--Thanks for the translations! Chocolate Queen is great even when you can't read what's going on, but reading makes it that much better! (Especially the Roy/Riza/Olivier one--poor Roy!
--Wonderful art! It's very cute.
QUOTE (Hoshino Hikari @ Aug 31 2010, 01:32 AM)
And there's also another scene that drew my attention on that subject. It's when Roy was at Ishval war and had been called "The hero of Ishval". He was served a drink, but he didn't seem to drink it at all (or we don't see him drinking).
Found it. The scene starts on chapter 61, page 27. (You're right. I don't think he takes so much as a sip! At least, not while they're there...)
But, in the first page of the volume, he's drawn next to an empty bottle and three cups. So can we say that he's a man who drinks to forget his pain?
Wait... where is this, now? What chapter? I'm looking through all the surrounding books, and I can't find what you're talking about. (Could be I'm just not seeing it, though.) I seriously don't think he'd do that in the manga, at least, not on a regular basis, but there is the next thing you pointed out...
As in the first anime, when he's drunk a little too much before trying to kill himself? I know the character is different, and that's just a minor detail, but I was wondering if we were right when we're describing him as that kind of people.
Emo!Roy! How I've missed you, my dear one! *huggles* You are so incredibly fun to write for!
*Ahem* Yeah... That was then, this is now. More accurately, anime1!Roy isn't manga!Roy by a long
shot. It's basically like they took the persona he puts forth and made that his personality. (However, given that they had only 6 volumes to work with at the time, before Roy's major involvement kicked in, it's understandable.)
(Arakawa never draws Roy drinking... He doesn't smoke... Woaw, the perfect gentleman
Ah-ah-ah! Not so fast! We know he does drink. (Though, true, Arakawa never draws him drinking in the actual story. I don't know that I've seen him drink in official art, either, but it's possible?)
As to smoking, on page 38 of chapter 83, Havoc, in order to get the "Promised Day" message to Roy, offers him a cigarette. The official Viz translation has Roy's response (after he realizes what it's about--he does refuse at first) as, "I'll just have one... for old time's sake." I don't know if that's a valid translation or not, and I know we don't see Roy smoking (cigarettes--but he's the Flame alchemist
and he's smokin' hot
) as a habit, but this could imply that he has at sometime in the past. For instance, lot of my uncles are social smokers--they're not addicted in the pack-a-day sense, but they do enjoy the occasional cigar(ette)--and at least one of my uncles smoked while he was serving in the Vietnam War, but is only a social smoker now.
Of course, Roy could just be saying that for effect, too, because, as he notes, they might be being watched, but I can imagine him as having been a social smoker during Ishval, if only to give himself something to do.
But Roy really is a gentleman, I'll be the first to admit that!