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.