Posted by psgels on 27 June 2010 with categories: Full Metal Alchemist - Brotherhood



Aha, so the creators really reserved the 64th episode for the aftermath of the series. This really was meant to be the climax of Full Metal Alchemist. Interestingly,t he creators chose not to end it with a bang, but rather tone down the action in order to focus on the main characters. Father really was already defeated at the end of the previous episode. This episode was really meant to wrap everything up: show the end of Father, and resolve the plot thread of Ed and Al getting their body back.

As expected, the characters found some sort of loophole in order to get Al’s body back. This time, the loophole was the door. We learn that every character has a door of alchemy, and apparently Ed knew that he could trade that in, instead of offering another of his limbs to get back to Al.

As for the budget, well, the creators were lucky that a lot of this episode was about a bunch of simple shapes (Greed, Flask (as I’ll call him for now, as “The inhabitant of the Flask” is a bit too long), God), so they could really plan the best of their budget to the previous action-packed view. The final confrontation between Flask was a worthy climax for the series, even though he already had been defeated.

One thing I did not understand was Hohenheim, though. Why did he end up dying? Was it because Father sucked all of the philosopher’s stones out of him or something?

Overall though, this has been an awesome series. It’s not among my favourites, but it still was a wonderful ride. I really hope that Bones is going to adapt more manga in the same way in the future.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

26 Responses

  1. Joanna says:

    FMA Brotherhood is definitely one of my favorites. It really unique and different from other anime I’ve seen.

    I really cant wait to see this episode.

  2. Aegd says:

    “One thing I did not understand was Hohenheim, though. Why did he end up dying? Was it because Father sucked all of the philosopher’s stones out of him or something?”

    Yes that’s right. look at this dialogue

    10.23 ちょうど一人分が残って

    The only thing he didn’t get taken from him was his own life, so he lost his philosophers stone when he protected Ed and the others from father.

  3. Kori says:

    “It’s not among my favourites, but it still was a wonderful ride.”

    It’s not? How come? You have been giving it pretty high scores lately.

  4. WildGamer says:

    At the end of the battle, Hohenhiem only had 1 soul left in him – his own. No longer immortal, he died of natural causes with a smile on his face. He was centuries old and he had accumulated damage fighting with father, and his body just wasn’t able to function well enough to keep him alive.

  5. psgels psgels says:

    Kori: Well, let me rephrase that: it’s not among my all-time favourites. It’s likely if not certain that it will end up in my top 5 of 2010, but there are also a ton of other series that were awesome as well, in their own ways..

  6. PicoPallino says:

    I’m confused. What will they tell in episode 64? There is not enough material left to fill 20 minutes…

  7. Kim says:

    There definitely is enough material left to fill 20 episodes (although I can see them adding an extra scene here and there).

  8. Kim says:

    I really hope that Bones is going to adapt more manga in the same way in the future.

    Well that is supposing there is manga as good as FMA to adapt. :)

  9. Ransom says:

    I’m not spoiling anything but…

    I hope for the extra scenes to be the animation of the pictures that are at the end of the last chapter. Would be a great conclusion :)

  10. Cornwiggle says:

    Hohenheim is just like a Homunculus. He has souls, never ages, and regenerates but dies if he takes so much damage to burn away his souls.

    That fight left him half dead and finally, he just ran out of juice and died.

  11. fathomlessblue says:

    @Kim

    Theres always excellent manga to adapt provided you look for it. I think it’s criminal that 20th century boys hasn’t been made into an anime yet. They did make an excellent live-action trilogy in Japan recently but it’s just not the same as animation for me. Plus a proper anime series based Akira should have been done. The films great but not enough to do the orinal series justice.

  12. wakka9ca says:

    @Kim:

    Yeah we are also lacking a continuation of Berserk adaptation. Or a lot of other seinens such as Ubel Blatt, etc. 20th Century Boys is definitely a classic. Vagabond as well. And ALIVE adaptation got canceled and the author died. So there so many interesting manga out there that can be adapted…

  13. tatsu_ko says:

    re: Hohenheim

    Remember, he spent quite a bit of time planting many of the souls that were in him around Amestris to create the circle that would counter Father’s attempt to become god and as well as counter Father’s sealing off power from Amestrian-style alchemists like Ed & Al.
    He probably used the majority of them up that way, and then the battle exhausted the others.

  14. Hana says:

    Well this just goes to show how fickle I am. I hated the last episode so much and I absolutely adore this one.

  15. StWolf says:

    During this episode and 62, I couldn’t help but notice that Ed’s right arm was reattached to his shoulder without anyone first removing the broken automail implants. Having all of those broken pieces of metal inside his shoulder must hurt a lot. Surely someone eventually takes them out, right? I mean, ow. They’re even still sticking out of his shoulder, for crying out loud.

  16. Kim says:

    @ wakka9ca & fathomlessblue

    Wow people take things way too seriously. I was only kidding of course. Hence the smiley.

    While FMA is my personal favorite manga I know there are plenty of other excellent manga that could be adapted. In fact Cross Game which was also adapted this past year from beginning to end was amazing.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the rest of the Mushishi manga turned into an anime either.

