Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Episode 23

Heart of Steel. Aired 20060804. Same as original title. Here's the episode guide and detailed recap at TV.com.

I... I was that close to giving up because......

Al's acting is so horrible, it totally ruins the show!!! And he says a few mean things that aren't in the original!!!!!

That's all.

Sigh... that wouldn't be a review, would it? Actually there are plenty of translation misses. But my mood is already ruined.

Let's look at the difference between the anime and the manga, then.

Yes, the anime did an excellent job on building up the crack between the brothers, but I'm still unconvinced about Al being so lost. That's out of his character. On the other hand, the manga handles the same scene with much more integrity. It is Ed who walks away, not Al, and he does it calmly, showing authority as the elder brother. That's such the opposite of the anime version, with him trying to jump off the roof chasing after Al.

Winry also plays a more important role in the manga, acting as a cushion between the brothers instead of just standing there stunted. Some people think Winry shouldn't be the one who tells Al how Ed feels. Ed should do it himself. Well... guys in real life like to act tough and won't easily speak their emotions. So, I favour the manga version on this incident.

Japanese sites spying time: (^_^)
The review of episode 23 at Yoo's blog Fuuyuu.
The review of episode 23 (page 1 & page 2) by Saori Amano at Egaoni Aetara.

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