|fullmetal brotherhood 27 - 39||2 out of 2 users found this review helpful.|
Fullmetal alchemist brotherhood hits a difficult middle in its epic story with an answer to a problem.
It’s hard to jump into such a long running show at this far in, even if you have had experience in past episodes, and especially if your totally new to it. Fullmetal solves this by starting this 3rd boxed set with an opening episode that serves both as a flashback to past episodes and events but also as a character filler for the The Elric brothers father. This a good jumping on point but also a bad sign of something some less patient viewers may be bothered by. Slow burning plot building and exposition.
Now i have no issue with this myself and thankfully the remaining episodes ( the boxed set covers 27 – 39 ) are lighter then others on action and kinetic scenes, but still have enough going on to keep those here just for the large set pieces happy. The truth about this set of episodes is that they are almost exclusively about plot. The story grows beyond and upon where its been before to expand outward in many directions. You get a feeling the the story is less about The Elric brothers and is instead using them as a focus point in order to tell multiple characters storys at once.
The world surrounding the brothers is large and growing fast over these 13 episodes. Past events are talked over, looked at and understood. Characters that at once looked like villains become more sympathetic where others that could have been seen all along as heroic themselves come into question. Despite seeing a clear cut set of villains at the center of all that’s taking place there’s still questions as to who really is in the right or the wrong here. Keeping the viewer on the tipping point between wondering and understanding.
As said before even though the brothers story is the glue holding everything together they are by no means the most compelling characters, Scar, Roy and Ling all have equally compelling story arcs going on during the whole of the events contained. That’s the beauty of the writing, not one character is waisted. All are as important to the overall events going on here. Even smaller, or seemingly smaller side characters add something to the mix or the overall story.
Mostly this feels like the big set up for the next set of episodes, the last episode separating the brothers for what is looking to become a longer lasting event. Players are all moving into places that look so be building to as climax, if not for the whole saga at least for the current story arc.
The only question now is can the next set of episodes build up the pace and use the story that’s been developed over episodes 28 – 38 to really pull a totally worth while series out of the bag. Or will we hit another point of slow or stalled story development.