Anime Vice News

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST #10 - - Watch & Learn

Beware her super-powerful, alchemical cleavage!

With each successive episode of this show, I feel a greater need to recant any wish I made about seeing more adventures with Ed and Al after SACRED STARS OF MILOS. I’m getting a very clear picture of what stories in this world that haven’t been devised by Arakawa are like, and they’re… less than inspiring.

That’s not to say that BROTHERHOOD was necessarily a perfect show. Two of my biggest gripes against it concerned its rather slipshod vision of alternate European history and its wild mood swings - - and both of those issues surface again in this one-off introducing what might as well be anime’s answer to Catwoman.

For the former, there just isn’t that cohesive a feel to this Venice analog where the bumbling inspector from LUPIN III (basically) scurries around; but that really isn’t too bad...

For the latter, well… I often described BROTHERHOOD as being like “DUCK TALES does FAUST” because it’d tackle dark and heady philosophical issues, then punctuate it with silly histrionics that’d better fit a Saturday morning cartoon. This was more the case early on, where every time I tried to get into the show as an epic fantasy, somebody would go chibi and the peak-a-boo made me suddenly very self-aware that I was a grown man taking a children’s show too seriously.

BROTHERHOOD was eventually able to sort those kinks out. Because this version lacks the fabular direction that balanced out the kinks (we’re ten episodes in with no definite purpose yet), the kinks are all that’s left to focus on.

Look, this kernel of this plot is worthwhile - - Ed and Al learning a hard lesson about feminine wiles that nothing in their books could teach them. The gag of them showing up to each demolished site, and still being big rubes about this gal, is funny as well. But… it’s also kind of dumb. As in all the characters are acting dumb and all the surprises are dumb (this chick has super-powerful cleavage). As in, it's dumb enough to make me feel pretty silly for taking this show seriously enough to write a quick write-up like this.

And we can’t have that, can we?

Watch this episode, "The Phantom Thief" 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

kashif1on Dec. 19, 2012 at 10 a.m.

Yeah this episode was a bit silly, but i think you'll enjoy this show. Don't forget that you almost quit brotherhood and remember how that turned out?

ComicMan24on Dec. 19, 2012 at 10:01 a.m.

Well, the show does pick up later. And it wasn't that bad of an episode, sure nothing great but it was at least a bit funny. And tbh. Brotherhood sure took a while to pick up. I mean the first 15 episodes were a bit boring if you ask me. At least, for someone like me, who had seen this anime first since they were pretty much showing things that were shown there.

thekokapellion Dec. 19, 2012 at 5:54 p.m.

God, I hate this episode. It's like Boogie-Woogie Feng Shui, like the writers forced the gopher to write while they all went and had lunch. I'm not saying every FMA episode is gold, but this is pretty much the only episode I can't defend at all, nor have I any desire to. It doesn't even match the tone, nor is it relevant on a thematic level.

I didn't necessarily agree with your assertion that the Nina Tucker story was more effective in Brotherhood, I thought the Brotherhood version of it was saccharine, manipulative, overly rushed and hollow, while I thought this version of it was an effective blend of science fiction, fantasy and horror. I didn't necessarily agree with you about the story involving the alchemist who tried to resurrect his dead lover. I thought it was engaging and interestingly set up. I didn't agree that this version of Scar was inferior to the Brotherhood version. Sure, the Brotherhood version of Scar was more impressive, but I find this version to be far more compelling. True, you haven't gotten that far yet, and I am of course talking about individual standards.

But I 112% agree about this episode. It sucks. I don't know why I chose such an arbitrary number.

I love FMA and I stand by my claim that it is superior to Brotherhood, (more thoughtful, better paced, more complex characters, just all in all more interesting). To me, Brotherhood was an overly rushed gathering of short-joke-spouting plot devices rather than actual characters. Though it is very engaging, I thought it was going to collapse under the weight of its own subplots. I thought it was vapid and typical shounen fare compared to its predecessor. I thought it was overly and mindlessly faithful to its excellent source material. I thought it was cheesy, and many times not in a fun way. I could go on and on.

However, I have to admit that there are some very clumsily written episodes in the 2003 version, this one being the worst.

