Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 55
「大人たちの生き様」 (Otona-tachi no Ikizama)
“The Adults’ Way of Life”
It’s time for the kiddies to step aside and let the adults show them how it’s done. From the Armstrong siblings to Izumi and Sig’s arrival into the Central fray, homunculus or not, Sloth doesn’t stand a chance when he’s up against that much brute strength — particularly Izumi’s. After seeing Izumi shoulder throw Sloth with absolute ease, I didn’t really get a chance for that amazement to sink in when Sig followed up with a surprising display of his own muscle power. The best part of that had to be Alex and Sig teaming up to deal the finishing blow though, which just had to have the heroic theme going along with it. At this point, it seriously wouldn’t feel right to have a display of courage like that without it.
As for what was undoubtedly a showdown between the most powerful alchemists, Hohenheim versus Father turned out to be a rather effortless showing by both parties, since the former was more interested in talking than fighting. Still it showcased exactly how powerful they are, plus I got a good chuckle out of how Hohenheim conveniently made himself a door to escape Father’s attack. Plot-wise, it was interesting to hear Hohenheim question why Father rid himself of the seven deadly sins through his homunculi, with the response being that they’re unnecessary for becoming the perfect being. I say interesting, because one would think that without those sins in him right now, Father wouldn’t have the desire to use a nation-wide transmutation circle on Amestris. Instead, it turns out that he’s now some sort of emotionless, methodical existence that isn’t beaming in love and all those other feelings I figure would’ve remained. As such, I gather he was just a ball of evil in a flask before and is now pretty much the same thing in a calmer and more composed shell. In any case, Hohenheim evidently knows something he doesn’t about the usefulness of emotions, which he confidently made a point of when Father failed to find a philosopher stone inside him.
Based on the preview, it looks like we’ll learn more about that next time, along with the more pressing arrival of King Bradley onto the scene. Given how Bradley has been shown to be alive in the new opening sequence for the past month already, I don’t think anyone should be surprised that he’s still around and kicking. Even if the train explosion did happen to deal some considerable damage to him, his homunculus regenerative abilities probably would’ve prevented him from outright dying. With Central pretty much taken over by Briggs’ soldiers and many of the Central ones jumping ship under Olivier’s command as they continue to try and contain the mannequin soldiers, it sure made for a good cliffhanger when Bradley decided to come in from the front gate. The only epic fail was that they decided to show Ling/Greed in the preview fighting him, which completely ruined any surprised entrance he may have had. Whoever decided to put that together must seriously love playing spoiler or something. Hell, they may as well have called it an episode “spoiler” instead of a “preview”. Someone should really teach him or her how to use <spoiler></spoiler> tags when piecing together clips for previews… *cough*