Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood 7 – 12

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My first re-watch of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood continues with the next set of six episodes. The lead villains step out of the shadows, unwelcome truths are revealed, and not everyone makes it out alive… *sigh*….

Quick Info:

Fullmetal Alchemist was a manga created by Hiromu Arakawa, originally released between August 2001 and June 2010. This anime adaptation is following on an earlier attempt at an anime adaptation that was flawed due to having to diverge from the manga storyline halfway through. These six episodes, titled “Hidden Truths”, “The Fifth Laboratory”, “Created Feelings”, “Separate Destinations”, “Miracle at Rush Valley” and “One is All, All is One”, respectively, aired between May 17th and June 21st 2009.

Synopsis:

Episodes 7 – 9 deal with the Elrics and their investigation into the mysterious “Fifth Laboratory”, where they soon find the secret behind how to create a Philosopher’s stone and meet the people behind some of their recent adventures.

Episode 10 sees the Elric brothers, Mustang, Armstrong and Hughes decide a plan of attack against the people behind the Fifth lab, which soon results in tragedy.

Episode 11 has Winry tag along with Ed and Al, who are on their way to meet with their old teacher, so she can visit “Rush Valley” a place where the top automail mechanics work. Finally, episode 12 sees the Elrics meet up with their teacher and reminisce about their trials they underwent in order to study under her.

Note: Full Spoilers From Here On Out!

The Good:

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A rare moment of peace and relaxation… after fighting each other.

As mentioned in the first part of this, the cast of characters, animation and general feel and world that this series creates is great. That hasn’t changed. In fact the addition of Izumi, the Elric Brothers’ teacher, only increases the fun cast.

Okay… let’s get it out of the way then, since I’ve been hinting at it so much… Maes Hughes is killed. The most likable guy in the series. It kind of pisses me off, and that funeral scene with his young daughter asking mummy why they are “putting dirt on Daddy” while everyone either cries of tries not to is heartbreaking. I’ve never cried at an animation before, but this always nearly gets me there. That’s why I have to put it in the good. I’d love for Hughes to continue as a character, but his death and the after effects of it are good writing. Plus given this is my second time round with this series, at least I know the killer, Envy, gets his comeuppance at the end…

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Barry The Chopper: he’s a lovable mass-murderer of innocents!

Barry the Chopper and Slicer, two career murderers who were turned into soul-bonded suits of armour like Alphonse, are good villains, mostly because for people who killed for fun, they’re quite … nice guys? Or funny, at least. That’s an odd thing to say, but it’s true. Okay, not nice guys, but Barry is at least funny and Slicer is at least somewhat honourable in that he keeps his word in the end…

Winry and the whole light-hearted adventure in Rush Valley is a nice breather after the heavy episode before it, and as I said Izumi is a good addition to the cast, and equally as tragic as her students.

The Bad:

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I promised myself I wouldn’t cry… *sniff sniff*…

In episode 9 Alphonse wonders if he is real or whether his memories are artificial and he’s just a experiment done by Ed, with everyone else being “in on it”. I’m sorry, I know Al is young, but how would you EVER believe that? It didn’t even take much doing to get his thoughts down that path. Annoying, but at least its over with within one episode…

Must. Resist. Putting Hughes’ death here. Must resist…

Overall Thoughts:

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Yikes, I’ve heard of a “death stare” before, but Izumi takes the prize here…

Another great slice of FMA Brotherhood story. It’s tragic, it’s funny, its got great fight scenes and more fine voicework no matter which vocal track you go with. Can’t argue that FMA is still on a roll…

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