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Watch & Learn: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD #20

Spielberg should adapt this!

  He's already been practicing his alchemical spell casting poses.
 He's already been practicing his alchemical spell casting poses.

Sheesh... we’ve talked a bit about the viability of American adaptations of  anime and I can’t help thinking that Spielberg would glomm to this - - absentee fathers show up a lot in his work. Just imagine this in live action… with cinematography Janusz Kaminiski and a full orchestral score by John Williams.   I suppose if they did turn FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST into the movie, they either tip it into a more kid-friendly zone or a more adult zone, because it’s straddling an odd line between the two right now. Like I’ve always said, the show feels like “DUCK TALES does FAUST” and here you’ve got one of the most transressive acts - - digging up your mother grave - - rendered in such a bright and friendly style.

I should remark that it was quite accurate the way Ed’s Dad got into his head like that. He becomes obsessed with digging this grave up, thrusting his head down into the worms and all, because of something simple, but direct, that his Dad said. It's actually a very insightful observation.

Another great insight is the conclusion Al makes about the fragility of his current existence not being that much different from that of regular human life. Death is always around the corner, either way. Although, is he going through puberty in that big suit (we showed you Comic Con that he’s packing nothing under that loincloth.)  Am I supposed to read his line about "being alone at night" as him wanting a girl?   

And so all these alchemists are just creating fleshed dummies, not malformed resurrectees? If that's the case, then those things are all technically homunculi.   

I think it’s funny how Ed’s arc progresses here; not by him maturing about his inadequacies, but by him physically changing. You know, he frets about being short, Winry even says she could never marry a man who was so short. And what's the button line of this episode? It's her swooning, remarking “I’ve never noticed that his shoulders were so broad.”  

Nobody's learning everything, except maybe the value of drinking your milk.

Watch this episode, “Father Before the Grave,” below make your own decisions, and then read my comments on the previous episode here.   

    
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rubberluffyon Oct. 23, 2010 at 12:08 a.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk: 
I believe Al's line about being alone at night refers to the fact that everyone else is asleep, but he is incapable of sleeping, hence he is "alone".   Poor Al :(
 
Also Winry's line about his shoulders isn't about physical growth, but emotional, as he is walking with more confidence than what she was used to seeing.
 
They also make Hohenheim more of an aloof jerk here than he is in the manga.   They removed his teasing about Ed still being small and mentioning how Ed's hair is in the same style as his (which Ed quickly rectifies).  There's also a pretty funny omake where Hohenheim goes to see Pinako, asking her "what happened to my house?" and she replies "Get off my porch you homeless bum!"
SamJazon Oct. 23, 2010 at 3:12 a.m.
@rubberluffy said:
" @Tom_Pinchuk:  I believe Al's line about being alone at night refers to the fact that everyone else is asleep, but he is incapable of sleeping, hence he is "alone".   Poor Al :(  
Also Winry's line about his shoulders isn't about physical growth, but emotional, as he is walking with more confidence than what she was used to seeing."
This. But both things that you referenced do happen Tom. It's hilarious when Winry meets Ed after the timeskip.
ninjadude853on Oct. 23, 2010 at 9:58 a.m.
@SamJaz: 
What timeskip?
SamJazon Oct. 23, 2010 at 1:10 p.m.
The one just before the final arc, starting in autumn and ending next spring. It's about a 4 month gap.
Scribblyon Oct. 24, 2010 at 7:39 a.m.
Urgh, much as I hope anime reaches a wider audience, any movies of anime series (in my opinion) would be dumbed down for children, or just so lame no one in their right mind would watch them. 
 
Dragonball Evolution anyone?
sotyfan16on Oct. 24, 2010 at 11:31 p.m.
So the country will soon be thrown into chaos, eh? I bet Father will be in the middle of it. I think a live-action FMA would be awesome. The special effects alone would be worth seeing it (or even making it). Besides, there haven't been many movies about alchemy. Anyway, I guess Ed decided not to tell Al that he saw Hohenheim. Very interesting finding out that what had been transmuted wasn't their mother (same goes for Izumi). 
 
@Smiley26:

Evolution was just done wrong. Period.
SamJazon Oct. 24, 2010 at 11:37 p.m.
@Smiley26: The dub of the live-action for DeathNote was done pretty well to be fair.

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