Watch & Learn: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD #38

Topic started by No_name_here on Dec. 20, 2010. Last post by sotyfan16 3 years, 8 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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 One's like a giant onion, the other's like a giant cheetoh.
 One's like a giant onion, the other's like a giant cheetoh.

Just when I started liking Scar, they go on and remind me of what a bastard he really is. Moral ambiguity is an unusual thing to come by in escapist fantasy like this, so it’s pretty remarkable how they’re able to make you root for a character in one episode, then boo him in another. I wanted the Alchemical Kids to kick Scar’s ass when he first showed up, then I wanted him to kick the Homunculi’s asses and, now, the Elrics are back for the rematch and I actually wanted him to win. At first. Until, like I said, they reminded us of how he ruined Winry’s life. And then he kidnaps her! That bastard!

Along a similar line, it’s impressive to see how the layers upon layers of entrapment intertwine. Now Ed & Al are playing dumb during the fight with the Chimeras (I call ‘em Bebop and Rocksteady) since it better serves their interest for Kimblee’s cronies to be taken out instead of their old foe. And then, Winry’s defenseless-but-willful streak continues as she stows away inside Al (ha ha! Litterally inside him) and they blame her escape on Kimblee. It's all so complex!

Rapidfire observations for the rest.

  • I’m going to call it that May’s puppy love is going to get realized whenever he gets his body back.
  • Did the mustache guy actually show up in an earlier episode? There have been so many, I can’t remember. Maybe it’s a lost tale from the manga?
  • What was up with Al sweating?! I get that the suit’s supposed to be like a big body, but to produce bodily fluids? Did they do some gag with him pissing before, or am I misremembering gags from ABENOBASHI in the sliced-and-diced salad of my memories?   
Watch this episode, “Conflict at Baschool”,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.  
  

Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk


Post by Roldan (81 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Did you mean Yoki? the guy with the thin mustache then yes. He's kinda like Scar's sidekick. Also next episode's the last of the 3rd season. It's a great one to because of the build-up it gives you. Also next opening and ending's gonna premier next episode.
Post by rubberluffy (589 posts) See mini bio Level 16
The part in Youswell with Yoki is one of the early chapters in the manga.   And I prefer the stylized flashback for it instead of a whole episode done for it.  The chapter doesn't include him breaking into the Armstrong household, though.  That part is a funny addition.
Post by Roldan (81 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@rubberluffy said:
" The part in Youswell with Yoki is one of the early chapters in the manga.   And I prefer the stylized flashback for it instead of a whole episode done for it.  The chapter doesn't include him breaking into the Armstrong household, though.  That part is a funny addition. "
Anything with the Armonstrongs is pure win.
Post by vergilius (147 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Tom Pinchuk said:

 What was up with Al sweating?! 

Sweat drops are to nervous/uncomfortable what ZZZ is to sleeping.  It's a visual metaphor.
Post by zaldar (1,270 posts) See mini bio Level 15
um you haven't watched enough anime.  One of the hallmarks of anime and what makes it better than western literature is that moral ambiguity is NOT hard to come by.  All the good anime has moral ambiguity and most of it does actually have something to say and rises about the escapist literature of western comics.  (sorry I know I sound elitist but when it comes to how much better anime is than western comics well I am...)
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@zaldar said:
 All the good anime has moral ambiguity and most of it does actually have something to say and rises about the escapist literature of western comics.  (sorry I know I sound elitist but when it comes to how much better anime is than western comics well I am...) "
I could probably list about a dozen comics you ought to read, then....
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@rubberluffy said:
" The part in Youswell with Yoki is one of the early chapters in the manga.   And I prefer the stylized flashback for it instead of a whole episode done for it.  The chapter doesn't include him breaking into the Armstrong household, though.  That part is a funny addition. "
It was probably better that way. Definitely a jump to see them riffing on silent movies there.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@vergilius said:
" @Tom Pinchuk said:

 What was up with Al sweating?! 

Sweat drops are to nervous/uncomfortable what ZZZ is to sleeping.  It's a visual metaphor. "
I figured. Still, it is pretty funny to see him fretting about losing hi human faculties when he's actually SHOWN to have them.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@Roldan said:
" @rubberluffy said:
" The part in Youswell with Yoki is one of the early chapters in the manga.   And I prefer the stylized flashback for it instead of a whole episode done for it.  The chapter doesn't include him breaking into the Armstrong household, though.  That part is a funny addition. "
Anything with the Armonstrongs is pure win. "
Oh man, I don't know... I'm not sure if I'm done with shirt-rippings-to-huge-shaved-chests as "win." Ha ha ha...
Post by zaldar (1,270 posts) See mini bio Level 15
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @zaldar said:
 All the good anime has moral ambiguity and most of it does actually have something to say and rises about the escapist literature of western comics.  (sorry I know I sound elitist but when it comes to how much better anime is than western comics well I am...) "
I could probably list about a dozen comics you ought to read, then.... "
Please do Watchmen and preacher are the only ones I have found that live up to my manga standards and those are very recent...golden age or even 80's superhero comics just don't do it for me and never have.
Post by rubberluffy (589 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@zaldar said:
" @Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @zaldar said:
 All the good anime has moral ambiguity and most of it does actually have something to say and rises about the escapist literature of western comics.  (sorry I know I sound elitist but when it comes to how much better anime is than western comics well I am...) "
I could probably list about a dozen comics you ought to read, then.... "
Please do Watchmen and preacher are the only ones I have found that live up to my manga standards and those are very recent...golden age or even 80's superhero comics just don't do it for me and never have. "

Transmetropolitan, a series I can never recommend hard enough.
 
