Watch & Learn: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD #26

Topic started by No_name_here on Nov. 12, 2010. Last post by sotyfan16 4 years ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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   He started off as a punk, but he's steadily becoming a hero.
 He started off as a punk, but he's steadily becoming a hero.

They saw that drama’s all about putting your characters into difficult situations where they have to make tough decisions and do things that they absolutely don’t want to do. This show - - and this episode, in particular - - actualizes all of that so totally. Not only is Ed trapped in a seemingly inescapable prison, not only does he have to ally himself with a reprehensible monster who just tried to eat him, but he also has to repeat the very ritual that ruined his life in the first place. And then, on top of all that, he has a seriously-intense reunion with Al's body?

That’s a lot of drama, friends.   

What a cliffhanger to end this season on. Ed forcing his way back in after the door was seemingly shut forever.

And I’m only even talking about one character. Basically everybody in the cast gets put into a tough spot. I definitely wasn't expecting to ever feel anything for King Bradley, but the origin they give him was like some horrible nightmare  of the Super Soldier program. Maybe it's not sympathy, but it's at least empathy for the guy.  

On some less serious notes... 

  • Was anybody else getting a strong CASTLEVANIA/VAMPIRE HUNTER D when Scar was navigating through all the chimera "gatekeepers?" I was half expecting him to break out a bullwhip and start talking to the monster in his palm.
  • If Xing is supposed to be China and Ishval is (basically) supposed to be the middle East, is Xerxes supposed to be Greece? I suppose it's a little ironic that they'd give it a Persian name but, then again, the nation naming in this show isn't too far from that of Conan's Hyperborean age.
  • I don't think I ever caught the little Chinese... I mean... Xingian girl's name, but it's interesting that she's got a tiny pet panda. A friend of mine, who's  an artist, told me that supposedly WORLD  OF WARCRAFT had to nix a some anthropomorphic panda warrior because it's taboo to "depict pandas as anything but pandas" in china. I wonder how that jibes with KUNG FU PANDA.
 
As a few of you have led me to understand,  this is the last episode of the second season, which kind-of evenly brings me to conclusions for both this show and COWBOY BEBOP. And, thus, there's a question of what to watch and learn from next. I'm going to do reviews of the BEBOP movie and the next episode of this, but I think I might take a brief break (maybe just a week) to watch an OVA, perhaps. 
 
Tell you what, head over to the poll I've started and vote on what you want me to see. I'm but the servant of the Anime Vice community's capricious whims.  
 
Watch this episode, “Reunion,” below, make your own decisions, and then read my comments on the previous episode here
        
  

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of    HYBRID BASTARDS! &   UNIMAGINABLE   . Order them on Amazon   here &  here.  Follow Tom on Twitter:   @tompinchuk

Post by rubberluffy (596 posts) See mini bio Level 16
The little Xing girl's name is May Chang, and her panda is Shao May.  Also Ed punching his way back through the door is an anime-only addition.  In the manga he just yells his promise while being dragged inside.  I much prefer the anime's version of this.  A neat addition.
Post by SamJaz (13,029 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Anime's version is far better, especially with the fade into Let It All Out.
Post by zaldar (1,295 posts) See mini bio Level 15
so glad this episode lived up to all the hype we were giving it.  THIS is how you end a season.
Post by SEXYTRON (15 posts) See mini bio Level 16

I can't wait to watch this!
Post by kashif1 (1,813 posts) See mini bio Level 13
And to think you once wrote an article on how you disliked ed
Post by ninjadude853 (464 posts) See mini bio Level 12
Don't waste too much time wondering about xerxes, there willl be a flashback eventually
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@rubberluffy said:
" The little Xing girl's name is May Chang, and her panda is Shao May.  Also Ed punching his way back through the door is an anime-only addition.  In the manga he just yells his promise while being dragged inside.  I much prefer the anime's version of this.  A neat addition. "
Oh really? That was definitely a good decision on their part.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@zaldar said:
" so glad this episode lived up to all the hype we were giving it.  THIS is how you end a season. "
It is, indeed. Definitely one of the best hooks I've seen in a serialized story.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@kashif1 said:
" And to think you once wrote an article on how you disliked ed "
I never disliked the kid, per se. I just noted that he was a warts-and-all punk that you don't usually see as a lead.
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@ninjadude853 said:
" Don't waste too much time wondering about xerxes, there willl be a flashback eventually "
There'll be flashback eventually for everything, won't there?
Post by Roldan (81 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@Tom_Pinchuk: You do know you could've done all those posts in one post? 
 
Damn i love this episode. It's defiantly up there with episode 19 in awesomeness.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@Roldan said:
" @Tom_Pinchuk: You do know you could've done all those posts in one post?      
That would be cheating...
  Damn i love this episode. It's defiantly up there with episode 19 in awesomeness. "
It IS quite defiant.
Post by zaldar (1,295 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@Tom_Pinchuk:    ooo wow....completed a quest when you replied heh nice!!
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

This was a very hooking ep. Learning about Bradley's past was cool because I just thought he was always a humunculus and didn't know people could be turned into one. Those doctors were creepy, too. Can't wait to see what happens with Al, Gluttony, Scar, and May with Father. Ed's last push with the Door was awesome and I wonder if he and the others will pop out of Gluttony or just appear somewhere in the world. If the latter, then it would suck if they came back to reality on the other side of the world (but that would just be nonsense). But now Ed knows that he just has to take Al's soul with him through the Door to rejoin with his body. 

On another note, I am very sad to now have to watch this subbed. Hopefully the next batch of dub becomes available soon.

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