Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 50
They just found out that the Philosopher’s Stones are suppositories.
Pretty kickass episode here, with Mustang’s group making its big move, and with the Briggs group joining the fun later in the episode (albeit in a more violent way, which is to be expected from a group brought up by Olivier Armstrong). Of course, the fact that Mustang’s group isn’t killing anyone doesn’t make them any less impressive — it takes some good control to deliberately and consistently take people out in non-lethal ways. Mustang is probably one of those guys who beats Metal Gear Solid without killing anyone, too, just for the challenge of it.
That Briggs group, though . . . as efficient as Mustang’s group is, right now I would much rather mess with them than even approach the Briggs unit. They’ve got a scary guy like Buccaneer leading the charge (always good to see him), and a good number of soldiers who will kill at the drop of a hat. Olivier is spot on when she points out that the Central army is not exactly a great defensive unit, since few people have been crazy enough to bring the fight directly to HQ in the past. (In fact, defense — as far as the Central army is concerned, anyway — doesn’t really seem to be high up on Father’s concerns. The more death, the better, right? What a guy, that Father.)
And of course I love everyone coming back. The feeling is kind of weird for me since I read this part of the manga back in the summer when I got caught up with everything (before this blog even started), but people like Maria Ross and Havoc and whoever else aren’t heavily involved with the action from here on out, understandably, so it’s been a while since I have seen them as well. Havoc being a badass weapons supplier is always an occasion for some good ol’ fashioned fist-pumping.
And Maria Ross! Wow! Is it just me, or does she look great with a tan? She got a bit more than a bunch of weapons while hanging out in Xing! But it seems as if the darkness of her tan is temporary — to hid her identity a bit more before the big reveal — because she is not nearly as tanned in this screenshot (provided by Omni at Random Curiosity since I foolishly didn’t upload a screenshot myself before, and am at work right now). I like the Ishbal look on Maria. Way to deflate my fanboying, BONES. (Then again, her hands aren’t as tan as the face, so I guess it’s just the hood. Whatever. I CAN IMAGINE THAT ISHBAL!MARIA EXISTS.)
Not much to say about Ed’s group sneaking into Central, although it is admirable of Hohenheim to take one for the team by making himself out to be a dirty old pervert (although Ed clearly didn’t buy that, and it would be silly if he didn’t, considering he recently witnessed Hohenheim crying his eyes out about the last promise his wife made) and taking Lan Fan along with him, and then not even taking advantage of that wonderful situation and letting Lan Fan do her thing and find Ling. Certain other people definitely would not have been able to resist such temptation, so good on Hohenheim for his clearly amazing self-control.
Also, even though he is a little creeper, I have to give it up to Pride for being able to communicate with Father by hitting the precise spot necessary for the sound to travel through that maze of pipes and make it all the way to Father’s creepy lounge. I wonder if he is actually tapping out some sort of discernible message, or if Pride just expects Father to hear the sound, pinpoint its exact location and then pick up his son from the soccer game from the dirt dome. Not even Father can escape the duties all dads must one day face.
You have to wonder how many higher-ups will receive the Olivier treatment through the course of the series. The guy she stabs presumably knows what happened before Olivier left Briggs, and why she is at Central, and yet she is able to stab him straight through the hand anyway. Now that’s impressive. Those two losers probably thought their one gun would be enough to hold Olivier at bay. They should have paid attention to Hard Boiled: “Give a man one gun, and he thinks he’s Superman. Give a man two, and he thinks he’s God.”
Clearly the lesson there is to take two guns into a fight with Olivier. Superman would get whooped, but God would at least have a puncher’s chance of defeating her.
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