Posted by psgels on 27 September 2009 with categories: Full Metal Alchemist - Brotherhood



Okay, I was wrong last episode: Envy didn’t die, his arm just disintegrated. Should have known. Anyway, this was a pretty exciting episode with a lot of interesting twists. Ed and Lin spend the entire episode inside Gluttony’s “stomach”, along with Envy, but apart from that a lot more interesting stuff went on.

But oh my god, Envy’s true form. I’m not sure who exactly came up with the designs for that… thing, but I can’t seem to think of anything that resembles it. It also turns out that he was the one who triggered the war in Ishbal, which means that the Humonculi actually tried to get rid of Ishbal once. What exactly didn’t they want the Ishbal’s to find out? Does it have to do with the research of Scar’s brother?

Hawkeye also turns out to get reassigned to be the Fuhrer’s assistant, which is a very risky move. If he wanted to use her to find out who’s helping her, he could have just assigned her to one of his allies, and have this ally report to him so that they can later systematically eliminate all of them. Why would he want to put himself at such a risk? Is he that confident that Hawkeye isn’t going to cause a problem for him, or is there more behind it?

And to think that the headquarters of the Humonculi lies right in the middle of Central City. it makes sense, with Bradley in control, it’s a great place to hide out. It also makes me wonder: before Bradley was created was there someone else playing Fuhher?
Rating: ** (Excellent)

11 Responses

  1. mds says:

    Envy’s true form was one of the most gruesome creature ever found in an anime/manga.

    Looks at the words that came out of these single souls.It creeps me out.

  2. kagura says:

    Yeah, Envy’s true form… When I first saw it in the manga, I swear I could almost hear the sound of my jaw dropping to the floor… and then I just couldn’t take my eyes off of it for the next several minutes :)
    Anyway, you can expect even more amazing plot twists to come in the next episodes (especially the one involving Lin *__*)…

  3. Ebod says:

    Hawkeye’s placed with the Fuhrer because that way, he can control Roy better (Roy won’t do anything against them because he doesn’t want Hawkeye to be hurt). She’s pretty much the Winry to him.

  4. Bianka says:

    (was looking for the new ep but found this instead, but at least now I know it is out!) About Ishbal, they initiated the war so that they could use the people’s souls to create the philosophers stone. I also agree, Envy’s real form is quite different….gives me goosebumps whenever I think of it.

  5. E I N S O F says:

    I loved the way Envy’s face looked as he talked about starting the war and the look of hope returning to Al’s eyes as he hears about Father.

  6. Ashvin says:

    Sweet. Can’t wait to watch this.

  7. Ratatosk says:

    Yeah, Envy looks like he escaped from Berserk or Devilman. Never knew he was green though, he’d be even more wrong-looking if he was kind of flesh-coloured.. :D

    great episode. Can’t wait for what happens next, this was one of my favourite parts of the manga. I love how FAST some of the fights are in this.

  8. clinton says:

    what got me the most was envy in this episode he really showed him off in all ways he’s exstremly strong (he knocked Ed and ling around like nonthing)he also showed that he is worthy of lust calling him the vilest homuculi he is a sadisdc and horrible being and we love him for it

  9. Zaric says:

    I think the Fuhrer is threatening Mustang with the “Now that she’s my assistant she’ll always be at my side, I can break her in an instant if you defy me” card. Because he knows that Mustang cares for her. That’s my guess anyway.

  10. Moo? says:

    Well somethings bothering me this episode… maybe they’ll do it in the next as there wasn’t much time here, but the “faces” on envy’s true form spoke, don’t want to spoil if anything but it played an important role and Ed’s reaction from it. Did they cut it out?

  11. clinton says:

    actaully you made another mistake his arm did not disinagrate is lower body did and the faces did talk in this episode ed geting bugged by them will happen next episode

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  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:10 AM)
    Seeing Hoffman in before the devil knows your dead and his character being dependent on drugs, that was another thing that hit me a bit knowing the circumstances of his death. Watching most wanted man I could also see that he was wearing out physically.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 07:00 AM)
    This is not Anno bitching about otakus jacking off to his characters and turning around and selling Rei panties, this isn’t the idiots at Shaft throwing around meaningless camera angles and the oh-so-symbolic teeth brushing scenes, this is a human being looking you in the eye with fear and telling you that he’s dying; morbid, honest, moving and remarkable.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:55 AM)
    Given my rants regarding Birdman it should be clear that I’m a sucker for these rare instances where the line between movie and reality get blurred- when an actor looks at a camera and just bares their heart out. This is the realism that reality tv tried but could never capture. this is art in one of its most sincere forms.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:50 AM)
    Oh yeah Hoffman was a massive talent and a beloved actor, so I don’t take it lightly when I call Synecdoche his greatest role ever. Given his death and knowing the circumstances of his life at the time imbues this performance with a chilling sincerity that just breaks your heart and leaves you in awe.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:42 AM)
    Oh Andrew Niccol, oh how the mighty have fallen.
    Hoffman showed up in Capote and most wanted man, the latter which I especially love and there need to be more thrillers of that vein coming out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:37 AM)
    It’s funny how they also each have a Nicolas Cage movie. Kaufman has Adaptation and Niccol has Lord of War. Although despite the usual Cage antics neither of those movies is really that bad.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:33 AM)
    Eternal Sunshine and The Truman Show are the two roles where Jim Carrey really demonstrated his acting chops well outside of his usual comfort zone. But Kaufman moved forward from Sunshine with the superior Synecdoche, while Andrew Niccol went from doing Truman Show and Gattaca to doing young adult garbage like The Host *wretches*
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:28 AM)
    @Emma: yeah you’ll most likely enjoy it. On the surreàl scale it lies somewhere between Birdman and Holy Mountain, so although it’s peppered with symbolic imagery and thematic shots it’s still a personal story about a man’s struggle when faced with his own demise. Although a lofty statement, this is in my onion philip seymour hoffman’s best performance, and his untimely death adds another incredibly rich level of nuance to this movie.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:20 AM)
    @Bam: Adaption, Nicholas Cage =< a guilty pleasure actor to watch for the most part and little more.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Jan 31. 2015 06:12 AM)
    @Bam: The more you mentiom Synecdoche, the more interested I get. Malcovich was a creative idea for a film and Eternal sunshine was a good spin on the romance genre which gave Jim Carrey a film worth acting in.
    Riki-oh if anything is just a heck of alot of fun.

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