「みんなの力」 (Minna no Chikara)
Philosopher stones sure are handy when it comes to battle. Just take it from Al as he regenerates his armor on-the-fly while duking it out with Pride and Kimblee. Their fight was pretty fast-paced and very impressive on Al’s part, due to his quick thinking to deceive Pride with a flashbang feint. It’s too bad he didn’t just barrage the little homunculus with explosions of light (which I sure as hell would’ve love to see), but it turned out he didn’t have to in order to trap him in darkness again. As for Kimblee, who would’ve thought that this would be the last we’d see him. Due to Al’s crafty thinking of acting as bait, Marcoh was able to distract everyone with the philosopher stone, allowing Heinkel to crush Kimblee’s throat. How Al’s able to devise a plan like that so quickly and avoid detection from Pride’s Gluttony-like nose is beyond me, but damn did it make for a cool scene. Not only that, there was a surprise hit-and-run save from Yoki of all people, just so that he can share in the heroic limelight.
To be quite honest, as sick and twisted as Kimblee is, I’m a bit sad to see him go. He was definitely one of the more unique characters in this series, as he willingly sided with the homunculus just to witness what happens first-hand. I also loved hearing his sarcastic remarks to them, like when Al came storming back last episode despite what Pride thought he would do. Him and his asshole-like behavior will be missed! As for the Armstrong siblings versus Sloth fight, I would’ve never suspected the big bulky homunculus to be the fastest of the bunch. Luckily for Olivier and Alex, he can’t seem to use his speed in moderation. Still, Olivier slipped and Alex had to bail her out again, making that two times he’s saved her life during this fight. Humorously enough, all Alex got for his troubles was an argument over how Olivier decided to give Mustang the Armstrong estate if she died.
With regards to May, she may have been tricked by Envy, but I got a good chuckle out of her talking some trash to him. Namely, how avoiding his attacks are easier than those of an entire army of homunculus zombies. That’s right Envy, the mindless mob is greater than you according to the little Xing girl! Not a whole lot happened underground aside from that, nor the ongoing fight Ed, Scar, and the others are engaged in, but I did find it odd how they started playing the new opening theme “Rain” in the latter case. It was only last episode that the song was introduced and it’s already become the inspirational battle theme of sorts. Not that I didn’t enjoy it or anything, but it still felt rather soon to be using it here.
Overall, this was another action-packed episode that ended on a good cliffhanger with the timely entrance of Mustang and Hawkeye to help Ed and the others out. The preview shows Mustang absolutely losing it however, so I’m interested in seeing what happens there. The next episode title, “Flame of Vengeance”, seems to indicate that it will revolve around him. Other than that, I should mention that this episode jumped around a fair bit between the four different vantage points much like last time, but I actually liked the hectic impression it gave off with regards to the current state of Central.
* A commercial aired for the second season of Sengoku Basara following this episode, indicating that it would take over FMA’s timeslot in July. This info has been added to the official site as well.
* Credit goes to Omni for preparing the screenshots for this post as he continues to work in mysterious ways when it comes to Random Curiosity. =)
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