Russia has an analog in FMA’s world? Bozhe moi! My kith and kin are represented in this fantastical mileue of alchemy and homunculi! They’ve got their furry hats, already, but will these soldiers of Drachma break into folk dancing to celebrate their inevitable victory? Will they serve borscht and blintzes on the way back home? Come to think of it, considering the overwhelming number of characters in this show, the complexities of its political alliances and genealogies, and all the poetic ennui, BROTHERHOOD does kind-of resemble a Russian novel.
...or at least as much as an anime can.
Speaking of the ennui, I knew Al was an emotionally-fragile kid, but I didn’t expect him to go on and fall to pieces like he did in this episode. Ha ha ha…
Seriously, now ('cause I'm such a serious guy,) I know the answer's probably going to be a lot of mumbo jumbo, but I’m legitimately intrigued by about the particulars of Al's curse, now. Does he perceive the world in a sphere of consciousness instead of strictly where his eyes are? Does his consciousness form some kind of radius that emanates in intensity around the sigil?
I guess my mind’s on that because we seem to have another rule established for Homunculi here. They're limited to defined lines (if I caught that right) which is sort-of like how vampires in traditional folk lore couldn’t enter a house uninvited or cross moving water. I’m not quite clear on how that worked, actually, but I am doubly-intrigued by this revelation that the Homunculi are the expunged vices/emotions of Father. I suppose it explains how he went from being a cackling goblin in that episode with Xerxes to the joyless, emotionless bad man he is now.
Oooooo… and I did stay after credits for this one. That dastardly Zampano! Never trust a beast man!Watch this episode, “Signs of a Counter Offensive,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.