Well we all knew it was coming, but it seemed to creep up on us pretty fast. The first truly fucked up part of FMA. Regardless, they did a pretty good job presenting it, and it sets the stage for a lot of later development.
Hasta la vista, baby
The bald head and handlebar mustache is a bit cliche, don’t you think?
Some pretty slick powers nonetheless
Shou’s got the great creepy voice and closeups going on early in the episode. Even if I didn’t already know what was going to happen I’d have felt something wasn’t quite right. Although I’ve always found that the whiting-out of glasses to be an awfully lame and cliche way of showing nefarious intent.
Oh fuck =(
One of the more fascinating parts of watching FMA is Ed’s struggle to mete out justice and morality despite what he did to try to resurrect his mother. Looking at it objectively what he did was pretty horrible, and I remember him often being confronted by those who committed significant sins of their own and his trouble reconciling it all.
Well already they’ve seemingly changed from the original series. I recall that in the first adaptation just Nina-Alexander was killed by Scar, not Tucker. Eventually Tucker came back and was important at the very end, but that was presumably an anime-only thing. I suppose I’ll assume for now that he’s pretty much dead, considering what Scar just did to him.
So far they have not shied away from blood and violence, which is kind of surprising since it airs at 5pm. Fine with me though, I prefer the additional realism. I guess they are going to just skip over the entrance exam portions they went through in the first series, which I’m okay with. I’m happy at the pace they are going, and am looking forward to more action next week as Ed and Al battle it out with Scar.
Crusader’s Ministry of Propaganda
Man after all this time this part still really gets to me, its not that it was bad by any means but rather it’s so depressing. Tucker was off his rocker and by the end he was only looking out for himself since the family he kept out of poverty was utterly destroyed anyway. Knowing what was going to happen did not make it any easier for me; it was kind of like watching Nina and Alexander go to the chopping block. I just made me sick inside just thinking about it. At the very least though Scar is as every bit dangerous as I remember it seems. Still as technically great an episode as it was it made me sad, had to loop the Shin Mazinger Z OP a couple times and watch the most recent episode to get the spirits back up. In a way I guess it was one of those moments that never quite lost its power. Pacing is alright with me, delaying this wouldn’t have made it any more enjoyable so at least it is behind us now. I really don’t have the words to describe how this episode really got to me, still FMA is a great series and I suppose that even this episode helps prove it if in a way that makes the audience a bit depressed. For once I could have used some Armstrong antics, but I think it really stuck because it didn’t do that.