FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST #25 - - Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Jan. 9, 2013. Last post by Kino88 1 year, 6 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (854 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Staff

Following the general consensus of advice offered in the last write-up’s talk back, I’ve opted to skip over a half-season to the point where (as I’m told) this version starts making up in its own material. I suppose, through a certain angle, this means we have a show here that might actually take 25 episodes to “get good” - - and that’s a concept you’ll only ever come across in anime fandom, I reckon.

(As an aside, I haven’t felt this liberated in a viewing experience since I realized I could run TASTE OF CHERRY at 3X speed and still read all its subtitles when I had to research a paper on Iranian cinema in film school. I still cherish the solid hour of precious, breathing life that saved me).

Anyway… EIGHT-YEAR-OLD SPOILER ALERT!

This episode handles the point where Hughes learns too much about the Homunculi’s conspiracy and pays the highest price for it - - a point that occurred fairly early in BROTHERHOOD, as I recall. Again, this version does develop the moment a bit a more, providing more details to support Hughes’ conclusions, and also showing the State Alchemist putting up the fight he logically should put up against these bad guys.

What’s funny about watching this version is that it make does make clearer the moments in BROTHERHOOD which seemed to carry a certain amount of significance without necessary set-up. I do think that version was quite accessible on its own merits, but there were portions - - such as the tragedy of Hughes’ death and the sort of “street cred” Mustang carried around with him - - which built on audience expectations built in this version. Hughes didn’t get a quarter of the time to earn sympathy points, of course, and Mustang didn’t do anything cool before we were supposed to understand him to cool.

I’m liking this experiment. For the sake of novelty, I might just hop around through the rest of the season instead of doing any more sequences. My finger’s on the fast-forward button, already - - why stop pushing it?

Watch this episode, "Words of Farewell" here and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

Post by jj_jackson (112 posts) See mini bio Level 6

Probably shouldnt skipp the whole greed ordeal though or else things will maybe get a bit confusing later on in this version for you. Also the yock island thing you shouldnt skip either..which is the "all is one and one is all" episode. deff dont skip Theory of Avarice.

Post by AgentJ (1,545 posts) See mini bio Level 13

If you had no prior knowledge of FMA, I imagine everything that has happened up to this point would feel fresh and fun for you. So I can't say that it is a series that takes 25 episodes to get going.

Post by ComicMan24 (8,759 posts) See mini bio Level 12

This version did do a few things better. Like with Hughes. He actually spent years next to the Elric who were there when his daughter was born (they even helped a bit with that) unlike with Brotherhood where they just met a few weeks before he died IIRC. And generally imo this version handled a few emotional scenes better.

@AgentJ said:

If you had no prior knowledge of FMA, I imagine everything that has happened up to this point would feel fresh and fun for you. So I can't say that it is a series that takes 25 episodes to get going.

True. Because I had seen this version first, when I started watching Brotherhood, I actually thought that it was quite boring at first since it was pretty much showing us things that had already be shown before in this version. It got better after episode 15 when they started introducing new things.

Post by sickVisionz (4,223 posts) See mini bio Level 24
Moderator

I'd really suggest against continuing to fast forward. This and the warehouse fight are where the series get wildly different and skipping around will just leave you confused. It only made sense here because it's telling pretty much the exact same story that you're already familiar with.

@AgentJ said:

If you had no prior knowledge of FMA, I imagine everything that has happened up to this point would feel fresh and fun for you. So I can't say that it is a series that takes 25 episodes to get going.

Yeah. I agree with this. I think it was a case of having already seen the same content in an abridged format really lessening Tom's enjoyment of it and not it being a series that takes 25 episodes to get good.

Post by Kino88 (189 posts) See mini bio Level 6

ugh...... why did there have to be two of these shows, its such a pain

Top Editors
Top Posters
NickTapalansky
12 posts
zaldar
11 posts
sickVisionz
11 posts
AgentJ
9 posts
sotyfan16
9 posts
FoxxFireArt
8 posts
Kino88
7 posts
Destinyheroknight
5 posts
CharredKnight
4 posts
SamJaz
4 posts
Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel