Fanfiction Friday 6/28/19 — “What’s wrong with ME? …I wish I knew.”

fanfic3FANDOM(S) FEATURED THIS WEEK:

“FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD”

Postmortem

  • “Roy gets a little too close to realizing the Homunculi’s plot thanks to being in the wrong place at the right time. Naturally, they have no choice but to remove him from the picture. (Updates mostly daily)”
  • I’ve read this story twice. I don’t know if it’s outdated to call one’s self “trash” because I’m not hip with the kids, but I’m total comfort-hurt/angst trash, so I love this fic. It all comes down to the aftereffects of torture and recovery for all parties involved, especially Roy. The story is dark; it’s violent, but not explicit. Roy gets hurt in some of the most awful ways imaginable, and he’s lost touch with reality. Ed/Maes (I love Maes.) have to step in and help in what ways they can.  Ed is also dealing with (surprise, surprise) guilt over the situation. The whole thing boils down into a stew of third-person subjective perspectives that each convey their character’s mental states, anguished or otherwise, in a poignent but straightforward fashion. I highly recommend. 10/10, would read again (and probably will).



Love some love when you read, and tell your authors Shoujo sent you. ❤

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“You get a bad boy and you get a bad boy and you…!” Build-a-Harem Challenge Post, Demon Edition

I wanted so badly to attempt this challenge, but then life happened. And then I forgot about it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ And now, whilst making my return to blogging with a proficient laptop, I’ve remembered it again! It’s like an (almost) birthday present to me! (Though by the time this post goes out, my birthday will have passed.) Plus, it’s been a while since the fad hit, so maybe everyone needs another dose of ikimen, right? Right. And, luckily, I’ve also since stumbled across all KINDS of new characters for this build-a-harem challenge! Thank you, Hazelyn, for nominating me! Let’s begin!

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The ‘Build A Harem’ Tag Rules:

  1. Link back to the original post on Anime QandA so they can check out everyone’s picks!
  2. Use the ‘Build A Harem’ logo somewhere in the post.
  3. Make sure to mention the person who nominated you too!
  4. Pick 5 Anime Characters (any show & any gender) that would be in your ideal harem if you were the main character of a harem anime, explain a little bit as to why they are your picks (if you want).
  5. Make sure each character you pick falls into some of the following harem character types: Childhood friend, tom boy/girl, genki girl/boy, loli/shota, trap, tsundere, yandere, kuudere, dandere, etc. (If there’s a character you’ve picked that doesn’t specifically fall into one of these types or falls into multiple types that’s fine too!)
  6. Nominate 5 people to participate in this tag!


1.

Okay, so in no particular order, I’m starting this list off right with an up-and-coming favorite of mine from Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul. Please, everybody give it up for…

AZAZEL

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I do NOT care what this says about my tastes in men; I am all about Azazel, my guys.

Okay, so episode 1 spoilers ahoy, but I can honestly say that from the moment I saw him dressed as who I’ve now dubbed “the pale guy,” I was all about Azazel (or, as I sometimes call him for brevity in my watch alongs, Az). THEN he turned out to be “bandage guy” (or “rag demon,” whatever), and that just took it to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL of “damn, son.” (Pardon my French.) And the worse part is that I KNOW what this says about my taste in men. I didn’t want to find him attractive, but how could I NOT?? And I’m not about to sorting these guys because I like who I like in my reverse-harem regardless of trope, but good night, he screams tsundere if anything. I am all agog.

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You’re not getting out of here that easily, Az.

Az is that emo/goth guy who’s dark, broody, dangerous, and a bit misunderstood. He’s the “bad boy” without trying who still takes himself just the right amount of serious. He’s driven, determined, and—lets be honest—sexy, omgosh. But Ginger would make fun of me so hard for this, guys, because he’s so my type, and I don’t even WANT him to be my type, you know? He’s gonna take care of you, AND he’s gonna take care of anyone who’d ever try to hurt you. His relationship with Mugaro somehow so tender and sweet, like they’re brothers and Az has to look out for Mugaro, with Mugaro sometimes stepping in to save Az from himself as well.

