|Reviews for The Other Vessel|
| Carolnuts chapter 1 . 12/13/2013
| songs chapter 1 . 10/12/2013
The BEST AlMei I've ever come across. What a beautiful story (:
| ByLanternLight chapter 1 . 8/21/2013
Beautiful character piece. 5/5.
| Anon chapter 1 . 4/13/2013
| WargishBoromirFan chapter 1 . 1/29/2013
So he's been physically beaten, threatened with his own death and that of his loved ones, rilled to the point of seriously considering killing someone despite his usual pacifistic nature, haunted with guilt from no longer being unstoppable and immune to pain and thus easily protect those he cares for, managed to take away the mugger's gun despite the insanity of the day and the killer workout regimen that got him in trouble in the first place, and *he still lets the defeated mugger take some cash.* Only Alphonse.
It's the characterization detail like this that makes your FMA work a joy to read.
| vapanalley chapter 1 . 11/19/2012
this is gorgeous. seriously lovely, and i think one of the best fic featuring these two ever. al getting used to his body and mei being helpful, assertive, and brilliant is just too great. :D wonderful.
| Mizily chapter 1 . 11/8/2012
This is breathtakingly written. Some lines I read over thrice just because they were so stunning. But what made your story stand out is the heart in it. I don't think I've cared quite so much for a character of fanfictional reconstruction in such a short space. Your characterisation was spot on and so very real- for the record, you write Al and Mei beautifully. There's a depth to them that might've come right out of the manga. Please keep writing, you have some talent. This was a pleasure to read.
| Quarkmire chapter 1 . 11/2/2012
Wow. This is stunning. Your character depth and natural dialogue are unbelievable. I really appreciate the fact that you wrote Al and Mei with a great deal of emotion and sensitivity, and their interactions were natural and developed. Too few writers see the potential of the couple or the characters in general, and this fic shows wonderfully what I believe Arakawa intended to portray. Please, keep writing, because you have an amazing talent .
| awesomeasusual chapter 1 . 10/29/2012
So good! I loved the story, it was original and I felt it was true to character. I could totally see Al having issues after being metal for four years. Realistic and well written, I can't wait to read more of your FMAB fiction 3
| quintilis chapter 1 . 10/29/2012
This was a great breath of fresh air. It's very rare to see anything about Al and Mei here. I like that you approached this essential quality of Al's nature. He's ever the pacifist, but there's also this burning in him to protect. It's very interesting that you wrote about this conflict of interest.
| Makalaure chapter 1 . 10/27/2012
This is definitely one of the better AlMei stories around. You write well. :)
| somebody's world chapter 1 . 10/23/2012
You are such a good writer. ghlsdaldfjlksd
| Blondiebookworm chapter 1 . 10/21/2012
Wow. It's just... Amazing. Very touching.
| Violetlight chapter 1 . 10/21/2012
Wow, this is really good. Quite the character study of Alphonse, and I love how you protrayed his relationship with May in a realistic, if a little overly-modern sounding way. Would they even be allowed to live together in Xing before marriage, or would their circumstances allow them to ignore usual customs?
While Al's exercise routine sounded a little obsessive, I can definately see him training to that extent.
Al and May's reactions during the second mugging had me confused - I almost thought the "muggers" weren't actually muggers, and were maybe actors hired as a kind of therapy. They certainly didn't give off the same dangerous aura as the first time.
Alphonse's guilt over the vulnerability of his human body as opposed to the armour he was stuck in for so long is, again, quite believable. That was the reason in canon why he didn't go back to his body when he first had the opportunity on the Promised Day - because it would have been useless in the upcoming fight. Going from invulnerable to merely mortal, while being what Al wanted, would understandably take some getting used to. I can so see him beating himself up over the first mugging as well - you're right in saying that he does have a tendency to make mountains out of molehills.
Anyway, great story! It's nice to see Alphonse explored as a post-series character, especially in such a realistic way.