OK… who the hell is this Falman guy? The show could’ve maybe benefit from pop-up footnotes, because the context makes it pretty clear that he showed up in one of the 33 earlier episodes, and I’m drawing an absolute void of a blank on him. It’s not like he has a distinguishing name like Mustang’s or a distinguishing mustache like Armstrong’s (the male one’s, at least) to make him stick out in my mind. See, it’s been a while since we last saw Sloth and that glimpse was only brief... but I still remember him because he’s, well, memorable. Anyway, I’m sure one of you has the 411 on this dude, so let me hear it.
Back to Sloth - - the dude’s actually one of the more aptly named Homunculi. He might be absurdly-jacked for a creature defined by being lazy, but “sleepy” and “forgetful” are definitely adjectives I’d expect to apply to a character named "Sloth." You figure there are any more parallels to draw to the Rocky Road-lovign Sloth from THE GOONIES?’
General Armstrong is a certified shrew, though I suspect this WILL work out like a lot of work affairs work out. First, you can’t stand the woman and her attitude, but then isolation gradually starts messing with your standards until you actually start getting turned on by everything you were so aggravated by in the first place. And a winter fortress is the perfect kind of isolation for that.
It’s a small thing, but I can appreciate the attitude the quarter-Ishvalan soldier expresses. People with a well-adjusted sense of identity aren’t going around, stressing their backgrounds to everybody. They define themselves by… themselves, without any associations or pretexts. Those are the people who succeed, not the ones who have chips on their shoulders.
Watch this episode, “Ice Queen,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.