Phew. This is all just too much for me. Moving on before I really start to fangirl…


2.

Speaking of types, I took one of those silly Facebook quizzes today that espouses it can tell you “type” in men based on your food preferences. “Haha,” I thought, “I’ve just finished bemoaning that I can never escape ‘my type,’ so why don’t I take this silly quiz and watch it get everything wrong.” Then, this happened:

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Yeah, I like none of those extreme sport things, but I do like misunderstood bad boys. And so they might have missed the demon/vampire/emo portion, but hey, pretty close, yeah? How they got as much as they did from the fact that I like to eat fried chicken and mashed potatoes, I’ll never guess. Speaking of, we all knew that I wouldn’t get through this without including someone from Hakuouki, because if I were to try and do so it would feel like I’d betrayed my own constitution, and that’s just not right, folks! So, even though you’ve heard me rant about this title in the past, for this go-around, I’m going to pick another demon who caught my eye…

SHIRANUI KYO

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Let’s all be honest when we say that, for the most part, Shiranui doesn’t give a duck’s butt.

I did say “most part,” right?

Kyo is a demon who doesn’t despise humanity, necessarily, mostly due to the influence of a dude named (and I’m going to spell this wrong) Takasugi. Minor spoilers, of course, but when Takasugi died, Kyo decided to carry on in his stead and work toward the future that Takasugi wanted, even if it wasn’t becoming of him as a demon (not that the outlier has ever cared much about that, mind). While this is going on, he meets Harada, and the two strike up an unlikely… while I wouldn’t call it friendship, perhaps “mutual respect” would phrase it nicely. He even says at one point that Harada reminds him of Takasugi, implying just how must respect he has for the Shinsengumi warrior. Their relationship is full of banter, and I do feel like they would have been friends outright in another life. So, in the life of this harem, I’m making that a possibility.

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I don’t even ship it but… Still a better romance than Twilight.

Shiranui Kyo is going to do what he thinks is right, and he’s going to raise a middle finger to authority doing so. I’d call him a “bad boy,” but I honestly don’t think he cares enough to be one. He’s just… him. And he’d be the guy to tease you mercilessly expecting to get back just a good as he gave. (And you can ask Husband, I’m a sucker for that.) I think he’d make an excellent addition to this harem.

Oh, who am I kidding? If I keep picking men with these personalities, they’re liable to kill each other…


3.

As much as I wanted to keep this harem build entirely comprised of demons, it just wasn’t realistic not to include a certain someone from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood who appeals to me on many levels. Every harem needs a childhood friend, or so I’ve been told. Maybe. Point is, if there’s gotta be one, I guess it’s gonna be…

ROY  MUSTANG

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There is no need to pull a “Welcome to the Madness,” Roy. You’re hot. We get it.

I’ve written extensively about the appeal of Roy Mustang. He’s totally a bad boy in that “working from within the system to circumvent authority for the greater good” kind of way.

FMA made Roy into a much less attractive (though no less impactful) character, in my opinion, so the Roy named today is that of FMAB notoriety. And I’ll admit it; aside from his nobility, determination, and loyalty, he’s also plain sexy. But why? Well, his Xingese features, attractive build, and smirk do him all kinds of favors physically, but he’s also smart, loyal, so very determined, and powerful. He’s so very capable. And his utter commitment to Riza?? THE ULTIMATE SHIPPPPPPPhgbn;souigbhaes'[roa’hoidfv’ho;ihg;aiugdhvb’ds;vish

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Oh, look, another demon. I promise I’m not targeting them specifically. (I gave that up with Mustang!) This member of the harem comes from a show I highly recommend called The Betrayal Knows My Name. Frankly, it doesn’t get nearly enough attention. If you like reincarnated lovers, angst, angels and demons, complicated relationships and/or misunderstood emo men, it is definitely for you.

LUKA CROSSZERIA

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He’s killing me. It’s just too much.

The Uraboku anime leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to explaining Luka’s backstory, and without spoiling the manga, I can’t say too much else. I can mention he’s a powerful demon wholly dedicated to the soul of a woman with a sort of love that transcends even romance. You’d be hard pressed to find a more loyal character than Luka.

He’s tortured by what was even as he sacrifices everything to protect what IS, and he does so all for love. Aside from this, his whole demon aesthetic is just too much for my heart to handle.

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I mean, what kind of man as cool, unphased, and “above it” as Luka takes time everyday to dress this bad@$$? It makes no logical sense and I love it.
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I just want to hug him.


5.

If I include too many demons, are you all going to start looking at me funny? I guess it’s too late to be helped now.  Let’s just surround Roy by demons because I can’t get out of my head how amazing, weird, and oddly specific this reverse-harem is going to be.

SEBASTIAN MICHAELIS

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I have to use this gif of Sebastian because it might be the best one in existence. I mean, he’s vulnerable for once. That’s all I’m saying.

I’m going to quote a former post of mine, because I really do believe that I can sum up the appeal of Sebastian no better way:

To my current knowledge of both the anime and manga, Sebastian is thoroughly evil incarnate, but he retains a likable, appealing character; he is suave, handsome, charming, and oh so powerful; he’s obedient, until we’re suddenly reminded that he is NOT, in fact, what his human exterior would have us believe.

At the same time, he’s dedicated, loyal, and never tells an outright lie. He gives his all for his aesthetic, and he never offers any delusions regarding the true nature of what he is.

I think that’s the point of it all, really. Yana Toboso achieves in creating Sebastian what I hope was her ending message all along; evil is misleading, tempting, seductive.

Evil is hard to resist.

The creator was so smart in designing a character like Sebby-chan.

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Misleadingly tender, that.





I just just IMAGINE this aesthetic. Shiranui makes wisecracking quips as Azazel looses his temper over something Sebastian smirkingly said. Luka stands just off to the side looking into the distance, entirely unmoved, as Roy fustratedly tries and fails to bring the assemblage to some sort of order.

I love it.


Before I sign off for today, it’s bonus time! So, the thing about husbandos is that none of them take the place of IRL Husband. ❤ In that spirit, I’ve got a surprise to share! I couldn’t get Husband to opt into the idea of creating a harem of his own (darn!), but I am going to share his waifu… Are you ready!?

Bum bum bum!!!!

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Audience, meet Widowmaker from Overwatch.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Until next time, keep on keeping on.

~Shoujo

To enter the sweepstakes mentioned here, click here. I’ll include this link on all blog posts published between now and the sweepstakes conclusion. 🙂

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“I mean, he literally produces fire, so…” –Five Flaming Hotties Tag Post

It is time to play a game!

Yes, readers, I must do that thing I do so well and fangirl myself into a sweet, sweet stupidor. This game of post-tag comes from Lita, who most graciously invited me to play; goodness knows that the blog could use a few more ikemen and bishounen, right? Right. So, let’s get squee-ing!! I’ve been looking forward to participation in this popular game!

I am to list five “flaming hotties” from anime (AND YES I EXCLUDED OTOME, BUT I WILL HAVE TO DO THIS AGAIN IN OTOME FASHION), include their pictures, and explain their appeal.

DON’T STOP ME NOW, THE MOMENT OF TRUTH!!

We begin, in no particular order, with…


Infamous Flame Alchemist: Roy Mustang

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Yes, Colonel. You.

We all knew I would pick him, right?

…No?

…Well, I mean, he’s literally FLAMING. He PRODUCES FIRE.

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WAS THERE ANY OTHER OPTION?

I wrote a lot about Roy Mustang here (and I highly recommend you read it so that we can fangirl/boy), so I won’t ramble on, but his determination, perseverance, loyalty, and self-sacrifice are all wrapped in a physically attractive package to boot.

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He holds so much destructive power, and he knows the cost of wielding it. Just thinking about his phenomenal character makes me want to head back and rewatch some FMAB.

(Or get onto finally watching FMA; tell me PLEASE, readers, is there any more Royai in FMA!?!?!)


Decorated Olympic Skater: Victor Nikiforov

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Extra and honored, I’m sure.

I wrote about his relationship with Yuri here (in the all time most popular popular post on my site!?). Aside from his powerful character progression, he proved that anime progatonists can be well into their mid twenties and still be seen as “the desireable ones.” Give me more protagonists who are adult men and women, anime, please. Romantic protagonists. I will pay you (literally).

Moving on from that, his skating is phenomenal, and he’s just so completely dedicated to his art. Yet, he struggles. He has nothing else to infuse his life with meaning until he learns love.

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And, I mean, look at him.

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I probably read too much into Victor, but I look at the person he is and where he grew up and I can’t help but speculate as to how he grew into the person he became.

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(In example, Victor cut his hair as a teen, but do we know why? I have my theories.)


The Wind Beast and Black Dragon: Son Hak

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I promise I’m not trying to distract you from your princess, ya big lug.

Hak is loyalty. He’s unwavering, curious, determined, strong, and attractive. He’s a huge sarcastic nerd and teases Yona into oblivion. Let’s get real for a second; I spent the entire series thinking that THIS MAN WAS ABOUT 25 YEARS OLD. He does NOT look like he’s 18. NOT AT ALL. And then I came to find out his real age and it baffled me because HE DOES NOT LOOK OR ACT LIKE AN 18 YEAR OLD HUMAN. But I suppose that’s a common thread in media, so I’ll let it slide…

Moving on from that, here is a photo spam, because I can. (And the manga is fantastic, so you should go read it, stat.)

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To conclude, I don’t get fanservice. Honestly, it doesn’t do anything for me at all (well, except make me laugh). But then this happened and MAN. ALIVE. *literal swoon*

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Temptation Incarnate: Sebastian Michaelis

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Speechless, I’m sure.

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To my current knowledge of both the anime and manga, Sebastian is thoroughly evil incarnate, but he retains a likable, appealing character; he is suave, handsome, charming, and oh so powerful; he’s obedient, until we’re suddenly reminded that he is NOT, in fact, what his human exterior would have us believe.

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At the same time, he’s dedicated, loyal, and never tells an outright lie. He gives his all for his aesthetic, and he never offers any delusions regarding the true nature of what he is.

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I think that’s the point of it all, really. Yana Toboso achieves in creating Sebastian what I hope was her ending message all along; evil is misleading, tempting, seductive. 

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Evil is hard to resist.

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Young and Troubled King: Soo-wan

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He’s so embarrassed.

I really did spend a whole post on Soo-wan already, honest. So, as in the case of Mr. Mustang above, I shan’t wax too fervently on my final post pick. I will, however, quote it briefly here.

It’s hard to hate a villain who hates himself, who has damned himself to the depths of despair and cast off everything he ever loved to achieve his ends, who does all the wrong things for the right reasons. Even though I love Shiranui mostly for his personality and comradeship with Harada, I’ve found the ultimate villain in another anime, and I don’t hesitate to here sing the praises of his characterization.

This man is young, but he’s determined and holds the uncanny ability to harden his heart past the point that most would consider possible. He grew up surrounded by and under the care of wonderful friends and relatives who he loved very deeply, but his life–though luxurious–was anything but simple and was early on fraught with tragedy. In the end, for the betterment of a kingdom for which he cared deeply and in vengeance for the death of a beloved and respected parent, this young man murdered in cold blood the uncle he had also loved–the king who was the father of his dear, smitten cousin, and the sovereign of his very best friend…

Soo-wan is one of the best anime villains of all time, because the best villains are those who, rather than being truly evil, take on the mantle thinking that they’re doing what must be done.

Conflicted morals and angst are attractive, right?

