「天の瞳、地の扉」 (Ten no Hitomi, Chi no Tobira)
“Heaven’s Eye, Earth’s Gate”
As amazingly epic as this was with Father activating the Amestris-wide transmutation circle during the solar eclipse, the episode title of all things took away from the surprise of it all. That’s not to say using a five pillar sacrifice to open a gigantic gate on the face of the planet and literally connect Heaven and Earth is any small feat though. In light of that, what I did find surprising is how Ed and the others weren’t consumed in the process. I gather this might have something to do with them being at the center of the transmutation, since the same can’t be said about Winry and everyone else who weren’t anywhere near it. If there’s anything positive to take away from Hell on Earth taking place, it’s that no one’s actual body seemed to be swallowed up by the darkness, meaning that there’s the possibility that their souls/life energy may be able to returned somehow. With practically everything going according to Father’s plan, I’ve more or less gotten into the habit of looking for tangible ways to have a good ending in this bleak situation as things go from bad to worse. It hasn’t been easy grasping at straws, which is why I’m really enjoying how I really have absolutely no idea how this series is going to conclude. The unpredictability is awesome, provided that we’re not faced with a huge deus ex machina at the very end. For now, I’d like to continuing believing that we won’t, but we do have God involved now so who knows.
As for some specifics, it was nice to see Denny reunited with Maria and finally get to confirm first-hand that she’s alive. Watching May try to take on Father alone was pretty awesome to see too, even though she probably didn’t have a real chance when her opponent doesn’t even have to flinch to fight back. I was still rooting for her the entire way however, since May’s always been pretty resourceful with her Xing alchemy. The big surprise though was in the ongoing Wrath versus Scar fight, with the latter able to deconstruct one of Wrath’s swords before revealing that his left arm now has the ability to reconstruct. I guess this means that Marcoh was able to make sense of the research that Scar’s brother left behind after all. Pride on the other hand is a bit worse for wear after forcibly dragging Mustang though the gate as hinted at last time. Unfortunately Ed, Al, and Izumi’s attempts to actual get rid of the little homunculus once and for all proved fruitless once the time came and Father snatched them all up to open the Earth’s gate. Greed’s sudden appearance gave a brief glimpse of hope just prior to that, but I honestly have no idea how anyone’s supposed to fight a shadowy existence like Pride except infinitely stronger.
All that’s really left now is the Ishvalans’ involvement as they’re seen running around the country to key spots and banking on Scar to activate their countermeasure. If anything, it’s likely going to come down to his new-found ability to both deconstruct and reconstruct as well. Be that as it may, there’s still the actual creation of a God on Earth to deal with on top of everyone in the country dying. Remember when the good used to conquer evil? Well, it doesn’t look like that’s happening right now, but boy is it exciting for that very reason.