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Summary:

In the wake of her arrest, Ross is interrogated about her use of ammunition because it matches the bullet type used to kill Hughes. Henry Douglas doesn’t believe her claim that she used her bullet at the Fifth Laboratory or that she was with her parents when Hughes died, and he’s not accepting either the fact that Brosh fired his gun at the lab too. Unaware of this, Ed, Al, and Winry are unsure of what to do with themselves now, and Ed asks for Winry’s opinion. Winry admits to being scared that the two brothers are fighting in dangerous places because she doesn’t want to lose them like she did her parents. She still wants them to get their old bodies back, but at the same time, she wants them to stop their dangerous journeys, so in the end, she admits that she doesn’t know what she wants. A little later, Ed and Al find out about Ross’s conviction through the newspaper, so they head out to try to figure out what’s going on. Falman meanwhile is still babysitting Barry the Chopper and finds out about Ross’s conviction through the newspaper as well, so he calls up Mustang.

Later that night, Barry attacks the prison where Ross is being kept, and he frees both her and Ling after he finds out where Ling is from. When he hears about it, Henry Douglas puts out an order for Ross’s capture with the provision that she can be killed if she resists. By chance, Ed and Al run into the escaping Ross and Barry, but Barry covers for her and has her escape down an alleyway before the brothers can really talk to her. Unfortunately, this leads her straight to Mustang, and he proceeds to use his flame powers on her. Seeing the ensuing explosion, Ed rushes to the scene and finds Mustang with Ross’s charred body. He’s angry that Mustang didn’t tell him anything, and Al has to keep him from hitting a superior officer. Mustang only reveals that a kill order went out on Ross, and he apologizes to the brothers for hiding Hughes’ death from them. When Douglas arrives to question Mustang about it, he claims that he killed her after she resisted, and he denies that his subordinates had anything to do with her jailbreak.

At the morgue later, Armstrong also apologizes to the brothers for not telling them about Hughes’ death. The coroner then comes out to confirm that the dead body did belong to Ross based on her dental records, and he chides Mustang for the excessive damage done to her body. When Armstrong tries to apologize to Mustang for his subordinate, Mustang suggests that Armstrong take a vacation out East where there are a lot of beautiful girls. Barry meanwhile has returned to Falman with Ling, and Ling is able to summon his two bodyguards using smoke signals. Back at Mustang’s office, Hawkeye asks for and is granted some time off. While she’s gone, Mustang spends his time chatting on the phone with someone he calls Elizabeth. Ed meanwhile gets dragged off by Armstrong under the pretense that they’re going back to Resembool to get his arm fixed, leaving Al and Winry behind. When Mustang hears about this, he smiles because it means that there are now no more obstacles. During all this, Lust and Envy have continued to spy on him and have figured out Barry’s involvement, so Lust decides to employ a creature she calls Barry the Chopper.

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The beginning of the episode felt a little slow (that Winry scene in particular), but it was otherwise quite interesting, and watching Barry run amok was fun. I actually want Barry to stick around now, and I wonder if the Barry the Chopper that Lust has is his clone or original body or what. Speaking of fun, Ling still isn’t serving as anything other than brief comedic relief. I’m not sure what his role is supposed to be here, but I doubt that’s it. We haven’t seen much of the other Xing girl either whose name I’ve already forgotten. As for Mustang, with all the hints he gives, it’s pretty clear that he didn’t really kill Ross, but if he faked her death, then where’d he get a spare body with matching dentals, and how’d he get it all switched out so quickly? I also wonder what he’s planning now with Ed out of the way (I was surprised that the brothers didn’t insist on sticking together for once), and I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

July 26, 2009 at 6:08 am
56 comments »
  • July 26, 2009 at 6:16 amShiroiRyu

    Héhéhé…
    For Ling, you need to wait more i think. :)

  • July 26, 2009 at 6:16 amidaaa

    I haven’t seen this yet, but it looks pretty good. Except the part with the hotel room in the beginning and in the end, they’re supposed to happen after eachother, so it feels a little wierd.

  • July 26, 2009 at 6:20 ampenguintruth

    They wasted an opportunity in all this shuffling of material by not having the scene in the alley as the final scene in an episode. By doing that scene halfway into the episode it ruined some of its impact. Not to mention it felt a little hurried along.

    And can we get a new piece of music for this show? It’s been the same damn five or six tracks since episode 4, and they’re not so good as to be repeated so often.

