The allusion’s been nagging me this whole time, but I haven’t been able to place until this episode, for some reason. Anyway, is it just me or does the whole dramatic exposition about alchemy at the start of the opener remind anybody else of the A-TEAM intro? First you have a gravely-voiced narrated set-up the rules, then you ride out the rest of it with a music video.
Yes, I’m probably the first person in the world to ever compare FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD to the A-TEAM, but that’s what keeps you coming back, right?
Anyway, this was a good, low-key character development episode after all the rampant action we’ve gotten lately. I find I have to bring up the subject of there being different kinds of intelligences once again because, even though he’s a brilliant bio-alchemist, this Marcoh guy has to be the worst shot in the history of fiction. He fires at Armstrong, point blank, and still manages to miss! And then Armstrong drops Alphonse on him. Classic.
Having read up a bit on alchemy before I ever started watching this show, I enjoyed this creative manifestation of the Philosopher’s Stone. If you think about it, it makes perfect for the holy grail of alchemy not to be bound by any one shape or color. The element that’s going to rule over all others should be hot and cool and dry and moist all at once. Actually, now that I think about it, that stone’s finally answered the question of all the super-deformities to me…
The characters are all transmutating! That’s right, they’ve been around alchemy so long, their very shapes keep changing depending on their moods and emotions! That’s been the secret this whole time. Forget the EVA mysteries… I figured this one out all on my own.
Anyway, as I was saying, here’s my point of comparison. The A-TEAM’s opening…
And, now, FML: B’s opening below, for this episode "A Home With A Family Waiting." Granted, it’s a little tenuous, but there’s definitely some grounds of comparison.