Something wicked lurks deep below the capital of Central.
What They Say
The light is gone. Shadows swallow everything. As the planet quakes and the heavens tremble, the souls of heroes and villains alike vanish into darkness. The circle is complete.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the choice that Mustang was forced into in the previous episode, it ended in a way that's truly cruel for him as he's had his sight taken from him at the time when things are their most dangerous. It was a key move that was of critical importance to Father as it now has all five of the Sacrifices present and accounted for and having lost something important to them. As important and disturbing of a move as it was, it's one that also changes the game a little bit as Ed realizes that Mustang's personal gate was forced open and that gives him some ideas. It doesn't hurt that they can use their alchemy down here now as well.
One of the more interesting fights of this final arc has been the battle between Bradley and Scar as the two of them are incredibly intense in their actions. It's interesting that Bradley has shuffled off most everything of his self at this point, giving in to the primal need to fight and to do it to the death if necessary. Scar was much like that at the beginning of the series with his sense of purpose, but he's now at the interesting point where he's fighting for something more and has allies in that fight. It's not quite a reversal of positions, but one where he's changed a fair bit since he first attacked within Central and started to kill State Alchemists.
When it comes to the fight deep below Central, it's all over the map but it's powerful in its own way. Ed and Pride end up in quite the fight with Pride egging him on easily with some of the usual and expected phrases, but there's something going on with Pride as well that looks like it could turn the situation. Everything is just killing time though until Father's plans come to fruition and as it edges ever closer, those who are aware of it start to panic as their chance to survive it shrinks. There are a few moments you think things may sway in the favor of those that oppose Father, but it doesn't take long until everything turns to darkness and the master plan is enacted, to chilling effect. Sometime the bad guys do win.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood hits up something we haven't seen since the show gave us a look at what happened to Xerxes in the past and it's a beautiful moment. It's a wonderfully epic piece where the show allows things to reach a level that makes you feel like the world is truly shaking, that something monumental is about to happen and you can feel it. There are, for better or worse, shades of the Evangelion movies here, but with a very different take on it overall and a more simplistic approach, but it achieves that kind of feeling where you watch it almost in awe and can't believe that you have to wait a week for more of it. Definitely a huge highlight moment of the series with immense payoff.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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.