Ha! My changed-name comrades got their asses handed to them! I suppose there’s a comment to be made somewhere about Drachma's utter defeat re-enacting the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 but, even if there isn't, you can say "Damn!" if I wasn’t surprised. Maybe it's odd to be relieved about a massacre, but better Drachma be the sacrifees than Briggs, right?
I guess we’re straddling arcs/seasons right now, but somewhere recently, the show really started delivering a lot of great cliffhangers that deftly play on expectations. I started to sniff that something was fishy in Zampano’s seeming-betrayal before the hammer struck, so to speak, but boy was that a lightning chain reaction of surprises. Hoo! They turned the tables on Envy and it was thoroughly enjoyable! I thought we saw his/her true form before, but now we see the true true form, without the juice of the stone, and he/she actually looks like a homunculis! Kind of surprised that Scar didn’t squish the little bugger in his hand. Maybe he’s getting soft.
Speaking of getting soft, Lust looks progressively more pathetic as this shows goes along. Mustang offed her so many episodes ago, yet everybody's still having a bear of time killing the rest of the sins. What gives?
Pull back the bolt and grease the action, because we're going shooting scattershot, now!
- It's more of a question of who isn’t an alchemist in this show, isn't it? Dr. Marcoh trick with the Philosopher’s Stone surprised me, but I suppose I should've figured he was an alchemist earlier, considering that they're the scientists of this world.
- The bluffing game with the mustached guy was a real, tense moment, but does he feel like an unnecessary tag-along to anybody else? He reminds me of that prop comedian in STREET FIGHTER VS. MARVEL SUPER HEROES who was too silly to be exported outside of Japan.
- I thought that portion with Hohenheim in the last episode was a flashback? His declaration of war is much more daring, now. Still, it's a little easy to confuse Ed and Al’s ma and this Rose girl. Who is she? Did she show up before? Is she Hughes’ widow?
- It's a bit amusing that the group comes to a crossroads in their journey at an actual crossroads. Scar had a good reason for May to scat, but I’m going to put down some honorary XP points on a bet that she’ll be back eventually to get her hands on Al’s human form. Who wants to bet against me?
Watch this episode, “Bite of the Ant,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.