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Episode 38: Conflict At Baschool - Content Discussion Thread, Reminder: No episode airing next week!! (Please see 1st post)
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post Dec 27 2009, 12:35 AM
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Talk-back/content discussion for English dubbed episode on Adult Swim starts on page 2. smile.gif


Please post the discussions on the content of episode 38 here.
Warning! May contain spoilers for the first 38 episodes!!
This thread is declared as a Spoiler zone for the content of the first 38 episodes.

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[Special Reminders]:

* For this episode, there is a change of air time, and the news dated Dec. 25, 2009 on official Brotherhood anime JP site says that there will be change of airtime for episode 38 on Sunday Dec. 27, 2009. There will be 30 minutes delay, and ep 38 will be airing starting 5:30 PM (Japanese time) in Japan.

* Also, according to the same news page, for next week, there will be no airing of episode 39 on Sunday Jan. 3, 2010.
It got pre-empted by special New Year/Winter holiday programming in Japan.

Episode 39 (next episode) will air on Sunday Jan. 10, 2010, at the usual scheduled airtime (5:00 PM Japanese time) in Japan.


(For more details and discussions on these, please go to this thread. ^^)

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I'll be back later and fill out the rest of the first post. ^^


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post Dec 27 2009, 02:04 AM
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- Royai phone call scene at the beginning: it made me really happy. smile.gif
- I’m surprised that Bones actually did a Youswell flashback.
- Armstrong sisters! laugh.gif
- Nice fight scene with Scar and the chimeras. And Ed and Al didn't want to stay away from it.
- They shortened the Winry and Scar conversation. Most likely they’ll leave that for the next episode.
- Good cliffhanger at the end.
Overall I liked this episode, it had really good animation.


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post Dec 27 2009, 02:05 AM
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My intial thoughts:

Oh, look... it's that guy and the other one. I can't be bothered to learn the name of the curious chimera extras.
- Animation boost!
- Woah, that Al and Mei moment is... creepy.
- Alphonse is a cute/annoying girl dispenser! Estrogen Pez!
- Oh god, FINALLY a rundown of what happened in Youswell! OH WAIT. TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE. MOVE ON.
- Well, that was a waste of time. Thanks, Bones.
- Animation boost #2! Let's use it for this battle between Scar and two insignificant characters nobody cares about, instead of back when interesting characters were battling!
- How effing hard is it for two hulking beastmen to kill ONE MAN?! Homunculi have died easier!
- Winry is actually the LEAST annoying part of this episode. Who figured?
- I like this part where Buccaneer returns and talks to Olivier. Best part of the episode.
- Honestly, Amestrian soldiers are the stupidest soldiers in fiction. The Earth Federation from Gundam laughs at these guys. JUST. SHOOT. HIM. It's not like you guys really care about innocent people, stop pretending.
- Why don't the homunculi get character singles? I want my Greed song! Get Graham Acre singing, already!


Despite my griping, I found it to be a moderately good episode. Maybe I'll enjoy it more when I see it in better quality.


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post Dec 27 2009, 02:50 AM
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Screenshots:
http://randomc.animeblogger.net/2009/12/27...brotherhood-38/


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post Dec 27 2009, 05:52 AM
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Going by screenshots alone for now:

- Everyones eyes have gone back to normal size, art is back on track.
- As Michiyo pointed out, looks like they've extended the Scar/Winry scene over two episodes. Seems longwinded.


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post Dec 27 2009, 08:58 AM
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Thanks for the screenshots Michiyo, I'm glad they left in the phone scene :3
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post Dec 27 2009, 10:07 AM
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Since I am only going by the screenshots, I can say that I am glad they left in the phone scene.

Also the picture of Mei, smiling, and all the hearts made me laugh.
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post Dec 27 2009, 12:27 PM
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- Phonecall! That was nice.
- Everyone's back to normal! No more ginormous eyes! Well, except for poor Riza, but it wasn't as bad as other episodes.
- I swear, Amestris soldiers are even stupider than storm troopers. xD
- I actually like that they put in the Youswell flashback, even if it was short; to me it was a fun "side story" in the manga.
- lol @ Ed giggling over his automail.
- Good to see that little conversation between Olivier and Buccaneer. (Although that toothy grin was a bit creepy.)

This episode felt kinda short, but then again all of the action-y ones do.
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post Dec 27 2009, 12:36 PM
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The art quality was a bit unstable. At some parts, it was really good and at some parts, it wasn't.

Other than that, my biggest complait is that this anime has been making Alphonse somewhat useless and boring. I know he didn't do much in the manga either, but he just seemed more competent there... The Elrics versus chimeras fight was quite Ed-centered in the manga as well, but there I didn't get the impression that Al was just standing in the background like an idiot... He seemed to have more personality in the manga, where when Ed started the evil laughter, Al inched away in a "I don't know this insane person" manner, and then when Ed lost his balance, Al called him an idiot. These are small things, but quite a bit of them have been missing from this adaptation, and I'm beginning to feel that it's making Alphonse quite boring, which is a pity considering that manga!Al is my favourite character.

