Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 38
After returning home from the encounter with Pride, Hawkeye is on edge when she gets a phone call from Mustang. He is able to tell that something is up, but Hawkeye claims that it’s nothing and ends the call. Back up north, Kimblee and company arrive at an abandoned mining town to look for Scar. When they split up to search, Ed and Al find themselves under watch by two of Kimblee’s men, so they pretend to see something and use alchemy to escape. Luck is on their side because they are found by May Chang, and as it turns out, Al was carrying Winry inside of him too. Marcoh and Yoki then join them too, and Yoki recognizes the brothers from his previous encounter with them at Youswell. Recalling how Ed tricked him, Yoki tells of his hardships after that and how he wanted revenge, but no one listens to his story. Instead, Ed and Al tell Marcoh what they know and why they’re after May Chang, and Marcoh shows them Scar’s brother’s research notes. Their conversation is interrupted though by a loud noise from a nearby building.
As it turns out, Scar has been found by two of Kimblee’s men, and those two turn out to be Chimeras. They’re faster than Scar expects, and both of them have ranged attacks that prevent him from getting close and from escaping. Fortunately for Scar, Ed and Al arrive, and even though they figure out that the Chimera are Kimblee’s men, they don’t acknowledge the monsters as their allies and knock both out. Despite this, Scar isn’t giving himself up without a fight, and he almost catches the brothers off-guard. Winry, who followed Ed and Al here, now tries to put a stop to it all, and the brothers take advantage of Scar being surprised by her voice to restrain him. Shortly thereafter, Miles and his men arrive on the scene, and Miles tries to take charge of the situation, but Winry wants to talk with Scar first. When she asks him why he killed her parents, Scar replies that any answer he gives would be an excuse and that the reality is that he killed them.
Meanwhile, over at Briggs, Buccaneer and his men arrive back later than scheduled and expect the entrance to be closed off, but it’s actually still open thanks to Olivier’s broken watch. Buccaneer later finds her sitting alone on top of the wall, and Olivier explains that she’s enjoying the white and black of the clear mountain scenery. Buccaneer points out though that the sky is blue, and he feels that people’s hearts are the same way. This moment is cut short by the sudden arrival of some military men who want to talk to Olivier. Back at the mining town, Kimblee is outside the building where all the commotion is going on, and Ed suddenly emerges from it and blames Kimblee for not watching after Winry. As it turns out, Scar is now standing on top of the building and is carrying an unconscious Winry.
There was plenty of action this episode thanks to Scar and the Chimeras, and the animation quality was quite good, but what was curious was that there was also a fairly long Yoki flashback/recap segment that really didn’t contribute anything to the current plot (I call it recap because it’s stuff I vaguely remember from the first series which never made it into this series). If anything it interrupted the flow of what was going on, causing me to question why they showed it here. I guess it’s always possible that Yoki is going to play a bigger role from now on or something. Plus it was amusing to see the Armstrong sisters again.
This episode also had a nice Buccaneer and Olivier scene near the end that felt like it was wrapping up and signifying the conclusion of a story arc. It seems pretty apt given how we’re at the end of the third cour and about to start the fourth. Of course there was a cliffhanger in the episode too, if you could call it that, with Scar taking Winry, but it’s pretty obvious that it’s just a ploy to keep her from being Kimblee’s hostage again. And on that note, there’s no new episode next week. Episode 39 will air January 10, 2010.