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I just thought it was interesting with Cross + Mana being opposites with Allen.
Allen loved Mana, and they had a relationship with much open warmth. But it's questionable if Mana really loved him. However, for Allen, Mana is his father.
Cross didn't offer as much open warmth, and he & Allen had an argumentative relationship. But his love for Allen was unmistakably genuine. And for Cross, Allen is his son.
Cross sees Allen as his son. But Allen sees Mana as his father, and stated at 1 point that Mana was his closest family bond - not Cross. An exchange when Lavi asksAllen
"I never really had anyone to call family, except Mana"Lavi
"What about General Cross?"Allen
"He's a savage!"