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DARN YOU, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, FOR GIVING ME IMPOSSIBLY HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL OTHER ANIMES I WANT TO WATCH
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Does anyone remember the moment when Scar learnt the ability to not only destroy, but reconstruct as well? This happened when he was facing Bradley.
Well, later on, near the end, when Scar and Miles are talking…
Miles says: ‘Will you return to Ishval with me and help reconstruct the church of Ishvala?’ Reconstruct. Rebuild. See what I’m getting at here?
Your hands will save our people from death. Throughout most of the manga, Scar has desired nothing but death for State Alchemists. Now he has finally defeated the true master behind the misery of Ishval, he is able to start again. With his hands, which he always used to kill people in the most brutal fashion.
A lot of people say this change in character is really unrealistic. Scar went through so much during the war, and he has gone through so much during the manga. He has changed all the way through, and has finally learnt how to use his hands for others means than killing.
Miles says if Scar doesn’t help, if he allows himself to continue the path of vengeance he was previously walking through, then Ishval’s history shall vanish. The one thing Scar protects and loves is Ishval, and he’d do anything to gain justice for that lost land. Now he can, but he can only do this if he uses his hands to build.
It’s kind of what Ed says to Winry. Her hands were never meant for murder; they were meant to fix and build and create. She doesn’t have to desire vengeance. There are other, far more valuable, ways of dealing with the loss of a loved one.
I also find it interesting how Miles has removed his shades. I know they were removed while he was Grumman, but I’m not entirely sure why. However, I felt him approaching Scar without hiding himself speaks volumes on how much Miles has changed. No longer does he need to hide his true identity. Together, with Scar, they can be proud Ishvalans who are strong enough to walk through discrimination and hate.
It also shows a sort of honesty about Miles too. He has removed his shield and revealed himself to the world, and he has proven there is no need to be afraid to Scar. He is going to be an honest, confident Ishvalan. If he can, then maybe Scar can be too.
They are able to create and build. It’s such a sudden swing to the manga, seeing as quite a lot of what happens involves destruction and death. Things can finally change, and for the better.
I also think it should be noticed how Scar realises those of a differing race have saved his life twice now. Not all military soldiers and those who aren’t Ishvalan are full of greed and poison. Again, a very shocking revelation and one hard to, well, fully accept. Especially for someone in his position.
Do I think this change of character is realistic? Yes, of course, but readers need to realise that this change wouldn’t just happen overnight. Arakawa leaves off this scene at a cliff-hanger. We don’t know what happens next, but, like I said in a previous post, Scar has Miles who most likely went through the same horror as he did.
They can be there to support each other through the agony, like brothers.
#IMPORTANT THING YES GOOD LOOK#Scar#Miles#FMA#(no but Scar used to be a priest the point of priests is to build faith)#(it’s a perfectly realistic change#he’s returning#returning home to Ishval#returning to his people#returning to his faith#returning to his old vocation#returning to build#SCAR HAS THE ACTUAL JOSEPH CAMPBELL HERO CYCLE STORYLINE#AND THE LAST PART OF CAMPBELL’S CYCLE IS THE RETURN TO TEACH OTHERS#SCAR IS RETURNING HOME TO REBUILD AND TEACH HIS PEOPLE WHAT HE LEARNED#HE IS COMPLETING THE CYCLE#THAT’S WHY HIS CHANGE OF CHARACTER IS REALISTIC#BECAUSE HE’S NOT CHANGING HE’S RETURNING)#my Scar feels let me show them to you (via ladyknightradiant)
okay okay so I know we’ve talked about FMA/SA crossovers with Adolin and Renarin as the Elrics but I think we’ve missed something big
Kaladin and Tien as Ed and Al
NOT OKAY AT ALL