I can say I think it gets much better, but if this episode is what makes you decide to stop watching altogether I really can't blame you.

God, now even I'm disgusted at how long-winded my comment is.

Kino88on Dec. 19, 2012 at 7:09 p.m.

yup, this episode sucked HARD......

I probably should have went with brother hood before starting this dumb crap, but someone insisted that the original was like way better, Tom you lucky guy,

I wish could have first entered this fantasy with the manga version instead of this shitty Bones adaptation,

oh just wait till you see the ending, that sucks even harder,

ninjadude853on Dec. 20, 2012 at 6:44 a.m.

I haven't been on this site in a loooooooong time. But randomly deciding to read this article made me want to log on for one specific reason.

I read this: "That’s not to say that BROTHERHOOD was necessarily a perfect show. Two of my biggest gripes against it concerned its rather slipshod vision of alternate European history and its wild mood swings"

I'm pretty sure I said this before, during a Brotherhood W&L, but I'm going to say it again. BROTHERHOOD AND THE MANGA ARE NOT ALTERNATE VERSIONS OF EUROPE. THE IDEA AMESTRIS IS AN ALTERNATE GERMANY, AND THE REST OF THE CONTINENT IS ALTERNATE EUROPE IS A CONCEPT COMPLETELY UNIQUE TO THIS VERSION OF THE STORY.

Ace20Aon Dec. 21, 2012 at 3:09 a.m.

Want some real mature stuff? I suggest you try out Fate/Zero. It is yet another work of Urobutcher Gen, so expect some gritty and depressing moments.

zaldaron Dec. 26, 2012 at 7:16 p.m.

@kashif1 said:

Yeah this episode was a bit silly, but i think you'll enjoy this show. Don't forget that you almost quit brotherhood and remember how that turned out?

yeah but this is the not as good cousin to botherhood...

kashif1on Dec. 27, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.

@Kino88 said:

yup, this episode sucked HARD......

I probably should have went with brother hood before starting this dumb crap, but someone insisted that the original was like way better, Tom you lucky guy,

I wish could have first entered this fantasy with the manga version instead of this shitty Bones adaptation,

oh just wait till you see the ending, that sucks even harder,

You mean the show or the movie because both are pretty functional endings that work with the themes that this show is going for.

Dig Deeper into Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist is a tale of two brothers traveling the world seeking the cure to the physical afflictions they suffer as a result of their experimentation with alchemy.

Edit/View the Wiki
Hit the Forums (34 Posts)
Add/View Images (555 Images)
Watch Some Videos (2 Videos)
Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

SWORD ART ONLINE II #1 -- Special Review

I really, really don't like MMO's gettin' real.

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL #1 -- Special Review

What was revealed about this reboot from the Anime Expo screening?

Anime Expo 2014 -- THE VICE PIT

America's biggest anime convention pulls Sam back onto the show. And wait -- who's this mysterious third guest?

Anime Expo 2014 Recap

Vice Pit sentai squad assemble!

DRAGON BALL :: Should You Watch Dub or Sub?

Episode #11. Retro review. He's bringing THAT question up again?

NARUTO Ch. 683 Review

When things are at their worst, the only place to go is up,....right?

BLEACH Ch. 587 Review

The war has taken an unexpectedly disappointing turn in direction.

JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : STARDUST CRUSADERS #10 + 11 -- Double Review!

This one will make you cry the manliest tears!

SWORD ART ONLINE II #1 -- Special Review

I really, really don't like MMO's gettin' real.

Anime Expo 2014 -- THE VICE PIT

America's biggest anime convention pulls Sam back onto the show. And wait -- who's this mysterious third guest?

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL #1 -- Special Review

What was revealed about this reboot from the Anime Expo screening?

DRAGON BALL :: Should You Watch Dub or Sub?

Episode #11. Retro review. He's bringing THAT question up again?

Anime Expo 2014 Recap

Vice Pit sentai squad assemble!

ALDNOAH ZERO #1 -- Special Review

An info dump that... still smells good?

JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : STARDUST CRUSADERS #10 + 11 -- Double Review!

This one will make you cry the manliest tears!

BLEACH Ch. 587 Review

The war has taken an unexpectedly disappointing turn in direction.

Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel