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Watch & Learn: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD #61

Hooooo... Father was a Capcom boss after all.

  Father does actually bear some resemblance to Gill, here. Maybe there's more to this?
 Father does actually bear some resemblance to Gill, here. Maybe there's more to this?

Well, that was quick. Early on, I compared Father to an insanely-hard SNK boss,  only to be corrected by somebody here who said he was actually more like a Capcom boss. Said user (whose handle I unfortunately can't recall) told me I'd have to wait and see how and I suppose I understand, now. Father was a big, screen-sized monster who soaked up a lot of dumb hits, and once he assumed his final form, all he needed was a fast hyper-special to be taken down. It's like the end of X-MEN VS. STREET FIGHTER all over again! 

Speaking of leveling up, it was so good to see Ed finally sack up and destroy Pride instead of waiting for Mustang to do it for him. Although, I did feel like Kimblee’s presence was a wee unnecessary;complicating and diminishing what should've been Ed’s moment alone. Of course, Selim's annihilation yields some interesting tidbits about the homunculi's nature along the way, suggesting that  he, Envy and Greed of a closer breed. His true form's a fetus instead of slug, of course, but he's still looking for host to prolong his unnatural life (also proving right my suspicion that this monster stole a kid’s body and froze it in place.)  

  Not so tough without your super-cool eye-patch, ain't you Mr. Bradley?
 Not so tough without your super-cool eye-patch, ain't you Mr. Bradley?

Once again, I can't help wondering if the authors might've intended some symbolism to underlie all this, because there's definitely some ripe identity metaphors in the rejuvenated Father's resemblance to human Al (if he were hitting the weights and the juice, of course.) They're certainly being precise about the symbolism in the magic, what with Hohenheim's patiently-constructed countermeasure being some kind of inverted pentagram and all. I'm still seeing some shared currents with FAUST and FROM HELL, and am thus curious as to what specific occultist texts they must all be drawing from.

Wrath has been vanquished, at last, after a whole hell of a lot of effort on everybody's part. It's certainly a fitting way for him to address his feelings on his wife in such a tacit way and to indulge in some understated fatalism about his fate. However much of a monster he is, I’m sure the notion that his life’s been set on rails (an allusion to his assassination attempt!) would give him some pause in these final moments. His death scene elicits some real empathy, if not sympathy, and doing that without compromising the character in a schmaltzy way... that's a tough narrative accomplishment.

Watch this episode “He Who Would Swallow God,” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.  

  

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rubberluffyon Feb. 16, 2011 at 2:53 a.m.
I like Kimblee's last little hurrah here, but then again I just like Kimblee, period.  He hates hypocrites, and Pride throwing away his "pride" pissed him off, meanwhile he knew Ed wouldn't kill Pride because of his talk/fight with him from a while ago.  
 
I always figured that Father made Pride's container, but there's no real confirmation.  I mean, Madame Christmas mentions how in all the appearances he's made over the years, he never looks more than a few years older or younger, implying that he might be expanding and contracting his body in some way.  He also doesn't bleed.
 
The end of Scar's fight with Bradley is so damn intense.  Bradley loses his arms and fricking bites the frickin sword blade and stabs Scar?  Totally badass.
 
I mentioned in an earlier episode how Scar's Brother is probably one of the smartest alchemists in the series, and you definitely see it here.
FoxxFireArt moderator on Feb. 16, 2011 at 5:55 a.m.
The next episode is an epic one. I really like how the opening song was used in this episode. Starting the world out in silence and working the song into the scene of all the soul returning. You have to love the character evolution of this series. It is utter leaps and bounds better than the ending from the first series that made up it's own ending. I really think this is an anime that could appeal to a much wider audience.
 
I agree, the use of Kimblee there felt sudden and kind of out of place.
 
That was an excellent last line of Bradley and I like how Lan Fan reacted. It wasn't even near what I expected, but it's very appropriate. Again, we get a little more of that Roy and Riza action. This is sort of a repeat of what happened after he killed Lust. He's injured and keeps asking how she's doing. Only this time, he wants to know if she can help him fight. It's it interesting that the sniper called Hawkeye is now going to be his eyes.
 
@rubberluffy said:
"  The end of Scar's fight with Bradley is so damn intense.  Bradley loses his arms and fricking bites the frickin sword blade and stabs Scar?  Totally badass. "
That is the text book definition of "tenacious".
zaldaron Feb. 16, 2011 at 11:43 a.m.
So FoxxFire can we get a thank you for getting you invovled in this one after you said you didn't want to get invovled in any of them at all after not liking the first one...(consider this a polite told you this had a better ending ;).
Destinyheroknighton Feb. 16, 2011 at 2:27 p.m.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is so awesome, but the old one still have a place in my heart :)
FoxxFireArt moderator on Feb. 16, 2011 at 4:19 p.m.
@zaldar: 
For as much as people said they love this series, why is it that I was the only person updating the AV profiles. You go look at them now. Every episode is filled in fine detail, and the series probably has one of them most complete cast listings on the site. Pretty much every named character has a profile. Only person missing is some character named Bose. Only thing I know is that he was in episode 46.
vergiliuson Feb. 16, 2011 at 10:28 p.m.
I think "a tough narrative accomplishment" actually sums up this whole series really well.
ninjadude853on Feb. 17, 2011 at 2:50 p.m.
Alright, I'm really sorry about this, this message is unnecessary, nit picky, and stupid, but i really need to say it.  

Author. Singular. Not authors, just author. Her name is Hiromu Arakawa. 

I'm aware that there is no real point to saying that. It just really annoys me when credit is not given where it is due. I'm overreacting, i know that, but i just needed to say that.
 
FoxxFireArt moderator on Feb. 18, 2011 at 2:13 p.m.
@ninjadude853: 
Yeah, that is pretty nitpicky.
ninjadude853on Feb. 18, 2011 at 2:33 p.m.
 I KNOW!  And I feel bad for posting it but... it just really bothers me. It's completely irrational and inexplicable. But it really bothers me.

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