For the record, “dog of the military” always sounded like a term cooked up by somebody who hadn’t any experience with the subject outside of maybe some table-top RPG she’d played. And it sounds all the more ridiculous when its first significant usage in this series coincides with a little girl getting fused with an actual shaggy dog for a defense project.
If that observation seems morbidly jokey, I assure you it’s only so because I’m trying to fight back the sorrow of watching this innocent tyke suffer such a horrific fate, once more - - and after an even more prolonged set-up, this time around! Here was one of the better early episodes of BROTHERHOOD: Ed and Al getting put through a poignant life lesson about the true seriousness of what they’re dealing with.
Speaking of which - - were these kids presented as being 12 and 11 in that version? I suppose I’m splitting hairs when I’m voicing disbelief suspension issues with that particular detail but, sheesh, even making them 16 and 15 would be more believable. They’d still be wildly prodigious at those ages, and here’s a world of development between 12 and 16. Why not just make Ed a nine-year-old then, if it doesn’t matter? What’s the cut-off?
(Perhaps this prepubescence the real explanation for Ed’s bafflingly-sexless romantic tension with Winry?)
While we’re still comparing this version with BROTHERHOOD, I’ve got to say that Scar gets the lamest-ass introduction here. Honestly, which do you prefer…
A vengeful heretic who’s already raising hell for the State Alchemists when he first appears?
Or a mild-mannered amnesiac who just kind-of ambles into these shenagigans?
Got to say, Nina’s murder carried a lot more weight when it was being done by the first Scar I’ve described.