Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Season 1 Episode 35 Review: The Shape of This Country

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Like a lot of episodes in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, episode thirty-five provides an interesting if off-putting split when it comes to how it's structured. There's a lot going on here and they're tying several things together while starting to integrate some of the larger plotlines in a way that you can see plainly how it may potentially turn out, if they go for the obvious route. There's also some intriguing background information that comes to light through which we see just how extensive the plans are with what Father is doing.

The initial fun does come in the form of finishing out the fight with Sloth who is only trying to do his single tasked mission of digging a tunnel. He's still not really registering those around him other than as obstacles in the way, but his singleminded nature has him simply trying to carry on while largely ignoring their attacks because they're so futile. When he does strike against them, it's most that they're nuisances that he's trying to swat away with varying degrees of difficulty and success. When everyone actually starts working together, they figure out a way to at least slow him down for awhile so they can regroup and decide how best to proceed and what information really needs to be shared.


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