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Watch & Learn: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD #36

I do NOT see that coming...

 Dumbass didn't even see it coming...
 Dumbass didn't even see it coming...

Sheesh… we’ve got surprise openings, now? The animators must be exceptionally proud of the intro and the outro that they really want to give viewers an incentive not to ever skip over them. I’m not feeling the outro and it’s deliberately-paced workshop action, but the intro’s definitely reached that threshold of catchiness where I’m looking forward to it jumping to the chorus every time I watch, now. It’s definitely up there with that dance-pop intro to EVA and the later nu metal intro for DEATH NOTE. That might be a worthwhile subject of discussion sometime - - what themes have been the best so far?   

I did already cover “The Real Folk Blues” though, didn't I?

While I think this third outro’s been pretty boring, it’s actually a pretty shrewd move on the show’s part to continually remind you of Winry’s presence without actually needing to have her show up in every episode. Especially since the bad guys are really twisting the knife into the Alchemical Kids by using her as leverage in this power play, you do need to harp on how important she is. Though, there is something unique about these orphans having her as their one weak spot even when they have no parents to threaten nor bodies to imperil. I suppose it’s oh-so-innocent (or maybe a little pathetic) that Winry isn’t even Ed’s girlfriend and she’s been threatened like she is.

Quick speculation - - Hohenheim is an homonculis! Maybe he’s the first, maybe he’s the missing sin, but the clues in this episode are contributing to my theory that the boys were created through some kind of magic. It’d just make perfect sense, wouldn't it?

And, man, I did not see Raven’s death coming! Ms. Armstrong doesn’t string things along too long, does she? I guess Ed & Al will put up with intimidation and living a lie for a long time, but she simply won’t abide by it any longer than she wants. Burying the man in cement? That is colllllllllllllllllllllld.

Watch this episode, “Family Portrait,” 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. 15, 2010 at 10:07 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk:
 You need to watch the next episode ASAP.  You're in for a surprise.  Also, Raven is a coward and deserved what he got.  And since you brought it up, there will be a OP/ED change coming with episode 39, and I really like both of them.
Roldanon Dec. 16, 2010 at 2:02 a.m.
@rubberluffy said:
" @Tom_Pinchuk:  You need to watch the next episode ASAP.  You're in for a surprise.  Also, Raven is a coward and deserved what he got.  And since you brought it up, there will be a OP/ED change coming with episode 39, and I really like both of them. "
Yes, do what he said now! The next episode's pretty much gonna push everything 150% by having a really juicy twist. And yes, the OP/ED are probably the best ones.
No_name_here staff on Dec. 16, 2010 at 11:10 a.m.
@rubberluffy said:
" @Tom_Pinchuk:  You need to watch the next episode ASAP.  You're in for a surprise.  Also, Raven is a coward and deserved what he got.  And since you brought it up, there will be a OP/ED change coming with episode 39, and I really like both of them. "
Hm. Is that the start of the new  season? Maybe that'd be a good time to take a break?
No_name_here staff on Dec. 16, 2010 at 11:10 a.m.
@Roldan said:
" @rubberluffy said:
" @Tom_Pinchuk:  You need to watch the next episode ASAP.  You're in for a surprise.  Also, Raven is a coward and deserved what he got.  And since you brought it up, there will be a OP/ED change coming with episode 39, and I really like both of them. "
Yes, do what he said now! The next episode's pretty much gonna push everything 150% by having a really juicy twist. And yes, the OP/ED are probably the best ones. "
They pushing and pushing it!
rubberluffyon Dec. 16, 2010 at 11:23 a.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @rubberluffy said:
" @Tom_Pinchuk:  You need to watch the next episode ASAP.  You're in for a surprise.  Also, Raven is a coward and deserved what he got.  And since you brought it up, there will be a OP/ED change coming with episode 39, and I really like both of them. "
Hm. Is that the start of the new  season? Maybe that'd be a good time to take a break? "

I guess technically it is.  If you go by FUNimation's releases, the soon-to-be-released 3rd boxset is eps 27-39.   Up to you if you wanna take a break.  I'd say no, but that's because I hate waiting for this W&L.
vergiliuson Dec. 16, 2010 at 7:32 p.m.
I think this was the episode where I started falling in love with Olivier as a character.  The way she immediately starts to assert her will on the situation is really cool to watch.  A larger-than-life, force-of-nature kind of character to be sure.
 
I do hope you keep up with this show for a while, but if you wanted a quick break, maybe you could watch a few OVAs by Makoto Shinkai?  5 Centimeters per Second was good.
 
