Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 49
I can’t be the only one who think this looks like an enormous ass crack, right? Pride and Al are stuck inside a giant mound of ass.
So, I lol’d pretty hard after Epi predicted — with stunning accuracy! — exactly how our heroes would “defeat” Pride in this battle. (Are you sure you didn’t do some manga peeking? :P) In all, a solid plan: Take away the source of Pride’s strength and have the one person who needs no sustenance keep watch over him. Probably the only downside of this whole thing is that I am sure the giant ass mound stands out, to say the least, in this forested area. Look at the scale of it! That thing dwarfs both Ed and Hohenheim (not too difficult with the former, though), so the trees probably do not provide great cover for it.
By the way, it’s great to see Hohenheim in action, alchemy-wise, for once. Unless I am forgetting something — which is always possible, frankly — this is really the first time we see Hohenheim unleash some full-scale, kickass alchemy. Yeah, he builds a bridge over the poison in Lior, but whatever. Nobody cares about bridges. We care about giant asses made of the earth itself. That is what impresses the ladies, or so I assume; no word on whether Hohenheim’s ass-crafting abilities played any part in wooing Trisha to his side.
Maybe it is just because it has been a while since I read this part in the manga, or it is because I am actually seeing it in motion, but Pride’s behavior and demeanor in this part strikes me as a tad more inhuman in anime form. Take the part when he says he loves Wrath’s wife/his “mother” — the way he says he loves her rings hollow. “Her behavior fascinates me because she would give her life to save me . . . oh, I guess I love her.” And then he transitions right into saying how love ensures Father’s plan will work, because the sacrifices would never abandon the city. Greed is correct when he says that even compared to him, Pride is a monster. Plus, his Just As Keikaku face is creepy.
Meanwhile, there’s more of Kimblee being alive and well, and he becomes a bigger douche than before by killing off some of Scar’s Ishbal buddies. Really, he is just mad because his pilot isn’t being filmed. The masses just are not ready for Detective Kimblee yet — don’t take it out on the audience, man! That’s no way to prove readiness for a detective series, anyway. Shouldn’t detectives be solving murders rather than committing them? Kimblee is a terrible detective.
Finally, we’ve got Mustang kicking his plan into action as well. Lots of fire and blowing stuff up and general mayhem. It’s a good day to be Mustang, even when he is caught by those soldiers who everyone knows will not kill Mustang or Wrath’s wife or any of Mustang’s soldiers. Too bad none of the soldiers know they do not stand a chance. You have to feel for the mooks in that situation — they remain so blissfully unaware of their role in the fictional hierarchy. Many more of them would likely survive if they were privy to information such as how much screentime specific characters receive in the story. If a mook were to turn a corner and run into Mustang, he or she would be able to say, “Crap, this guy gets tons of screen time — he’s practically a main character! I’d better haul ass!”
Now, I’m not important enough to dedicate a post to the guy, but I wanted to pay my respects to Omni at Random Curiosity, who is retiring from blogging at the end of the season. He is the first anime blogger I read regularly, and while I didn’t always comment on his posts, I always made sure to read his thoughts on the series we both watched. Definitely a guy I’ll miss: I wish him lots of luck in the future!
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