man I watched FMA 2003 like a year after it ended and even loved Winry there. so much in fact that it apparently warped my memory??? because I seriously remember her having a much bigger role in it than is apparently the case…
I understand how you feel I mentally replace 2003 with a show about Winry driving crosscountry in a tractor she built herself and picking up chicks while Ed cries in the back ground
It’s a beautiful show
" you boys need a knight in shining armor?
well Winry Rocbell can’t abandon a dude or damsel in distress’
"Hell yeah that was some great banging, I got myself a good harem
even a tsundere
you know it’s missing something though. It’s missing ladies.I need a good lady, this short kid is blocking my game.”
TIME FOR A PIT STOP
YO GIRL YOU SEEN THESE GUNS THEY DON’T RUN OUT OF AMMO IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN
NAILED IT SHE’S INTO ME
AW YEAH NOW WE’RE CRUISIN ON THE LOVE TRAIN
Man watching the episode with Sheska again reminds me that she got way more screentime in 03 and a womance with Winry yet DIDN’T GET TO IMPACT THE PLOT ANY MORE THAT SHE DID IN THE MANGA? how did they manage that? Like what was the point of having Sheska infiltrate the military with Winry and discover OH HEY HOMUNCULUS OF TRISHA IS HANGING AROUND” and not DO anything with that? Like why would you do that? All they would have had to do was have Winry find Ed and warn him “hey so yeah your dead mom is an evil water creature now thought you should know”
and then they fight crime. THAT’S ALL YOU HAD TO DO TO LET THESE LADIES ACTUALLY IMPACT THE PLOT.
Like literally the only moment of competence they allowed Sheska was her one moment from the manga she was just there to be Winry’s incompetent sidekick otherwise, and they didn’t even allow Winry to affect the plot so…
like imagine if they’d actually paid attention to how Winry would react to seeing her BFF’S DEAD MOM JUST SUDDENLY APPEAR. 2003 HAD A CHANCE TO ACTUALLY EXPLORE WINRY AND TRISHA’S RELATIONSHIP? because you know they had to have one, Trisha was obvs very good friends with Pinako and I bet they got along well. It didn’t really get commented on in the manga because it wasn’t plot relevant but HERE IT WAS? And how would Winry feel about suddenly seeing dead parents walking around. She’d realize it was possible to get her parents back. NOW I’M IMAGINING A REALLY DARK AU WHERE WINRY TRIES TO RAISE THE DEAD WITH SHESKA GR8 STUFF.
But instead she just goes back to Resembool? Which makes no sense because would you seriously decide “oh boy time to hide out at home” after seeing your friend’s dead mom? And Winry’s smart enough to know doing that would put Pinako in danger? I mean Trisha would recognize Winry? and OBVIOUSLY KNOW WHERE WINRY LIVED? so why would Winry think “OH SHE WON’T LOOK FOR ME AT MY HOUSE?”
i just… so much wasted potential. I guess actually paying attention to how Winry would react would require actually letting her and Sheska be more than comic relief, which 03 was not willing to do. LET WINRY HAVE AN ACTUAL CHARACTER ARC? NEVER.