I feel like I'm stuck in a revolving door with 'Happiness' and 'Despair' on either side.
Honestly, if I just look at the characters, the I'm pretty satisfied with the ending, since y'know, they're together, they're alive, they're a side-couple that's built on subtlety so this makes sense and all that jazz.
But then...I think of Arakawa. Oh, Arakawa
When I think of her, the lack of royai in the ending just nags
at me because the writer/drawer of Fullmetal Alchemist is a human with opinions and intents and desires and reasons for her actions and I cannot...oh for the love of God I always forget words when I'm in a huff...I can't...what's the word..augh, it's gone. Point is, I can't link
or justify or whatever that word I forgot is, the way she treated royai in 107 and the way she treated royai in 108. It just does not make sense
to me for her to have the whole battle couple thing one minute and then 3 panels of Hawkeye supporting Roy in practically the same position (she could've at least had his arm around her shoulder) and just a 'Taisa wa...me ga...' on Hawkeye's side, and Roy telling Armstrong to tell his subordinates to follow him. I feel better with the photo since, in a way, it's Arakawa's admitance that the two are always joined at the hip, which I like, as at least she's admitting something with that.
BUT ANYWAY, if 108 were the epilogue instead of the finale, then, sure I'd be satisfied. And while I realise that royai didn't really have anything to clear up, or any loose ends to tie, since it's rather obvious on how they feel about each other, and while I realise that everyone else needs to have their stories told and while I realise that it's very hard fro Arakawa to have drawn/written 113 pages in two months, let alone any extras...while I realise this, I'm still feeling cheated because it's THE LAST CHAPTER. Last time we see our characters and all we get for mutual royai is a flippin pancake photo
I'd understand if Roy and Riza were side characters, but they've made so many appearances and had so many moments and were out and frying just mere pages ago, so I can't help but think they deserve more of an appearance and want to know why they didn't get it. A sequel, gaiden, side-story or even interview touching on it is unlikely and so I'm just torn between satisfaction at their end because it's pretty good and dissatisfaction because 'everything but royai' may well become a meme!!
@_@ I just want to know WHY, Arakawa, WHY, even if you just say you were too lazy to confirm it I'd be happy. Because Goddamn 108 is the end of all actual canon royai and I cannot accept my last dose of canon royai being a picture!!!!!!!!!!
*screams, tears hair, rants, weeps, goes into a dark corner*
...But actually, *comes out of dark corner where the mushrooms slowly turn to daisy's and light shines
Come to think of it, now that I've said all that, I feel better. Also, when you look at it, maybe it's just a matter of attachment. For example, Ling and Ran Fan had lots of screen time too and though they were seen at the last manga chapter it was more 'clearing up loose ends' than any actually in-series confirmation like we got with RoyAi (see: "I have no intention fo living a comfortable life alone" and "I can't lose you"). I mean, we also see them together in a photo at the end, and I thought "Well, duh, of course Ling and Ran Fan will end up together, but what about royai?!" upon seeing that. However, when looking at it from a LingFan shipper's perspective, it's just as unsatisfying as RoyAi, as nothing is explicitly stated or confirmed- and if said LingFan looked at RoyAi they would be "Well, duh, of course Mustang and Hawkeye will end up together but what about lingfan!?!".
I realised this when I saw this sentence at Tv Tropes:
•Official Couple: As of Chapter 108, we've got four that count. Ed/Winry is confirmed, Al/Mei is pretty much confirmed, and Roy/Riza and Ling/Lan Fan are, as ever, very, very
And while reading that, though slightly comforted, I was thinking 'maybe LingFan is strongly implied in the last chap but what about RoyAi...grr...', but then, when I looked at it from a LingFan perspective, saw the opposite was true for lingfan too and I realised....
ARAKAWA DOES NOT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT US SUBTLE-OTP SHIPPERS.
SINCE SHE KNOWS NOTHING NEEDS TO BE SAID, SHE DOES NOT BOTHER GETTING UP HER LAZY arse TO SAY IT.
In a way, that's how Arakawa has, infuriatingly, always done things. While I admit she's ship-teased us mercilessly with both LingFan and RoyAi, and hinted at AlMei, EdWin has always
been her main concentration and OTP. (What else do you expect from someone influenced by Rumiko Takahashi
?) So in a way, it's like she's saying "To hell with confirming those two, everyone knows there's something going on anyway, I WANT TO DRAW MY EDWIN PROPOSAL."
....And, now, I feel strangely at peace. Disgruntled with the manganka but at peace, because at least in the photo of Mustang and Hawkeye and even Ling and Ran Fan, she's sorta nonverbally admitting there's something going on there and they'll stay together permanently.
(Of course, a few days later I will likely stew in frustration again and come to this realization after ranting again -this is my third time going over this pattern and reassuring myself- since I am a very suspicious person and don't trust people as far as I can throw Mt Everest. However, these are the facts and my theory is sound and I believe it to be true. I feel better now.)