About Preacher, I read the whole thing a few years ago, and was pretty let down considering all the hype it gets.  It just never clicked with me, but I was interested enough to see the end.
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,643 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@Tom_Pinchuk: 
You want to talk about irony. FUNimation is going to be releasing next week the DVD/Blu-ray of the Part 3 of the FMA: Brotherhood series.  It contains episode 27-39, and you are just about ready to finish that portion up.

I am currently working on an article about Brotherhood. Involving the release of the Part 3 DVD and the cast announcements for the characters that are appearing. Well, I like to make sure profiles are basically filled out or at least made before I write about characters.
 
I have to say that I'm aghast at how poorly some of these character's profiles are filled out. Even King Bradley doesn't have his Japanese name section filled out (thought it's done, now). I would of figured this series would of had a lot more attention put to it. More so these people who are constantly gushing about how I should start watching it.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@rubberluffy said:
" @zaldar said:
" @Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @zaldar said:
 All the good anime has moral ambiguity and most of it does actually have something to say and rises about the escapist literature of western comics.  (sorry I know I sound elitist but when it comes to how much better anime is than western comics well I am...) "
I could probably list about a dozen comics you ought to read, then.... "
Please do Watchmen and preacher are the only ones I have found that live up to my manga standards and those are very recent...golden age or even 80's superhero comics just don't do it for me and never have. "
Transmetropolitan, a series I can never recommend hard enough.  About Preacher, I read the whole thing a few years ago, and was pretty let down considering all the hype it gets.  It just never clicked with me, but I was interested enough to see the end. "
I don't know if you can call WATCHMEN and PREACHER very recent. The latter ended 10 years ago and the former's as old as I am.  
 
I've done pretty effusive write-ups of Garth Ennis' (the writer of PREACHER) run on PUNISHER MAX and ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN for Comic Vine. 
 
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, SANDMAN, GIVE ME LIBERTY, WAR STORIES (also by Ennis,) SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING just off the top of my head... and you'd probably enjoy Y THE LAST MAN. 
Post by Roldan (81 posts) See mini bio Level 7
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @Roldan said:
" @rubberluffy said:
" The part in Youswell with Yoki is one of the early chapters in the manga.   And I prefer the stylized flashback for it instead of a whole episode done for it.  The chapter doesn't include him breaking into the Armstrong household, though.  That part is a funny addition. "
Anything with the Armonstrongs is pure win. "
Oh man, I don't know... I'm not sure if I'm done with shirt-rippings-to-huge-shaved-chests as "win." Ha ha ha... "

Well you haven't come to the episodes when we get to see them kick ass.. enough said or i'll end up spoiling everything xD
Post by Lurkero (410 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Bebop and Rocksteady. Perfect description for those two.
Post by vergilius (147 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @vergilius said:
" @Tom Pinchuk said:

 What was up with Al sweating?! 

Sweat drops are to nervous/uncomfortable what ZZZ is to sleeping.  It's a visual metaphor. "
I figured. Still, it is pretty funny to see him fretting about losing hi human faculties when he's actually SHOWN to have them. "
True.  I guess it's better than him being expressionless?
Post by rubberluffy (589 posts) See mini bio Level 16
@vergilius said:
" @Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @vergilius said:
" @Tom Pinchuk said:

 What was up with Al sweating?! 

Sweat drops are to nervous/uncomfortable what ZZZ is to sleeping.  It's a visual metaphor. "
I figured. Still, it is pretty funny to see him fretting about losing hi human faculties when he's actually SHOWN to have them. "
True.  I guess it's better than him being expressionless? "
Well, obviously he's not sweating.  It's condensation!
Post by sotyfan16 (1,341 posts) See mini bio Level 20

I was actually hoping to find something out from Scar's brother's notes but guess that will have to wait. I think you have the kidnapping part wrong Tom. I think it's part of the plan for blaming Kimblee and Winry will take notes for the Elric brothers. I saw a bit of Mustang in Armstrong this time around as she stayed firm in her orders but still found a way around them. Jumping back to the beginning of the episode I have a feeling Riza is going to go a little nuts thinking about Selim in the shadows all the time. How far does Pride's shadow reach? 

Also, Tom, the original FMA had a a couple eps I think of the Elrics and Yoki.

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