QUOTE (Andie @ Nov 29 2009, 07:34 AM)
I understand where you come from Claudius. Maybe I haven't explained myself that well. I thought Anime!Roy's plan wasn't that realist from the beginning. I would have wanted him to have allies. He could have find allies if he wanted. I understand that he had no support, but that's because his men didn't do much. What was Hawkeye and the others doing? Why wouldn't they help him get through the hard parts? Their characters were there only for that, right? Being Mustang's support? What was the point of them being in the anime then?
But what the hell could they do against the Homunculus? Shoot them? Think about how difficult it was for Roy's subordinates to take down Lust and Gluttony in the manga. In the end, it was Roy who had the power to destroy a Homunculus (and even then Roy survived barely, thanks to Hughes & Riza taking some life-points off of Lust). It was pretty much the same in Anime1; to take down a powerful Homunculus, an Alchemist was needed. And since Scar and Marcoh were dead, Izumi had her limits, Edward had his own situation, and Armstrong was probably too noble to fight the Fuhrer, that job fell on Roy's hand. Also, he didn't want to lose any more officers in what would be an overwhelming fight. He let his subordinates take the fair fight with opposing soldiers (which is exactly what happened in the manga).
Also, I wanted to see him plot what to do, not just going to kill the Fuhrer while not really knowing how to do it. I know he was blinded by rage, but like Ed and Bradley said, it was a stupid thing to do to throw away your dream (a dream that Hughes endorsed!) just to have revenge! I wanted to see him come to term with his rage and his grief. It was part of his character development as much as his guilt of killing the Rockbells and the anime didn't exactly show how he resolved it (and it caused him so much trouble in the movie!).
But Roy had NO time at all! Amestris was starting the invasion of Drachma (in episode 47!). Before his discovery, Roy would have sadly looked to this campaign as yet another violent war made for imperialism. Now he knows these wars were made for no purpose but to give the Homunculus more Philosopher Stones. He can no longer be passive to seeing another evil-minded massacre happen again, especially after his failure to save Hughes (In addition, Roy knew Bradley was planning to kill him- no security of being a pawn in this version). Stopping Bradley was the only solution to stop this invasion, and the only way to stop him was to kill him, even if he had revenge on the brain. That's probably why Anime1Riza made no protest to the revenge plan: this had to happen. In the manga, killing Envy would solve nothing in the war. In Anime1, killing Bradley was the decisive blow.
That's the interesting Catch-22 of Anime1Roy's situation: If he kills Bradley in his vengeance-racked mind, he destroys himself. But if he waits, more people will die. Bradley will have his Drachma Massacre, Roy will be an outlaw, and- since the Elric Brothers-Dante plot probably took its eventual course uninterrupted- Bradley will take over the Homunculus party, and hunt down & kill the human Alphonse. For this Roy, it's damned if he does, damned if he does not.
In the manga, Hawkeye, Scar and Ed helped him and that was okay. I really wanted to see him work through his grief and do something that Hughes would have been proud of!
I'm thinking Roy hasn't quite begun the depression part of Grief yet. He's already passed denial, bargaining, and anger.
And even if the Homunculus' grap on the country was severed with Bradley's death, I really don't buy how a country would automatically revert to democracy after years of military dictatorship. Germany had a lot of problems, even after Hitler's death, and so did a lot of country after years of war and/or tyranny.
Well, Schisezka's letter was probably set a month since the assassination. You can't blame her for being a little too naive that things can be so easily resolved.
I mean, there were officers at the Ishbal war who obviously didn't have any problems committing a genocide; Bradley didn't go there and killed everyone by himself. Did they all die during the battle against Ross' forces? Would the surviving ones accept a government where they might be put on a trial for what they did? I know that they would have no security, but maybe they could have caused some heavy trouble. A bunch of guys worried that their grip on power might slip can be quite a thorn in the side of a young and still fragile government.
Yes, not everything was swept under the rug. This is FMA we're talking about.