The first episode of Brotherhood made a good job at showing that Al is actually useful. Can't they keep doing that?

I actually liked the Yoki flashback. I'm surprised it didn't feel more out of place than it did... All in all, the comedy in this episode felt less jarring than the comedy in this anime often does.

EDIT. Oh, the phone call in the beginning. That was done well.


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post Dec 27 2009, 01:24 PM
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-I'm looking forward the subbed version to read the dialogue between Riza and Roy (even if I think that they didn't change it)

- Yoki's flashback is great.

- OMG Armstrong's sisters xD It's so funny that they recall the piano part that was both in the manga and in the previous anime.

- Mmm I don't really like the art of the battle between Scar and the chimeras. Besides I thought that Jelso was more greenish and less yellowish in his chimera form...whatever.

- Ed looks much better in this episode.

Good episode overall, but I will wait the subs to give a proper opinion of it.


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Pre-sub thoughts; This I like. They actually included the Youswell flashback biggrin.gif I would have preferred it had it been longer and more of an accurate retell, but then, that would harldy have fitted here. For what it was, I enjoyed it, and I'm happy that they put it in. It was funny, and very Brotherhoody with some of the series major music pieces playing in quite nicely. And nice how Yoki tries to rob the Armstrongs XD

The rest of the episode was alright I guess. Chimera fight was good, but I too, as someone else said, always imagined Jelso a lot greener. More 'Envy's true form' - green. Ed had some hilarious expressions this time around, particularly the scene where he enters the tavern and when he realizes how light his new automail is. This was a good episode. No glaring flaws or moments of irritation, but nothing that stood out too much either. Except, of course, the flashback tongue.gif
And, on a r@ndom note, Winry's scarf is pretty hideous.


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post Dec 27 2009, 06:55 PM
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I thought this episode was one of the best ones of late. The animation was consistently top-notch all through the episode, with an exception being for Riza, as usual. Also I liked how they were drawing Winry in this episode. I think FMA1 and most of FMA:B have been drawing Winry wrong. Not necessarily bad, but wrong. This episode got closer, I thought.

I need new music 15 episodes ago or else I'm going to pull my hair out. Oh wait...

Scar, chimera, and Ed fight was win.

Kimblee is not a happy camper :-P

The Yoki flashback was not bad at all. It would have been unnecessarily redundant to include a full episode for youswell, so they waited and told it with a different style. In FMA1 it was pretty serious and they used it to develop Ed's character. We all know what sort of person Ed is by now so the details weren't necessary. And it was hilarious too, I'm glad they added in the stuff w/ the gambling and the armstrongs.

What the heck was with Buccaneer's teeth? Totally went against all ways that he's typically drawn and it distracted from the scene lol
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Haven't got to watch the episode yet, but I can't decide which of Buccaneer's toothy grin's are more disturbing...

Manga: http://www.onemanga.com/Full_Metal_Alchemist/73/06/

or

Anime: http://randomc.maximum7.net/image/Fullmeta...0Large%2036.jpg

Though I learn more and more towards the anime one...xD


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I've only watched up to the Youswell flashback, when I couldn't stop laughing.

Thoughts:
o I liked Mustang's voice pretending to be the florist. XD
o With the way the anime's been, I was expecting to see the Briggs soldiers distracting the Central guys while Ed and Al hid Winry. I guess Bones doesn't want to over-explain everything, afterall.
o Nitpick - Didn't May meet up with the Elrics outside in the snow?
o Bones ships AlxMay. I'm pretty sure the Al's dialogue in the manga wasn't as obvious as this episode was.
o YOUSWELL. I've heard about classic films where the dialogue is added into the final edit, and the quality was bad (we researched them in school), but this is the first time I've seen one. It was a great homage to the time!

Will be back later after I've watched the rest. smile.gif

EDIT: Back.
o I liked Ed ignoring Yoki.
o Well, they included the tongue.gif the Briggs soldier had. I'm happy now.
o The chimera transformation was TRAUMATIZING. I don't know if I'll get to sleep tonight. O_O
o "Marcoh and Winry stay here, Al and I will go fight." I understand ignoring Yoki, but I was expecting a late reaction from May going "WHAT ABOUT ME?!"
o Nice animation for the fight with the chimeras, both the Scar part and the Elric part.
o So they moved the Scar/Winry scene a bit. That's okay. I liked the place they cut off at.

Everything else I think other people have commented on already. Including Buccaneer's smile. If the chimera transformation won't stop me from sleeping, I'll be seeing that smile in my nightmares.


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