Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Episode 08 DUB Review

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Episode 8, "Research Lab 5"

You know, for kids!

*****SPOILERS*****

Synopsis: Edward and Alphonse are confronted by the guards of the Fifth Laboratory, Slicer the Homocide and Barry the Chopper, respectively. The guards turn out to be hallow suits of metal, who, like Alphonse, had their souls bonded to the armor. Inside the laboratory, Ed also discovers that Slicer is actually two souls, those of brothers, and barely manages to defeat them, using Scar's technique of deconstruction. Outside, Barry fills Alphonse with doubts over the validity of his existence. Lust and Envy appear before Ed, with Envy knocking him out and taking him to his brother, Brosh, and Maria, as the lab collapses. Barry makes his escape, as does Envy.

Comments:

Vic Mignogna's Edward was actually fairly decent in this episode. He sounded more natural than usual. I've only ever felt his Ed was appropriate in Conqueror of Shamballa where he was an older Ed, so his older-sounding voice worked, but here it was fine. Then again, I've been sick lately, maybe it's affecting my hearing.

I hate how faux-grand the voice of the elder Slicer brother. It's so over-the-top. I wish somebody would have told this guy he's not voicing Alex Louis Armstrong. The younger brother is fine, though. Jerry Jewell plays Barry with maniacal glee, and it works so well. You can tell he's having fun with the part. I can hardly wait to hear him later on, as the role continues long past where it did in the first series.

I always complained that Wendy Powell's performance as Envy in the first series was inconsistent. Now it is. However, it's consistently awful. Envy sounds like he's been chain-smoking. A few more packs, he'll sound like Linda Young's Freeza from the DBZ dub. Get Powell a lozenge or something.

Overall Score: 3.5 out of 5