OKAY BUT CAN WE TALK ABOUT ALPHONSE ELRIC
Here’s a character who has gone through so much trauma and continues to suffer through the duration of the series until the very end.
As a soul attached to a suit armor, some characters think that’s pretty cool. Virtual immortality. Don’t age. Don’t need to eat or sleep. But this comes at a huge cost.
Al can’t smell. He can’t smell the faint flowery scent that reminds him of his mom. He can’t smell the pies Winry is baking. Or the scent of the wood burning in the fireplace.
Al can’t taste. He has a whole list of foods he wants to eat once he gets his real body back. Dishes old and new. Some that he picked up on his adventures. Some that reminds him of home.
Al can’t sleep. He spent years constantly awake. What do you think he thought about on those lonely nights? Did he sit there and listen to the music the night plays: the chirping of crickets, the clicking of heels of people rushing back home, the owls calling through the darkness, and the soft snoring of his elder brother?
And most importantly, Al cannot feel. He can’t feel the wind whipping at his back or the gentle grasp of someone’s hand cradling his. He can’t feel the warmth of the sun or the cool rain tapping on his helm. Though he cannot feel pain, he can’t feel a hug or a kiss on the cheek.
And despite all this, Al remains as the champion of kindness and selflessness. He doesn’t become bitter and full of hate. He doesn’t curse his brother or spite his friends. He’s a loving, kind boy throughout the entire series. Even though he’s a giant suit of armor, he is gentle with animals and children. He wants to protect everyone, even the people who kidnap him. He forgave his father almost instantly. And, as someone who has lost everything else, he would die to protect those he loves most. He’d give his sense of immortality to ensure that his loved ones stay safe.
Despite his cold, emotionless exterior, Al is a giant sweetheart who saves kittens and pandas. Alphonse Elric is a knight of shining armor. If you do not have the utmost respect and love for him and his characterization, then you can get out.