See, these are the kind of tactics I’d expect Lust to use in FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST. Laying out a rather obvious honey trap anybody smarter than the average bear would know well enough not to fall into it. Of course, even with Kamina gone, these knuckleheads definitely aren’t notable for being that sharp, so it isn’t surprising that’d they get tricked by such an obvious ploy. Actually, they might be even denser than I thought, because the ending of this episode reminds me a lot of DUMB & DUMBER. That is, even after they save all the babes, they go off to the next thing rather than stick around to party with them.
Now that we’re ten episodes into both of these series, I think I’m starting to prefer this over FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST. It balances the comedy and drama a much more even keel, rather than throwing me out with random bouts of superdeformity. For a while, I felt that FMA had more interesting concepts, but GL’s caught up. The whole revelation about Nia getting discarded with all her sisters on account on the Spiral King’s immortal boredom was intriguing. Out of all the stories about immortals, I’m surprised I’ve never run into that before.
This series is pulling a lot of interesting twists in general. It’s interesting to see how self-confidence fueling and shaping the gunman has been playing out. Self-esteem’s one of those tricky things to represent tangibly in fiction - - it’s even tougher to harness action onto - - so I applaud Gainax for finding a way to explore it here in a way that isn’t schmaltzy. Simon’s been doubting himself, his team’s been doubting him, and his worth as a digger’s been there all along. And for the record, I didn’t have any problem with him going through a bit of depression. I don’t think it was "emo." I don't get why people do. It’s called drama. Simon’s a character, not a plot instrument.
Anyway, watch this episode “Simon, Hands Off” below and decide for yourself, then read my thoughts on the last episode here.