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Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 9: Pain and Lust

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A movie directed by Seiji Mizushima

The action anime series FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST explores epic themes of hubris, personal transformation, and spiritual quests through the tragic story of two grievously wounded siblings. While attempting to resurrect their dead mother through the forbidden … see full wiki

Director: Seiji Mizushima
Release Date: 2003
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 9: Pain and Lust

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  • Sep 18, 2006
Pros: Episode #34

Cons: What happened to Greed.

The Bottom Line: I'm sad the bit with Greed was so short - still kinda waiting around for stuff...

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Fullmetal Alchemist. Starting from the beginning is key, end of story. There are 51 episodes, and with about 4 episodes per volume that brings us to roughly 12 (probably 13) volumes in total. Let’s rock.

Episode 33: Al has been kidnapped by Greed – so who is going to get him back? Ed? Izumi? Someone else? And why doesn’t someone just explain Al’s state to Greed, then maybe he wouldn’t want him anymore. Um, duh?

Episode 34: Where is Greed going? Oh, so much is going on and it all leaves no room for explanation! Greed vs. Ed, with an outcome that made me very angry!

Episode 35: Did Lust actually do something nice for someone in the past? What is the story inside her memories, and what will crop up this time around?

Episode 36: Ed and Al have decided to head for Ishbal – or at least to get to the Ishbal people in order to find out more about the Philosopher’s Stone that they might have created. After all, if they didn’t use alchemy, they must have had a different, less horrible way of creating one, right? However, they might find some unexpected things, and Winry gets a startling piece of information herself.

The Details?
Animation? Despite my early quirks with the style, I’m accustomed to it now. In some ways it’s simple, but it’s still really good. Greed is probably the coolest thing I’ve seen so far (other things fall more under the classification of “freaky yet cool,” but he’s just plain cool). His transformation is pretty sweet and you wonder how he got that way (aside from being a Homunculus and all). #35 took me by surprise – that sickness was pretty freaky. Remind me never to catch that.

Voices – I prefer the English version. I usually end up watching it because I prefer Ed and Al’s VAs over the Japanese ones. All the other characters work out rather well, Izumi’s fits nicely and I’m a big supporter of Greed (that sounds odd…), so sit back and enjoy. As for the Japanese version, even though I’m used to Ed and Al having female VAs, they manage to merge into the characters, and everyone else was fine from the start, so in the end it just depends on what you prefer.

Awww. At episode #26 the opening song changed. Sad. It’s an all right song, but I still don’t like it as much as the last one. The same goes for the ending song. It’s changed to something even slower that feels rather out of place. Never did like it on TV, still don’t like it here. The song itself is okay, it’s just awkward here. The instrumental background music for the show gets 5 stars in itself because it works so nicely.

This series, though it has amusing parts, is serious a lot of the time. There is violence and Ed tends to say “Damn it” more often than everyone else (actually it seems like he’s the only one ever swearing), and a lot of weird stuff going on, like Izumi coughing up blood quite often, but in my opinion (though without kids I’m by no means an expert) most kids will be able to handle it without much of a problem.

Episodes in this Volume:
Episode 33: Al, Captured
Episode 34: Theory of Avarice
Episode 35: Reunion of the Fallen
Episode 36: The Sinner Within


Earlier Volumes:
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 1: The Curse
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 2: Scarred Man of the East
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 3: Equivalent Exchange
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 4: The Fall of Ishbal
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 5: The Cost of Living
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 6: Captured Souls
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 7: Reunion on Yock Island
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 8: The Altar of Stone

Future Volumes:
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 10: Journey to Ishbal
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 11: Becoming the Stone
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 12: The Truth Behind Truths
Fullmetal Alchemist - Vol. 13: Brotherhood


Viewing Format: DVD

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