Ed’s awfully forgiving, isn’t he? I suppose him letting Paninya off (who, surprisingly, has nothing to do with grilled sandwiches) so easily is really more an example of a short attention span than it is evidence of him growing more mature. Then again, maybe he’s just mellow off of all the good vibes from the new baby. That was a memorable cutaway too, wasn’t it? Feel that lady’s stomach for kicking and BOOM! An in-utero shot!
You know, I always hate to harp on suspensions of disbelief for a fantasy show, but Paninya having a cybernetic leg that shoots rockets out of its knee is pushing it. Actually, this might be an appropriate time to comment on the believability of the alternate history in this show. Going into this, I remember a number of people commenting on how thorough its historical research was and, with eleven episodes of evidence, I’m going to have to call baloney on that. Kneecap-mounted rocket launchers aside, the combination of contemporary fashion and anachronistic post-feminism in this series leads me to conclude that this universe is only bound to history in terms of trains and architecture. Which is fine. I have no problem with FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST playing fast and loose for the fantasy, but don’t try to tell me that this is any kind of example of "alternate history."
I just realized that the DVD set I have only goes up to episode 13 and I’m debating what to do after I get to that one. I’d hate to switch to watching this online and in different style. Also, I’m a completist, sure, but isn’t this series 60 episodes long or something? The other options are COWBOY BEBOP, TRIGUN, ABENOBASHI or BERSERK. Which one would you Anime Vice lunatics want me to watch? I’m leaning to COWBOY BEBOP.
Anyway, watch this episode “Miracle at Rush Valley” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.