Let this be a demonstration of the value of persistence. I stopped watching FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: BROTHERHOOD for this column back in August because I got to the end of the DVD sampler I’d been given. Since I wasn’t especially enamored with the show and I really didn’t want to watch the rest of the series - - all 50 odd episodes of it - - on subbed You Tube streamers, I opted to start watching COWBOY BEBOP instead. Many of you were horrified over this turn of events.
“But… but… but you’re stopping when it’s just getting good!” you wailed in desperation.
I’ve been bugged about this, on-and-off, for the past month and half. SamJaz was definitely the most vocal out of the bunch. He got me to finally acquiesce. We’ll see how long this’ll go for. I’m not making guarantees. I’d really prefer to watch anime on my DVD player while lying on my couch… not while I’m hunched over the same computer I work at all day. So, you can start making bets on how long I’ll last.
Now, about the episode…
My first thought is that watching this subbed after 13 dubbed episodes really makes me think of SNK fighters. It’s some elusive combination of power moves and guttural Japanese intonation. Go figure.
I didn’t have much trouble picking up after the cliffhanger from last episode. Al getting hijacked by a goon whose walking around inside him - - a goon who gets maimed into a squirting, bloody mess while still inside him - - is one of those wonderfully wicked moments of surrealism that I rarely find outside of anime.
So the fuhrer (I still can’t believe they insist on calling him that) is actually one of the homunculi, huh? Definitely couldn’t have called that. The reveal of that oroboros in his uncovered eye was a gasp-inducer. It certainly makes the conspiracy a lot more interesting. I can see now why everybody was wailing about the show getting good with this episode. I'll say, though... once I knew that he was a sin, I pegged him as Wrath. He didn’t seem ostentatious enough to be Pride, you know?
Watching him put the high holy hurt on Greed throughout this episode was wickedly entertaining, too. Oh boy, the gimp had it coming!
Minimal super-deformity… basically no slapstick… higher amounts of intrigue… a greater density of brutal fights… alright, you lunatics, I’m hooked again. Bring on episode #15.
Watch this episode, “Those Who Lurk” below, make your own decision and then read my comments on the previous episode, from all the way back, right here.