Let me start by sharing that I watched this episode on a plane ride, something that I do infrequently enough that it’s worth commenting on. See, it’s one thing to watch a crazy anime show like this in the privacy of your living room. It’s another to watch it in an aisle seat at the front of economy class. When you’ve got rows and rows of strangers’ eyes looking over your shoulder, you can’t help but think about how they’re perceiving FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST Episode #3 “City of Heresy.” With the sound and subtitles off, this looks like a rambunctious Saturday Morning toon.
Little do they know what’s really going on, hm?
Maybe I’m repeating myself, but I can’t get over this show's dichotomy of the kiddy and the heavy. You’ve got serious discussions of faith and god complexes and a plot about a false prophet making hollow promises about resurrecting the dead… acted out by cute characters with a great tendency to go “super-deformed.”
Moving on, I can see how the alchemists identity themselves as men of science, but how can Edward be an atheist? Last episode’s centerpiece was about him dropping in the after life and talking to a cosmic creator entity. His little brother’s ghost is haunting a suit of armor... and he still doesn’t believe? Sheesh, he makes endearingly-skeptical Agent Scully look positively gullible in comparison.
Another thing about Edward - - I’m wondering if I’m supposed to be viewing him like I viewed Shinji in Eva. As in, he isn't the standard "likable hero" but a realistic expression of what this kind of character would actually be like given the circumstances. Shinji was a sad sack who never got his act together. Edward's a conceited, overachieving teen who's cocky without actually ever being charming. Do any of you Anime Vice lunatics agree with me?
Anyway, watch this episode, "City of Hersey" below and here, and read my comments about the previous episode here.