Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood… Playing it up for laughs

I’m enjoying the new Full Metal Alchemist, but episode to episode, I’m still not sure what to make of it. Take episode 9 for example. I loved the lighthearted scenes between Ed & Winry on the phone, Ross & Brosh’s insubordination, and just about every scene with Maes Hughes. But I really dislike how they’ve apparently adopted the Soul Eater style of ruining dramatic moments with silly non-sequiturs or inappropriate artwork.

Case in point, the scene where Al confronted Ed about his body and his memories was getting pretty damn intense. And then they popped in these shots of Al, with his silly face on. And suddenly I was cracking up and the whole mood was blown. Which is a shame, because Winry’s subsequent flashback was tremendous, and one of the rare moments where I thought the new FMA handled an existing scene better than the first FMA.


The new Full Metal Alchemist cracks me up. Like I mentioned, I really enjoy watching it. I’ve been surprised. I thought it’d feel too much like a retread, but they’ve done a good job of keeping it feeling fresh. But I wish they’d keep the dramatic moments dramatic and keep the silliness for the silly scenes. Isn’t that the obvious way? Oh well.

Next week looks like another one of those episodes that I wish wouldn’t happen. Spoilers for those who’ve seen the first FMA: Maes Hughes, noooo!

2 Replies to “Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood… Playing it up for laughs”

  1. I’m pretty unsure about this series myself. I don’t know if this comic relief is a good thing or not, but it sure is funny when it’s inserted into what seems to be the worst spot possible. That said, it’s pretty bad if they’re going for the heartfelt, serious tone (I ended up not feeling any of that during this episode).

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