Monday, 22 March 2010

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Episode 49

Episode fourty-nine of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood sees that battle against the new-look Pride (now with added Gluttony!) continue, and things certainly aren't getting any easier for our heroes now that this particularly dangerous Homunculus has "levelled up".

Indeed, it seems as though the gloves are finally off as even Edward Elric looks set to receive some rough treatment at Pride's hands, while the rest of his group are faring little better. Meanwhile, Alphonse has finally come back around from his own experiences at Pride's hands, leaving himself alongside his father to devise what turns out to be both a spectacular and cunning plan to deal with his threat - The kind of great set piece moment that helps to make Fullmetal Alchemist what it is.

With Pride dealt with (albeit temporarily), there are still plenty of other things to worry about, from Greed taking advantage of the situation to make a move back to Central while the success of Mustang's plan hangs in the balance while Bradley's whereabouts remain unknown. As the sun rises on the so-called Promised Day, things are only going to get even more intense as we move forward...

I probably don't even need to say it any more, but as always this was a great episode of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, featuring the usual blend of great action topped off with some great little twists and surprises, but without ever forgetting to keep the plot moving along at a decent pace and somehow managing to juggle the ever-growing raft of characters without it feeling like a burden on the series. It frequently seems as if BONES can do not wrong with this show at present, and let's hope it stays that way as we move towards the show's final straight.


thedevilfish10 said...

sup , lurking for a while ,just stop to throw my two cents in , first your right Bones is doing a hell of job with FMA . Second FMA is bigger then Bones . Unfortunately imho anime studios dont know how to market a product this big well. It might be my westernized way of thinking tho.

btw dare i say it O_O live action not on the crappy DBZ E scale, but the harry potter , lord of the scale not so much as live action as a blockbuster just think about it.

JW said...

That's what I was going to say. FMA is not Bones work. Bones is just following the script. Literally.

I cheated and looked at the manga. The manga writing is what's awesome. BONES is smart enough to realize that and is following the plot almost word for word.

What BONES is doing well is the visual part. Seeing everything in color, the animation, and hearing the sound effects makes the manga comes alive.

For that, BONES deserves plaudits.

Hanners said...

Absolutely, I have no doubt that BONES are working from some top-notch source material, but successfully translating that to the small screen is still a major undertaking, and they should be commended for doing it so well in my view.