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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.
 
 
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Yuuki Hikari: EdStrayDogyuukihikari on August 8th, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC)
I have to agree... the impact of this episode was very disheartening. You'd have expected so much more than gag-freakin Ed with his father. It just... it was like nothing. You're right - Izumi was more powerful than this. It was like his father had gone off to a brothle for some weekend, Ed found out and decked his dad for being a dick... I mean - he ABANDONDED his wife, his children, his family, his military career for 10+ years... and we get THAT? Even Ed in the preview had more angst/anger in him than this ~_~ There was so much more class that could have been had with the whole thing. They better spoil us rotten later on to make up for it.

The Hughes thing was done really well, it was SO good to finally have the boys know that... and what a wedge that drives between Roy and Ed, yee.. Ed's got such a chip on his shoulder to begin with, and then after Roy's big speach Ed finds out that Roy's been hiding things from him. Ed had better flip on Roy something good ~_~

The Lyra/Dante thing I've been suspecting for a while... so it was a "thanks for the confirmation *nod*" sort of reaction. Rose should find some new company o.o; she's in trouble...

I wouldn't expect to see any more characters re-introduced. They've re-introduced characters that gave us NO indication that they would return to the series. Yoki/Lyra were some random episode, Tucker was supposed to have died, Barry just... well we certainly weren't expecting him to come back, especially like THAT o.o, and Rose... she also never gave us any indication that she could come back and play such an important role.

The fake Elric brothers would make sense to be brought back because of their knowledge on how to work with the red water.. however they're useless now ^^; *points to Al*. Psiren told us she wanted to come back XD; so she probably won't... since Ed already has what he's looking for, sorta.

I wonder what sort of role General Hakuro will play as the story comes to a conclusion... from the sounds of it they've re-introduced him into what could be a minor-important role. He could be very vital to either side o.o I wonder which... and how long it'll take before he dies XD;; *can see him dying... oh well*

wow o.o so much to think about
Nikkisarashina_nikki on August 9th, 2004 01:37 am (UTC)
There was so much more class that could have been had with the whole thing. They better spoil us rotten later on to make up for it.

I know! They dropped the ball this episode. There had better be some pretty darn good fanservice in the upcoming episodes.

Ed's got such a chip on his shoulder to begin with, and then after Roy's big speach Ed finds out that Roy's been hiding things from him. Ed had better flip on Roy something good

Well, I'm sure he will. Because it's Ed and that's what Ed does. But then, it's not like Ed isn't hiding things from Roy too. Oh Ed. ;_; Why can't you trust the colonel? He's in your corner. Honest.

They've re-introduced characters that gave us NO indication that they would return to the series.

I know! I think that's really, really cool. And because I'm slow on the uptake like that, I'm always surprised. At this point, Psiren and the fake Elrics are the only one-off characters who HAVEN'T been reintroduced. Well, them and the town of Youswell. Even though there's only eight episodes left I still think that atleast one of the three will make a cameo. (I really just want to see Psiren again. She's so cool)

I wonder what sort of role General Hakuro will play as the story comes to a conclusion

I honestly... have no idea what the heck they're doing with him. And they are so obviously doing SOMETHING. Mustang uses Ed to save Hakuro's butt, Hakuro sneers at Mustang's "promotion" to East City, he commands the "peacekeeping" force in Ishbar and leers at Rose, he blocks Mustang's investigation of Hughes, he gets promoted to temporary-Fuhrer during the Lior crisis, he's in command of the military force sent to retrieve Ed from Ishbar... The dude just keeps popping up everywhere.

And I do not have the faintest clue what his ultimate purpose is going to be.