Katamary Damacy, Noby Noby Boy, and Consumption

More, more, more. Both Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy are games in which consumption is the name of the game. You must get more to get bigger (or longer), which leads to getting even more and getting even bigger. While two thematically similar games directed by Keita Takahashi, they diverge quite differently on mechanics, which informs and contextualizes the ideas in slightly different ways. Continue reading Katamary Damacy, Noby Noby Boy, and Consumption

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 62-64

62 A Fierce Counterattack

Father’s attempts to use others to make philosopher’s stones is foiled, but Father still has enough strength to blow away half of Central headquarters. Al and Hohenheim shield many from the attack while Briggs soldiers attempt to attack Father to no avail. Greed arrives and when Father attempts to take Greed’s stone, Ed attacks enough that Father resorts to hand-to-hand combat. Ed loses his automail arm in the attack and Al convinces May to help him perform human transmutation to gain Ed’s original arm back. Al loses connection with his armor body, restoring Ed’s arm. Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 62-64

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 59-61

59 Lost Light

Roy refuses to perform human transmutation, even if it costs Hawkeye’s life. May arrives, helps beat back the enemy, and heals Hawkeye. But then Wrath and Pride capture Roy and force him to do human transmutation. Roy goes through the gate and discovers that he is blind once he arrives with the other sacrifices. Scar and Wrath battle while Al lies unresponsive, still not having arrived. We discover that Al is at the Gate of Truth, contemplating whether or not to take his body. He decides not to take his human body back as it may not allow him to win the fight against Father. Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 59-61

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 56-58

56 The Return of the Fuhrer

Bradley launches his lone wolf attack on Central headquarters. Greed shows up to battle Bradley on the top of the gate and the two lock each other in furious battle. Meanwhile, Father’s body is being consumed by the souls in Hohenheim’s stone. His body is destroyed, but Father’s strength is now so powerful he no longer needs a container to remain in a physical form. Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 56-58

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 53-55

53 Flame of Vengeance

The flame of revolt is spread throughout Central fanned by a broadcast by Bradley’s wife. The Ishvalans come alongside the citizens of the city to help the revolt. Roy burns the mannequin soldiers to dust. May and Envy end up stumbling upon Ed’s group and Roy chases after Envy after he discovers that Envy killed Hughes and Hawkeye runs after the pair. Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 53-55

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