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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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filling spatial gaps with prime value: by yuzu_chan - smile or get hurtamai_unmei on August 9th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC)
And yet Ed is still keeping secrets, about the Philosopher's Stone and homunculus' bones

Ed, admittedly, has a Very Good Reason for not disclosing the fact that his brother IS the Philosopher's Stone. Al, in theory, could be used or misused by nearly any person interested in breaking the laws of alchemy ... and I don't think most alchemists could turn down the chance at that kind of power. Ed is naturally more suspicious than his brother -- and then you look at Hohenheim's desertion of his family and the fact that Ed is the only one who was old enough to comprehend the loneliness his mother felt after their father left -- and it makes sense character-wise for Ed to not be so open with such a secret.

If Ed just has some heart-to-heart with any of the characters, though -- a la "boo hoo my brother lost his body and now he's the Philosopher's Stone" -- it would not fit with the characterization that Ed has shown so far.

Now, it could be that he did know she'd died and was just asking because of his weird lack of awareness of the passage of time.

There's something up with Hohenheim and his completely "off" sense of time. The issue with him confusing Winry for her mother is just too weird ... and it brings up the question(s): does Hohenheim age? Does he go off and hibernate for some significant length of time, like a bear addicted on Ambien? Does he just wake up 7 or 8 years later and think, "dang, I slept too long again"? It's too strange!

When Ed and Izumi go all clappy hands they still have to touch what they're transmuting. Dante and Hohenheim are just... clapping.

The show is clearly drawing a direct connection between Dante and Hohenheim. What's interesting is that Ed knows Dante's perfume ... which means that Hohenheim was still visiting Dante when the boys were small. Maybe that's why he left? It seems very soap-opera-ish, but it's almost like Dante and Hohenheim are -- ahem -- a couple. Not sure if that's true yet, but it's curious.
i am a jedi, like my father before metatooine on August 9th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
What's interesting is that Ed knows Dante's perfume ... which means that Hohenheim was still visiting Dante when the boys were small.

Eh... one of the other episode 44 summaries mentioned that they both smell like they're rotting from being old or something, and, like Dante rotting smells like Hohenheim rotting. Or something. *isn't quite sure*
filling spatial gaps with prime value: by yuzu_chan - smile or get hurtamai_unmei on August 9th, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'll watch that again ... I'm assuming that you're referring to the attack scene at the end, right?

*is watching the raw despite having non-l33t Japanese skills*
Nikkisarashina_nikki on August 9th, 2004 01:48 pm (UTC)
If Ed just has some heart-to-heart with any of the characters, though -- a la "boo hoo my brother lost his body and now he's the Philosopher's Stone" -- it would not fit with the characterization that Ed has shown so far.

Well, yes. The point I was making was that the sharing of pertinent information with one's allies does not fit the characterization of *any member of the FMA cast.* Do they all have reasons for being so closemouthed? Doubtlessly. Does that change the fact that by keeping secrets from their allies they're essentially shooting themselves in the foot? I don't think so.

What's interesting is that Ed knows Dante's perfume

My interpretation of that was that Hohenheim and Dante both have a similiar odor (ie, that of something really frigging old), not that Hohenheim literally smelled like the perfume Dante wears.