Straight up, I don’t know if I’m going to watch this entire series. It’s a loooooong one. While I did enjoy covering every one of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD’s 64 episodes, I don’t know if this show has the same kind of following to get enough of you lunatics to stay with me for its entirety. Still, this is the show you picked in the polls, so we'll see just how long we can go on with this.
We’re back to the show that’s like MACROSS meeting POINT BREAK and the daddy issues are in full swell. We’ve also got an explanation for the title with that super-mysterious fuel canister, so the show’s certainly establishing matters at a proper clip. Once again, I can’t help thinking about how the guys behind this show have seriously been studying their Joseph Campbell. Not only do we have these ever-present and as-of-yet-unresolved issues with an absent father and a disapproving father figure, we’ve also got this blue-haired girl doing her damnedest to call our hero to adventure despite his oh-so-stubborn reluctance. I suppose the “brother battle” is next? Or is it the searching for the elixir? Have we already found it with that Eureka thing? I should go back and review the monomyth. It’ll let me know exactly what’s coming over these next few episodes.
Actually, while we’re speaking of those next few episodes, I hope they don’t run with this discussion of hope, self-belief and whatnot for too long. GURREN LAGANN was able to pull it off pretty well by keeping the argument simple and focused on specific physical concerns. However, when a show starts dealing in intangibles like this which are a so vague and so tough to handle through the… idiom of mecha battles, it starts feeling like you’re at a self-help seminar with a poorly-designed Power Point slide show.