first off, i have to say how remarkable it is that arakawa-sensei has me rolling off my chair one second and the next one she scares the SH-- out of me. that's why i love this manga, dammit
so my brother and i are having this conversation through messenger as we read the manga...
me: see? ed has a telepathic connection with his little brother, like me!
my brother (with many more typos 'cuz he refuses to spell things correctly): yeah, and it even fails 99.9% of the time like yours.
me: yeah, that's what i mean! i'm SO channeling edward. maybe i should try my hand at alchemy...
my brother: uhhhhh... yeah. whatever
so, yeah ;;; i'm insane. that's the only conclusion you can get from this anecdote
[spoiler]envy's real form is the most disgusting thing i have EVER seen in any manga. gah. leave it to him to be so cool and yet so YUCK at the same time, man. definitely better than the dragon thing in the anime, though. he's one of a kind. he started the WAR, how awesome is that! and brooding!resigned-to-his-fate!envy is so hot for some reason...
as for who's going to kill envy, i say everyone grab a bit and kill it. there's enough of him to go around, certainly
i still say gluttony's the next one to go. i still think they're going to blow him up from the inside. ed's not going to give up and neither is ling ("isn't there someone waiting for you, too?"-- awwwww, ran fan, we miss ya! =^^= it's all so cute), and envy probably doesn't care about gluttony one way or the other so i think he won't mind much if his fellow homunculus goes poof as long as he himself makes it out. after all, he's just a fake gate envy can't die. not NOW, at least. much, much later.
and what is up with those three at the end? al is all like "OMG BROTHER WAS SWALLOWED!" and gluttony is all like "OMG FATHER IS GOING TO FUH-REAK OUT!" and xiao-mei is all like "OMG MEI-CHAN I MISS U!" and yet they're all just... sitting there. was i the only one who found this scene weird? funny, but weird. i'd expect passiveness from gluttony since he screwed up royally but i'd have expected al to be more... emotional. after all, his brother's lost somewhere in the midst of gluttony's gastric fluids and his telepathy's not working ( ). i would've at least reacted, if i were in that situation, but al has time to sit and think about what happened before he starts yelling desperately. i just found it weird.
i'm with gotham in the "amalgamations" theory. it does make sense, after what ran fan said. but then, what can we make of bradley?
oh, i JUST realized that we STILL don't know what's going to happen to roy! gah! (talk about slow). boy, arakawa-sensei just loves leaving us hanging...
wah, scar's going to become good in the manga too! come on, can't the guy just stay a murderous psycho? i like him that way! [/spoiler]
just for some comedic relief, i'll tell you that when yoki asked mei-chan about her "black and white cat" my first thought was "OMG xiao-mei's a cat! i've been living a lie!" then i realized he was being his usual idiot self. and i felt pretty stupid
and yay for subtle edowin hints! *is such a fangirl* oh, i live for these...
and yeah, it DID feel shorter must be all the excitement... now to wait for 52!
THANK YOU SO MUCH UMEKO-SAN AND CSAKURAS-SAN! WE LOVE YOU!!!