Ah-ha! So this is who all those kids in red at Anime Expo were dressed up as.
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD was, indeed, the other show in addition to GURREN LAGANN that you Anime Vice lunatics wanted me to watch and learn from. As I said yesterday, I’ll be switching the shows on a daily basis to move things at a different pace. And it so happens that GodLen just posted his take on the series, as well.
Let me start by saying that this must’ve been one difficult show to pitch. Imagine yourself at a party, trying to explain your big idea about these two kids who’re alchemist magicians in a steampunk version of Austria. Oh, and one’s got a cybernetic arm while the other a ghost in a hollow suit of armor. This is supposed to be Austria, right? Maybe Prussia. Is it supposed to be a fascistic in advance, too? I don’t think “Führer” is a Germanic title. It was a name for, Hitler, alone, like Generalismo and Il Duce.
I suppose that’d be another part of the show that’d be difficult to explain.
Conceptually, it’s interesting to see alchemy explored here. I saw a museum exhibit about it once that made the whole school ripe for dramatization. An approach to chemistry that got chemical properties kind-of right, like Aristotlean physics got gravity kind-of right. I wonder if they’ll ever have carmot show up in this.
This feels a lot more like a kids show than anything I’ve watched for this column, so far. That’s not neccessarily a knock. I preferred the subtlety of the water-based deaths; they were more effective being implied than shown outright in gory detail. Still, about the kiddy elements… you’ve got plenty of “super deforming” for moments of embarrassment and slapstick, the fights were video game-style (with the announcements of new attacks and what not) and I’m sure Edward being mistaken for the younger brother is going to be a running gag akin to Buster and Babs Bunny insisting they’re “no relation.” Something tells me it’s going to be a loooooong time, if ever, before these kids get their bodies back, too. Though, I’m hoping that Armstrong relishing every chance to rip his shirt off for these kids doesn’t turn into a running gag, though. Otherwise, the Eldred brothers might want to be more cautious of him than the water alchemist.
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Studios and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. HYBRID BASTARDS! is available here and UNIMAGINABLE is available here for pre-order on Amazon.com.