OKAY SO HE’S A YOUNG BUT HE’S SUCH A GREAT CHARACTER AND HE IS A BISHIE, RIGHT?! I MEAN, I CAN STILL BE PLATONIC AND GO, “That’s a good looking human being.”

So…maybe not a flaming hottie, because he doesn’t “do it for me,” but I still really love his character and I just wanted to feature him, okay?

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Found it on Pinterest under gulin_sharry

Well, now it’s time to pass along the flaming hotties torch, but instead of tagging people, I will simply host an open invitation!

The rules

  • Mention the name of the blog you were tagged by, as well as the creators of this game, Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts, and include the picture above.
  • List five of your greatest hotties from TV and/or film, i.e. crushes/objects of your affection, including musicians or sports stars too.
  • Tell us how you were introduced to them and why you like them/what appeals.
  • Add some pictures.
  • Tag seven bloggers.
  • Post the rules.

Until next time, keep being…

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~Shoujo

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Feat. a Character with the Best Quotes (30 Day Character Challenge, Day 12)

I was kidnapped yesterday, my friend Ginger bought a wedding dress, I’m eating onigiri over my lunch break, and this challenge post is late.

I blame Attack on Titan. But wait, you say. I finished AoT two days ago? Yes, you’re right, but it is what it is. Allow me to explain, dear readers. I beg clemency.

I did indeed finish AoT two days ago.

Levi~~~ so kakkoii.

However, the subsequent exhaustion from my utter lack of sleep (#NoRegrets) left me knackered.

I like to keep my challenge posts written just a bit ahead of time to help manage unforeseen circumstances like abduction, but I couldn’t pull myself away from AoT for those three days, leading my small cushion of posts to deplete rapidly. Thus, I was not behind, but I had reached the point of writing my challenge poss daily without room for error.

Perforce, I had planned to write this post yesterday evening, but I was abducted after work by my dear Ginger, who informed me in no uncertain terms and at the shortest possible notice that she was buying a wedding dress, and was I coming or not, woman?

Thus, off we went.

Ginger (I almost just typed her real name!) is getting married in April, and one highly emotional decision later, we were eating dinner at the Chinese restaurant that we used to frequent some time and space ago. By the time we finished catching up, it had gotten to be firmly evening, and I still had to go home and finish up a few things. Suddenly, I was exhausted. At about twenty until nine, Husband and I hunkered down on the couch for a bit, but whereas he got up (and covered me up and kindly put my almost-untouched-minus-two-sips wine glass in the fridge), I did not, falling quickly into dream land to be woken when he found himself ready for bed several hours later.

I then moved to the bed and passed out again. (( _ _ ))..zzzZZ

So, clearly Attack on Titan has it out for my 30 Day Character Challenge. But now on to the feature at hand.


It’s after work and I’m home now! Let’s get to the topic at hand!

I could have easily picked Tohru Honda (Fruba), but I write about her a lot. I thought it would prove a great deal more fun to compile a handfull of great one-off anime quotes instead. So, without further ado…

 

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This quote is from FMA:B, not FMA.

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When does Roy Mustang say “Can you really hold the woman you love with your blood-stained hands?” Is it in FMA? I must know this…

Until next time (read: a few hours from now),

Shoujo ❤

 

 

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Feat. the Hottest Character (30 Day Character Challenge, Day 7)

Genuine Spoiler Alert!

Well, I mean, clearly the hottest character would be Calcifer, duh…

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*singing* This demon is on fiiire~~

No, no, okay, I know I’m not supposed to take this literally, but I couldn’t help it. He is literally so hot!

Moving on, I guess it’s time to get serious, but again I say that my primary genre is shoujo. How, I ask you, am I to pick a SINGLE hottest character when there are so many bishonen to choose from in almost any given title!? That doesn’t even consider the non-shoujo titles that I consume! It’s boggling!

I considered doing another “I’ll just create a running list to avoid choosing a favorite” type of post, but quickly decided against it because it suddenly hit me…

I know a character who definitely deserves a feature.

