At the risk of making this too much about me, I feel like sharing that the power went out on my block yesterday. As a consequence, I wasn’t able to watch FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST as I’ve been accustomed to. I actually ended up streaming this episode while visiting a producer friend of mine’s set in Burbank last night. He was fine with me borrowing his Wi-Fi while I was on set but, seeing as how I didn’t have headphones with me, I had to watch the whole thing on silent (lest I disrupt the taping.) So I’ve now watched this show dubbed, subbed and totally silent, and my viewing experience hasn’t differed terribly from one to the next.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide what that means.
Anyway, this is episode’s less about alchemical battles and arcane mythologies as it is about relationships and feelings. I’m reminded of my friend’s preference for the last episode of EVA over the movie’s ending since, in his opinion, the former resolves the characters while the later resolves the plot. Not too surprisingly, this guy was a psych major. Myself, I’d say I’m more concerned with theme. I’ve enjoyed a lot of stories others find cold because said stories have sharp plots that succinctly illustrate what they’re trying to convey. I’d rather have a cold story with a strong point than something maudlin and sentimental.
That being said, I’ve come to better appreciate the value of emotion from watching this show. I don’t really understand the intricacies of the Homunculis’ conspiracy. I didn’t pick up on the significance of who Envy impersonated and when or why. I don’t really even understand how the State Alchemy bureau (or whatever it’s called) works, because it’s never actually been introduced and explained. So, in the face of all of that, what do I hold on to? Ed and Al’s plight. How their elders are trying to keep Hughes' murder from them. How Ed blames himself for his death. That was resonate stuff. It made the alchemical kids' woes all the more tragic.
Aside from all that, I just like seeing these kids around, now.Good. Now that we've established that, let's get to the wizarding.
Watch this episode, "Footsteps of a Brother-in-Arms" below, decide for yourself and read my comments on the previous episode here.
Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of HYBRID BASTARDS! & UNIMAGINABLE. Order them on Amazon here & here .