QUOTE (penguintruth @ Jun 7 2009, 03:46 PM)
Their alchemy couldn't do anything to stop Scar, either, or help Nina. Those were much better representations of their alchemy failing them at times, because it put into better perspective that alchemy isn't all-powerful, and can even be detrimental in the wrong hands.
What do you mean alchemy could not do anything against Scar? The issue with Scar had nothing to do with the failure of alchemy, it was just that he was a more powerful enemy than Ed or Al ever faced.
I will give you the fact that it was shown that alchemy could not save Nina. But that is still different to what this episode showed. It showed alchemy failing in a simpler way. In the Nina episode Ed & Al didn't know how to save Nina at all. In the Rush Valley episode they did know how to make the bridge but they didn't have enough RAW Material to make it. It was a demonstration of how alchemy works, that it can't magically do everything.
Not to mention with all the talk of creation of life through alchemy, Ed & Al saw the real miracle of birth that had nothing to do with the science of alchemy. As Ed said alchemist have been trying to create life for years and a woman can just do it naturally. Again this ties into the cycle of life thing that is brought up quite a bit in the manga and why human transmutation is a taboo. None of this was conveyed well at all in the first anime. In fact as you know the reason human transmutation is taboo is completely different and doesn't tie into the cycle of life at all. So really I don't see why they needed the birth scene except to give Ed & Al more of a connection to Hughes. You seem to think that was necessary, I don't.
he Rush Valley arc itself is a major stoppage in the development of the brothers, making points that had up to then had already been made, and in better ways.
I don't see how less than 3 chapters (because Izumi starts at the end of the last Rush Valley chapter) at only Vol. 5 of the manga is a major stoppage to the plot.
And the first series did a better job doling out those bits in earlier parts of the story, making Winry develop throughout the story via her interactions with Sheska and discovery of her parents' murderer, without her constantly being paraded in front of the viewer as a hamfisted example of a strong female character.
Perhaps Winry got a little development with the Roy scenario but I don't see how her parading around with Sheska developed her character in the least. Did she learn something or grow as a character because she was friends with Sheska?
And the miracle of birth and its place in the cycle was still in the first series, and they even mentioned it later when they talked to Izumi. That the childbirth happened right before the flashbacks about their lessons in the manga was a little too plot-convenient.
Just as much of a plot convenience of Elysia being born on the same exact day as Ed.
As for the life cycle being mentioned in the first anime what was the point of it? How does that tie into alchemy in the first anime? I can see how it all ties into the manga but not the anime. It looks like they just included it because it was in the manga but "One is all, all is one" didn't seem to mean much in the anime.
For me, Rush Valley was one of those things that had me flipping through to the later chapters of volume 5, convincing myself that purchasing it was worth it by looking forward to the Izumi material.
Well I am glad to know because you personally do not like the Rush valley arc it was a waste of time. But as you know it is only one episode for you to get through this time around.
I eventually grit my teeth and got through it, but I really found myself not caring about Paninya, Dominic, or his family, who have so far not had any role at all since then.
Last time I checked Paninya helps Ed & Al in the Rush Valley fight with Fu and Ran Fan.