so watching fma again i noticed that Scar calls his brother onii-chan.
SCAR IS SO ADORABLE YOU GUYS.
bluewalltack asked: Since you feel strongly about the treatment of Rose in FMA 03 I wanted to ask does it make it more even problematic because they changed her to a POC, along with everything that happened to her?
I think it does? I’m no authority on the matter, but a lot of academic criticism I’ve seen in regards to how PoC characters can be handled talks about how:
a) they’re victimized for the sake of white people’s narratives
b) they’re made to like fall in love/be devoted to white people and white people never return their affections ofc.
c) they’re 100% inspired by white people to fight back or better themselves
and Rose hits all three of those in 2003? She’s lectured by Ed not just once but twice about what to do with her life and gives in without argument, implied to be in love with him hence being willing to like change her entire attitude for him (it’s never been confirmed because Rose is never allowed to speak about her own feelings) and everything that happened to Rose, she’s never allowed to speak about it nor do we get her perspective, and all her moments of agency are to benefit Ed and consist of her repeating what Ed taught her.
Like I said, I have no right to speak for or represent on this issue but I think if I find all that shitty on a gender level, it has to be shitty on a race level too. If Rose is denied agency and voice as a woman, that means she’s denied it as a PoC too.
Now, people have and can argue that the FMA manga engage in some of the tropes to some extent re the Ishvalans, and i’m not going to argue that nor do i have the right to, but I think Rose objectively gets less agency than Scar. Scar’s narrative is way more about him than Rose’s ever is about her, he has oodles more agency than she ever gets, and he is largely inspired by his own people to help himself. So in before anyone says “why complain about 2003 when the manga could be said to do this to some extent”. Yes I like the manga even though it’s problematic and I acknowledge that there’s iffy elements there. I simply think 2003’s narrative is just obviously sloppy and terrible about these issues from a writing standpoint and that no real thought and effort was put into Rose’s character other than how she could prop up Ed/make him look good, while far more thought and nuance seemed to be put into Scar’s character in the manga. This is just looking at them as characters, and the sexism of the 2003 writers plays a role there too imo.
Also I do think it’s a bit potentially problematic that Liore was transformed from being the average city of Amnestris to having a population that was largely darkskinned and related to Ishval, and then the city was completely destroyed and transformed into a raging cult so Ed could lecture them about how they’re wrong, yet unlike in the manga, never recovered under their own steam? Like I guess they must have been okay by the time Shamballa rolled around, but it was entirely offscreen.
If anyone who has more authority on the matter wants to speak, please do. I’m not trying to speak for anyone and I hope I didn’t, this is just my conjecture.