3P Reviews, Anime and Manga, Fullmetal Alchemist

3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Twelve (Episode Sixty-Two)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Season Five Episode Twelve: A Fierce Counterattack - ***   Spoilers: Yes. Audience Assumptions: None   Part One: Punching I’m kind of getting Game of Thrones flashbacks with this one, mainly in the sense that this almost feels like it should be the final episode but we still have several more to go.… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Twelve (Episode Sixty-Two)

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3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Nine (Episode Fifty-Nine)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Season Five Episode Nine: Lost Light - **   Spoilers: Yes. Audience Assumptions: None   Part One: Lies When we last left our heroes, Hawkeye's throat had been slit and she was being held against Mustang to force him to commit human transmutation. The previous episode ended with him breaking and saying, "All… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Nine (Episode Fifty-Nine)

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3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Eight (Episode Fifty-Eight)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Season Five Episode Eight: Sacrifices - **   Spoilers: Yes. Audience Assumptions: None Part One: The Sacrifices Gathered See? I told you they’re fine. We don’t get much action from the much-built-up sacrifices — Ed, Al, Hoenheim, and Izumi — but they are now in the same spot, so yay, *faint applause*, you… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Eight (Episode Fifty-Eight)

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3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Seven (Episode Fifty-Seven)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Season Five Episode Seven: Eternal Leave - **   Spoilers: Yes. Audience Assumptions: None   Part One: Bits and Pieces I’d like to offer a clip of dialogue from the dub to start. For context, Olivier and Alex Armstrong, along with the Kurtises and some Briggs soldiers have confronted one of the heads… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Seven (Episode Fifty-Seven)

Lessons in Adaptation, Scott Pilgrim

Lessons in Adaptation: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

A few years back, I was in an introductory filmmaking program. This was not crucial to my degree (which is in rocks), but it was fun, and if we finished up with our projects for the day with time to spare, the instructors would show us films they thought demonstrated parts of the craft uncommonly… Continue reading Lessons in Adaptation: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Six (Episode Fifty-Six)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Season Five Episode Six: Return of the Fuhrer - **   Spoilers: Yes. Audience Assumptions: None   Part One: Unravel As we get closer to the end, I notice the cohesion of the series falling apart. It's starting to feel a lot less like a single narrative than a Frankenstein's Monster of separate… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Six (Episode Fifty-Six)

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3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Five (Episode Fifty-Five)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Season Five Episode Five: Adults' Way of Life - ***   Spoilers: Yes. Audience Assumptions: None   Part One: Why Does Armstrong Have No Nipples? I Demand Manly Nipples! This is the episode that broke me originally. During my first run at this show, I got all the way to Episode Fifty-Five, and… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Five (Episode Fifty-Five)

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3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Four (Episode Fifty-Four)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Season Five Episode Four: Beyond the Inferno - *   Spoilers: Yes. Oh, also warning for a suicide reference here, because that's the direction the show wants to go now. Audience Assumptions: None   Part One: Hooray, the Zombies are Back. As we steadily make our way toward the end of this series,… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Four (Episode Fifty-Four)

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3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Three (Episode Fifty-Three)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Season Five Episode Three: Flame of Vengeance - ***   Spoilers: Yes. Audience Assumptions: None   Part One: WELL I'M GLAD WE DERAILED THE PLOT TO HAVE ZOMBIES FOR ALL OF TWO EPISODES "Immortal Legion" my fucking ass. As with the rest of the final season, a lot of things are happening simultaneously… Continue reading 3P Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Season Five, Episode Three (Episode Fifty-Three)

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Trick of the Light – Scott Pilgrim, Book Six

I should dislike this book. It’s almost all fight. It backtracks much of the development of the characters from the previous books. Its thesis statement is messy. Wallace is barely in it. And yet, rarely have I seen a series that concludes more powerfully, compressing all of its meaning and conflict and turmoil, literal and… Continue reading Trick of the Light – Scott Pilgrim, Book Six