See? I told you this break wouldn’t be that long. After taking some time off to properly load TRIGUN and shop in ABENOBASHI’s magical arcade, I’m hanging out with Alchemical Kids once again and it feels like no time’s passed at all. I’m immediately reminded of how much easier it is to comment on a show like this. We’re far enough along that all these threads are tightly woven together, and I can just observe how all the characters step forward.
Maybe it’s the deep, guttural voice, maybe it’s the ever-coiled stance, maybe it’s his inversion of alchemy's principles, but I’m really starting to like Scar for the same reasons I like Akuma in STREET FIGHTER. “Anti-hero” might not be as appropriate a description as “villain you love to hate," though. Even though he did some awful things to Winry’s family, I was still rooting for him as he unleashed high holy hell on Father and the sins.
And, you know, bringing up a video game characters is doubly-appropriate, because if Envy's true form seemed like a mini-boss, then Father definitely has "SNK boss syndrome." I can just picture it taking ten bucks worth of quarters to beat this guy at the arcade.
I’m hoping that somebody splats Gluttony before the fatman regains some souls, and I’m really hoping these sins aren’t just entities that can live forever so long as they have a fresh supply of hosts. That seems to be what they’re implying with the grand gimp… *AHEM *… that is, Greed, getting reincarnated in Lin. I’m leery of that, because it stinks too much of Jason, Freddy and Chucky coming back again and again... and again. Although, I did think it was hilarious how the bad guys are impressed by Lin’s willingness to submit to possession, when it really seems like he was just too dense to understand the implications of getting a Philisopher’s Stone. Then again, he does appear to be reasserting his personality a bit at the end of this episode, so maybe he’s shrewder than he appears.
Watch this episode, “Father,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.