Ha! Seven years after the fact and these kids are still asking, “What is the Matrix?”
Anyway… there’s so much to make pithy comments about here. I’m sure PETA loved this episode. I’ve seen plenty of shows with preachy vegetarian messages, but this is the first one I’ve ever encountered with a pro-carnivorous theme. In terms of themes, this was actually one of the better-written episodes, with a succinct comparison drawn between alchemy and “the circle of life.” But, man, the humor in this show is wearing on me…
The dub acting in this show’s actually been quite good, so maybe this is just an issue of things getting lost in translation, but the comic relief rarely works. And opportunities are ignored where it could work, like when the Elric boys visit their old teacher and she comments that Al looks different, somehow. That would’ve been a ripe line to play for laughs, gently nudging the absurdity of this kid possessing an entire suit of armor. It would’ve even reminded me of one of my favorite gags in the SIMPSONS - - the one where Homer fantasizes about using a million dollars to turn himself into a gold colossus only for people to think, at first, that all that’s changed about him is that maybe he’s gotten a haircut. That would’ve been funny, but instead we get some really bizarre slapstick, like Ed’s mentor rabbit punching him for no good reason! And then what has to be a nod to SOUTH PARK with the spontaneous projectile vomit (although the explanation for that was pretty good.)
An aside, I hope these kids put their hurt on their Dad but good once they cross paths with him again. I know it’s coming, and he’s got it coming to him, for sure.
Anyway, I think I’m going to take my indefinite hiatus from this after the next episode. Aside from preferring to watch it on DVD, the comedy has just become too distracting for me. Call it a failing in me.
Watch this episode, “All is One, One is All” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.