If you're looking for a short series, Now and Then, Here and There is supposed to be very good, and I haven't seen it, so I'd actually get to watch along with you instead of knowing everything in advance (although that is fun in its own way).
Lurkeroon Dec. 16, 2010 at 7:38 p.m.
And THAT is why Olivier is one of my favorite characters.
zaldaron Dec. 16, 2010 at 8:59 p.m.
Oh man!  If you can find Now and Then Here and There that would be a wonderful one to do.  Lord next to HR that is my favorite series.  And there is Soooo much to be learned from that one, and soooo much discussion that could be had.  I won't say anything else less I give stuff away but PLEASE watch that one.
Roldanon Dec. 16, 2010 at 9:15 p.m.
@zaldar said:
" Oh man!  If you can find Now and Then Here and There that would be a wonderful one to do.  Lord next to HR that is my favorite series.  And there is Soooo much to be learned from that one, and soooo much discussion that could be had.  I won't say anything else less I give stuff away but PLEASE watch that one. "
HR? what's HR? I'm sorry i just couldn't come up with an anime with the initials HR.
rubberluffyon Dec. 17, 2010 at 12:28 a.m.
@Roldan said:
" @zaldar said:
" Oh man!  If you can find Now and Then Here and There that would be a wonderful one to do.  Lord next to HR that is my favorite series.  And there is Soooo much to be learned from that one, and soooo much discussion that could be had.  I won't say anything else less I give stuff away but PLEASE watch that one. "
HR? what's HR? I'm sorry i just couldn't come up with an anime with the initials HR. "
Haibane Renmei?
ZombiePieon Dec. 17, 2010 at 11:22 a.m.
One of these days I should talk about how I was banned from a FMA fansite due to trolling.
No_name_here staff on Dec. 17, 2010 at 12:31 p.m.
@zombiepie said:
" One of these days I should talk about how I was banned from a FMA fansite due to trolling. "
Do tell...
No_name_here staff on Dec. 17, 2010 at 12:33 p.m.
@vergilius said:
" I think this was the episode where I started falling in love with Olivier as a character.  The way she immediately starts to assert her will on the situation is really cool to watch.  A larger-than-life, force-of-nature kind of character to be sure.
And she doesn't even have any alchemy to fall back on...
I do hope you keep up with this show for a while, but if you wanted a quick break, maybe you could watch a few OVAs by Makoto Shinkai?  5 Centimeters per Second was good.
 
If you're looking for a short series, Now and Then, Here and There is supposed to be very good, and I haven't seen it, so I'd actually get to watch along with you instead of knowing everything in advance (although that is fun in its own way). "
Are any of those streaming?
No_name_here staff on Dec. 17, 2010 at 12:34 p.m.
@zaldar said:
" Oh man!  If you can find Now and Then Here and There that would be a wonderful one to do.  Lord next to HR that is my favorite series.  And there is Soooo much to be learned from that one, and soooo much discussion that could be had.  I won't say anything else less I give stuff away but PLEASE watch that one. "
I haven't heard anything about it before, but it comes anytime I accidentally try to hot link the word "here"
No_name_here staff on Dec. 17, 2010 at 12:35 p.m.
@lurkero said:
" And THAT is why Olivier is one of my favorite characters. "
How do you feel about the dude in Trigun stealing's Vegeta's vest?
Lurkeroon Dec. 17, 2010 at 7:01 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @lurkero said:
" And THAT is why Olivier is one of my favorite characters. "
How do you feel about the dude in Trigun stealing's Vegeta's vest? "

I was disappointed he didn't go super saiyan
zaldaron Dec. 18, 2010 at 9:16 p.m.
@rubberluffy said:
" @Roldan said:
" @zaldar said:
" Oh man!  If you can find Now and Then Here and There that would be a wonderful one to do.  Lord next to HR that is my favorite series.  And there is Soooo much to be learned from that one, and soooo much discussion that could be had.  I won't say anything else less I give stuff away but PLEASE watch that one. "
HR? what's HR? I'm sorry i just couldn't come up with an anime with the initials HR. "
Haibane Renmei? "
Correct!  See my post on how wonderful the show is on the forums.  If you have not seen this show you need to NOW!  This show rocks beyond anything else around.  It is the perfect anime.
zaldaron Dec. 18, 2010 at 9:17 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk said:
" @zaldar said:
" Oh man!  If you can find Now and Then Here and There that would be a wonderful one to do.  Lord next to HR that is my favorite series.  And there is Soooo much to be learned from that one, and soooo much discussion that could be had.  I won't say anything else less I give stuff away but PLEASE watch that one. "
I haven't heard anything about it before, but it comes anytime I accidentally try to hot link the word "here" "
heh it is trying to tell you something.  I doubt it is streaming anywhere but really it is worth owning...do I need to extend my Christmas offer of buying you stuff to this one to?
rubberluffyon Dec. 18, 2010 at 9:21 p.m.
@zaldar said:
"Correct!  See my post on how wonderful the show is on the forums.  If you have not seen this show you need to NOW!  This show rocks beyond anything else around.  It is the perfect anime. "
I watched most of it but didn't finish it.  See my blog about how this is a recurring issue for me :P
 
What I saw was really good, though.
sotyfan16on Jan. 3, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.

I didn't see Raven's death coming because I thought Armstrong was going to play along to really get the ball rolling. But with getting a better idea of who her character is I'll be more careful in judging her actions from now on. Kimblee just irks me just with how he talks. Pretty snide, too, for a dead man. And using Winrey is the only way Ed and Al will do anything for the Military, though I agree she should be dating one already. The spread of new and interesting characters Brotherhood has makes me glad it was made to bypass the original. Also, what the fuck was in the tunnel?!

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