Looks like…it’s starting to rain.
Oh my gosh, what a sob fest. This is, without a doubt, one of the darkest volumes of the series. And it’s chock full of incredibly emotional moments. I, personally, don’t think you can really be a fan of Fullmetal Alchemist without having a lot of feels about Maes Hughes and his fate. And while his story isn’t entirely the central focus of this volume, the parts he is involved in hit hard.
This is Rain
Skies, how do you not sob at this? Hughes is one of the easiest characters to fall in love with. He’s utterly obsessed with his family, an incredibly kind soul, extremely clever, and all around fun to read about. You love his relationship with Colonol Mustang. You adore how he dotes on his wife and daughter. He’s incredible with Ed and Al. And his journey hits you like a ton of bricks. You find yourself falling apart at it. Especially because of how his wife is involved.
Honestly, I like Envy…but fuck Envy.
Ah, this is also the first volume where we really get insight into the Ed and Winry ship. And dear me, is it adorable. I just love how they play off each other. It’s especially amusing to see their dynamic, especially when everyone around them can see it as well. Add in the brief moments of internal thoughts and you can’t help rooting for them.
Also, he takes her to Rush Valley, automail central. And if you know anything about Winry, you know why this is such an amazing thing.
One thing that always got me about this part of the story is how easily Al began to question his existence. It kind of just baffles me that he fell for it at all. And I suppose this is just at testament to Al’s age and obvious naivete at times. It feels weird for me, but I guess it makes sense.
And bravo to Ed in all this, really. The way he just takes Al’s accusations in stride, especially with how he already blames himself for everything, is phenomenal. If anything, I fell even more in love with him during those moments of vulnerability. This boy has so much on his shoulders and he still perseveres. Ed is truly an amazing character.
This is probably one of the deeper volumes, in terms of emotional content. And I love that Arakawa is able to play all these themes together so well. The juxtaposition of both goofy and serious within the pages of the series is nothing short of impressive. No wonder I love it so much.