QUOTE (RadicalDreamer @ Feb 22 2011, 07:28 PM)
I understand your point of views (all of you)... I also think Royai is subtle because that's how they roll (believe me, I LOVE Roy and Riza quiet love and strong trust... I would not want them to bicker all the time... those type of relationships can irritate me big time *one of the reasons why I'm not a huge fan of EdWin... or Ron/Hermione from HP... I like them but that's not the bickering that I liked, that's for sure...*). But I just think that, ultimately, even if other characters got character development... to me, FMA IS the Elric's story (I love how the characters were developped in the manga/Brotherhood... but there are people who felt like the bond between the brothers seemed to be much more present in the first anime, because the story was so much more focused on them... contrary to Brotherhood *some people said that the first anime should have been named Brotherhood instead lol*). I think it was Arakawa who said something like that... that her story wasn't called the Flame Alchemist and that she didn't want people to favor Roy over Edward. That's why I said Roy, Riza and others were secondary characters (even if helpful and developped) contrary to the Elric Brothers... I think Arakawa made sure we kept that in mind (or she would not have made that comment about Roy and Ed I think). And that's why I think any romance other than Edwin had to stay "under the radar", very subtle, in the background... such as Royai, the married couples, Denny/Maria and of course Ling and Lanfan. Ah yes, and also Al and Mei... or not (I don't know where to class them... those two). So yes, Royai might be naturally subtle but I think Arawaka made it that way because it was also convenient in the story.
Arakawa's FMA first was about 2 brothers on their journey to get their bodies back... she gave character development to the characters Ed and Al met, she surely grew attached to them and so made them more important and interesting (and, IMO, it makes the FMA's world a bit more real... all those characters who helped and/or accompanied the brothers have lives, feelings, ambitions etc... they're not just comic reliefs/plot devices...)... but in the end, she knew FMA's "stars' were the brothers and it was their storyline that mattered the most.
Well, that's just how I see things.
I don't remember her saying we shouldn't
favor Roy over Edward... She said, once, she didn't understand
why people favored Roy over Ed because she
thought Roy was annoying. Right after that she said that she probably felt like that because she had a tendency to look things "through Ed's eyes".
I mean, if she really said something of the sort, well, then I'm sorry for her, cause she's not entitled to control what people think of her characters or what their preferences are and say "You should be looking at Ed"
. And if she DOES think like that, well, than she's a fool. But I really doubt it. XD She can control the story, where things go with it, but she has no control over the impact of that story on the public whatsoever and I think she's mature and wise and was taught by her manga teachers well enough to be fully aware of that.
I mean, for example: I HATE Seiya from Saint Seiya. He's the protagonist, alright, but, just as the majority of the fandom of that series, I hate his guts. And I like Shiryu! And there's nothing Kuramada can say about it: he is the one who should be careful to make a main protagonist not be a total pain in the @$$. And the consequence is that: people love his show, but hate the main characters and always dress up as "secondary". For me, that only shows a lack of ability from the mangaka to be able to control his/her story. Cause he/her is not '"passing the message" efficiently.
But, really, at least in my limited experience about "Arakawaian stuff", she's very conscience-full about what she does and does not do with her series: if she didn't want people to "look to Roy", she wouldn't give him so much of the spotlight. And, so, she may personally think he's annoying, but she does like him and she does like "working" him. Noone ever said someone has to like
the main characters, but you do need to "work them". And she did that. So, it's like "Roy is a bastard, but he's MY bastard character".
And, actually, FMA wasn't about Ed and Al, at first... At least not according to Arakawa's interviews.
She said it was about a "Father and a Son", which means it would probably be about the relationship between Ed and Hohenheim
, but, the main story was set put once the manga started to be issued, so, she already knew from the start that Roy would take a large part of the story (for example, the scene of Lust's Death
was arranged since the beginning). So, FMA IS, for course, centered around Ed, and that's why it's called "Fullmetal Alchemist", but Arakawa had no intention of making it "all about Ed and Al", or there wouldn't even have the "5 human sacrifices" plot in the first place. It could be only 2, or 3. So I really do think it wasn't at all random. At least not in regards to these "main/side characters", like Roy. You could say that of characters like Yoki or the Chimeras, but not Roy. I think it's pretty clear she hasn't "stumble upon him" across the manga.