Enter Roy Mustang!

 

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Oh…

Oh, no.

I… I just realized… and I have no excuses and I just can’t stop rolling at how appropriate this selection is, readers. Give me a second to finish crying out my laughter. Hold on…

HE’S SO HOT. I’M CRYI–*sobs* I JUST CAN’T.

I DIDN’T EVEN PLAN THIS!!

Phew.

I feel like an idiot.

But apparently a clever idiot?

Okay, moving on.

[Again, I repeat, spoiler alert for FMA:B.]

 

Roy Mustang (FMA, FMA:B), puns aside, is a man with a mission, and he is on fire. He’s physically attractive, determined, serious, passionate, and a huge, procrastinating goob. I love him as a character.

He’s also sweetly “pathetic” when it rains, and a pretend playboy. Just by the way.

During the Ishvalan War, he committed unspeakable crimes in the name of a Fuhrer who was in truth a humunculi from the get go (FMAB). Later struggling to come to terms with his transgressions, he strives with everything in him (and the help of a few, very loyal subordinates) to rise to power. Why? It’s a bid to assure that nothing like the Extermination is ever again allowed to pass. Roy is willing to sacrifice his own life in front of a war crimes tribunal if it means putting forward his best to make it “right.” Yet, he feels very strongly that there is no true path to redemption for what he has done. His own life forfeit, however, only means that he cannot continue his work of driving Amestris toward democracy. This, he knows, is only accomplished by rising through the ranks and eventually dismantling its militaristic power structure. Thus, he cannot die. Roy’s true work is to live on toward a future better than the one he left in the burning ashes of his wake, and it’s one of the greatest reasons that I love him; everything he does is with this single goal in mind. Nothing else (not even the ship I wished so hard to sail, Royai) means so much.

Yet, Mustang has not lost his humor. While haunted in his darkest moments, Roy can almost always find a smile for his subordinates/friends. His playboy attitude and procrastinating ways (as well as his obsession with tiny miniskirts) lead to all kinds of hijinx that Lt. Riza Hawkeye has to deal with and we as the audience get to enjoy.

I really, REALLY want to continue on with a bit about my series ship, but that’s a post for the FMA:B Post Series on which I’ve been procrastinating; it’s also wildly outside of the preview of this challenge entry, so I’ll end here.

Hoping you are well,

Shoujo

P.S.

I really, really, REALLY need to finish the original FMA. I predict some perfect Royai moments. ❤

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FANFICTION FRIDAY (05/26/17)

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FANDOM(S) FEATURED THIS WEEK:

“Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood”

THROUGH THE EYES OF FLAME

Xennariel

“FMAB” — UPDATING AS OF APRIL 210, 2017; 33 CHAPTERS

  • “The story of Fullmetal Alchemist told as if Roy and Riza were the main characters. Includes the years before and after the series. Slow Burn. Heavy on the Royai. Based on the manga, with just a bit of Brotherhood.”
  • It’s been a while since I stumbled upon this piece during my utter infatuation with FMAB, so my appreciation for the details are fuzzy at best, but I remember that I began reading it even before finishing the series. This story, quite simply, is an exploration of Royai throughout the years, and—being a huge Royai shipper—I loved that. I won’t insist that it is a paragon of literature, but it’s entertaining all the same, especially for someone as impatient for Royai cannon as I was at the time. I recommend it, if my memory serves.

 


If you know of any Royai fictions of novel quality, send them my way please!

TELL YOUR AUTHORS THAT SHOUJO SENT YOU, AND STAY CLASSY, MY FRIENDS, (-.^)

~Shoujothoughts~

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The Nature of Greed — “FMAB” POST SERIES, PT 2

[Massive Spoilers]


“I’m Greed,” he says. “I’m greedy.”

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In a way similar to (and yet removed from) homunculus Gluttony’s all-encompassing appetite, homunculus Greed knows only want. Created by Father (or “the dwarf in the flask”) from one of said villain’s basest parts, Greed very quickly becomes his own man in that he—you guessed it—wants more than to be a pawn in another creature’s scheme.