  17. Kane says:

    Oh wow. Oh wow. I feel like not watching the final episode now. That was amazing. I for one would have been perfectly happy if this was the finale.

    I was really worried that this was going to be a parallel of the 2003 anime and Ed would indeed sacrifice himself again to bring Al back, and they’d do a ping-pong tournament of “sacrifice myself for Brother.” Glad to see that didn’t happen

  18. Hana says:

    @ Kane

    Of course not. It wasn’t in the episode but in the manga they asked if Ed would sacrifice himself for Al and Mustang said Edward would never dream of doing something like that because he new the pain of being left all alone without your family, so he wouldn’t do that to Al (and there was a quick flashback of him all alone after the transmutation calling out for Al and his mom) It felt kinda like an f-you to the first anime xD

  19. Kane says:

    ROFL I think I can see why that line was removed in this episode. Bones wanted to string gullible folks like me into thinking Ed really was going to repeat the 2003 anime, hahaha… they got me there.

  20. Ran says:

    they sure found a loophole to get Al back But it was an amazing and most convincing Loophole ever for me !!!!!! , i actully liked the Thruth guy after it!

  21. Perrin4869 says:

    Hm… Have you really seen other anime tell such an epic fantasy story with as much success as Fullmetal Alchemist? I think you’re not giving this anime enough credit. In terms of storytelling and originality this is definitely an anime that stands out

  22. Thelonius says:

    I liked how Ed refused to sacrifice any other life (including his own or nameless lives in the philosopher stone) to bring his brother back.

    Also he couldn’t just sacrifice a limb to bring him back, since the best he could do with that would be a temporary metal body.

    The final put a nice touch to the ”folly of playing god” theme of the series.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Disappointing, psgels. You kept giving FMA:Brotherhood these great scores and now you’re only putting it in your top 5 of 2010? Eh, feels like you still have some grudge on the old FMA adaption. Well, you lost a reader.

  24. Keith says:

    You’re not gonna read his blog anymore just because he doesn’t think FMA is one of the best things ever made…?

    Psgels has very different tastes than most people, and I think if you’re not reading his blog at least partially for that then you’re missing the point…

  25. Kim says:

    My goodness people FMA is my favorite manga and has been so for years but it doesn’t have to be Psgels. I think his reviews have been more than fair. I am really glad he blogged Brotherhood. It’s always gratifying for me to see someone who enjoys the manga storyline more than the 1st series. ;)

  26. Miacis says:

    No one’s really commented on it thus far, but the music was very nice for the entire series — especially this episode. I was never especially thrilled with the original FMA, but the remake has been fantastic. I thought Greed’s final scenes were smartly done; greedy, bossy, and demanding until the final episode.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:51 AM)
    Crayons was pretty much a joke. Basically any show of kindness and he’s in the bag.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:39 AM)
    Aidanak47, you know crayons wouldn’t work. Just place some Seele members disguised as classmates and befriend Shinji (which isnt hard to do, the loner) and then bend him to your will.
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:13 AM)
    And why the hell wouldn’t you try to get the pilots on your side? Hell all you would need to do is give Shinji some crayons and he would be your loyal servant for life.
    And Propaganda people! You guys suck at this!
  • AidanAK47
    (Thursday, Mar 5. 2015 12:12 AM)
    There was also the issue in end of eva where Seele decided to mount an all out attack on nerve. It was ridiculously unnecessary. There’s only enemy was Gendo. All they needed to do was remove him from his position of power. Instead they decide to kill everyone. Even though it’s pretty damn certain that nobody(With the exception of Gendo’s Smithers) was loyal enough to him to protect him.
  • BrendanVGC
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:54 PM)
    I agree with aidanak47, lol. The Seele guys were literally making a self fulfilling prophecy by causing everything themselves for the scrolls, which isnt even a prophecy by that point.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:47 PM)
    The Dead Sea Scrolls are really ‘the prophecy’ trope, but they are quite vague about what they really are. Anno and gang probably never decided on what was actually on them. It’s also very unclear who and how much they know about the scrolls. I assume Gendo must’ve seen it, but even that is uncertain.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:44 PM)
    They supposedly had excavated an S2 engine off of Adam’s corpse, and by EoE they managed to mass-produce it somehow; so they set probably not worried. I also agree on Gendo being too shifty of a character to trust- I certainly wouldn’t have done it, but Seele seems pretty cocky about everything for some reason.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:41 PM)
    @Bam, 1: The S2 engine was pretty much got by pure luck and Seeles efforts only made getting it harder. There’s suicidal and then just plain stupid.
    2: A normal Seele member would have just as much motivation and 0% chance of screwing them over. Which Gendo did try to do.
    These guys were putting a shit ton of faith in those dead sea scrolls. And how bloody detailed were those things anyway?
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:29 PM)
    *as far as the series canon
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Mar 4. 2015 11:27 PM)
    (3/3)
    Manga) anything not written by Anno or the original Eva Committee is akin to fanfic and doesn’t hold too much water as long as series canon is involved. Although Sadamoto’s manga is close to the original vision we still might as well be digging in Angelic Days or Campus Apocalypse for answers.

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