Anybody else see some similarities between Furher Bradley and Emperor Palpatine? Both are the main bad guys. Both are wolves in sheep’s clothing, playing both sides of a conflict against one other. Both are members of unholy, antithetical cabals. Both are ready to snap out like cobras and unleash their deadly swordplay and advanced magical ability. The resemblance is just striking.
Or perhaps the alchemical kids’ Dad is the real éminence grise here? They strongly imply that he’s the creator of the homunculi. Perhaps the final revelation is that Ed & Al have been homunculi themselves, this whole time? Wouldn't that be a mind bender?
Speaking of secrets, though, I did call that revelation about Scar (the most metro zealot in fiction) being the murderer of these kids' auntie and uncle. Why, I called it as soon as it was hinted at. Even when I didn’t see his big tattoo, I was thinking , “Gee, they’re talking about this mysterious Ishvalen. Hm... who’s the only major Ishvalen to have been introduced so far?”
Getting deeper into these shows and, thus, getting a better position to compare and contrast, I think FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST had done a much better job of establishing and then juggling its cast than GURREN LAGANN did. All the characters’ personalites have been well established for a long time, while GL just had a lot of faces. I really had trouble remembering who was who when they were all dying in the final battle in outer-space. But this? Scar, Barry the chopper, Fuhrer Bradley, all the Homunculi... they're clearly defined. This episode, in particular , demonstrates the advantage of TV to both feature bigger casts and explore the characters more deeply.And I'll heartily agree with the pro-milk message. It does do a body good. It’s made me big and strong... and if Ed wants to be as big and strong as me, he needs to be hitting the 2%.
Watch this episode, “Advance of the Fool,” below make your own decisions, and then read my comments on the previous episode here.