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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
 
 
Mad Maudlinginzai on August 9th, 2004 04:28 am (UTC)
I'm really interested to see what his connection to Dante is. Particularly since they both have this level of alchemy that outshines even Ed and Izumi who have seen the so-called "Truth." When Ed and Izumi go all clappy hands they still have to touch what they're transmuting. Dante and Hohenheim are just... clapping. I am intrigued.

But are we really certain that Ed has to touch the thing he transmutes? I ask because the characters seem to fall into a complancy, almost, when it comes to alchemy. They almost never seem to stretch their abilties further than what they've already proven they can do, and with the potential for a hugely horrible backlash, I can understand it. But Ed had the ability to do alchemy wihtout an array for months before he figured it out, and when he did, he didn't clap his hands to do so. He just laid hands on the basin of water and suddenly it was steaming. The ability to not have to clap, which everyone else seems to need, appears to me to be a far more interesting one than not needing to touch it. We also know that Al doesn't stretch his powers as far as he could (though I believe in the manga he's starting to change this). Al's also seen the Truth, but we don't see him going about doing arrayless alchemy even though, technically, there is nothing to stop him from doing so. I figure that Ed's touching whatever he's transmuting is more convinence than a limiting factor, particularly since the majority of times Ed transmutes, he's needs it in his hands because he's about to do something with it.
Saya Aensland: Me like. (by yukihime9)saya_aensland on August 9th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC)
But Ed had the ability to do alchemy wihtout an array for months before he figured it out, and when he did, he didn't clap his hands to do so. He just laid hands on the basin of water and suddenly it was steaming.

He slammed his fist into his palm right before he laid his hands on the basin. He brought his hands together, which is enough to create the circle that is the basis of the hand-clappy.
Mad Maudlinginzai on August 9th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
Then the question is whether that's an actual limitation on Ed's part or if he's never tried otherwise. It's been some time since I've seen the earlier eps... Had to delete them in order to make room for the new. But keep in mind also that of all the characters we know of, Ed's the only one who has seen the truth twice. It's entirely possible that the others have as well, but it's not confirmed. And there is the precedence in FMA to not push the boundries of alchemy. Ed would never have thought to use arrayless alchemy if he hadn't discovered it by accident.
Nikkisarashina_nikki on August 9th, 2004 02:04 pm (UTC)

You make a good point, especially about the fact that people (normal, non-evil people) are afraid to see just how far alchemy can go. Hm. ::wants Ed to learn the advanced!clappy too::