This. THIS. THIS
Whyyyyyyyy didn’t they include this in Brotherhood? Whyyyyyyyyy
When you actually look at Ed’s character development throughout the series, the stuff in Rush Valley with Winry was a huge important turning point for him. Moreover, his respect for the simple heroism of human beings as opposed to the power of alchemy is really very inspired by how he views Winry as a hero who does work more valuable than what he does as an alchemist. He looks up to her and realizes she has skills that alchemy can’t compare to and that’s why she’s a big factor in his final decision.
First off, we have to look at the aftermath of the Nina thing. This was the first time Ed had to accept that he can’t solve everything with alchemy.
Here he blames being an “insignificant human” as the reason he couldn’t save Nina. He still believes he should be able to solve everything with alchemy and sees his humanity as his weakness here. He feels like a failure because he believes as an alchemist, his skills should apply to any situation.
He has a similar crisis when he’s unable to use alchemy to get to the doctor when the woman in Rush Valley is giving birth. He tries to build a bridge, but it collapses under it’s own weight.
Ed has a similar line at a different point in the Brotherhood episode that adapts it, and I remember that it someone at Mark Spoils commented it came off as kinda manpain-y, like he’s suddenly making this situation about his issues. I’m always one to criticize that sort of thing and I understand with the condensed-ness of the Brotherhood episode it can come off that way, but reading the full chapter the line was there for a very specific reason- despite having all the fantastic superpowers at his disposal, Ed is helpless in this situation.He has no power to save anyone.
Which makes it a powerful statement when Winry isn’t. Winry takes the reigns and saves the day not with superpowers, but with courage and basic medical knowledge. Ed may know alchemy and fighting, but when the situation is an everyday crisis of normal human proportions like giving birth, it’s Winry who can get things done and save lives. Winry doesn’t rely on alchemy, so she has important skills that Ed doesn’t, so she can save the day where alchemy can’t.
And that’s when Ed changes his attitude. Through Winry, he sees that “insignificant humans” are amazing and capable of things alchemy cannot possibly do. He would not have had the revelation if not for Winry’s heroism.
Okay there are couple nonspoilery things this episode cut from the corresponding chapter of the manga that are GREAT WINRY MOMENTS I ADORE so I’m just gonna post em.
I’m really sad they cut out this exchange because I really love this line in the last panel.
I love that Al takes the time to apologize, and I love Winry’s response. It’s just so beautiful and so Winry. Winry values what she has over what she’s lost. She’ll do anything to keep the people she loves safe, and she’s moving forward regardless of the pain she carries in the past. She can’t fix the past, so she does what’s best to help people in the here and now.
again I love Winry so much she is such a bamf
I love how she uses the way men will underestimate her against them. I love that she uses their expectations to manipulate them, pretending to be all fragile and overcome with tender tears to get what she wants and then cackling to herself at their stupidity. They think she’s some delicate hostage that they can use to manipulate Ed and Al, and she uses that to manipulate THEM and get her own back. Fearlessly. SUBVERTING THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE PATRIARCHY. And Ed continues to just help her with this plan and back her up, sweatdropping at how easily she can play everyone. He knows better than to tell her to stop, he knows she has this right and knows what she’s doing.
Anonymous asked: Hello, it's the anon asking about the suit guy again~ Actually what the last person said wasn't entirely true; I went through the manga trying to find him (I own almost the entire series) and found him throughout the entire series, with the last appearance being in a cafe in the final chapter. And, and and and, this is the killer: THERE WERE TWO OF THEM. AT THE SAME TABLE. What even. (He was also once shown with a kid looking just like him, in East City train station.)
fennitix asked: I actually know who they're referring to! According to the FMA manual, there's a man with a buzzcut hairstyle in a white suit who's always on the same train with Ed and Al, if not, then at the same platform. He was just put there as a little consistency joke like how you'd find aliens in south park in the background or the snail in adventure time. He was only seen in the first five volumes.
Thank you :D!!
Here you go anon,
Anonymous asked: Hello! I just found your blog recently, it's great to see so much love for the manga. <3 I was wondering, do you know anything about the mystery man in the white suit (Not Kimblee)? He was mentioned in the original profiles book, at least in the version I have, yet it seems like I'm the only one who knows he exists. What do you think of it?
I tried to look it up but I’m sorry to say I don’t know the answer to your question (I’ve only read bits and pieces about the manga profile books online as I don’t own them). Is there anyone here who knows this?
imagine an Ed cosplayer at a convention randomly pointing towards a Winry cosplayer he/she finds cute and shouting: “EQUIVALENT EXCHANGE! You give me your phone number and I’ll give you mine!!”
that’d be the best love story in fandom history tbh
WHYYYY was this rejected this should be canon wat