In his pursuit of supremacy (a greedy ambition indeed), Father isolates those most sinful, human parts of himself and turns them into individual homunculi; these personifications, designed to be his “children” of sorts, assist in his ambitions, existing for little other purpose than furthering their creator’s aims. In this respect, however, Greed is different. Greed, whose very self is an outside existence of Father’s own ambition, wants more than to be an accomplice. In fact, Greed wants everything.

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Greed’s desires lead him astray of the path Father chose for him, and he begins to amass his own underground band of followers sometime before the series begins. While their backstory remains incomplete, it is clear that this odd, motley gang genuinely care for each other and their leader; Greed voices no such attachment. He claims them possessions; sex, status, glory: he wants it all, and this disjointed crew is his first step to attaining fresh abet ill-gotten fruits. Or are they ill-gained? Given no glimpse into Greed’s supposed nefarious activities, an audience is left to wonder about his purported purposes, even if Greed’s explanations satisfy himself. In fact, it is long after homunculus Greed ends up in the body of our young emperor candidate, Ling, that FMAB begins to dissect the nature of this deadly sin (and homunculus Greed by extension).

To begin, it’s important to recognize that greed is not a singular trait, but rather the manifestation of wants gleaned from personality or circumstantial derivatives. As stated in the clip below:

You want to bring back someone that you’ve lost. You might want money. Maybe you want women, or you might want to protect the world. These are all common things people want, things that their hearts desire. Greed may not be good, but it’s not so bad, either. You humans think greed is just for money and power; everyone wants something they don’t have.

 

FMAB argues that greed is not a sin, but rather a defining human trait. The second coming of Greed is facilitated by Ling’s own overwhelming want to be emperor; even altruistic, his single-minded desire is greedy. He knows that it puts his clan in a position of power and thus safety. He is a good man striving to accomplish his goals for the right reasons, but he wants them achieved no matter who or what he must sacrifice in their attainment. By the standards of FMAB, this is truly greed.

Homunculus Greed leaves Father’s fold a second time upon regaining his first incarnation’s memories; it is at this moment that he realizes those things he most wanted have been taken from him, even though he only gained self-awareness in their loss. He joins up with Edward and the gang after a potentially lethal confrontation with homunculus Wrath. At first we’re left wondering, why does Greed go along with our heroes? It isn’t long before we reach an answer; adventuring with the Fullmetal Alchemist and crew allows Greed to glean that thing once lost, that thing which—to him—is worth more than anything else. In discovering that homunculi are not so different than humans, it can be ascertained that what Greed wants most…

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I wanted the chance… to have friends like these. 

Well, why not? “Everyone wants something they don’t have.” Greed lost his friends once, only then becoming self aware. This is his second chance to gain what his heart truly desires. This process is arduous, and it takes some time for Greed to accept certain truths about himself, but sharing a body with Ling helps Greed to learn what it means to be human and to embrace what one truly needs to be happy. Our heroes go through a great deal together.

At the end of our journey, Greed is willing to sacrifice himself, to die alone; he breaks his aesthetic and lies to save Ling. He cares about the man who has, within him, become his closest friend, and cherishes the lives of his companions. He cares about their goals, their wants and desires. Greed, in coming into himself, sums it up best:

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Looks like this is the end…. Heh, I could do without that pitiful look right now, ya piss ant. Heh. [lost in memories] Heh. I can’t believe I let Ling and the little runt talk to me that way.

Well, I’ve had enough. That’s all I really need. They gave me everything I could want. Thank you… and goodbye, my friends.

 

Knowing the nature of greed, we understand that its humunculus stands a perfect illustration of the irony behind Father’s actions; in attempting to transcend humanity, the dwarf in the flask threw away the most human parts of himself for both better and worse.

Goodbye, Greed. </3

 

 

Until next time,

Shoujothoughts