I dunno if there's already a topic I coulda put this in, so sorry if there is. xD;
Recently, I bought the entire anime1 series so I could watch it all again (I prefer having DVDs to watching things on the computer; an expensive quirk! >:U) and it brought up some old feelings that I felt like discussing.
I was exposed to the manga when there were only about 9 volumes in English and I started reading scanlations around chapter 50 or so, so anime1 was the first COMPLETE FMA that I got through. I'm very familiar with it. I watched every episode several times, made hundreds of AMVs, and developed opinions of characters. And I HATED Winry, but I never really had a reason.
Now, I've gotten through all the manga, all of Brotherhood, and I found a lot of characters I disliked before- particularly Winry, Hohenheim and Al- I love.
Rewatching anime1, I find that every time Winry shows up, I can't stand her again. She's always talking about automail. Even in dangerous, serious situations (for example, fighting Wrath in the forest), all she seems to be concerned about it automail. If someone insults her automail, the mood has to come to a stop so she can overreact. I especially noticed this in episode 26, where she freaks out because Ed 'doesn't appreciate her automail' and conspires with Paninya to teach him a lesson. I never get the feeling that Winry cares about Ed, and when the show tries to develop their relationship, it either seems forced or the conversation goes back to automail. She's actually upset he wants his body back, as if it's insulting her work.
Am I missing something, or do other people get this, too? Is it just the dub, or does the sub give the same impression?
In the manga, it was very clear Winry cared about Ed, and it was subtle and realistic, at least in my opinion. She genuinely worried about him, not his automail, and wanted him to be happy. It wasn't even always romance- they had a deep, friendship bond from the beginning. Besides that, she was a strong, independent character who had her own goals and desires, and her life didn't revolve around automail- it revolved around helping others. I loved this Winry. I didn't love her for the sake of EdWin, I loved her for her.
Does anyone else have thoughts on these differences? Or maybe someone sees something I missed?