Gluttony Goes Wild
What They Say
Gluttony’s twisted powers overwhelm the Elrics – and the creature’s appetite is satisfied by battle’s end. Meanwhile, Mustang acts on his suspicions of Bradley and finds himself in the belly of the beast.
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The mark of a good series is when it has so much going on that you can’t wait for the next episode to arrive. And an even better mark is when the eyecatch – even streamed – is too long to wait to get back to the action. Episode twenty-four of this incarnation of the series has so much fun and action to it that it’s almost too much goodness for just one episode to contain.
The action side of the show dominates the first half of the episode as Gluttony really does go wild, letting out his inner beast as he intends to consume Mustang for what he did to his lovely Lust. While a straightforward fight would be fun to watch, this takes on a new dimension as there is something very different about Gluttony and what he’s eaten and taken inside him. With power unseen before by him, he levels the house and goes after Mustang with abandon. His personality is almost different, enough so that it’s calling out to Envy to come and try and talk him down before he does something truly damaging. But the damage is definitely done as the revelation about the demon inside him is striking, and it becomes something that Ed is definitely getting intimately familiar with.
The action here is really well done, with some good character moments tossed in as Mustang is being carted off due to his injuries and Lan Fan is in much the same condition. On the flip side, there’s some really strong intrigue material brought into this episode as well as Mustang eventually makes his way back to Central proper and start his method of being bold in order to save the country from the evil that has infected the military. Knowing that the Fuhrer is a homunculi, he has to start taking more proactive positions on things and sets about to find allies within the military he can count on. There’s some great dialogue going on here as she feels out a Lieutenant General that his former commander knew quite well, but there’s also some teasingly great dialogue early on between the Fuhrer and the homunculi known as Pride who is off screen for all of it. These little moments help make the show even more engaging.
This episode of the series does a really good job of balancing the action and the story while making progress going forward with everything. The characters are continually on the move, the situations are changing regularly and what they know is constantly growing but also changing the shape of where it goes. There’s a large story at work here with a good sized cast that manages to really capture your attention and keep you engaged. While some of the early episodes left me less than thrilled, as it progresses it’s really going strong both with its story and its animation. Right now this is the series that’s giving me everything I want from this genre and it’s doing it in spades. Definitely the show to be watching.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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