    Still, while a little run-of-the-mill (I might’ve set my expectations too high), a decent episode. It’s too bad they’ll be ruining the tension built by having Edward in the Xerxes ruins next episode, instead of after the Lust battle.

  • July 26, 2009 at 6:48 amUnknown Voice

    @penguintruth

    I…agree O_o

    Frankly this would have worked A LOT BETTER had they put the “burning” scene in the end of episode, with ending of Ed finding Mustang and burned body of Ross.

    The whole episode felt cheap. While I loved most of episodes, this, along with the greed arc felt flat stupid. Its as if the production group is not even trying.

    Well, I guess that’s one of my most awaited moments ruined…

  • July 26, 2009 at 6:59 ampenguintruth

    Also, really, what’s with Henry Douglas? He’s so square-faced. They need to round that out a little.

  • July 26, 2009 at 7:26 amrazi

    im looking forward the next 2 episodes, good action and Ran Fan and Ling finally doing something

  • July 26, 2009 at 7:33 amZenzen

    @Omni:
    In the manga Ling was only for comedy relief in the beginning. Unfortunately we need to wait a bit longer for all the awesome stuff.
    Also concerning Ross Show Spoiler ▼

    Finally I’m a bit fed up with all the shuffling. If you’re making a second series, then do it right. No Bones, your shuffling doesn’t make it better. Quite the opposite, if I may say so.

  • July 26, 2009 at 7:37 amAngous

    DR KNOX IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!!!!!

  • July 26, 2009 at 7:42 amAngous

    OMNI you didn’t read the manga? :(

    I think you have to know that Brotherhood will never be better than the manga… more scènes were errazed :( .

    Don’t worry: Lin is AWESOME! ^^ But you have to wait!

  • July 26, 2009 at 7:44 ampenguintruth

    Not to mention, a lot of the shuffling seems abitrary. WHY have Izumi come in AFTER Ed in episode 13? WHY have Ed find out about Hughes’ death BEFORE the events of this episode? WHY have Ed wander around Xerxes before the fight with Lust? I keep waiting for the rearrangements to pan out to some great answer, but all I’m getting so far is… nothing. The only example I can think of that made sense was keeping Scar in the picture better by having him fight Joliot and meet May sooner. Otherwise, it just seems… weird. It’s like they’re changing it just for the sake of changing it.

  • July 26, 2009 at 8:03 amKim

    I actually was quite happy with this episode (moreso than the last one). I admit I also think the alley scene should have been at the end of the episode for the greatest impact but the way they reshuffled events in the previous episode that just wasn’t possible. I mean most of the events leading up to that alley scene were already covered in the previous episode. So really the last episode was at fault. And I still thought the alley scene itself was done very well.

    As for Ling he is more than he appears that’s all I will say.

  • July 26, 2009 at 9:13 amark noir

    please, spoiler tags everyone!! Not everyone has read the manga!

  • July 26, 2009 at 9:36 ampabucumunsatanisti

  • July 26, 2009 at 9:41 amGundamaniac

    Damn I so wanna spoil you all……………..
    Here’s a small one Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 26, 2009 at 10:01 amdamian

    lol This episode ended exactly as I thought it would.

    Frankly, I stopped looking for flaws in the series. I did that with the first 15 episodes and I ended up not enjoying because I just kept comparing it to the manga. I liked this episode quite well for that reason; I just got the manga thoughts out of my head and go along with the motions.

  • July 26, 2009 at 10:34 amhey

    I feel as if they are rushing it too much!!!! They want to finish the anime in episode 51, like the first season…i mean, with that pace it seems like that what they want…
    I’m not comparing the manga with it, but I’m a little worried because I don’t want to see FMA:B be all rushed and all random because BONES is lazy to do their work!!!!
    I mean…come ON!!!!
    I used to like BONES a lot, but, now, I’m just disappointed.

  • July 26, 2009 at 11:31 amhyum

    Damn whats up with all the spoilers, its like these retards think we wanna know whats gonna happen next

  • July 26, 2009 at 12:48 pmGundam-sama

    @Gundamaniac, Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 26, 2009 at 12:55 pmKim

    @Gundam-Sama

    You should really wait to find that out

  • July 26, 2009 at 1:08 pmCoralte

    They just change the story a little (or quite a little) to let the manga be different, trying not to leave it senseless against a perfect adaptation.

    They obviously still want to sell manga xD Unlucky.

  • July 26, 2009 at 1:39 pmZenzen

    @Gundam-sama:
    Knowing this now would spoil a lot for you…
    But if you really want to know: Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 26, 2009 at 3:17 pmPfft

    Go read the manga.

  • July 26, 2009 at 3:53 pmDragonite88

    HERE MESSAGE TO ALL DONT READ THE MANGA. Unless u really wanna spoil urself. lol whether its ling or barry etc just wait and watch lol

  • July 26, 2009 at 4:11 pmdamian

    I actually like that we’re gettin Ed’s part of the story next week. That way it’d outta the way already.

  • July 26, 2009 at 4:32 pminfo600

    even if the order of events in this arc is out of whack from the manga, the scene themselves were done faithfully…which unfortunately, thats not most ppl’s bottom lines are.

    another thing:
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • July 26, 2009 at 6:53 pmrzerox21xx

    I am thankful for Bones on what they doing now, sure they took some scenes but man the content and the series as a whole is really good. You know how rare it is for what Bones is doing right now compare to all the other anime that never got their complete story adapted. Rurouni Kenshin is up there with Fullmetal as my favorites and I would kill(not really) if they pick up the series and animated the Jinchu arc even if they should redo Tokyo and Kyoto. Took more than a decade for Saint Seiya to get the Hades arc animated finally. Some series are rarely fortunate enought to have this happen and its rare what is happen to Fullmetal which alot of animes are missing out on.

  • July 26, 2009 at 7:11 pmRednights

    Good episode … Eds reaction seemed pretty tame … I guess he wasn’t too close to her.

  • July 26, 2009 at 9:05 pmkabayongtao

    From a perspective view of a person whom haven’t read the manga, I think that Bones is doing a great job. Good animation, and entertaining.

    Personally, I am not particular if they are faithfully trying to adapt the manga version or not. Considering that the media used in delivering the storyline is different from one another, there would always be discrepancies.

  • July 26, 2009 at 9:45 pmNaYa

    As a reviewer, it’s better that omni hasn’t read the manga so he gets an unbiased opinion and be able to see the actual good and bad points of the anime objectively and enjoy it, instead of constantly comparing every detail like some people here are doing.

  • July 27, 2009 at 12:52 amroger

    I doubt he Mustang killed Ross. He probably faked her death so that she can run away without having the army following her. He was also sure Ross didn’t kill Hughs. One thing Mustang doesn’t want to do is kill another innocent person. He is obviously hiding something that Elizabeth he is talking to on the phone is probably Ross or Lt Hawk taking a leave is probably just an act in front of the others but it truth she was probably sent to safely relocate Ross and her family to a place not under the army’s radar.

  • July 27, 2009 at 12:57 amroger

    Also whenever Mustang sends Ed out of the blue. He is obviously hiding something and wants Ed to find out the truth and see whatever he was doing is carried out.

  • July 27, 2009 at 2:25 amspiral

    All I got to say is that people need to stop complaining about the changes. For the most part, they don’t leave out too much from the source material and nothing of huge significance is lost from the show. Honestly, people who expect ANY manga to anime adaptation to be 100% faithful is deluding themselves, and will never be happy. Okay, most of the time at least…

    Looking forward to next week!

  • July 27, 2009 at 2:34 amAntiSpiral

    Rushed or not, this season is much better than the last and I commend Bones for that.

    The previous season was the story was boring, characters dry, the action limited, and the tone way too serious for shounen.

    In the words of Peter Griffin, “It insist upon itself.”

  • July 27, 2009 at 3:11 amroger

    I have no problem with it. I am enjoying this more than the first anime.

  • July 27, 2009 at 3:22 amBloby

    Honestly even as a huge fan of the manga I’d say bones is doing a very good job adapting this the second time, seeing I’m still at the edge of the seat after watching this episode.

  • July 27, 2009 at 9:23 amCrossword

    I was cracking up at how they put the sequence of Armstrong ”kidnapping” Ed to such serious, dramatic music. Fit perfectly. Knox’s voice is pretty fitting, and Barry was still funny, so thumbs up from me.

  • July 27, 2009 at 11:44 amhm

    the animation quality is pretty poor compared to recently released animes.
    Taking into account of the fact that the first FMA was such a huge hit (despite its difference with the manga i think most would agree that it was a pretty awesome series at that time), I think the production would have invested a little more into the animation quality. Im not saying they should try to make it look like appleseed or sth, but it is irritating to see that some scenes look as if they’ve been done half-assed.

