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My Internet is wobbly right now, and seems to be letting me post, but looking at DW is... intermitant. I hope to comment on all my [community profile] fandom_stocking things soon. Meanwhile:

[personal profile] likeadeuce asked: Fullmetal Alchemist manga. . .anything you have to say about it, really, I know it's been a while <3

I read this piecemeal from the library about four years ago, so it's more a matter of lasting impressions, and sorting lasting impressions out from fic I've read, most of which is by you :D

I was a little surprised at how young the protagonists were. I gather it's aimed sort of middle grade? But some of the art and characterisation around Ed especially felt a bit jarring in relation to the seriousness of the rest of the plot. I think some of that might be general expectations around Manga, and I didn't dislike Ed, but often found for example constant freaking out about called short a bit jarring.

The general humour in the books was usually pretty good though, especially the drier stuff.

I like Roy and Riza, and the whole take down the system from the inside, even at cost of their own lives plot. I'm not sure how much of that is osmosis from you, but the general feeling that their souls had been lost in the war, and that this was payment worked well. I don't especially remember shipping anyone, but did enjoy Roy's little black book.

I found a lot of homunculi stuff a bit tiresome. Some of the more powerful ones were interesting, but the sort of general background ones got too much page time.

I liked the Scar plot, and thought it was well handled, and liked when everyone got wound up and pointed in the same direction.

Pinyana (sp?) was great, and I wished there'd been more of her.

The setting was very interesting, believable steampunk imperium, where the author had thought about empire. I liked the hints at other empires and what was going on with them, and how the cultures interacted with what little we got.

I feel like somewhat haphazardly from the library was not the best way to appreciate the grand climax of the storyline. I remember at the time you saying that a Vol (whatever 23?) had been one of your favourites, and had packed his huge emotional punch, and me feeling that it was good storytelling but not feeling married to it.

That's pretty well all I got. I have a vague intention to reread it at some point, hopefully more coherently.
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