Posted by psgels on 30 May 2010 with categories: Full Metal Alchemist - Brotherhood



We’re really nearing the climax for this series now, you can really see that the focus is getting more and more back to the lead characters and especially the lead villains. The next episode should be all about Father, trying to do whatever he needs to do in order to execute that plan of his. After that there are going to be three more episodes to wrap everything up. Should be enough.

Thumbs up for especially Al in this episode: he actually refused to go back to his body, because he knew that it would be impossible to be useful with that kind of a posture. That was actually very well built up: ever since he got stuffed in that box and Pride got hold of him, he’s had a lot of trouble being useful, having to play the part of damsel in distress a few times, along with just being too far away to help out in the early battles of Central City.

This episode made a ton of promises for interesting fights: it’s not just the question of “Will Al be able to redeem himself?”, but also, “how will Roy kick ass now that his eyes are gone?”, and “what will Mai Chang’s role be if the creators went through the trouble of putting her amongst the most central characters of the story at the most crucial time?”, to a fight between Scar and Mustang that will continue into the next episode. And then there’s Ed: as the lead character but nowhere near the best fighter, what is his role going to be?

The animation was quite inconsistent in this episode: some parts were animated quite smoothly, and you can really see that the animators really like animating the fights that involve Bradley with great detail, but there also were a few speedlines, unrefined faces and still frames. The big question for that is obviously going to be whether or not the creators saved enough budget for those final episodes, especially since they’ve been teasing us over and over with that ED.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

28 Responses

  1. Acylia says:

    Let’s just hope they cut on the animation to make an awesome ending, and NOT because they’re getting poor. x/ I won’t tolerate a badly animated ending!!! >:/ The Al-scene was great, though. Poor kid.

  2. Acylia says:

    Oh, btw, what was your opinion on the Roy-stuff this week? :o

  3. Puran says:

    Is it really only three more episodes? If the last manga chapter is really as huge as its rumoured to be (100+ pages), 3 eps don’t seem enough.

  4. Serpit says:

    4 episodes.

    And rumors are just rumors. It will probably be big, and should get an entire episode according to my calculations, but not as humongous as people speculate. I’d say ~80 pages tops.

    Anyway, the next episodes will be very fast-paced. They covered nearly 2 chapters this week and there was barely any filler, which is a good sign considering the last few episodes were pretty slow.

  5. psgels psgels says:

    Well, in an interview the director said that he was surprised how huge the final chapter was, so who knows?

    Acylia: well, it’s always easy to kill, limb or cripple a character when a story is nearly done. Roy’s eye loss was indeed shocking, but what’s much more important is how the last episodes will end up using it.

  6. Linnie says:

    Next episode SHOULD be the one where the well animated episodes start as it will be mostly action packed…
    What made me cringe this week: Mustang held Hawkeye, cried for her not to die while NOT trying to even pressure her wound. Not very wise from an Ishbal veteran. If I remember correctly, she had her hand tight against her neck the whole time in manga.

  7. Keith says:

    Linnie, actually I just re-read that chapter and it seems like as Mustang is holding her, neither of them are really touching her neck. Mustang’s hand looks like it’s on her shoulder-ish, but again, it doesn’t exactly look like he’s applying pressure.

  8. Linnie says:

    Keith: You’re right. Well, it freaked me out in anime, probably it was more obvious. Thanks for clearing it up for me.

  9. Ergo says:

    I’m I the only one that was disappointed with the Alphonse scene? The manga…that was one of the best moments in the manga…and here…it was rushed, the animation was sloppy, it didn’t feel emotional enough at all.

  10. Cornwiggle says:

    In all honesty, they never should have fixed a set timeslot for this anime, intending to finish a manga THAT WASN’T EVEN DONE YET.

    I’m going to be pissed if they’ve been doing so great this far, only to rush the ending and ruin it.

  11. Ebod says:

    Truth to be told, though, I don’t think ANY of us expected the last chapter to be a whooping 150 pages…

  12. Ergo says:

    The 150 pages thing isn’t confirmed though…

    But I still feel that the chapter will be at least 100 pages or somewhere around there.

  13. StWolf says:

    How is it that Al’s body can be sentient apart from a soul within it? Is there a bit of Al still in that body?

  14. Kane says:

    “to a fight between Scar and Mustang that will continue into the next episode”

    I think you mean Bradley there, champ :-)

    Also, I’m gonna LOL if next episode, Mei thinks she woke up Al thanks to the POWAA OF LOVE.

