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?
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.