Watch & Learn: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD #48

Topic started by No_name_here on Jan. 13, 2011. Last post by kashif1 3 years, 8 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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 Speaking of weaknesses, Heinkel really should've gotten axed. Look at him.
 Speaking of weaknesses, Heinkel really should've gotten axed. Look at him.

One of you lunatics promised me a humorous death for Gluttony. While it wasn’t funny-ha-ha, there’s definitely some morbid irony in the personification of pigging out getting eaten in the end. So, if we had a score card out, that’s two Homunculi down for sure, two sort-of gone (Greed and Envy) and then three left, am I right? Huh… we're actually making some progress here (though it makes Lust look like that much of a push-over in comparison.)

It’s kind of peculiar that I’m getting this much of charge out of the Homunculi being bound by such specific weaknesses and restrictions, but I am. When it comes to fantastic storytelling, I always say that the quickest way to lose my interest in something is to tell me it’s about vampires, werewolves, zombies or any variation on Frankenstein’s monster. I really don’t think those monsters are relevant to modern fears and, on a more basic level, I see their use as a sign of a lazy imagination. While I don’t know if the Homunculi can be understood as abstracts for any especially modern fears like Kira can, I do like how they’re a new kind of monster - - or, at least, a spin on a rarely-used monster.

 The show's totally getting soft. Who would've missed him? Cop out!
 The show's totally getting soft. Who would've missed him? Cop out!

The whole deal about Pride being vulnerable in anything but specifically-dim light situations - - that was legitimately intriguing to me. Oddly enough, all the talk about the nature of shadows and what-not brings me back to a speech my old priest gave at my confirmation dinner about the paradox of whether light can be defined as the absence of darkness, or vice versa. I don’t know if that specifically means anything here, but I know that no lame vampire story has evoked that from me.

I suspect Mustang’s going to really unleash the wrath of… Wrath. Remember that little interrupted, throwaway line Bradley had with Olivier about how Selim means nothing to him, but he still actually chose his wife? They’re going to be pushing the wrong buttons (or right ones, depending on your outlook) with this kidnaping plot. I don't think Father's got a proper assessment of the emotions of his "son."

Watch this episode, “The Oath in the Tunnel,” 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 rubberluffy (589 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Heinkel is one of my favorite minor characters.  He's gonna get a really awesome scene in a few more episodes.
 
I really like Ed's thinking in this episode.  New automail with carbon in it?  Copy Greed!
 
I felt bad for Gluttony, he's so childish and was so terrified, and Pride doesn't care.  He considers himself above even his own siblings and shows no hesitation in killing one.  That's why he's so frightening.
 
Getting closer to the final Opening and Ending change, at episode 51.
Post by ninjadude853 (464 posts) See mini bio Level 12
I've always had a soft spot for Gluttony. He's not really a monster, he's just a big and extremely dangerous little kid. That's why I consider Pride's consuming him to be an act of pure evil.
 
And Heinkal? Don't be dissapointed about him, he's gonna do something awesome in a little while...
 
Hey i just realized, you're at the part of the story that I actually own on the manga. cool.
 
Post by vergilius (147 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Watching you watch this sort of confirms my thoughts on this show: the story and plot are superbly crafted if not particularly original (one implication of this is that I think this show will age very well), and the world design is comprehensive and creative, while the art is above average but not mind-blowing.  The themes and story elements aren't anything we've haven't seen, but they're managed so well that they seem fresh anyway.
 
It's funny you mention Frankenstein because in a way this is a very Frankenstein-like story (maybe more Icarus-like?), but while those elements are present they really aren't what the show is about.  The show has more of a Ullyses trying to get home feel but with the twist that we have two protagonists and their relationship is central to the story.
Post by kashif1 (1,813 posts) See mini bio Level 13
you should see what happened to gluttony in the old anime
Post by yllekkram (33 posts) See mini bio Level 10
As I watched Pride eat Gluttony, I suddenly found myself thinking of Alucard from Hellsing. Does anyone know where the "crazy shadows with eyes and teeth, housed in an apparently normal body" concept originated?
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@rubberluffy said:
I felt bad for Gluttony, he's so childish and was so terrified, and Pride doesn't care.
Yeah, he's a frustrating villain in that it's really hard to hate him.
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@ninjadude853 said:
Hey i just realized, you're at the part of the story that I actually own on the manga. cool.
What volume would that happen to be?
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@kashif1 said:
" you should see what happened to gluttony in the old anime "
Tell me what happened!
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@yllekkram said:
" As I watched Pride eat Gluttony, I suddenly found myself thinking of Alucard from Hellsing. Does anyone know where the "crazy shadows with eyes and teeth, housed in an apparently normal body" concept originated? "
Seems kind of Lovecraftian.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@vergilius said: 
 It's funny you mention Frankenstein because in a way this is a very Frankenstein-like story (maybe more Icarus-like?), but while those elements are present they really aren't what the show is about.  The show has more of a Ullyses trying to get home feel but with the twist that we have two protagonists and their relationship is central to the story. "
There are certainly a lot of threads you can trace to literature and mythology. I'm just speaking that, specifically, I'm glad the are no "classic monsters" in here...
Post by ninjadude853 (464 posts) See mini bio Level 12
@Tom_Pinchuk:  21, you're officially at the beginning of the end of the story.
Post by kashif1 (1,813 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @kashif1 said:
" you should see what happened to gluttony in the old anime "
Tell me what happened! "
Lust died way later in the old anime, gluttony found out and became heart broken and stopped eating.  The main villain needed him to eat Al because Al was a philosophers stone at the time (long story) so she made gluttony's personality disappear completely, turning him into a beast that was nothing but hunger.
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