Watch & Learn: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD #16

Topic started by No_name_here on Oct. 13, 2010. Last post by zaldar 3 years, 9 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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  I like the think of Barry the Chopper as the wacky neighbor of FMA's world. He's the Kramer/Fonzy/Urkel of this sitcom.
 I like the think of Barry the Chopper as the wacky neighbor of FMA's world. He's the Kramer/Fonzy/Urkel of this sitcom.

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.

  
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Post by Bestostero (24 posts) See mini bio Level 16
weee awesome
Post by Alamun (15 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Envy was impersonating Hughes' wife at the end. That's why he dropped his knife. He hesitated despite knowing it wasn't her, because he was shocked at suddenly seeing his wife in place of the dude he was going to stab. It's understandable.
Post by vergilius (147 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Yeah, I barely remember the soundtrack or the voice acting in this...sort of stands in a sharp contrast with Bebop in that respect.
 
FMA does do a good job of giving it's characters actual personalities and emotions rather than throwing up a bunch of stereotypes and watching them bounce off each other.
 
That said, you're not meant to understand the homunculi's conspiracy just yet.  We see more of them than any one of the "good guys" does, but we are very much figuring things out along with Ed, Al, and Roy's contingent in the military.
Post by Lurkero (399 posts) See mini bio Level 7

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.

I really dislike this idea. When Lost (TV show) did it I was angered. The best way to present a story is characters and plot. One has to resolve along with the other. When people are satisfied with just characters I say that it's a cop-out. I want plot ending.
 
FMAB built up a good cast of characters over the episodes and I was mildly satisfied with the ending. Trying to understand some of the government stuff and character motivations was a little difficult though.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,638 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Well, it would be difficult not to make these articles about yourself. The theme is pretty much about your thoughts on these series you are covering and your experiences in watching them. It's nearly the only regular article series on Anime Vice. Not that I'm implying they don't make for a good read.
 
You do bring up a point in this article that is a prime example of why I am such a strong opponent of the practices of VIZ Media. It's your power outage. That shows why I enjoy having a book of something over a DVD. It doesn't matter how accurately you produce your DVD animes. You will always need a TV, a player, and electricity to view the content. With a manga, all you need is light to read by, and it fits in a pocket to take anywhere.
That is one of the reasons why I see it as so unforgivable that VIZ does such a poor job in their manga publications. They have to be one of the least accurate publishers in the US. They change story content, they censor words and art, and offer zero in the way of alternatives for fans who are looking for an official authentic alternative. There are many series that VIZ publishes that I would love to buy, but they do an incredibly poor job in the publications. Scanlations who do the work for the fun of it are far better than the people VIZ pays to work on the series. That's pathetic that the so called official translation is of lesser quality than fan translations in authenticity. It should be the other way around.
Post by SamJaz (11,657 posts) See mini bio Level 19
Ed and Al's problems are a good thing to focus on. The end of the anime carries that our beautifully.
Post by zaldar (1,236 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@lurkero said:
"

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.

I really dislike this idea. When Lost (TV show) did it I was angered. The best way to present a story is characters and plot. One has to resolve along with the other. When people are satisfied with just characters I say that it's a cop-out. I want plot ending.  FMAB built up a good cast of characters over the episodes and I was mildly satisfied with the ending. Trying to understand some of the government stuff and character motivations was a little difficult though. "
sigh...the ending to the show does resolve the plot....sigh...see my earlier comments about eva...but otherwise I agree with you.  See my dislike for bebop.
Post by Lurkero (399 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@zaldar: 
I guess it's not fair to say the show does not resolve the plot, but I do think it is fair to say they chose the most convoluted and ridiculous way to do so making it almost feel like they didn't resolve anything at all. I don't even think the writers knew what they were writing at the time.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@alamun: Ahhhhhh...
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@lurkero: Yeah, I definitely agree. I never watched LOST but, even as an outside, I can tell it had a lot of smoke and mirrors plotting.
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

So Tom, did you read their lips then..? I'm kidding. This ep would actually be pretty easy to understand with no sound I think because the faces and actions were pretty well self-explanitory. It's moments like with Winry that I wish Ed would be a man and comfort her. Of course Barry wouldn't be good at chess! lol I am enjoying all the differences between Brotherhood and the original so far (except how Hughes died so early because I really liked him). I can't wait to get more into the action and story.

Post by rubberluffy (570 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@sotyfan16:   
If you must have more Hughes stuff, go watch the 4th Brotherhood OVA.  Its an anime-original of how Hughes and Mustang met, but the last 5 minutes of it is from the "His Battlefield Once More" manga side story (which is my favorite Hughes related thing).
Post by abysofpride (1,275 posts) See mini bio Level 11
I've seeing all episodes of both anime and manga furthermore I gotta say brotherhood has more action than the anime and the filler homunculi match their sins. But, The anime was also surprisingly good because Lust wasn't there to represent lust, she was there because she brought others into lust such as Scar and his Brother, also that alchemical guy. Envy was envious of Edward and Alphonse because he was angry that their father loved them more than him. I never did understood sloth in the anime. To my view the Anime took a much more realistic turn while the manga took a loony and anime turn.
Post by MrGutts (7 posts) See mini bio Level 9
One of these days I am going to watch all the Fullmetals.
Post by ninjadude853 (464 posts) See mini bio Level 12
i really need to know, the pic for this article posted on the top banner link has what appears to be a female homonculi version of ed
 
where the hell did that come from?!?
Post by rubberluffy (570 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@ninjadude853: 
It is Pride!Ed from the fangame Bluebird's Illusion, made by some Chinese fans some years back.
Post by DoctorWelch (25 posts) See mini bio Level 4
Ugh, I just wish there was an easy way to watch anime that isnt illegal or buying everything you want to watch.
Post by zaldar (1,236 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@lurkero:   Are we talking about lost or eva?  Either way I disagree but bleh I loved both and just wish they had kept some of the others shows like it that started similary around.  Flashforward espeically.  But I still have fringe so all is not lost.
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