one of the things i like about fma is how the backstories were done, that there were no excuses made for what anyone did and everyone’s flaws were done convincingly.
that’s why everytime someone explicitely uses the ‘it’s okay those were orders it’s not your fault’ thing in their ficx
I am tempted to go and buy a brand new deskx
and headdesk all day long on it until I forget they even said thatx
that’s not what the manga was saying /at all/x
and that’s certainly not what Riza would tell Roy about what they’ve done during that genocidex
This. I mean Riza explicitly says to Ed “It doesn’t matter if they were orders, we carried them out”. The “they were just following orders” thing is exactly the opposite of what FMA is trying to say. People who commit atrocities at the behest of their country are not always evil. But there’s no excuse for what they did, and they can never atone. The wonderful thing about FMA is that is said it’s not about make up for or repair what you did, because that can’t happen- you can never be justified or clean- but there’s no point in drowning in guilt either, you don’t have that right if you’ve hurt others so much. What you can do is you can use what you have, you can use what you’ve learned to change things for the better-and accept whatever may happen to you when your victims face you with no excuses.
ugh what a good story.
(Source: vayonpoole, via climbingonroofs)