  • July 27, 2009 at 11:45 amhm

    minor typo error
    ‘the production “could” have invested’

  • July 27, 2009 at 12:19 pmjcmr

    @hm
    in my opinion the animation of this particular anime is pretty good its fluid and fast, specially when you see it after an episode of naruto shippuuden, that is a really poor animated anime its almost as if someone just colored the pages of the manga and turn the pages himself excepting for two or three episodes.

    i think the next episode will cover part of the counterattack chapter of the manga because at the end of the episode the narrator said “humans, rise the signal of counterattack”

  • July 27, 2009 at 2:18 pmjuan

    u guys should read the manga. he does fake her death and he does switch the tooth only one tooth was found. even this was in the original FMA i think.

  • July 27, 2009 at 3:43 pmblinx01

    @hm
    This is going to end up being well over 50 eps, and when comparing to other series of this length, FMA: Brotherhood is easily the best in terms of productions values I’ve seen.
    I think you’ve been watching too many films and 13 eps series to appreciate whats on show.

  • July 27, 2009 at 4:47 pmjcmr

    @hm
    i hope you don`t wach the episodes on streaming sites because that decrease the quality of the video and belive me the 720p versions of this anime look awsome on lcd monitors.

    @juan
    i think that the people who hasn´t read the manga should not read it now, they will just spoil theirself and won`t enjoy the anime, they would be like those people complaning about the diferences, or could be worse and end up spoiling people like you did with your comment.

  • July 27, 2009 at 5:54 pmbobara

    FY juan

  • July 27, 2009 at 6:21 pmdamian

    juan, youre an idiot. die.

  • July 27, 2009 at 8:47 pmGreg

    Lol, it’s interesting to see what people who haven’t read the manga say when they watch this show…

  • July 27, 2009 at 10:00 pmauntiebin

    O_O O_O O_O O_O
    *slaps hand for clicking on all the spoiler links*

  • July 28, 2009 at 3:34 amEnthusiast

    “they pick up the series and animated the Jinchu arc even if they should redo Tokyo and Kyoto.”

    Wow, my life would be complete if that happened.

  • July 28, 2009 at 12:05 pmNick87

    When Mustang was on the phone with Elizabeth, it felt that Urahara (from bleach) was speaking… Same Seiyuu for Mustang and Urahara?

  • July 28, 2009 at 3:25 pmAbe

    @Nick87, The seiyuu for Mustang is not the seiyuu for Urahara, however, it is the same as the seiyuu for Lockon Stratos.

  • July 28, 2009 at 5:04 pmpenguintruth

    @Abe

    Shinichiro Miki does the voices for Urahara, Lockon, Roy, and Allen (from Escaflowne).

  • July 28, 2009 at 6:21 pmQuali

    Well, since I’m pretty sure this episode correlates with chapter 35, and the big Ling event happens in chapter 54, you’re probably going to have to wait a good 15 to 20 episodes to see him do something exciting.

    About the shuffling: I agree that the burning should’ve been at the end of the episode, but if you look at it as just an anime you’ll most likely enjoy it a lot more. I don’t see the need for all the nitpicking about this not being a perfect adaptation. No adaptation is. The first series was as far as you can get from faithful, and everyone loves it.

  • July 28, 2009 at 6:43 pmdamian

    @Quali

    lol no. Ling jumps into the action next week, or the week after that (depending on how next week’s episode ends)

  • July 29, 2009 at 3:42 amQuali

    @Damian:
    Are you referring to his action scene next week? Yea, there’s that.

    I was just talking about when his role really starts to kick in plot wise.

  • July 29, 2009 at 9:43 pmjmytrance

    I never thought there’s a continuation for the full metal alchemist anime Is this the continuation after they split with his brother on another world?

  • July 30, 2009 at 3:56 amUnknown Voice

    @jmytrance

    Its not a continuation.

    Its a remake following manga storyoline.

  • August 4, 2009 at 5:22 pmLilly

    At “Attacking a superior? Know your place!” And then Ed’s face…I swear I was swaying weakly in my chair, wanting to smack Mustang and hide and cry in a corner!

    15:39, Edo’s face made me whimper out loud, seriously! I couldn’t stop it, it just slipped out. I sounded like a sad puppy… The face is like a mad, wet kitty! If I look at it for too long, my heart aches.

    meh, I want at least one time to have Ling do sneaky-sneak-eavesdropping! maybe next episode! *hope hope hope*

    Finally, love the ED! Has grown on me.