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Watch & Learn: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD #32

How can you hate this kid?

  The sweet little'un has a bad poppy.
 The sweet little'un has a bad poppy.

We’ve reached that sweet spot in any epic series - - any good one, anyway - - where you’re so caught up in all the separate sub-plots that even the slightest intersection between them is exciting in and of itself. I’m sure any new viewer would be absolutely baffled if he or she started watching with this episode, but man… each thread feels strong enough for its own feature.   Like I could see a whole movie about Mustang or Ling or Scar on their own.  I think the last time I enjoyed something in this specific way was when I was watching THE LORD OF THE RINGS movies wayyyyyyy back in the bygone day of 2003. 

The big intersection in this episode is, of course, between Scar and the Crimson Alchemist, who'se already proving to be quite interesting to watch. He's investigating the metro zealot so methodically, treating with the matter with such so cool rationality, it's almost like he's solving a math problem. He reminds me of an evil L. But why... why why why... does he have to swallow and throw up the stone like that? Doesn't he just need to hold it? Maybe he just enjoys, like Greed enjoys wearing his pervo suit.  

On the other side of the equation,it ’s an odd flip seeing Scar as an ambivalent anti-hero instead of the out-and-out villain like he was before. It's actually leading to some inconsistency. I'm not talking about his personality. He's growing, he's redeeming himself a little. I'm talking about how he used to just shred through soldiers and alchemists alike but now he's running from them, because he's sympathetic and we need that kind of tension.   
 
Maybe he's just getting soft? 
  
I'll probably discuss Selim in a little more detail next time, but I'm actually pleased by his inclusion. Most adventure fiction relegates most of their leads to convenient singledom when it'd actually make sense for a lot of them - - even diabolical bastards like King Bradley - - to have families of their own.

Watch this episode, “The Fuhrer’s Son,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.      

  Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk
rubberluffyon Dec. 8, 2010 at 1:33 a.m.
If I remember correctly, the parts with Selim are not in the manga.  I like them, some nice added tension with the Fuhrer.
 
And I don't really consider Scar an anti-hero, more like an anti-villain.  To quote TvTropes:  
At its most basic, the Anti-Villain is a villain with heroic goals, personality traits, and even virtues.  
In extreme cases, they aren't evil at heart, they've just had it rough, are misguided or are just doing their job.
zaldaron Dec. 8, 2010 at 10:54 a.m.

hmm So bad means to a good end would be an anti villian?  Not sure I like that definition.  I've always considered him more an anti hero.  But I don't keep up with all the new fangeled wording.  I do like the inclusion of the furher's son.  (and yeah a recap without loads of hate for the use of that name...this member of your harem is happy). 
 
Oh so who do I need to talk to, to get my podcast on the top screen of animevice like you did for the other one awhile back?  Been part of the banzai beat podcast for about a year now..
kashif1on Dec. 8, 2010 at 12:03 p.m.
must avoid spoiling!!!!!
Kapwanon Dec. 8, 2010 at 1:10 p.m.
@kashif1 said:
" must avoid spoiling!!!!! "
The temptation is quite strong when reading these wrap ups.  So much happens in this series though I'd be royally pissed if someone told me what was up ahead when I was first watching it.
kashif1on Dec. 8, 2010 at 1:14 p.m.
@kapwan said:
" @kashif1 said:
" must avoid spoiling!!!!! "
The temptation is quite strong when reading these wrap ups.  So much happens in this series though I'd be royally pissed if someone told me what was up ahead when I was first watching it. "
it funny to think that the rpg forums have spoilers to this show
Lurkeroon Dec. 8, 2010 at 5:27 p.m.
I kinda figured that Scar's character realized that if he was going to try and survive against the military and get attention off of him, he might need to stop killing people so blatantly.
No_name_here staff on Dec. 8, 2010 at 7:57 p.m.
@rubberluffy said:
" If I remember correctly, the parts with Selim are not in the manga.  I like them, some nice added tension with the Fuhrer.  
Wasn't the point of this show supposed that it stuck strictly to the manga?
No_name_here staff on Dec. 8, 2010 at 8 p.m.
@zaldar said:
" hmm So bad means to a good end would be an anti villian?  Not sure I like that definition.  I've always considered him more an anti hero.  But I don't keep up with all the new fangeled wording.   
Maybe it's good means to a bad end?
  I do like the inclusion of the furher's son.  (and yeah a recap without loads of hate for the use of that name...this member of your harem is happy).     
Keep the harem alive!
  Oh so who do I need to talk to, to get my podcast on the top screen of animevice like you did for the other one awhile back?  Been part of the banzai beat podcast for about a year now.. "
You'd probably do well to talk with Foxfireart or Sora.
No_name_here staff on Dec. 8, 2010 at 8:01 p.m.
@lurkero said:
" I kinda figured that Scar's character realized that if he was going to try and survive against the military and get attention off of him, he might need to stop killing people so blatantly. "
That is a good point.
No_name_here staff on Dec. 8, 2010 at 8:02 p.m.
@kapwan said:
" @kashif1 said:
" must avoid spoiling!!!!! "
The temptation is quite strong when reading these wrap ups.  So much happens in this series though I'd be royally pissed if someone told me what was up ahead when I was first watching it. "
Fight temptation!
rubberluffyon Dec. 8, 2010 at 8:25 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk said:

" @rubberluffy said:

" If I remember correctly, the parts with Selim are not in the manga.  I like them, some nice added tension with the Fuhrer.  
Wasn't the point of this show supposed that it stuck strictly to the manga? "
I double checked it and was actually half wrong.  The Bradley home part isn't in it.  The manga part just ends with Selim getting in a car with Mrs. Bradley and talking about he can't wait to tell his dad how he met Edward.  Well, I still stand by what I sad about the scene at the home.
 
And it does a reasonably good job sticking to the manga.  There is a lot of scene order reworking, especially in these last two episodes.  For example, the manga goes May bumping into Grumman -> Kimblee released from prison -> Roy and Grumman at the grave, but as you saw, the Kimblee scene was moved back into 31.  Of course, it all makes sense because manga pacing is so different from anime pacing, so I have no real complaints.  Sticking the Kimblee scene those two other scenes in the anime wouldn't flow as well.

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