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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
 
 
reversing the polarity of the neutron flow: *loads gun* Die Envy DIE!shinraisei on August 9th, 2004 01:32 am (UTC)
And Al's little gasp of happiness sitting on the river bank was so cute.

Anyone notice the little yellow sparklie? ...Geez, Armstrong's sparklie influence is stronger than I thought. XD

I'm trying to still keep Hohenheim as being the evil-dude of the whole story but its somewhat hard to do at the moment. Really nice to add the bits of humour and such (Al's faces were too cute)

How long will Ed and Al keep the whole "We've created the Stone" now to themselves I wonder.

Its good to know that the brothers finally know about what happened to Hughes. That scene was well done. If they go back to Central, I think Ed and Al should go make a visit to Glacia (plus the two haven't seen Elicia since she was born or they have but only briefly) it would be nice to hear the whole thing about Hughes's 'noseyness' accompanied by a 2min flashback or something...o_o (flashback not because I'm a fan of Hughes but just because =))

I think I must be one of the few who was crying when Ed was digging up his mother's grave but that's because I've lost someone that close and for someone such as Ed to end up doing that is like...gut wrenching for me to witness. Definatly the most moving part of the episode imo. (It made me hate Ed for a bit but I guess thinking that its for them to gain an edge over Sloth somewhat cooled those feelings ^^;;.)


Episode 45: Hmm... Roy is going to confront the Fuhrer for sure I'm hoping for just a heated armguement (and then having me speculate Roy being demoted) and not a Roy v Fuhrer King Bradley battle because...uhm, Bradley would own him like that (even if he has 1 out of his 5 swords with him). And an attack on the leader would sent Roy directly to court and turn the military against him too. Not something we need to see.

What about Maria? Is she going to have the same fate like in the manga or no?

2$ on a Winry and Ed moment =_= (Like the whole "I was hoping that Mr. Hughes could have some the pie I baked..." in the manga where if you feared a WinryxEd at the last panel before the next page you were greeted instead to a sobbing Winry and Ed bearing as witness and having a bit of the pie before angsting again.)


So much to think about o_o;
Yuuki Hikari: EdStrayDogyuukihikari on August 9th, 2004 01:53 am (UTC)
Roy is going to confront the Fuhrer for sure I'm hoping for just a heated armguement (and then having me speculate Roy being demoted)

I think it'll be something that has to do with Roy not returning with the Elric brothers; Roy's going to try and make a stand in his own/Edward's defence... and get put down ._. how far down... hnnn (demotion, verbal lashing, re-assignment, threat... more eviller than that o.o hoe)... Fuhrer's going to be EVIL next episode *ominous*

What about Maria? Is she going to have the same fate like in the manga or no?

No! no... I really like Maria, that'll make me cry for her again. She's a good psuedo-mom for the boys...

2$ on a Winry and Ed moment =_=

u.u I hope not... shoo! put your money away >_>... any Winry/Ed cuteness is SO under-developped in the series it would look unnatural. The series has done good with keeping Ed free of having to worry about things like 'Winry/Ed moments' so he can focus on the task at hand. His brain couldn't handle Winry ^^; it's close enough to exploding already.
Nikkisarashina_nikki on August 9th, 2004 02:43 am (UTC)
any Winry/Ed cuteness is SO under-developped in the series it would look unnatural.

Seriously.

For fun I'm playing at making a vid to the song "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks. You know the one, with the chorus "I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'm a child, I'm a mother" etc. It's just a little tribute to the girls of FMA because I love them so.

And the line "I'm a lover"? My options for this are: Lust, Rose, and Izumi. -_-;

This series has zero romance. And how I love it.

If the series ends with any sort of overt Ed/Winry I will be very, very surprised. Surprised, and disappointed.
Tammy, mauled by fluff bunnehztomoyodaidouji on August 10th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
WOAH! O.O **actually recognizes that song**

I vote Roze, not because that makes sense in particular, but more because the other two *SERIOUSLY* don't. 0.o
Nikkisarashina_nikki on August 9th, 2004 02:15 am (UTC)
I think I must be one of the few who was crying when Ed was digging up his mother's grave

That scene was so heartwrenching. My heart just broke for Ed, the way he just said "I'm sorry, I'm sorry." He wanted to do it even less than you wanted him to do it. But he doesn't have a CHOICE. And-- and-- this series will be the death of me. Me, and Ed. Oh man, it never stops. They just keep piling more and more stuff on to him. Oh Ed. Please don't die. Speaking of which:

Roy is going to confront the Fuhrer [...] What about Maria?

Please don't die Roy. Please don't die Maria.

Although, at this point I really think the time has past that Maria could have suffered the same fate she did in the manga.

Not that anyone is safe in this series. If it wasn't for the fact that the movie's been announced I'd be very afraid that it would end like Hamlet.

Waahh. People are going to die. We just don't know who. ;_; I'm so afraid.
(Anonymous) on August 9th, 2004 02:17 am (UTC)
where can u download ep 44?
Nikkisarashina_nikki on August 9th, 2004 02:24 am (UTC)
Well, I got it off IRC.

In the past couple of days someone made a very informative post detailing how to do this. If you look back you'll find it.
i am a jedi, like my father before me: fyetatooine on August 9th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC)
Not that anyone is safe in this series. If it wasn't for the fact that the movie's been announced I'd be very afraid that it would end like Hamlet.

Hey, everyone could die except for Ed.

I dunno... now that we know Ed will be alive (though we can't tell if he's restored or anything), I see several options:

1) Al dies. Ed's arm and leg are fixed. ANGST.
2) Al dies. Ed is stuck with automail. ANGST.
3) Ed and Al are restored with the Philosopher's Stone. YAY.
4) Ed and Al are restored, but someone else dies in the process. ANGST.

And all of these, of course, have variants of "Hohenheim dies" and "Dante dies" and "the Sins become funky humans" or "the Sins all go away" and "Ed becomes Fuhrer and makes Roy wear a miniskirt."
Tammy, mauled by fluff bunnehz: vitani92's FMA tomoyodaidouji on August 10th, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC)
Ed becomes Fuhrer and makes Roy wear a miniskirt. ROFL!!! XD

That would be worth paying to see the movie if that were in it! As it is, I'd still see the movie in theatres if I could...
kuromitsukuromitsu on August 9th, 2004 06:23 am (UTC)
What about Maria? Is she going to have the same fate like in the manga or no?

I really doubt it. Firstly, she met Roy in this episode, and Roy didn't give any indication of holding any grudges against her. Secondly, Roy now realized that it was the Fuhrer and his secretary manipulating the military all along for the philosopher's stone, so he knows they're the ones to blame (he probably read the notes Sheska gave him). And lastly, when Ed wants to take off after Roy, Sheska & the others talk at length about how Roy thinks there are more important things than revenge, and that he didn't tell the brothers about Hughes' deah because he didn't want them thinking about revenge and stuff. So even if she dies, I don't think it'll be Roy who kills her.