QUOTE (RadicalDreamer @ Jan 28 2011, 01:52 PM)
Even if some people don't believe in Royai... I'm still happy that they're not being acerbic asses about it. Another fandom of mine has to fight the hatred and it's not pretty (I have to admit still, that show didn't know how to handle romance AND character development properly... while I think Arakawa knows what she's doing *I love her*... if Royai had to suffer the same hatred... ugh... we would have to suffer many comments like :"Royai is meant to fail... it weakens Riza's character *I actually already met people who think Riza has no will of her own... like a friend of mine who totally prefered Olivia to her*, they should find and date other people who talk/share their feelings openly, it's a boss/subordinate relationship so it's BAADD, and blah blah blah..."... no matter the fact that they're cute, no matter the fact that they NEED each other and not some other people). So I'm glad the Royai pairing (and Riza's character) is not hated much outside this thread and forum. Actually, I think the FMA community is quite nice as a whole.
About Roy's personality... I liked both. Anime1Roy seemed more manly/mature or something (or maybe it's because of Travis's voice *I watched the whole thing in english*... and the japanese voice actor also had a smexy voice lol). MangaRoy has more substance to him... more character development too (so yeah, he's a better character... the whole Mustang Team is better anyway... not just simple comic relief characters). I just don't like the "girly Roy" crack (fans are more guilty of this... but still, it's Arakawa who made Roy's sisters dress him as a girl when he was little). And Riza.... well to be honest... I don't think she changed that much (maybe a bit less strict...)... but she's a deeper character in the manga/Brotherhood, that's for sure.
I think that people who believe that because of Royai, Riza is weaker, didn't quite got Riza. Probably because they think Riza sticks by Roy because "she can't live without him" and not because "she decided to dedicate her life for something bigger", and that Roy is a PART of that.
For me, saying something like that it's like saying "Mulan is weak for taking her father's place at war." Giving up your life to work for someone else's dream and for the "greater good" is no weakness, its nobility, cause you have the power to choose and you choose to sacrifice and devote yourself, instead of being selfish and only thinking of your own life. (I mean, if I was a weak person, I would not join a sort of life where I would have to give up everything and, on top of that, having to jeopardy my life every week. That hardly seems like a weak move to me)
If she was, indeed, in it for Roy, she would have never pointed that gun at him and she would not have the guts to kill him
(which we all know she would, if she had to). So, contrary to common thinking, she's not at all a mere "dog of Mustang's": she has elected
him as her 'leader', and she did it for a reason and not because she's got no self-thinking (quite the contrary, indeed).
It's actually funny to notice Riza owns a "Shiba Inu" (if you have watched that movie "Hachiko: A Dog's Story", you'll probably get when I'm about to say, since Akitas and Shibas are quite similar), cause it's sorta like mirrors herself: Roy didn't choose Riza and he isn't "the strong one" or "her boss". It was Riza who chose Roy, because she is the one who has the power to choose and, therefore, in the end, she is the one with all the cards in her hand.
As Freud used to say: people only get on top of pedestals because someone put them there and, just as well as they putted, they can take them down, so, at the end, the choice is up to the one that 'submit' themselves. Or like my sister loves to say "The man may be the 'head of the house', but the woman... well, the woman is the neck". lol
So it's kinda like Riza to say: ok, I'll put my life in service to your dream, but you'll have to stay faithful to that ideal of yours or you'll be dead before it hits the ground.
So, that, for me, that's something that changes between Riza in FMA 1 and in the manga. And it is a HUGE difference that, basicaly, changes everything: it changes the whole relationship between Riza and Roy, changes the whole thinking/acting pattern of Riza's, why she's in the military and why she works under Mustang...A Pierrot's Aria
- And that thing about Roy... well... actually, it's not official. It seems as if it's a "fan's talk" from Japanese foruns. The only thing that actually seems to be truth is the fact that the girls who work under Madame Christmas' are considered to be "Roy's sisters". But that seems it was said by Arakawa doing an interview a couple of years back.
But there's nothing about him "being dressed up as a girl". Apparently, that has been made up.jacksparrow589
- Yeah... I was kinda "what the h?" when that happened. XD It was something noone could have predicted and I really wanted to kick Arakawa for making such a 'out of the blue' revelation like that. lol