Awwww… Ed wins some sympathy points in this episode. He’s being cagey about his guilt over accidentally mutilating Al... it was really an easy mistake to make, assuming he'd just turned him into a big, soulless puppet. I suppose this is episode's also a landmark on Ed’s road to humility. He doesn’t flip out on his older subordinates' slapping and scolding him? He doesn’t threaten to turn them into stone? Why, little Ed's growing up.
Ha! I like how, even though this is in a fantasy world, Winry's acting like a real world mechanic - - trying to spin a mistake she made into squeezing more money out of her client. I don’t buy Ed’s rationalization that losing that precious pin was actually a good thing in hindsight. Maybe I’m putting too much faith in the kid, but I’m pretty sure he would’ve kicked both of the sins’ asses if he’d been playing with a full deck. The whole issue of them sparing him wouldn’t have been an issue at all, because they would’ve been laying in pieces at his feet after he turned them to stone.
I’m going to drop my first criticism on this show and say that the super-deformed slapstick is getting really tedious. Every time I’m getting into the drama, somebody randomly turns into a squiggle or leaps in front of a speedline backdrop. I’m fine with comic relief - - I’m fine with a lot of comic relief - - but this is too much. A friend of mine who’s a longtime fan broke it down to me that a lot of shows have to dress serious concepts in more childish guises so as to get advertising and licensing deals, but still… Japanese idioms or no, this kind of stuff is really starting to ruin the tone.
Watch this episode “Created Feelings” for yourself below and read my comments on the previous episode here.