Well, here’s an ending that’s about as frustrating as EVANGELION’s…
I’m not one for getting too sentimental about endings. It’s been a great ride, watching and learning from all sixty four episodes of this series. That’s close to 24 hours worth of content that’s been metered out in a journey that started sometime last summer, but I'm not going to reflect on it much outside of just stating facts. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD has truly captured my imagination, inspired me creatively and given me everything I want out of a heroic fantasy epic…
...except a satisfying ending.
Is kissing banned by the standards & practices of whatever network originally broadcast this show in Japan? Thinking about it, I don’t think anybody’s ever actually lock lips in this show. From Lan Fan & Ling to Mustang & Hawkeye to even Hohenheim the boys' mom... it's like a 1st grader with a fear of cooties was calling the shots on this. Maybe my consternation about the characters not being sentimental seems to contradict my statement above, but... c'mon. Why lay down all that pipe if you aren't going to pump the juice?
It's not even just the romantic stuff. I think there ended up being too many characters in this show and too many of them ended up surviving. There really isn’t much resolution for anyone outside of Scar, Selim and Mrs. Bradley. Even Mustang defers his promotion for some later date instead of actually completing that arc. Though I do appreciate how he once demonstrates how he's got the most horse sense of anybody in the story but by getting huffy about the chance to get his vision back.
I probably still need to properly digest all of this. Has there been any talk of a sequel series? Considering how absurdly successful this whole franchise has been, my gut tells me that there's going to be some kind of continuation. A scholarly life of travel might be the best fate for these kids and their wanderlust, but it’s also a pretty open invitation for more adventures.
Watch this episode “Journey’s End,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.