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Watch & Learn: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD #42

Explain to me how Al's curse works.

 We DID already find out what lurks underneath that loincloth.
 We DID already find out what lurks underneath that loincloth.

Russia has an analog in FMA’s world? Bozhe moi! My kith and kin are represented in this fantastical mileue of alchemy and homunculi! They’ve got their furry hats, already, but will these soldiers of Drachma break into folk dancing to celebrate their inevitable victory? Will they serve borscht and blintzes on the way back home? Come to think of it, considering the overwhelming number of characters in this show, the complexities of its political alliances and genealogies, and all the poetic ennui, BROTHERHOOD does kind-of resemble a Russian novel. 

...or at least as much as an anime can.

Speaking of the ennui, I knew Al was an emotionally-fragile kid, but I didn’t expect him to go on and fall to pieces like he did in this episode. Ha ha ha…

Seriously, now ('cause I'm such a serious guy,)  I know the answer's probably going to be a lot of mumbo jumbo, but I’m legitimately intrigued by about the particulars of Al's curse, now. Does he perceive the world in a sphere of consciousness instead of strictly where his eyes are? Does his consciousness form some kind of radius that emanates in intensity around the sigil?

I guess my mind’s on that because we seem to have another rule established for Homunculi here. They're limited to defined lines (if I caught that right) which is sort-of like how vampires in traditional folk lore couldn’t enter a house uninvited or cross moving water. I’m not quite clear on how that worked, actually, but I am doubly-intrigued by this revelation that the Homunculi are the expunged vices/emotions of Father. I suppose it explains how he went from being a cackling goblin in that episode with Xerxes to the joyless,   emotionless bad man he is now.

Oooooo… and I did stay after credits for this one. That dastardly Zampano! Never trust a beast man!   

Watch this episode, “Signs of a Counter Offensive,” 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. 31, 2010 at 9:08 p.m.
Hohenheim was only talking about Pride having any sort of confines.  His role is to protect the circle, and can only seem to deal with intruders as long as they're physically in it.
 
About Al, never really is explained how he perceives reality or whatnot.  It really seems that having his soul possessing that armor just treats it like a human body, as he can only see what his "eyes" look at.  He can be snuck up on, can't see through the blizzard, etc.
zaldaron Dec. 31, 2010 at 9:37 p.m.
see we told you this show rocked!  You are even treating it intellectually now ;).  I actually never asked those questions but I like them...going to go think about them now.
MrASSH0LEon Dec. 31, 2010 at 9:44 p.m.

I sincerly do not understand poeple who bitch about this show sure the original was a more heartfelt story but this one has better visual effects,gore*drools* and I even prefer the way they sold the whole conspiracy angle also the gate makes more sense in this one. 
Do not get me wrong I love both shows equally but bitching on this because it is lighter does not make sense. 
And I will say the same for the supporters of this show. 
Simply because the first series is based of the manga does not mean it is bad.
ninjadude853on Jan. 1, 2011 at 6:27 a.m.
@mrassh0le: Theres a possibility i misread your message and am therefore way off, but in case i didn't... Brotherhood is the one that sticks closer to the mangas story, the first anime is the one that made up it's own ending and used different characterizations.
 
Also, why did you start talking about that? Who mentioned it?
MrASSH0LEon Jan. 1, 2011 at 7:09 a.m.
@ninjadude853 said:

"@mrassh0le: Theres a possibility i misread your message and am therefore way off, but in case i didn't... Brotherhood is the one that sticks closer to the mangas story, the first anime is the one that made up it's own ending and used different characterizations.  Also, why did you start talking about that? Who mentioned it? "


I was just tired of poeple on the internet bitching about Brotherhood.
Psychotimeon Jan. 1, 2011 at 8:42 a.m.
Pride is the one with limits. It'll be more clear later if they aren't already.

Nice analysis on Al.
 
Next episode is a bit exciting.
zaldaron Jan. 1, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.
@mrassh0le: who the heck said this one is lighter?  Yea ok maybe the ending is but it is also BETTER.  This one gets dark much quicker and stops being what looks like a silly shonen show and becomes serious much earlier and really is an all around better version.. 
No_name_here staff on Jan. 3, 2011 at 1:57 p.m.
@zaldar said:
" @mrassh0le: who the heck said this one is lighter?  Yea ok maybe the ending is but it is also BETTER.  This one gets dark much quicker and stops being what looks like a silly shonen show and becomes serious much earlier and really is an all around better version..  "
Truthfully, I don't think I'll get around to watching the original show after this. I get the sense that, hindsight being 20/20, they got this to be more cohesive and probably had a lot bigger budget behind it.
No_name_here staff on Jan. 3, 2011 at 2:03 p.m.
@rubberluffy said:
Hohenheim was only talking about Pride having any sort of confines.  His role is to protect the circle, and can only seem to deal with intruders as long as they're physically in it.
Ahhhh... they went over that so quickly. That makes a lot of sense.
About Al, never really is explained how he perceives reality or whatnot.  It really seems that having his soul possessing that armor just treats it like a human body, as he can only see what his "eyes" look at.  He can be snuck up on, can't see through the blizzard, etc. "
Yeah, that would  make sense, although him getting disassembled would seem like his perception would a little more malleable. 
No_name_here staff on Jan. 3, 2011 at 2:04 p.m.
@psychotime said:
" Pride is the one with limits. It'll be more clear later if they aren't already. Nice analysis on Al. Next episode is a bit exciting. "
Hm... maybe that's why he has to be a kid?

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