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  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • Running time: 25
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Episode #38

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Episode #38 Review

By Chris Beveridge     January 01, 2010
Release Date: December 30, 2009

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Episode #38
© FUNimation

The encounter with Scar is only just beginning again and it’s already filled with a lot of tense emotions.

What They Say:

When Scar is cornered by a pair of gruesome Chimeras, the Elrics enter the fray as his unlikely allies. Later, Winry's attempt to confront Scar over his role in her parent's death ends in disaster

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)”

As the series rolls along, it’s interesting to see how the somewhat lighter episodes flow into the show. The comedic side of the series doesn’t fly well for some but like the humor used in other manga and shows like Hellsing, I love the way it goes from detailed and serious to something almost outlandish. This is yet another of those episodes where it has some tense moments but also goes for the levity where appropriate to balance things out.

There’s a few areas that work well in this episode, though it spends a good bit of it on the comedy. The events in the north now have Kimblee along with the Elrics and others at the Baschool town which is pretty much a ghost town at this point where they’re trying to find Scar. The brothers manage to get away, as does Winry in another direction, as they all want to find scar before Kimblee. Before he can be found though, there’s a lengthy reunion that the brothers have with everyone else in Scars group. They all play out well enough but a whole lot of time is spent on Yoki, who the brothers met an age ago and whom they don’t remember. We get a really alternate world take on his past encounter with them that is amusing but it simply goes on too long.

A lot of this episode focuses on finding Scar, who is actually found out at first by a pair of Chimera that Kimblee has brought along with him. They’re typically stupid brutish types that just go right for the fight, but they do it just as Ed and Al wander in. This pushes the unlikely allies aspect, but not before Ed really goes overboard with the “shock and horror” of discovering the Chimera and their creepy appearances. He hams it up incredibly high and it’s almost too much but not quite. The fight itself is amusing as well since Ed continues that into it, much to Al’s chagrin as well as he finds himself used by Ed, and it’s almost out of character in how Ed deals with it. But he’s gone through so much recently that you almost see this as a release from it all by being able to just attack in whatever way he wants. Scar’s a bit surprised by all of this but his reactions are kept pretty minimal so the focus is on the Chimera and the brothers.

In Summary:

Though it’s often silly, this episode is an important one towards the end as we get the results of Winry confronting Scar again. I love the emotional tension between the two of them that comes out as Winry really wants to understand what happened while Scar knows that nothing he says will matter because it would only sound like an excuse when he really doesn’t want to offer one. Scar continues to be a good “villain” to deal with as even as simple as he is, there are layers to him that bring out more realism and internal conflict than you see in a lot of cardboard cutout villains. Things continue to slowly ramp up with this arc of the series but the little moments are what defines this episode.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment

Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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