Oh, so he’s Fuhrer King Bradley now? They’re just going to pile the titles on, aren’t they? Because they really don’t mean anything. I brought up last time how I saw some similarities between Bradley and Palpatine, and I suppose I was more on the money than I initially thought. After this episode, it's clear that they’re also both supposed to be Hitler analogs. Somebody brought up before that the Ishbalan/Ishvalan war was supposed to be an ethnic cleansing and, after I see how the spot color in the flashbacks blatantly emphasizes that the Alchemists have blue eyes, it's unavoidably clear which specific ethnic cleansing it's supposed to represent...And, honestly, that's disappointing. Maybe it’s because WIZARDS was such an awful movie, maybe it's got something to do with that infamous Usenet rule about every online argument inevitability brining up the Nazis, but I always roll my eyes whenever fantasy writers use World War II for such blatant allegory. At best, it shows conceptual laziness, as you know there are plenty of other horrible moments in history to reference. At worst, it gets a fantasy dangerously close to crossing the lines of bad taste.
Anyway, with that rant out of the way, there was still much to enjoy in this episode...
- Scar's origin finally gave the metro-zealot the sympathetic tragedy he needed. He got his brother's amputated arm sewn onto his own stump? That's rough. There's also the great added dimension of him being a pariah amongst his own people, too. He doesn't have any friends at all, does he?
- The prince got bad ass in this one. The part where Gluttony’s eye slit in half was a hell of a surprise! Of course, the sin got right back up and tried to eat these kids, but that doesn't diminish the badassery.
- I’m a sick person, so I couldn’t help but find the transition to the end credits darkly amusing. Winry’s having herself a good cry on Ed’s shoulder and what are the first lyrics of the song? “Let it all out…. Let it allllll out…”
Watch this episode, “Backs in the Distance,” below, make your own decisions, and then read my comments on the previous episode here.
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