Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 61 – What if God Were One of Us?
Before I get to the post, I want to thank everyone who voted for me in the Aniblog Tournament, and I want to congratulate steelbound of The Null Set for coming out victorious in our match-up. Best of luck to you in the rest of the tournament! While the loss stings, of course, what my run in the tournament says to me is that I am doing enough right to earn support, but also that I am not yet the best I can be. This blog is a couple of months shy from being a year old, which is still fairly young; UNMEI KAIHEN has a lot of growing to do, and you can all damn well be sure that it will grow!
Anyway, now that the meta nonsense is over with . . . this episode of Brotherhood kicks things up a notch, particularly the climax of the battle between Wrath and Scar. Where last week, I was a bit disappointed at how tame the fight between those two great warriors was, it’s clear now BONES was saving up a bit so that it could break the bank in this episode. So much movement, so much raw energy and so much viciousness! Just two powerful people going all out against each other in one burst of pure fire. Fantastic stuff.
A small bit in this episode I really like is the irony of how Wrath and Pride carry out their final moments . . . it’s almost as if their identities have switched, isn’t it? Wrath is the one full of pride for his identity as a Homunculus — he has long since accepted that humans are going to scratch and claw as much as possible to overcome the threat against him, but Wrath doesn’t stand down. He defends his turf. He has enough pride in himself to fight until the bitter end, even though he will die trying. Wrath wants to fight Scar as a warrior, but he is also fighting to ensure that Father’s plan continues.
Compare that to Pride: Kimblee calls the little guy out on his hypocrisy, on Pride’s admonishment of Greed for having no pride as a Homunculus, and then a few seconds later scheming to hijack Ed’s body for himself. Pride isn’t his final motivation; it’s fear. Interestingly enough, Pride becomes like his current container — a small, frightened child who can only stare dumbly while the bigger kid pushes him around. Without Father around to back him up, Pride is nothing. I’d feel sorry for the little guy if he weren’t such a creepy prick.
(Gotta say that the whole “turning into a Philosopher’s Stone and reducing Pride to his most basic form” is, uh, weird, though.)
I love how Father’s plan almost immediately falls apart. Not much time for him to enjoy being a god without peer; nope, Hohenheim as everything set up so that the body will expel all the precious souls required to harness such massive amounts of energy. Also, for manga readers and non-readers alike: Is it just me, or was it weird to hear Father’s normal speaking voice in a vastly younger body? He still sounds like an old man, even though he has, like, Leonardo DiCaprio’s body. Bizarre.
Going back to Scar vs. Wrath, I found Scar’s speech to be pretty poignant. Takes a lot to swallow up so much hatred and selflessly give help when it is truly needed. One thing I appreciate about FMA is that Scar’s growth feels genuine. He’s not helping out because, “OMG, Amestris is the same as us, and racism is wrong!!!!!” but because he is coming to terms with his own hatred, how it affects him, how he can change himself and how he can help his people. Things might be shit in the world, but Scar’s brother left a legacy of connection and improvement, and Scar has the ability to continue that.
Damn good episode here — consistently exciting, quickly and evenly paced, and lots of big moments. There should be no problems at all resolving the story in the next couple of episodes, which leads me to believe that we’ll get an extended epilogue in ep64. Should be pretty cool as long as it doesn’t go full on Harry Potter with it.
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