Phew… I'm so glad it was only a dream, because those exploding kids would’ve made Hohenheim absolutely diabolical. People were warning me about this being another clip show, but I feel like it’s warranted. The plot’s so complex, you do need some help to connect the dots from time to time and - - much like the board presentation in EVA - - this “series recap as psychodrama” conceit is pretty brilliant and quite involving.
At first, I figured that Hohenheim might have some kind of evil duplicate who's doing all the bad stuff. Knowing that the Alchemical kids eventually travel to Shamballah (and, thus, there’s already some Tibetan mysticism afoot) I figured it was this creature who I can’t, for the life of me, remember the name of. Much like a homunculus, it's a doppleganger that Tibetan monks will will into existence. A trippy, kind of unnerving, concept... but it doesn't matter, because Hohenheim was dreaming the whole time!
If all these alchemists are really getting arranged around the city as sacrifices on a giant alter, then I'm getting some serious FROM HELL vibes here. That comic proposed that Jack the Ripper’s killing’s formed a pentagram on the “alter” of London and the blood letting was a sacrifice for a Byzantine ritual to give birth to the spirit of the 20th century. Then again, maybe that's a little esoteric, even for this show...
Seems like we’re going to be introduced to some more sins through the course of this season, even though the last opener made it seem like the Xingy bunch were going to be a much bigger part of the show than they actually were. I’ll agree with Rubberluffy that the outro’s kind of lame. Maybe it's just there to remind everybody that Winry's still around.
Since this is a season marker, I'm going to take a (short) break while I feature some other shows on Watch & Learn. Stay tuned tomorrow to see what the new shows are. Actually, before we depart from FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST , I just want to say that seeing the show recapped like this (and in subbed form) reminds me of the amusing, kind-of silly double-standards there are regarding pronunciations in anime. I've run into so many fans who're such sticklers about saying "ah-nee-may" versus "anne-nee-may" like it's some grievous case of cultural insensitivity , yet the cast of this show is consistently mispronouncing all the English names and terms.Watch this episode, “Interlude Party,” below, make your own decisions, and then read my comments on the previous episode here.