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elle-lavender:

Lan Fan
Otherwise known as “The Motherfucking Lan Fan.” 
She’s incredibly badass and her determination is awe-inspiring and poignant. She starts off as a single-minded, rash and hot-headed fighter. However, she learns to use strategic thinking in a fight. For example, she fooled King Bradely by cutting off her own arm when trying to evade him.  
The moment Lan Fan declared she would have automail surgery, and recover from it in six-months time, was one of the most heartfelt moments in a series filled with them. The average recovery time is two years and Ed managed to do it in one, and that was very difficult for him.  So it was so unbelievably awesome when she came back and saved everyone.
 
She also helps to build a better future for a nation by showing compassion for Mei Chang, and asking Ling to not punish the opposing clan. 
She’s also adorable and I love that she shares Ling’s eating habits! 
I find Lan Fan a fascinating and admirable character with a lot of depth.

elle-lavender:

Lan Fan

Otherwise known as “The Motherfucking Lan Fan.” 

She’s incredibly badass and her determination is awe-inspiring and poignant. She starts off as a single-minded, rash and hot-headed fighter. However, she learns to use strategic thinking in a fight. For example, she fooled King Bradely by cutting off her own arm when trying to evade him.  

The moment Lan Fan declared she would have automail surgery, and recover from it in six-months time, was one of the most heartfelt moments in a series filled with them. The average recovery time is two years and Ed managed to do it in one, and that was very difficult for him.  So it was so unbelievably awesome when she came back and saved everyone.

She also helps to build a better future for a nation by showing compassion for Mei Chang, and asking Ling to not punish the opposing clan.

She’s also adorable and I love that she shares Ling’s eating habits! 

I find Lan Fan a fascinating and admirable character with a lot of depth.

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parfaited:

"The Rockbell women are known for their guts and daring!"

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"You don’t know the first thing about sacrifice!”

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How Winry’s Heroism Helped Inspire Ed to Choose Humanity Over Alchemy

When you actually look at Ed’s character development throughout the series, the stuff in Rush Valley with Winry was a huge important turning point for him. Moreover, his respect for the simple heroism of human beings as opposed to the power of alchemy is really very inspired by how he views Winry as a hero who does work more valuable than what he does as an alchemist. He looks up to her and realizes she has skills that alchemy can’t compare to and that’s why she’s a big factor in his final decision.

First off, we have to look at the aftermath of the Nina thing. This was the first time Ed had to accept that he can’t solve everything with alchemy.

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Here he blames being an “insignificant human” as the reason he couldn’t save Nina. He still believes he should be able to solve everything with alchemy and sees his humanity as his weakness here. He feels like a failure because he believes as an alchemist, his skills should apply to any situation.

He has a similar crisis when he’s unable to use alchemy to get to the doctor when the woman in Rush Valley is giving birth. He tries to build a bridge, but it collapses under it’s own weight.

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Ed has a similar line at a different point in the Brotherhood episode that adapts it, and I remember that it someone at Mark Spoils commented it came off as kinda manpain-y, like he’s suddenly making this situation about his issues. I’m always one to criticize that sort of thing and I understand with the condensed-ness of the Brotherhood episode it can come off that way, but reading the full chapter the line was there for a very specific reason- despite having all the fantastic superpowers at his disposal, Ed is helpless in this situation.He has no power to save anyone.

Which makes it a powerful statement when Winry isn’t. Winry takes the reigns and saves the day not with superpowers, but with courage and basic medical knowledge. Ed may know alchemy and fighting, but when the situation is an everyday crisis of normal human proportions like giving birth, it’s Winry who can get things done and save lives. Winry doesn’t rely on alchemy, so she has important skills that Ed doesn’t, so she can save the day where alchemy can’t.

And that’s when Ed changes his attitude. Through Winry, he sees that “insignificant humans” are amazing and capable of things alchemy cannot possibly do. He would not have had the revelation if not for Winry’s heroism.

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make me choose → anon asked: winry or may?

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adventuresofcomicbookghoul:

So apparently I can’t get offline

SO HAVE AN ARAKAWA LADIES PHOTOSET

these are all the pics she’s done of ALL LADIES from her work

(The first pic was done before Lan Fan or May etc were introduced)

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adventuresofcomicbookgirl:

adventuresofcomicbookgirl:

Laila: Don’t screw around with me, Shimei!!

Shimei: Heh heh heh…stubborn bitch…but you know…

(tries to pull the sword out, but is immobile)

Shimei: I can’t move?

(Laila is radiating power, as is her knife)

DON’T SCREW AROUND WITH HER MMMKAY

also tell me that first panel of Laila is not the most hardcore thing EVER. Arakawa how do you draw how can you distill badassery to a single image of an awesome lady.

Most. powerful. person. in. the. manga.

so to be completely honest with everyone i based the main character of my book, Manee,’s hair around this picture of laila seiren. because i just really liked her hair here. just like everyone should know i have no integrity as an author. i feel that should be known now that someone actually drew her for me.