The One Fullmetal Alchemist Character Hiromu Arakawa Never Wanted to Have a Happy Ending – Here’s Why

Mangakas of both Fullmetal Alchemist and Attack on Titan had a hard time writing the perfect end to their story.

The One Fullmetal Alchemist Character Hiromu Arakawa Never Wanted to Have a Happy Ending - Here's Why


  • Fullmetal Alchemist Mangaka had no intention of giving Roy Mustang a happy ending.
  • Mustang's blindness served as a penitence for all the innocent blood spilled by him.
  • Though the Philosopher's Stone could rejuvenate Roy's eyesight, he chose to atone for his sins instead.
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Hiromu Arakawa and Hajime Isayama joined together for an interview in the July issue of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Both authors engaged in some really intriguing conversations regarding their respective works.

A still from Fullmetal Alchemist from Amazon Prime
A still from Fullmetal Alchemist from Amazon Prime

Both of these creators don’t require an introduction and they dominated the decade they debuted their respective series in. There is a bit of overlap between the popularity of Attack on Titan and Fullmetal Alchemist.

Both of these series also have some similarities from the perspective of their writing as Arakawa and Isayama found it extremely challenging to write a suitable conclusion for their series which would please the fans without compromising the premise of their work.


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What did Hiromu Arakawa think about Roy Mustang’s fate in Fullmetal Alchemist?

Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist
Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist

One of the biggest hurdles for authors is the conclusion of their work. Failing to deliver an ending that will satisfy the fans can blight your work forever. Mangaka of Fullmetal Alchemist Hiromu Arakawa, talked about this in an interview with Bessatsu Shonen Magazine.

While having a conversation with Hajime Isayama, the Mangaka of Attack on Titan, both of these series in question share similarities as it was a real challenge for the authors to wrap up their stories.


Arakawa believes that writing Colonel Roy Mustang’s fate was the most difficult part. Fullmetal Alchemist breathes on the theme of equivalent exchange: you reap what you sow.

Mustang has been one of the good guys in the story, captivating fans with his ruthless fighting skills and his love for tiny mini-skirts. However, this doesn’t disregard the fact that Mustang’s hands are stained with the blood of innocent people.

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Why does Roy Mustang become blind in Fullmetal Alchemist?

Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Cover
Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Cover

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Roy Mustang’s fate is doomed by darkness when he is forced to open the Gate of Truth through Human Transmutation as a part of the villainous Homunculi’s plot. Similar to what Ed and Al faced, Roy loses a part of himself, his eyesight. For a character with such massive vision and ambition, he loses his eyesight. 

Philosopher’s Stone was created by an alchemist named Dr. Marcoh. He proposes an offer to rejuvenate Roy’s eyesight with the help of the stone. However, he wanted to atone for his part in the Ishvalan extermination.


Since Roy was determined and dedicated to helping the Ishvalans, Dr. Marcoh wanted the Colonel to do his best. His blindness was a clear punishment for his crimes, as Fullmetal Alchemist doesn’t believe in suffering for the sake of suffering.


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