This is really starting to bother me alot...It seems like alot F.M.A. fans(especially girls) cares only about the romance. When I go on forums for Fullmetal Alchemist the first thing I see is "Who's the best couple!!!" or "Royai fans welcome!"(i have nothing against that couple btw) it seems like people don't see it as an action anime anymore! It's like a soap opera to them.
But see, that's the beauty of FMA - there's something in it for everyone to appreciate. There's action, adventure, comedy, thrill, suspense, drama, romance, morals, deep messages...honestly, who cares
about the "shonen" label? To me, FMA is too epic and too amazing to stay inside that category. It's a story that has touched countless lives and inspired people across the world, and in the end, that's what makes it great. Not the action, not the romance...but the heart.
Having said all that, I know all too well the frustration you're feeling. I've definitely been there.
Arakawa puts a little romance in it and now girls obsess over the couples more than the show itself. I hardly ever see anything like "the best battle in FMA"
Yeah, well...welcome to the fandom. xD This is an issue that every
fandom has, I think. There will always be teeny-boppers and fangirls who will squeal over a "moment" of their favorite pairing, and then go "oh, such-and-such a character's been mortally wounded? That's nice..." (Unless the character who happened to be mortally wounded is in their OTP, of course.)
That's just something you'll have to accept. I'm not thrilled about it either, and I feel somewhat sorry for the people who are like that because they're missing out on so much...but if that's how they want to be, that's how they're gonna be.
But that's not the main thing that annoys me. What annoys me is that people fight over whos the best couple or whos most likely to start a relationship. Arakawa is a genius who was able to beautifully mix romance in this show and still let it be action-filled. Who should care if anyone hooks up at all?It's still shounen.
Yeah, but it's not Bleach.
There's shonen and then there's shonen
. I've already said my two cents about it though, so I won't repeat myself.
I agree; Arakawa is a masterful storyteller and I deeply admire her for putting the best of both worlds in FMA, and for how well she's developed her characters and the relationships they have. It saddens me when people obsess over match-making and ignore everything else. Seriously, there's more to life than shipping wars and "who's the cutest couple". It's so shallow and stupid.
However...I've said this before, and I'll say it again: I think one of the reasons why so many people obsess over the romance and pairings in FMA is because they're so...un-typical. They're "unromantic romances", you might say. They don't consist of mere crushes or cute little blushes or starry gazes; they're about commitment, trust and selflessness and going through the same pain together. At the core of every lasting love is a solid, close friendship, and Arakawa shines the spotlight on that. That's what makes these pairings so beautiful and refreshing and, well...worthy of obsessing over. xD
As for me, I don't really think of myself as a fangirl (okay, I might be an EdWin fangirl, but I'm NOT a ditzy one
)...but I do
care a lot about who will end up together. And it's not because of "chemistry" or who looks cuter with who. The simple fact is, I care very deeply about these characters. I've connected with them, I've laughed and cried with them...they've become real to me. In a way, they're my friends. And because of that, I want what's best for them.
I want Ed and Al to get their bodies back because I want them to find redemption; to get free of their burdens while holding on to what they've learned, and be happy again. And in the same way, I want Ed and Winry to be together because I think they'd do a world of good for each other. Ed cares deeply for Winry; he wants to protect her, make her happy, make her proud of him. And I want him to learn to forgive himself, to be healed, to have someone help chase his inner demons away. So I think what he needs most is Winry. Likewise, Winry loves Ed. She's been there for him since the very beginning and she cares so much for him. She wants to be with him and support him in any way she can...and I want her to have that. I want them to uplift each other for always. Same goes for Roy and Riza.
So that's why I personally care so much about the "pairings". No, romance isn't the only thing I adore about FMA, but it's still a big part of it. I don't know about all the other shippers, but this is my stance on it all.