QUOTE (penguintruth @ Aug 17 2009, 08:05 PM)
Hohenheim just seems like a mysterious douchebag in this episode.
Pretty much describes my impression of him perfectly.
Seems I'm the only one who was really satisfied with his voice though. Suited the 'mysterious douchiness' just perfectly. And I was so relieved he didn't have Father's voice (but do they have the same VA, anyone know?), that would have been awful.
What would have been nice though, would be if Father would've been sharing Hohenheim's current voice, so that "Oh-sh*t-they're-the-same-guy!!" feeling would've been fully preserved. I mean, it's still there, to a certain point, but their similiarity is way less obvious now. You get that they in fact aren't the same person, new to the franchise or not.
(Duhh.. don't know if I'm being coherent or not. Definitely don't feel like it. Must be all the excessive beating of head into various things/objects/surfaces...)
Anyway, I overall enjoyed this episode. People say it feels bleak compared to last weeks episode. I don't get that. Last episode emphasized on action, while this was a more mellow episode dealing with plot developement and such. You need a break from the heat once in a while to be able to appreciate it. I don't feel that rating a certain episode based on the ammount of tension and suspense featured is really fair.
Missed the hair-braiding scene and I agree that Hohenheim gave somewhat of a too serious impression. Where's the old screwball we know and (have learned to) adore?
But it didn't bother me that much.
The shovel scene was handled allright. Not great, I did feel that something was lacking. But then again, I never felt that scene was too powerful in the manga either. I mean, yes, he is digging up the thing he believes to be the remains of his dead mother. But the thing is, I never managed to get my head around what the heck it was
that Ed discovered that made him go "WAHAHAHA!! The answer was right here from the beginning!
" and convinced him that Al could get back to normal.
Same goes for when he explained what he found out to Al on the stairway. It felt more understandable here (in the manga they completely lost me at this point), even if they didn't really explain the "armor-not-being-able-to-store-memories-hence-Al's-body-is-still-around" - thing.