a breaking point. No one can be strong constantly in the face of danger or uncertainty. We are all going to have to cry at one point or another in our lives. Riza isn’t only crying because she thinks Roy is dead. She is crying because if Roy is gone, he will not be able to see his dream achieved, or the goal of them working to give the next generation a better future. And I think that Roy and Riza both being able to see a peaceful country for future generations is crucial to them. They know that the world isn’t perfect, but they want to do their best to atone for their sins in Ishval. Of course when Roy reprimands her at the hospital, isn’t because he was angry at her. I think it is because he was in disbelief that Riza, his rock would break down like that. Roy was scared that he was going to lose her too. And when she gave up the will to live, he wanted to make sure that she would never again lose the will to live. And this reprimanding works, because Riza grows stronger. The two of them are separated not because they doubt their trust or loyalty, but because Wrath uses Riza as a hostage. They both are forced to work separately from one another, but once they reunite it is as if they were never apart from one another. There were no awkward stares between them, instead they are both in their element and completely ready to fight. Roy and Riza can be independent from one another, but deep down if they know that the other one is deceased, it will take a long time to ever recover from something like that. I believe that they would never fully recover if they ever lost one another. I believe that they would learn to live life without their second half, and go through the emotions of grief. But deep down Roy would always believe that Riza should be here with him and vice versa. This is probably the reason why Roy hugs Riza in chapter 101. He was terrified that he would have to live without her that he lets the Colonel/Lieutenant guard down in front of everyone. At that moment I believe that to those around them they really stopped being superior officer and subordinate, and became a man and woman who honestly love and need each other. I also think it is plausible that Arakawa could extend Roy and Riza’s background. She could show Roy’s education, and maybe show how he and Riza learn to slowly let each other into their lives. I think that Arakawa could handle this perfectly because she did create Roy and Riza’s relationship.
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I believe that they would never fully recover if they ever lost one another. I believe that they would learn to live life without their second half, and go through the emotions of grief. But deep down Roy would always believe that Riza should be here with him and vice versa.
THIS. I have been maintaining this for a while. They'd go on because they have to, even if they may not necessarily want to.
And that reflection in its entirety was amazing. It's been added to the album.
Credit goes to Causmicfire for my avatar
The Royai Day party might be over, but the fun never stops! Royai Day 2011 Album Thank you to all those who contributed!