Oh no! The Philosopher Stone is people! Call Charlton Heston!
Another FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST episode, another horrifying perversion of nature that somehow goes down a lot easier on account of the bright and cheery look of the show. As if there weren’t enough hurdles to Ed and Al getting their humanity back (and presumably living like regular kids ever after,) now they’ve got an ethical dilemma to surmount. Can these kids ever catch a break?
I probably ought to comment on how most terrible secrets are revealed through some intense dramatic confrontation or a confession brought about by the overwhelming burden of guilt. This one’s revealed, basically, on the threat of a big, burly man taking his shirt off. Sure, the Alchemical kids find out by going through a cipher (and I reckon it was a bit above the usual cross-word puzzle level of complexity that most boys their age handle) but the Armstrong psych-out’s just so much more… colorful as solution. Every character - - young and old, good and evil - - lives in fear of this man’s massive, oddly-hairless chest.
Seeing Scar pitted against the sins (as I’m calling Gluttony and Lust) was a bit cathartic. Sort of like the time I introduced the two most arrogant guys I know to eachother at party, there’s nothing quite as freeing as pitting your own devils against eachother. They say that the enemy of the enemy is my friend, though, so I can’t help wondering if this is a portent for Scar eventually allying with the alchemical kids, because they sure as hell aren’t going to be rolling with characters named Lust and Gluttony. Well, scratch that… these are teenage boys. They’re going to jump through whatever hoops Lust and her feminine wiles set up for them.
Not sure to what make of this Sheska gal. Sure, she’s got the cute geek girl vibe, but I imagine conversations might run a little stale, really fast if she’s only going to talk about is stacking, organizing and transcribing books.
Watch this episode, "The Hidden Truth," below and decide for yourself!
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