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13 June 2005 @ 07:39 pm
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Holy shit, I think I may love Full Metal Alchemist even more. This arc (27-32) follows that favorite spiral pattern of the series -- light hearted beginning with Ed and Al fleeing in comic terror of their sensei, winding its way toward a crescendo of oh SHIT moments. What really happened when Ed brought Al back. What happened to Ed's arm and leg. And just what was created in the failed attempt to bring Trisha back.

Random thoughts:

It's startling to see just where gentle Al stops being the sweet peacemaker. Restoring Ed's body really is as much of a goal for him as the reverse is for Ed, and he can be as blinkered in pursuing it as Ed.

Armstrong is such a *bad* faker! He's interestingly torn between trying to make up for his sins during the Ishbal Massacre and obedience to the military. He doesn't have Roy's ruthless ability to make whatever moral compromises he feels he needs to without feeling distress.

Ed's still in furious denial of the further consequences of their sin. He can deal with taking moral responsiblity for the mutilation of them both, but acknowledging what they made of their mother. He's also a lot more willing to side with the military than I would have thought before; he went and confronted Izumi-sensei when he could have just avoided it.

Can I hope that Roy manages to avert at least one bloody massacre? God knows there's already been enough.

And let me guess, it's probably not co-oincidental that Dante has a Big Red Stone brooch, hmm?

I've been trying to be good and ration the episodes out, but I may have to go for the marathon.

I'm also watching the first season reruns on Cartoon Network, and I find myself doing a little "The Angsts of Edward Elric" commentary during the credits. "Scholarly angst! Angst in the rain! Dramatic angst (reach for sky, clench fists in agony!) Angst in the shadows! Broody angst!... and for our brief snip of closing credits, a special Angst in the Snow!" Good thing the boy is pretty when he angsts.

Other summer anime viewing:

Samurai Champloo: Gave it a shot. Visuals interesting, with the combination of hipster glasses and traditional samurai outfits, but nothing that hooked me. Staying off my season pass list.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: I'm catching up on the middle section of this, having already seen beginning and end. My opinion remains the same though: worth the watch, but not something I think I'll feel any urge to rewatch. But one of the most beautiful opening credits of any anime ever. All hail Yoko Kanno!

.hack/Legend of the Twilight Band: Years ago I saw a couple of episodes of .hack/SIGN, but the complete lack of identifiable plot kept me from seeking out any more. But I've got so little interesting to watch right now I trolled around the animation section and found this, and the first episode seemed interesting enough to keep watching. Plus, how could I resist the cheestastic fun of lines like this:

"Lower your swords! This man here is a... system administrator!"
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Sea Gypsyfrankenboob on June 14th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
Do you have the series on DVD? We've been watching them off Adult Swim, but there haven't been that many episodes.
Lauratavella on June 14th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
I might have mysteriously obtained possession of fansubs for the rest of the series, if there might be interest in them :)
One Part Exuberance; Two Parts Obsessionpenguingal on June 14th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
My brother gave me a Full Metal Alchemist figurine for my birthday, and I don't even watch Anime. He just has a rep for giving strage and unanticipated gifts...
Lauratavella on June 14th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
It's really an excellent series. I'm pretty picky in my anime, and I love it unconditionally.
Marithmarith on June 14th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
I'm not reading, la la la la....

But I loved the sysadmin line. Sometimes I miss my former profession :)
Lauratavella on June 14th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
Hee. It was the dramatic way she said it that made me giggle.
Loligololigo on June 14th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
Hey, you're just as far as I am in the series! So, I'm a bit confused: do we actually know what resulted from the resurrection of their mother? As far as I recall, the scene always fades to black after the horrifying bug-eyed thing, and all along I had been assuming that Ed destroyed the thing. Now, apparently, we're supposed to assume that it either shuffled away under its own power, or disappeared back into the gate only only to emerge when the time was right. In either case, the resulting being must be one of The Seven. But has this been explicitly stated, and I just missed it, or is this all still surmise at this point?
Laura: FMA: Pay for Lovetavella on June 14th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
Surmise, but I think really solid surmise. We've seen demonstrated how the inhuman results of attempted resurrection come back later human-shaped homunculi, we've had it said that Sloth is new, she sounds like their mom, she looks like their mom... I think it's pretty certain by now.

I do think Ed torched the mom-thing, it was very crispy post Al-recovery, but that doesn't mean much with homunculi, it seems. The main question is whether it just happened by itself or whether someone came back and did something with the mom-thing remains.