  15. Kane says:

    BTW, this is for psgels: back in ep 56 you thought Roy was one of the characters who stood a good chance of defeating Bradley handily.

    Guess it’s really the other way around, huh? Good thing the bad guys need Roy alive, else he would’ve had two swords through his heart and neck instead of his hands.

  16. mangatoread says:

    I agree with you. AL refused to be on container is the best part..
    And I can’t wait to continue watching Scar vs King Bradley..

  17. Keith says:

    I thought they did the Al’s body part pretty well actually. They gave Al rejecting his body a more ominous feel to it, which is definitely fitting considering what happens next.

    Also Scar vs. Wrath is easily my favorite part of these last parts of the story. I’m so glad they’ve been doing justice to its start. I’m looking forward to episode 61 even more so just to see how they handle the rest of it :)

  18. Bobby says:

    @Ergo
    i kinda see your point w/ the Al scene a bit. i didn’t like the transition to that scene, so at first it seemed a bit rushed, but the overall scene wasn’t bad although the manga did it better IMHO…

    i have to say Bones has done wrath/bradley true justice in this series… from the moment he owned the ice guy in the 1st ep you KNEW this was not going to be the talky/little-action bradley from the 1st series. nice new BGM w/ him and scar too… too bad the dubbed version of brotherhood has the same english voice actor from before, his voice is NOT scary/angry at all

    @Cornwiggle
    setting the ep number probably allowed them to pace themselves, which is why the 1st 14 eps that covered stuff from the 1st series was rushed a bit to get to ling/may/new stuff as soon as possible. it might be a little rushed, but since chapter 100 the manga has really slowed down timewise so speeding up isn’t necessarily a bad thing it they do it right.

  19. Ergo says:

    @StWolf:

    Al’s Truth is wearing Al’s body. It’s Al’s Truth that’s talking not Al’s body.

  20. Jo says:

    You know, I’m starting to feel paranoid. The anime has what-3 or so more episodes to go? They have maybe, 7 more chaps to cover, plus the recent manga chapters had quite an increase in pages, with the last one presumed to have at least a 100 pages. Can they actually make this work?

  21. Keith says:

    @Ergo, that’s not exactly true. He says something along the lines of “I would be proud to be your container.” At least that’s what the line is in the manga I read.

    If that was the truth speaking…wouldn’t he not be referring to himself like that?

  22. Roldan says:

    great episode as usual.

    @Bobby

    That’s the best part of the english dub, he sounds like a nice old man when he’s just talking but when he’s badass, he sounds scary as hell. Watch the episode when Bradley fights Greed and you’ll hear what i mean.

  23. Bobby says:

    @Keith
    i think Ergo’s take on “Truth”/Al is largely right… i mean how would Al’s body know that his soul going back to the real world would be a bad thing? a god (i.e. Truth) would know because HE’S GOD… plus, Ed’s version of “Truth” has his arm and leg on it’s “body”, in Al’s case his entire body was taken so in that respect Al’s version of “Truth” is “wearing” his entire body as a toll. even the line you quoted (i WOULD be proud to be YOUR container) it’s seems like Truth is speaking.

    @Roldan
    haven’t seen the past few dubbed eps so you may very well be right, i just think that the natural voice of Bradley’s actor doesn’t really fit his face/look/age like the japanese actor does. but what you said totally makes sense

  24. Anzai says:

    There is one thing I don’t understand though… How the hell did they make Mustang perform the transmutation?
    Until now the so called “magic system” was explained in detail and had logic in every aspect. But now suddenly Mustang is forced to perform a transmutation even if he strongly doesn’t want that. I thought that alchemy is performed with the mind,as the place where the knowledge is, and than the transformation of the object takes place, or something like that. Maybe i just don’t understand the alchemy system good enough… Anyone care to explain?

  25. Keith says:

    @Anzai, it will be explained in the upcoming episodes. There’s a price to pay for everything. It will also explain why they couldn’t just group together a bunch of alchemists and force them to do the transmutations.

