At last! The gimp from the opener has appeared! I never would’ve guest he was one of the sins… I’m sorry… homunculi. I don’t quite see how having a nigh-impenetrable gimp-skin armor relates to avarice, but Lust doesn’t really have sex-based powers either, so I suppose the sin/power correlations stop after Gluttony and Envy.
This episode kept the slapstick and the super-deformities to a minimum (I think they only happened in one scene) and it was actually one of the better ones I’ve seen so far. FMA’s mythology is finally starting to build on itself. We’ve got homunculi and blackmail plots and the ramifications of the truth and human-looking chimeras (maybe they evolve into GURREN LAGANN’s Beast Men?) Also, the Alchemical Kids actually get to be bad ass. Even though Al ended up getting captured (and what a delightfully bizarre way to get captured, having somebody go inside the armor?), he was laying some serious trash talk before he broke that goon’s nose.
“How about I just force you to tell me…”
And wow… their teacher had the coolest intro anybody wearing sandals has any right to have.
“Who are you?”
As I said with the last GURREN LAGANN episode, I was pleased to see Ed getting more powerful in a logical fashion, rather than something arbitrary like... say... reaching a new Saiyan level. He nearly had Greed dead-to-rights with that carbon trick!
Look, since this episode’s put the series back on the upswing, I’ll reiterate that I’m going to return to watching this series after a little break. I really want to start another series, so maybe after a week or two, I’ll do something truly audacious and…
…watch and learn from three series at once.
In the meantime, watch this episode “Beasts of Dublith” below, decide for yourself and then read my comments on the previous episode here.