Well, that’s a hell of an unusual cliffhanger - - our heroes have been eaten by this fat guy! How can we make him throw up and free them all? Be sure to tune in next episode to find out!
Once again, I can only use the “DUCK TALES by way of FAUST” comparison to properly describe the tone and presentation of this show. Have any of you lunatics seen BLADE II? Remember the Reapers? They were hideous mutant vampires who, instead of having cute little fangs, had nasty saw-tooth mouths that parted, vertically, from their bottom lip to top of their collar bone. Gluttony's transformation reminds me a lot of them except, rather than being a hideous monstrosity, he’s actually… kind of cute. Like I could easily picture somebody hanging a little toy of him on her key chain (which is really the ultimate litmus when it comes to anime, isn’t it?)
We’re at the experiential “sweet spot” for serialized shows, right now, as I’m looking at this less in technical terms and more like I’m actually tagging along with alchemical kids. So the fight with the Sins - - with the running away and the wall-erecting and the smashing through that wall - - felt like it was actually happening. Although, to put the literature hat back on, Gluttony shook his hysterical rage off awfully fast didn’t he? Was it just because Mustang high-tailed it out of there? Was it just because of Envy's say-so? Or could the kids have just talked him out of his evil all along?
It’s almost like those old gags in LOONY TOONS where you’d have Bugs and Elmer Fudd arguing about something - - let’s say it was about who should go into a bear trap.
“You want to go in that bear trap!”
And back and forth, until finally, Bugs would say, “You don’t!” Elmer would say, “I do!” and he’d just jump into the bear trap, tricked on his own volition, and get his bones crushed in the twisted metal. And then, he'd just shake it off, like a Homunculi with 20 hearts of health.Hmmm... considering the baldness too, maybe there are a lot of similarities between Gluttony and Fudd. Somebody draw a fan art combining them, stat!
Oh, and to be a little serious, Mustang’s in some serious trouble at the office….!
Watch this episode, “Inside the Belly,” below, make your own decisions, and then read my comments on the previous episode here.