  26. goody says:

    @Anzai: knowledge was in goldtooth. Alchemic powers were from kimbly. Roy just had the bad luck of being pinned down on the transmutation circle.
    but the one doing the transmutation was Pride….. and he too had to pay the price. But more of this in the next ep :)

  27. Anzai says:

    Thx for the answers. ^^ That was helpful

  28. scytheslash says:

    @Anzai Also the array they used for Mustang’s transmutation was different from the one Ed and Al use, it looked a lot more squarish.
    its interesting to contrast this with the Ed, Ling and Envy episode in Gluttony’s stomach. That time the whole process was guided by Ed who had already been once to the gate, and Envy was the energy source. Here Pride was doing everything, and neither Pride nor Mustang had any advance knowledge of the gate, they couldn’t guide themselves to it or away from it. Or maybe Pride adjusted the parameters so that Mustang just HAD to lose something….

    Mustang’s toll was much lighter, i guess he just lost the capacity for sight, not the entire eye itself.

Leave a Reply

Shoutbox

Name:
Email:
For:  
Mail will not be published
  • Nyangoro
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 03:01 PM)
    If it becomes an issue, it might just be best to put “more” tags (or however they’re done on this site) on posts beyond a certain word count.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 02:21 PM)
    @Hal, Ninja is excessive. I think his Psycho Pass 02 review was a bit too much of a wall of text. Though my ones are only a little bit bigger than Psgels posts in his prime. But again he didn’t have a set word count.
    Personally I find it odd that reading an episodic review becomes a chore simple because of an extra paragraph.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 02:11 PM)
    @Anraiki, If you could into detail about how they are “Not what they used to be” that would be greatly appreciated. If you can’t be assed to do that and just want to tell us we suck then screw you too.
  • hal
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 02:01 PM)
    I’m rather bothered by the length of the episodic reviews. I don’t really mind the way of writing or the content or anything, it’s the length that bothers me. If I wanted to read a novel, I’d read randomc or, well, a novel. Please try to keep them short at 300-500 words at max. k-off is doing this allright, ninjarealist and aidan write waaaay to much. It’s too much of a bother to read.
  • Anraiki
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 01:06 PM)
    boy… these reviews are not what they use to be
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 12:40 PM)
    @Bam, That sounds like the lamest Fan fiction of fate I have ever heard.
    @Miyako, Monty python and the holy grail never had a holy grail. Nor did they reference it much besides saying they were searching for it. Obvious troll is obvious, go back to your bridge.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:48 AM)
    @Wyatt@Friend: That exploitation/horror flick megan is missing was alright, doesn’t deserve to be in the same sentence as Martyrs however , Marytrs was much better. This film had a good idea behind it for a horror, it did actually try to make the audience care and the ending feels rightly grimy with one decent working shock, it got on the wrong side of corny at points though. Average fare.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:40 AM)
    @Bam@Realist: Tow ubukata writing psycho pass over urobuchi and a possible more ghost in the shellish feel at some point may get me to look into it someday.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:38 AM)
    @Wyatt: Also new apocalypse no toride chapter.
    Also meant to ask you, what is your opinion of “sad and tragic themed hentai” .
    Also I am now starting my 12 days of halloween thing with The prowler.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Oct 20. 2014 11:36 AM)
    @Wyatt: To each their own but objectively/on assumption, those doujins you mentioned don’t sound that bad to me. And now I’ve gone and admit that a person of nutjob taste like me apparently likes the idea of vanilla hentai outside of yuri.
    I’d hope they have the permission of the creators to sell those doujins, but I doubt it. I’ve always used e-hentai instead.

1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · »

Featured Posts

Gugure! Kokkuri-San- 03

This show has a great cast, but some chinks in the armor are starting to appear in the comedy. So far, this anime seems to lack a consistent tone, which shows through just how hit-and-miss the comedy is. It attempts to mix elements of light and dark comedy along with slice-of-life and tries to excel in all three […]

Psycho Pass 2 – 02

Episode two continues right where episode one left off and progresses about how you might have guessed. Akane chases the mysterious villain pulling the strings, getting only cryptic responses from Kitazawa. Shimotsuki confronts Akane with her misgivings about Akane’s handling of the arrest. And we finally get some subtle hints towards Kougami’s existence and how his disappearance might […]

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks – 02

The stage is set, the actors are in place and the curtain is rising. So I can say this episode’s title was certainly apt. Unfortunately this week we have no bombastic fight scene to ogle and instead we get a heavy dose of info dumping. This is not the most exciting of episodes but the […]

Grisaia no Kajitsu – 02

The grisaia visual novel was by no means perfect. In fact if I was to summarize it as concisely as possible I would deem it a mixed bag. Some great moments but quite a number of bad storytelling decisions. Still there was hope for this anime adaption. After all the Steins Gate adaption managed to […]

