Ahh... Fullmetal Alchemist is over. The series is finished. T^T Though I think the ending could bear more careful reading, it's like... bye bye Ed and Al, please don't go. oTL I spent many happy surprised moments reading their story since I found out about them and seriously, I'd rather have a "they continued their journey" kind of ending to preserve my teenage memories of them as the travelling brothers. The journey is definitely more enjoyable than the ending. Alas.... whyy... why end... it's a good ending though, don't get me wrong. Just.. I had more fun memories of when they were travelling together.
I just spent the last two days? Three? rereading the whole manga series from start to finish and everything, EVERYTHING, suddenly clicked into clearer focus, like wearing a pair of glasses for the first time. So that's why Ed did that, so that's why Arakawa sensei had that happen. And I realised that the best thing is, every character have their own clear personality. Ed with his short temper, Al with his gentleness, Mustang with his flirting laziness, Hawkeye the perfect military woman, Havok's endless pursuit of girlfriends, Armstrong's musclely glimmerousness, the bookworm with perfect memory.... they're quite distinct for having come out of one single person. It's very hard to write distinct characters as authors tend to write a personality so close to themselves so something like that is hard to come by especially as the cast of characters grow larger. It's amazing.... and especially since Arakawa-san is a woman, her ability to draw guys in all their full GARness never ceases to amaze me. I always thought she was a guy until today. =A=;;
Arakawa-san is one of the best manga authors out there seriously, even in her other works her talent shines. I just read them and they show a lot of her style in it. You could see little things like "military dogs", where Ed's gold eyes came from [or went to?] and Granny Pinako even appeared on the shirt of one of the characters in Demons of Shanghai.
She has a humourous frankenstein two-shot [main char reminds me of Stein from Soul Eater, but it's funnier and more light hearted than Soul Eater's "I dunno whether to laugh or not" moments.] and it's about a Creator girl who made a Frankenstein's Creature to enroll in a competition and this creature that she named Raiden 18 doesn't want to obey her. Of course, the sly little fox had built numerous fail safes into him, causing endless hilarity that includes her first creature, a senile old man who's probably her great great grandfather or some ancestor. XD Yes, her family has a tradition of donating their own bodies to be made into Frankie's Creatures. It's a pity it's a two chapter deal, though I can't see how a good deep plot could come out of it. Very funny stuff and interesting universe that makes grave robbing actually seem funny [though no one in their right mind tries that in real life]...
I hope Arakawa-san's got something new soon. Her initial chapters are always so fun to read, like the initial volumes of FMA. Either that or she could always continue Demons of Shanghai, it's interesting watching people who look like Havok, Mei and Lust working together to beat down Sun Wu Kong and other fantastical creatures. XDXDDD