April 05, 2004

Fullmetal Alchemist Episode 26

Fullmetal Alchemist

"Her Reason"

New opening and ending!

This is a filler episode, but it serves as a bridge to the next story sequence. Luckily, like all the good filler episodes, this one has Winry! That's got to be a letter grade improvement right there.

It's kind of a superfluous story, fleshing out the idea of automail and perhaps Winry's reasons for being so devoted to its creation. Winry definitely has the big sister attitude to Ed and Al, and her desire to create automail replacements for Ed's arm and leg is greatly motivated by the fact she doesn't want them to continue their quest (which has proven to be a pretty dangerous one).

But I still wonder at what point Winry is going to become a more central character. I think she's had more face time in the credits than she has during episodes so far.

Following one of the other subplots, Mustang continues (slowly) rising through the ranks of the military. He hasn't made much progress in the last dozen or so episodes. Actually, speaking of characters that haven't gotten much face time, Mustang's been a non-factor for longer than I can remember now.

Hmm, it's a long show, so I'm sure all these various threads will come together eventually, it's just a question of how long.

Rating: B+

Posted by Kei at April 5, 2004 09:33 PM
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