Parasyte-the Maxim- 02

Before I continue reviewing this anime, let me put up a disclaimer: I will be discussing the anime of Parasyte, not the manga. If you want to talk about spoilers, I recommend you go to a site that will talk about those things. Don’t be an ass and discuss spoilers down in the comments, because […]

Some Quick First Impressions: Grisaia no Kajitsu, Trinity Seven and Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de

Grisaia no Kajitsu Short Synopsis: Our protagonist joins a school that has five troubled girls in attendance. AidanAK47’s impression: Grisaia has all the elements to cause many to write it off as a typical harem anime. Protagonist who only wants a ordinary life? Check. Joins school with several female beauties? Check. Panty shots? Sigh…check. The […]

Akatsuki no Yona – 02

In the first impression I said I didn’t expect Akatsuki no Yona to succeed if it went down the serious drama route. However, after watching the second episode, I’m starting to think I might have been wrong about that. There were still a lot of moments that felt corny or derivative to me, such as the stand-off between Hak […]

Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis- 02

This episode devotes its entirety setting up the characters as well as the journey coming ahead, and it does so very well. Here’s the thing-this season, we have a ton of shows packed with great style, animation, and direction, but none are as stylistic as Shingeki no Bahamut. I remember a few months ago when I watched […]

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Bladeworks – 01

First things first. To those of you coming into this anime from the prequel anime Fate/zero I suggest that you do not expect another fate/zero. Fate/zero and fate/stay night are two different beasts. If I was truly pushed I would say that Fate/zero is the more mature series whereas Fate/stay night was the more shounen […]

Latest Reviews

Clipboard06

Nerawareta Gakuen Review – 84/100

Let me talk a bit about Ryousuke Nakamura. For a long time, this guy was my hero. He started off as an assistant director to Monster, in my opinion a big reason why that series got such a ridiculously solid adaptation, and then in 2008 he came with the groundbreaking Mouryou no Hako. No TV-series […]

Clipboard03

Kick Heart

Okay, so I didn’t want to exit 2013 without having seen Masaaki Yuasa’s Kick Heart. It’s only twelve minutes anyway, and I consider him to be one of the best anime directors out there. The story here is pretty silly and mostly serves as a backdrop, so I mostly want to talk about the nature […]

Clipboard01

Kyousogiga Review – 90/100

Everyone’s taste is different, and that’s a wonderful thing because that allows us to have so many different forms of media that all aim toward their own niche. My blog is obviously written from the perspective of my own taste, and even when a show doesn’t cater to it (which is nearly always), I love […]

Clipboard04

Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Lovecome o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru Review – 80/100

Noucome! You do not want to know how long I have been waiting for a series like this. More than half a decade, at the very least. Finally a series comes along and puts the incredibly overused harem genre in its place. And it actually does it well. Thank you! So to elaborate: the harem […]

Clipboard01

Pokemon: The Origin Review – 75/100

Normally I try to avoid spoilers with these reviews, but screw it, it’s Pokemon. Pokemon The Origin is a bomb of nostalgia. If you haven’t played Pokemon Red, Blue or Green, then you will not enjoy this one slight bit. This really is made as pure undilluted fanservice for the fans of the first games. […]

Clipboard08

Tamayura – More Aggressive Review – 75/100

I’m not going to dedicate a post for my impression for the final three episodes of this series. It was just too boring to write much about. I guess that that gives a pretty accurate indication of what I think about this series. Right at the start of Tamayura’s second season, I asked one question: […]

Clipboard04

Silver Spoon Review – 86/100

When Noitamina started airing two series per season, it was amazing. It’s a timeslot that on average tends to be aimed at a much older audience than usual, and having two series with the same mentality definitely helped to bring more diversity to anime overall. Unfortunately it’s a schedule that could not be kept up […]

Clipboard07

Yondemasuyo, Azazel-San Z Review – 82,5/100

Reviewing a comedy sequel usually is quite simple: in most cases it just drops the bomb and runs out of inspiration, and in rare cases it actually manages to stay hilarious. The tricky thing with these kinds of series is that you need to remain funny, and you need to have the inspiration for that. […]

Clipboard05

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet Review – 81/100

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet tells the storyline of a planet that is completely submerged, with only giant ships residing on the surface, while one of those ships gets visited by this guy and his AI-mecha from this very technologically advanced civilization. Yes, this show is about world building. What this show managed to do […]