there’s an agenda at play

from her autobio comics:

#on a darker level #being from Hokkaido means she has reason to be personally invested in the Ishbal annihilation #because Hokkaido is stolen land #like a lot of other places colonized in the last few hundred years #if you’re sensitive to this kind of thing #it gives you a personal stake #in genocide stories #that most Japanese people don’t have #>> #idk i felt the way she handles the genocide #speaks to having been aware of that #from a formative age (via whetstonefire)

Those tags are 100% right and Arakawa has confirmed that it was intentional in an interview as she has family that are part Ainu.

So her family history definitely had a role in how she presented the genocide in FMA.

rewatching fmab rn btw