The twisted nature of Father becomes even more apparent as he allows some humans to be reborn from him in a truly disturbing manner.
What They Say
A truly epic battle erupts when Edward, Mustang, Hawkeye, Greed, Izumi, and Armstrong attack the god-like Father. The odds are against the forces of good - until one brave boy makes a shocking sacrifice.
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The nature of Father is one that's pretty much that of a spoiled god, though Hohenheim calls him out early on the fact that he can't really be considered a god since all he engages in is destruction. Father's view of everything being a lower life form outside of himself highlights his nature pretty easily as he has little issue in using anything and everyone in pursuit of his goals and reaching his own destiny. With so much time behind him now and the ability to start again, he's simply intending to wash away much of what's in front of him first so he can do so without distraction. And he does so by drawing out the bodies/souls of those he took in from Xerxes all those years ago and setting them to claw against Hohenheim and the rest. Having a tiny baby prodding at Izumi is truly one of the more disturbing images in this series.
While the fight aboveground goes on, it's really amusing to see Greeling taking on a strong leadership role that stems from his human aspect. That doesn't sit well with General Armstrong and the two are amusing to watch as they both have their reasons for assuming control of the situation and trying to do what's necessary. Armstrong in particular has some really strong moments here, including the very quiet time she spends over Bradley's body when she discovers it and understands just how much has gone on around her. The fallout in general with regards to the attack by Father leads to a number of good quiet scenes, from May realizing the sacrifice that Al made for her to seeing how Hohenheim did everything he could to protect all of them. Ed's issues with his father are really coming to a head here as events move past everything that the two have had issue with over the years.
When everything turns to a full on assault on the surface against Father, everyone gets involved and it turns into a truly massive moment. The showcase of powers and skill is at its height here as they all go on a constant barrage against him in order to have him use his Stone as much as possible, though whether it will have any significant impact is another matter. Mustang and Hawkeye stand out in particular as they work together through his blindness to attack and defend, allowing him to feel like he's not just a useless lump. Greeling is once again where things stand out the most though as his mixture of personalities and sense of humor and style makes me smile hugely as he gets his part of the attack going. Greed was always an interesting character while Ling was alright, but the combination of the two in this form and with the plan he's come up with have made him the true star of this final arc I think.
If there's been a disappointment with the series in its final run, it's that the leads of Ed and Al have been reduced a fair bit. Al more so, but it's in this episode that he gets to shine with who he is and what makes him the young man that he is. The brotherly love and bond has been a key point ot the series from the start and it reaches such a height here at the end that you can't help but to feel amazed by all of it. As big and as epic as the show has gotten at times, especially now, the brothers are what brings the human element to it in a very clear and concise way that tugs easily at the heart strings and makes you feel for them. This is the kind of payoff episode that we want from every series and makes you extremely eager in anticipation of the next episode.
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.