Shou Tucker guy. Clearly, a brilliant bio-alchemist. He’s successfully bucked the “transmutation of human flesh” taboo and made no less than two Chimeras out of the women in his family. Well, he obviously doesn’t know how to love smart, but he’s also lacking in common sense. Did he honestly think he was going to be able hide what happened to his daughter from the Brothers Elric? Did the scenario play out something like this in his mind…?
SHOU: Oh, I don’t know.
ED: Hm… that’s weird. Hey, where’d that cute dog come from?
And Shou exclaims that he’s surprised Ed figured out his ruse so quickly? I’m not going to allow a “Well, he’s crazy” excuse, here. He’s just dumb.
Hey! That’s probably why he was having problems with renewing his alchemist status in the first place.
Aside from that, this show continues to dance that endearingly-jarring ballet of quaint comedy and disturbing horror. Scene to scene, you really don’t know what you’re going to get. One scene, you’re watching Ed play red rover with the little girl and make sock puppets out of his cyborg arm. The next, you’re watching unholy monstrosities that were once innocent women and girls pleading for the release of death.
It'll be interesting to see where this scar guy’s righteous crusade goes, but I’m not going to try speculate. What’s more intriguing is how absurdly powerful the alchemy’s got in this episode. I can get behind these combat mages pulling stone walls out of the ground and flinging ice at each other. I don’t know about them summoning 20 cannons out of thin air and totally repairing complex machines like radios with just a touch. This seems less “steampunk scientist” than “pied piper.”
Anyway, watch this episode, "A Forger's Love" below and here, and read my comments about the previous episode here.