Well, being a fan of the anime series; I see nothing wrong with those points at all.
Each of them add something to the story, as well as new twists and turns that make it original in it's own way.
( I'll only be talking about points I know properly ^^; ) Edward Elric.
Yes so people could argue that in the manga, Edward would never kill anyone.. and he has said so himself that " I have enough courage to not take lives!"
But (a.) that's Manga Ed.. and circumstances are a *tad* different.
and (b.) I seem to recall Kimbley saying something about 'seeing how long he'll go by that'
In the anime, Ed didn't want to take lives ( think back to Labotory 5) .. much like his manga counterpart, however in the anime he had no other choice but to kill the Homunculi ( with the exceptions of Lust, Envy, Wrath and Gluttony) and if you think about it, he really did only kill two of them ( if Sloth did die that is..) and with Greed, he didn't particulary take it that well when he found out what he'd done. Roy Mustang.
As for Roy killing the Rockbell's; it added slightly more depth to Roy's character as well as adding one more burden for him to carry and showed just how ruthless his superior's could be, considering that they were the ones that ordered him to do that, although others might say that the higher-up's might of seen the Rockbell's helping the 'other side' as well at their own, to be a form of treason.
But it also makes up for the 'dirtying hands' aspect that a certain Sewing-life alchemist brings up in the manga.
Yes Roy ended up dirtying his hands due to the orders of his superiors.. but should he ever become Fuhrer someday, he would ensure that such a thing would never have to happen again. Shou Tucker.
And Shou Tucker as a chimera, now.. many people have mixed views on this; finding his chimera-ized form frightening, pointless, annoying or rather cool... I personally love it and am glad that they kept him in the anime.
In the manga, Shou was an intriguing character in his own right ( and once again, made many fans of Fullmetal Alchemist have mixed feelings for him, but eitherway.. he was one of those characters that you really just couldn't forget) ..but we only got to know so much of his character before Hiromu went and had it so that Scar blew his brains out.
In the anime, Shou's character was expanded upon even more.. and of course he was believed to of been put out in front of a firing squad.. yet that only turned out to be a ploy by the oh-so-wonderfully corrupt military.. and it was Basque Gran who got Shou to make chimera's for the military in Lab 5.. and somewhere along the line, he ended up becoming a chimera too, albeit one that went horribly wrong.
In all honesty, Shou Tucker's only crime was to make his wife, daughter and dog into chimera's.. for that, his equal punishment would be; to become a chimera himself.. so it's fair.
Yeah..so in the memorial piccy in the manga, Hiromu made it so that Shou went into the burning fires of the underworld for eternal suffering..
Well that's nothing compared to the anime, where the poor guy goes through torment upon noticable torment ( like some kind of living heck so to speak) and is possibly doomed to the very end of his days.
There are also things that wouldn't of happened had Shou not been in the anime.. since he plays a fairly major part in it.
And while there are those out there that hate him.. there are also those out there who feel a great deal of sympathy or even pathos to him, in both forms.
There are some other characters I want to drag into the discussion for others to talk about too.. Basque Gran - The Power Hungry Puppet-master. Barry the Chopper - In the flesh!
Hehe and Claudius
, major kudo's for creating this topic!