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08 August 2004 @ 10:02 pm
Episode 44  


I am exceedingly underwhelmed.

I've been waiting for the Ed-Hohenheim reunion since episode THREE and... this is it??

I recognize the need for an episode that is atleast partially lighthearted. If the entire audience went off and committed suicide from the angst overload there wouldn't be anyone left alive to buy the dvds.

STILL.

The reunion with Izumi was about ten thousand times more emotionally charged and she was teacher. This is their FATHER. And that's it? Ed punches him in the face and Al has a talk with him inside a tent and then he's gone again?

In the previous episodes I felt absolutely certain that something big was going down in Rizenbul. With Winry and Scheizka, Hohenheim, Ed and Al, Ross and Broche, Mustang-tachi, plus a military force headed by General Hakuro, and probably the homunculus ALL about to converge at Rizenbul-- I was so sure something big was going to happen.

But no.

I mean, okay, the episode really wasn't all bad. It had it's good points.

But I was really invested in seeing that Ed-Hohenheim reunion scene. And I didn't get what I wanted and I'm pouting a little. I'll get over it. And if I don't, I'll write fic.

Let me talk about Hohenheim for a minute. >_< I'm not sure how I feel about the anime's decision to make him-- well, if not good, then significantly less evil than his manga counterpart. It seems to me that the anime is making him one of the "good guys," so to speak. With all his "how sad"s and "I'm sorry"s and his mournful, regretful, nostalgic expressions obviously they're trying to provoke sympathy for him.

To which I say: no fricking way. He's sorry? GOOD. He SHOULD BE. Because he's a DEADBEAT DAD. He abandoned his wife and children! And I'm sure that this is caused in part by my own issues, but Hohenheim will *never* get *any* sympathy from me. Period. It's just not in me.

Whereas, in the manga, I find his character fascinating because he's, you know, EVIL. An evil guy who abandons his family to go forth and do evil stuff? That's interesting. I don't have to expect him to conform to any sort of moral standard because he's EVIL. A guy who is NOT evil and abandons his family anyway just makes me go like this: >_< HIT HIM AGAIN ED!!!

I acknowledge and accept my issues. That doesn't change the fact that I dislike Hohenheim. Also, he was hitting on my Maria. That makes me angry.

So, yes. Underwhelmed with Hohenheim and underwhelmed with the episode as a whole.

Of the good: Ed hauling Mustang down by his collar to growl at him with about three inches between their faces. Mmm. And then Ed's frantic screams as Al falls into the river-- oh man, my heart caught in my throat for him. And then Ed calling him an idiot and jumping in to drag him out... Ed loves his brother so much. And Al's little gasp of happiness sitting on the river bank was so cute. I can't wait til he's restored. And then when they finally found out about Hughes.... Oh, my poor boys. Oh Ed.

Also, Ed is so pretty with his hair down. So, so pretty. ::sigh::

The Lyla = Dante plot twist? I kinda figured. Which is strange, because I am almost always caught completely off guard by the plot twists. It's weird to have figured one out in advance. Although I want to know what the heck she's doing with Rose! Run away, Rose! Run away!

I must say, I am continually impressed by the absolute *tightness* of the plot. Characters introduced as one-offs (a la Yoki, Lyla, Tucker, Barry, and Rose) are brought back later on to play vital roles. And if an important character is going to be introduced later on, they're seemlessly woven into the background of the series until when we finally meet them it's like we already know them. A la Kimberly, Archer, Izumi, and Hakuro. I'm still holding out for Psiren's comeback.
 
 
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
 
 
chrononuriko on August 8th, 2004 10:56 pm (UTC)
Technically the manga Hohenheim isn't confirmed to be Hohenheim.

Everyone assumes he is though...and heck, even I have to say that it's pretty obvious that he is -- but it still isn't confirmed, and Arakawa might just be playing with people.

And I'm sure there is a good reason on why he abandoned his family and such, it's not as if we know much about him thus far...and he does seem to be involved in something big.

I do have to say that I was similarly underwhelmed with the reunion though...

And yeah, I saw the Lyra = Dante plot twist from several miles away as well. Heck, that's what first came to my mind when Lyra started acting all weird right after Dante 'died'...
Nikkisarashina_nikki on August 9th, 2004 01:10 am (UTC)
but it still isn't confirmed, and Arakawa might just be playing with people.

Yeah, I wouldn't put it past her. Oh, Arakawa-sensei. Why must you hurt me so? T_T

And I'm sure there is a good reason on why he abandoned his family and such

There could be, but I'm not holding my breath. He's such a loopy guy, I think he just wandered off and didn't realize that 15(?) years had gone by. After all, he thought Winry was her mother. I get the feeling that, as he was riding the train back to Rizenbul, he was thinking he'd go back and find his family exactly the way he'd left it.

Or I could be wrong.
summerwolf on August 9th, 2004 01:32 am (UTC)
You know, the interesting thing is that he thought Winry is her mother, but he recognizes Ed and Al immediately....XD
Nanyananya_hime on August 9th, 2004 02:03 am (UTC)
Well, he couldn't mistake Ed as himself XD
Yuuki Hikari: EdStrayDogyuukihikari on August 9th, 2004 02:04 am (UTC)
Hoenhiem must have known Winry's mom as a pre-teen/teenager to comment on her growing. Which means, if there's something up with this man's aging process or concept of time, both Winry's family (Pinako included!?) and Trisha Elric would have come to realize this. I think all the adults in those two families may have known something judging by Pinako's subdued reaction & introduction of Hoenhiem to Winry... and the fact we never really get to see Trisha extreemly upset over her husband's abandonment of his family. We get her forlorne look; it's never a "bastard took off on me ~_~" more like a "He'll come back eventually... I know it, I'll wait" look. Unless I knew something was up, I'd be damn PO'd at MY husband >_>
Nikkisarashina_nikki on August 9th, 2004 02:22 am (UTC)
Hoenhiem must have known Winry's mom as a pre-teen/teenager to comment on her growing.

The weirdest thing about this is that Hohenheim lived in Rizenbul until Al was 1 or so. Which means that Winry had already been born. Which means that Hohenheim knew Sara as an adult. ...so why the comment about her having grown?

Hohenheim. o_O You're so weird.
Yuuki Hikari: EdwardFuFuyuukihikari on August 9th, 2004 02:24 am (UTC)
*breaks from a good and productive use of brain cells*

The dude's been smokin some good drugs >.> his brain's simply fried.
Nikki: shin cigsarashina_nikki on August 9th, 2004 02:26 am (UTC)
Word.
reversing the polarity of the neutron flow: *loads gun* Die Envy DIE!shinraisei on August 9th, 2004 01:35 am (UTC)
Technically the manga Hohenheim isn't confirmed to be Hohenheim.

Its not confirmed but if you've read the chapters prior like 22 or 23 I think, and compare it to chapter 30 where we see a man in a chair, you'll notice that the man in the chair bears the same features to Hohenheim (Unless Hohenheim is Pride which we all know wouldn't work). =)