Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 60 – God Nomz
I can’t be the only one who found that look unbelievably funny, right? Like Father had just got to the end of Gradius or R-Type or something after dying like five billion times, and then the power goes out in his home, only he’s too numb to react with much anger, so all he can muster is a sarcastic narrowing of the eyes before he grabs a shotgun and blasts three of his neighbors. Or is it just me?
So Father’s plan has come to fruition, and I doubt anyone is shocked that in the end he follows that most hallowed of delusional villain traditions: Eating God with some fava beans and a nice Chianti Becoming a god. No villain can be a perfect megalomaniac without possessing ambitions of godhood and absolute power and knowledge, correct? It’s funny that Father claims to have expelled all of his negative traits with the creation of the Homunculi while simultaneously desiring to achieve greater power. Still seems like some of that greed, gluttony, lust, et al are still hanging around!
This was the cliffhanger all the way back in February (well, this episode ends just a bit before the manga cliffhanger, but it’s close enough), and it was creepy then and creepy now! Forget all the eyes and the wriggling black Father tentacles (OK, maybe you won’t be forgetting them after that description . . . I’ll give you a moment . . . OK, moving on) and whatnot — it’s the image of all those people glassy-eyed and straight-up dead that creeps the hell out of me the most. Probably shocked me just a bit more in the manga, just because the transition to anime doesn’t improve it all that much, but still. Ick. So many corpses . . .
He’s a happy bastard, isn’t he? Eyes everywhere, tentacles aplenty and he even has firearms now. Just throw in a dash of godhood, let it simmer for a few minutes, and you have the recipe for a pleased Father.
Speaking of (not so) pleasing things, I wasn’t completely feeling the fight between Wrath and Scar. Didn’t have quite as much raw energy as the better fights in the series, although the moment where Scar reveals that his left hand now has the ability to reconstruct is pretty cool. Ah well. There is still more fighting to be had, of course, and I know the fight at least ends in a pretty awesome way, so there is that to look forward to. Still, Father vs. everyone should be the Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan of FMA, and Wrath and Scar should be stealing the show ala Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat. (Wait, did I just reveal myself as a wrestling fan? FORGET YOU READ THAT JUST NOW.)
I’ll say that Pride vs. Ed was a fun brawl. Not often that someone will go out of his way to make Ed feel tall and then try to turn that into a disadvantage. Nobody knows the plight of the short man better than Ed, however, so lolololol. Really, when Pride tries to engage Ed as a physical fighter, that’s when it is all over. When the hell has he ever needed to brawl? He just stands back and stabs shit. His rapid deterioration makes him desperate, though, so he tries to go out of his game to give Ed a beatdown — and talk some smack while he’s at it; clearly Pride hasn’t ingested enough fiction, or else he would know that is the last thing he should do — and pays for it with a headbutt that rips off a chunk of his face. Damn. I’m not pissing off Edward Elric. Are you?
Fun episode, and cool to finally see all this stuff go down. Nothing quite like when a big shounen villain sets off the bomb, and it’s nice to see action and characters doing things and plans unfolding, unlike in certain other anime that shall remain nameless where stalling is all the rage.
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