Watch and Learn: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood #8

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 5, 2010. Last post by CharredKnight 4 years, 1 month ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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  Out of all the haunted armors, Barry's definitely got the best style.
 Out of all the haunted armors, Barry's definitely got the best style.

Ha! You know, I voiced my appreciation before about this show depicting Ed as he would actually be, rather than how leads are usually depicted in these shows - - that is, he’s a smug punk rather than some charming, plucky hero. The same comment applies to Al, because he’s just as gullible as a kid his age would be. Barry the Chopper psyches him out by suggesting he’s just a doll Ed created? And he actually gets him to consider wiping out his own alchemical symbol to see if that’s true or not? I love it. Barry gets into this kid’s head with an obviously transparent ruse. It reminds me of this one time in middle school gym class where a kid informed me that if my hand was bigger than my face, it meant I had cancer. Sure enough, I put my palm up to eye-level to inspect and, sure enough, he thwacked my own hand into my face.

Yes, 12-year-old Tommy P fell for that, so I can relate to Al’s, shall we say,  lack of cunning here.

Who knows, maybe we’ll found out that Al is actually dead and this giant monster we see is just the manifestation of Ed’s memories of him. If that’s the case, then this is going to really start reminding me of SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING (those of you who go to Comic Vine, as well, will know what I’m talking about.)  Still, considering that all three of the murderers-turned-haunted-armors started off as people, I continue to suspect that Barry just pulled that notion out of his ass.

And, speaking of asses and haunted armors, I have to feel sorry for whichever brother in Slicer got stuck with “riding bitch,” if you’ll excuse my French.  I mean, which one gets to adequately gratify himself after they commit another compulsive murder?  

Ah, my mind’s just in the gutter after this episode. I blame it on the Sins. Oh, and it was cool to see Ed learn a trick from Scar, here. The kid may be a punk, but he pays attention.

Watch this episode "The Fifth Laboratory" for yourself below and come to your own conclusions, then read my comments about the previous episode here

 
    

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here.

Post by CarpeDeezNuts (2 posts) See mini bio Level 6
First...wow
Post by SamJaz (12,786 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Boys they once were, but men they are now.
Kamina's got NOTHING on Edward MANLINESS Elric.
Post by Addfwyn (408 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Never actually watched Brotherhood, but I liked FMA back in the day, so it may be something worthwhile to check.
Post by mediaright (75 posts) See mini bio Level 5
I'm still in the "the original was better" camp for this show, even though I'm a big fan of the manga's story...the direction in this one is just meh. We'll see though as I haven't finished it yet.
Post by Mishakun (2 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Although the story here is similar from FMA, it's a bit different since Al will mope around about the philosophical issue of if he really exists or is just an machination of Ed. I like the Brotherhood series better because it is more deeper (an effect of it following the manga series much closely) and a bit more mature than what you'd expect.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

What always got me was whether Envy was a man or woman. Brotherhood really moved through this part quick but I like all the reveals from the original FMA. And if you can't learn from your enemies then there is no point in being a hero. Also, what do you mean by 

Still, considering that all three of the murderers-turned-haunted-armors started off as people, I continue to suspect that Barry just pulled that notion out of his ass.    

? There were only two suits of armor and Al isn't a murderer.
Post by Gasero (167 posts) See mini bio Level 9
I would buy the childish antics of Al and Ed, but the thing that gets me is that they were clearly mature and learned enough to understand the complicated mechanisms and chemistries of alchemy.
 
Of course, I don't think every erudite child would behave beyond their age, but in the case of Ed and Al I would expect them to be more serious in their adventure and resistant to such manipulation. That's just me.
Post by rubberluffy (589 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@sotyfan16: 
Envy is genderless, with a masculine form.  Using "he/him" is usually acceptable because of that.  But in the Japanese version, 'he' never refers to 'himself' using pronouns.  Envy usually says what would translate to "this Envy" when talking.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@sotyfan16:  Al's a murderer, all right. He absolutely SLAYS me every episode with his boyish antics.
Post by zaldar (1,272 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@Tom_Pinchuk:  bum bum ding!
Post by LordCraven (46 posts) See mini bio Level 8
@sotyfan16:

There were two brothers in Slicer
Post by Little_Sparrow (1,220 posts) See mini bio Level 12

Never got round to checking this out

Post by cowdrunk (39 posts) See mini bio Level 7

each time I try to watch Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood I get hung up on the diferances between it and the original  
Post by CharredKnight (74 posts) See mini bio Level 8
@cowdrunk:
This is the original story animated for the first time.  The first anime series is an adaptation that was heavily changed due to the fact that manga only had about four volumes out.
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