ich1990 (post: 1410566) wrote:Fish, you said FMA was the best manga ever? Do you really mean that? As much as I enjoyed it, I still think 20th Century Boys wins by an ever-so-small margin.
I was sort of thinking my tone would give it away as the heat of the moment concession it was, actually. Though yes, I do think 20th Century Boys is a cut above even Arakawa's work, though FullMetal Alchemist is still the best Shounen currently in popular circulation.[quote="GeneD (post: 1410727)"]I have a question though]"Brokeness" is an idea that originated in fighting games, eventually pervading comics and other media with an inordinate amount of people performing acts of violence against other people. The general gist is that any good
fighting game desires a level playing-field between opponents for maximum flexibility; that is, Character A is stronger than Character B, so Character B is tweaked to be faster than Character A to compensate, things like that. Preferably, this leads to a game where every character is different (to suit different playing styles), some weaker or stronger in certain cases, but no single character is universally "Better" than the rest of the cast.
Brokeness is when there is
a character like that―or occasionally, several. It's not inherently a bad thing (divorced from gaming conventions), except in that the more powerful, versatile a character is, the more likely the author is to write themselves into a corner trying to come up with reasonable threats against them, often times drawing upon even more
ridiculously overpowered characters to face them.
Most Triumphant Example would be Hellsing's Alucard, a man so consistently overpowered and night invulnerable that the only other character in-series who even remotely inconveniences
him is a one-shot reality warper
who subsequently dies in the attempt.
Roy Mustang's brokeness is his alchemical ability, allowing him to strike both in close quarters and over great distances with certain lethality
with precision or area of effect. There is his aversion to water, but if he's carrying so much as a lighter he could still win by transmuting the hydrogen into highly flammable gas.[spoiler]His only other weakness exploited with any reliability was his reliance on the symbols on his gloves, but now that he's opened the gate he can transmute without them like Ed and Al. Cue Marco giving him back his sight, and Roy's nigh unstoppable in any one-on-one fight.[/spoiler]Consequently, this means Kimbley is also relatively broken, especially with that spare philosopher's stone of his. Scar, by contrast, is actually very balanced, since his destructive capability, while absolute on contact, is close proximity only
, though he can attack at range with lower effectiveness.
No exceptions, the two most broken
characters in FullMetal Alchemist universe are still Father and King Bradley, respectively.