Watch & Learn: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood #13

Topic started by No_name_here on Aug. 19, 2010. Last post by Catolf 4 years, 4 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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  Greed's just the coolest gimp since the one in PULP FICTION.
 Greed's just the coolest gimp since the one in PULP FICTION.

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…” 
 
Ooooooooooh.

And wow… their teacher had the coolest intro anybody wearing sandals has any right to have.  

“Who are you?”

“A HOUSEWIFE!”

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…

*GASP*

…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.

 

  

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

Post by mediaright (75 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Good deal. I think I may have come off as a hater of FMA...I'm not. I'm a huge fan of the manga and the story, and if for no other reason, it's good to come back to Brotherhood just to see THAT play out. My only beef is on the production side, especially compared to the first show. But Arakawa is god. 
 
Wonder what's next on the list...
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,747 posts) See mini bio Level 20
@Tom_Pinchuk said: 

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


No, no, new saiyan levels are not arbitrary at all. They follow the standard formula of train, unlock hidden power, get stronger. A formula adopted into most shonen series. If you want arbitrary power ups, you'll get them in said other series your reviewing, but remember you heard it here first lol.
Post by rubberluffy (596 posts) See mini bio Level 16
It is a real shame you're taking a break here, since episode 14 is the part 2 of of this arc, and it CONSIDERABLY increases the level of badass.  To quote many a great philosopher, "Shit gets real".
Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20
PLEASE!
I know that you made a very, very good decision to not drop the series, but at LEAST finish this two parter episode before your break! Just do 14, give us your thoughts on that, THEN take a break. 
After the next episode, we'll forgive the break, but do NOT leave us guessing on what your thoughts on the series will be. Where you are now is the turning point of the series: Where everything started to go wrong in the original series, and where Brotherhood stops dicking around with chibi's (more than once an episode), and opens up the gates of badassery. 
But sure, take a break. But please, watch 14 before you do, just to keep us sane.
Post by Gasero (167 posts) See mini bio Level 9
I would rather you take the break now than later. After the introduction of Greed the series is very consistent in flowing until the end. No real filler parts or fluff.
 
I also appreciated Ed's strategy for defeating Greed. It was actually a strategy rather than "get stronger and win".
 
No matter how much I enjoy watching shonen shows, they typically amount to nothing more than gaining a new power or power level and winning. There are some defectors of this rule though, so its not all bad.
Post by rubberluffy (596 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Also, about the powers vs sin deal, perhaps Greed's armor fits, in that it technically closes his body to the outside, not letting anyone touch it.  He wants everything for himself, so closing his body off, making sure it is always his, kinda fits.  Of course, that is merely an interpretation...that I just thought up before typing this.  Also Lust's power can fit too, as she has the ability to -penetrate- almost anything.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

It took 13 eps of seeing homonculi for them to actually get term coined..but when I first watched FMA I was really curious as to who/what they were, too. The more in-depth alchemy stuff is coming up along with all the mystery behind the military so it's sad this Watch & Learn is going on hiatus.

Post by Greedy (53 posts) See mini bio Level 7
am very offended:O
Post by Catolf (254 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@rubberluffy said:
" Also, about the powers vs sin deal, perhaps Greed's armor fits, in that it technically closes his body to the outside, not letting anyone touch it.  He wants everything for himself, so closing his body off, making sure it is always his, kinda fits.  Of course, that is merely an interpretation...that I just thought up before typing this.  Also Lust's power can fit too, as she has the ability to -penetrate- almost anything. "
XD i agree with all of this.. with Lusts' thrusting fingers and all XD
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