Okay, well the most noticeable thing that I just need to start by pointing out was the amount of split-screens used in this episode. At first, I thought of it as a more artistic thing that looked somewhat cool, but by the fourth or fifth split-screen, I thought it was overdoing it a little bit; especially since it didn’t really work in what it was trying to accomplish by using that affect. Anyway, this was the first arc to appear in the original series and back then, it always seemed to be the weakest part and even now it continues that trend. Luckily, this time they managed to make it more condensed in a good way and make it somewhat more interesting, but it still was not nearly as good as the past two episodes.
The fight became a bit more interesting and some of the scenes that were very similar to the last series became much more believable this time. It made a good introduction to the next arc about the chimeras, which I don’t remember was ever mentioned last time with the lion-beat-thingie. Besides the overuse of the split-screen, I also felt that for the negative, they made too many short jokes about Edward. They have to give us time before they put another one in because at the moment it almost seems like they are trying too hard to make a joke out of it. Like when Rose was talking about if Ed prayed a little more maybe he would get taller, but that doesn’t even make much sense in whichever religious context you want! In general, I at least enjoyed myself and I was glad to see this episode was much better than I would have expected at least.
Best Moment: Ed standing on his luggage to see above the crowd (cute!)
This was once again a one episode arc involving Shou Tucker. I can see the logic behind rushing through these arcs, but I think they may even being going through them too fast. Technically this episode even hit two birds with one stone because if you can remember they made a slight reference to another episode from the original series and rather than actually making an episode for it they just said that Ed and Al discovered his plans and got him arrested. The problem with having an episode so short is that it doesn’t give the characters a chance to grow on us or let them express their emotions. For those who have seen the series before they naturally already love their characters, but even so I personally feel myself becoming detached from the characters and the stories. I remember back with the original series, this was an amazing arc where it would end with Ed crying in to the night rain.
Although, I make it sound extremely cheesy phrasing it like that, it was much better than what we got in this episode where Ed made a random outburst to Mustang of all people screaming “We are Human!” It just didn’t deliver the same affect that it could have. The chimera itself was done properly at least and definitely gave me the creeps and this time, unlike some real characters, apparently Nina and Alexander morphed together were able to show us some real emotions! With barely any of a vocabulary to begin with, when the chimera was just crying as its “dad” got shot I actually felt bad…So the next episode is apparently going on to another fight with scar, which is really a jump in time. Thinking over some past episodes, I hope they won’t skip certain ones that I liked altogether with, but from the looks of it, it seems the creators only really want to get the old plot lines out of the way to make for the new. So, it’s hard to really judge the series as it is now because I’m thinking it will be about 10 episodes before we get into the new stuff and before then it really is only a sort of really well done recap.
Best Moment: Doggie!