Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 54 – The Right Way to Kick Ass
Unlike with the previous episode, it’s a bit tough — at least for me — to get behind the execution (pun not intended) of the storyline. In theory, Envy’s jealousy should be a heartrending moment, but at this point, who can muster even a scrap of sympathy for that little wretch?
“Aww, he started a horrific war and contributed to the deaths of untold amounts of humans because he was jealous of them! The poor little guy! Hug time!” Yuck, no, ick, get away.
The main issue with Mustang killing Envy isn’t that the dumb bastard in any way deserves less than what he receives. I don’t support the death penalty, but even I would probably be like, “OK, boys — give him the chair!” No, the concern is that which is seen in many series: Revenge-fueled murder leads to a darkened heart. Makes sense. Instead of saving his buds, or defending the country, Mustang becomes more interesting in boiling Envy’s eyes until they pop and burning his skin until it peels into one big, gross Homunculi rind.
Too bad the talking down isn’t quite as interesting as what we got last week, at least from Ed’s end. Scar’s view is interesting, though, because it is so practical: “Dude, do what you have to do, but look at me if you want to know what you’ll become if you go through with it.” Not really pushy, not really moralizing — just laying out the facts so that Mustang can calm down and make his own choice. Would have been pretty hilarious if he calmed down, rationalized it and then still roasted Envy alive anyway — creepy, but I would have laughed my ass off.
If Mustang wants to be a cold-blooded assassin, then he should take a few lessons from Alex Louis Armstrong. Everything’s all business with him: He doesn’t have any particular grudge against Sloth (well, except the whole trying to kill his sister thing); rather, he’s just fighting to protect himself and his home, and he’s doling out punishment accordingly. Nothing too flashy beyond all the sparkles — just a furious, efficient march of crosses, jabs, body blows and uppercuts. I always thought the boxing was the most badass part of Alex’s arsenal, because it’s crazy to see such an enormous man move so lightly on his feet. He could probably be a heavyweight champion for decades if he were so inclined.
Or, at least, a really killer final boss in Punch Out!! You’ve even got a ready-made Little Mac with Ed! Yoki can be Glass Joe, Wrath can be Von Kaiser, etc.
(The dislocated shoulder thing is totally LOL shounen though. If only my shoulder could do that without any debilitating effects afterward! Like, you know, breaking.)
What I’m most excited about, however, is the promise of more Izumi. Impossible to get enough of her, I say!
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