One classic Marvel storyline's titled THE INFINITY GAUNTLET. It was about all the superheroes marshaling together to fight an evil space lord, Thanos, who obtained omnipotence by amassing these infinity gems. After snuffing out half the universe with a snap of his fingers, he temporarily gave up all but a fraction of his power to give the heroes a sporting chance in this big brawl at his castle. Of course, even as he was significantly powered down, he still mopped the floor in spectacular fashion with the dozens of champions.
I bring that up because watching Father fighting basically every character in FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST at once (without even having to block their attacks!) brought it to mind. His morbid tactic of flinging all the ghosts at Hohenheim and Izumi really recalled Thanos’ increasingly artistic implementations of his reality warping powers. Hell, his infinity gems were even called soul gems at points, so there’s a parallel with the philosophers’ stones right there. Currents of commonality!
We’re at the climax here, so it’s all about fighting. Once more, I’ll reiterate how impressed I am by how often these characters are put through the worst possible situations they could be put in. Not only is it a big sacrifice for Al to (potentially) forfeit his own life to free Ed and get him to pull power, it’s borderline cruel of him to ask May to be the one to (potentially) officiate that sacrifice.
The end result’s a positively sublime relief of long-held tensions - - ones that’ve been held over 60 odd episodes. I never really got behind the complaints about Shinji not being manly enough of a lead in EVA, but the way Ed & Al haven’t taken the homunculi seriously so far (and you know they haven't) has been really frustrating. Thus, I’m absolutely relishing how he’s finally kicking Father to the turf and breaking out the smack talk. It’s been a looooooong time coming.
And once again, sorry for the delay on these Watch & Learns. Joey and I are cooking up a totally rad video that's taken a little more time than we expected. I guarantee it'll be worth a whole vessel of philosopher's stones, though.
Watch this episode “A Fierce Counter Attack,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.