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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 43


The battle at Briggs is over soon after it begins, with the Drachma side getting utterly annihilated, but Kimblee has fulfilled his duty of creating a crest of blood. Over in Central, King Bradley asks Hawkeye what she thinks of him and Selim being Homunculus, so she compares it to a game of house. King Bradley thinks that it’s more like he gets to play a person of power with all of the things given to him, but he notes that he got to choose his own wife. Back in the north, Zampano meets Envy and leads him to Marcoh. As it turns out though, it was all a set-up, and Zampano had been intentionally luring Envy here. Marcoh and May Chang had hidden many transmutation circles in the snowfield, so every step Envy takes activates another trap. This forces Envy to change into his huge form, and so everyone joins in the fight, including the Chimera and Scar. Right when they think they have Envy beat though, he grabs Marcoh with his tongue and holds him hostage. Envy taunts Marcoh with the idea of making the nearby villagers into Philosopher’s Stones and brings up how Marcoh has experience doing so, and although Marcoh acknowledges this, he reveals that he also knows how to destroy them.

Marcoh then directs his alchemy towards Envy and destroys most of the souls in Envy’s Philosopher’s Stone. This causes Envy to revert to his tiny true form which the group takes back to the village. When Winry asks Marcoh why he did something like this, he explains that he wanted to settle this on his own instead of doing what other people said, and he compares himself to Winry’s parents. Envy then latches onto and tries to take over Yoki, but the group pretends not to care about him, and Al recaptures the Homunculus. Once they put Envy into a bottle, they try to interrogate him, but the only thing he reveals is that he heard Ed is missing. Al, however, decides to do as his brother would and keep moving forward, and he specifically wants to go to Lior. Scar, on the other hand, opts to go with Marcoh in a different direction to do something to change the country, and he gives May Chang the bottle with Envy inside to bring back to Xing. He feels that she should go back now and let them take care of matters in their own country, and so May Chang departs on her own after a tearful farewell.

Meanwhile, in Dublith, the Chimera Bido is still mourning Greed and overhears some soldiers looking for Izumi on King Bradley’s orders, and he decides to follow them. Back in Central, after treating her brother gruffly, Olivier is led by another officer to a secret underground lair where a Homunculus army is being kept. Sometime later, Al, Winry, Yoki, and the Chimera arrive in Lior and find both Rosé and Hohenheim there.


So I thought the beginning of this episode was a little disappointing because the battle with the Drachma forces was pretty much over by the time the episode started, and Kimblee was still alive. I had been hoping for a bit more action from that. The battle against Envy, fortunately, was a lot of fun to watch. Last week’s preview made me think that Marcoh might die, but instead he showed a lot of strength in facing off (literally) and winning against Envy. Everyone helping him early in the battle was very cool too. As for Envy’s true form, it was pretty cute, and I laughed at the scene where he tried to take Yoki hostage. I get the feeling though that it’s a bad idea for them to let May Chang have Envy. She’s not the strongest character and could be the kind that Envy can manipulate, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he gets free again. They probably should have just destroyed him for good.

The end of the episode had another nice pair of cliffhangers with the apparent Homunculus army that Olivier was shown and with the after-ED segment that had Al and Winry running into Hohenheim. Since the preview showed Ed alive and well too, maybe it’s finally time for father and sons to join up. I do wonder though what they’re doing with the return of that Chimera Bido from the Greed arc. It’s probably a sign that we’ll be seeing more of Greed and/or Ling soon.

February 7, 2010 at 4:22 am
  • February 7, 2010 at 4:29 amHomuncurus!

    Very nice. Pretty much everything I expected it would be.
    By the looks of these screencaps, though, it appears they toned down Marcoh’s “traps” for Envy. In the manga they were spikes and spears going through him, and.. it looks like its just some sort of ice cage here.

  • February 7, 2010 at 4:30 ampenguintruth

    Maybe it’s because when I read it in the manga it was a surprise, but that scene with Marcoh and Envy just wasn’t nearly as good in this episode. I guess I overhyped myself, though, since it’s probably my favorite scene in the manga.

    Any episode with Olivier in it can’t be too bad. It’s too bad that lame white zombie army was there, too. Not one of Arakawa’s better ideas.

  • February 7, 2010 at 4:31 amOmni

    Homuncurus!: There were indeed traps there, but they weren’t important enough to have multiple images of.

  • February 7, 2010 at 4:45 amHomuncurus!

    Ah.. never mind then.
    On a last note: Thank god they included the Bido scene in this one.. one more episode without it and the people around here would have gone to war..

  • February 7, 2010 at 5:12 amFMA Maniac

    May Chang may not be the strongest character but she is the only one who dare challenging the Father ^^ I like her.

  • February 7, 2010 at 5:24 amimerik

    i haven’t read the article or watched the episode yet… but i like the main page preview pics where everyone is making a funny :O face.

  • February 7, 2010 at 5:42 amAcylia

    Omg. Envy was SO cute. xD Looking forward to the next episode. I thought it would be longer until Ed came back, but I guess it’s been a while since I read this part of the manga… or maybe they’re just going at full speed.

  • February 7, 2010 at 5:49 amgawrshness

    oh no! I must watch but not even the raw is out here!

  • February 7, 2010 at 9:13 amTorint

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  • February 7, 2010 at 9:43 amKaito

    So maybe we will finally see Yousowell town after all.

  • February 7, 2010 at 9:49 ambgi

    @penguintruth – latest chapter was one of Arakawa’s best ideas. as for the white zombie army … Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 7, 2010 at 10:28 amTotemo totemo ureshii

    call me “The Little One Inside the Jar” :)

  • February 7, 2010 at 12:11 pmdamian

    Greed at last next week. It’s been a while.

  • February 7, 2010 at 12:23 pmAllie


    I think his true form is kinda gross >_>

  • February 7, 2010 at 1:41 pmAznCoffee

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  • February 7, 2010 at 1:41 pmJackDawkins

    They better keep the line between Ho-ho, Al and Winry at the start of next episode.

    And Envy’s trueform is so cute in this anime (he’s kinda gross in the manga) but with that little voice and everything…I wanna Envy plushie.

    And I was right about Bido, he’s been moved up so the next episode will have what he brings about. ^^ And Edo will return. :D

  • February 7, 2010 at 1:50 pmCornwiggle

    Looks like they cut the Izumi part with the Military looking for her.

    Dammit. I hope I’m not thinking too negative, but it looks like Bido just appears out of nowhere instead of staying in Dublith and watching Izumi and following the soldiers to Central like in the manga.

    Is it that hard to just to draw in Maison and be like “They just hired me”? Really?

  • February 7, 2010 at 1:58 pmdamian


    Watch the episode before you fuckin complain.

    Anyways, I like that they actually showed Marcoh and Scar leaving the group. In the manga, they’re with Al last time we see them, and when the group get to Lior, they’re nowhere to be found and you dont find out that they’ve traveling together until the end of volume 20.

  • February 7, 2010 at 2:11 pmJackDawkins

    I just read the latest chapter…and I gotta say, when that shit gets animated I’m gonna faint.

  • February 7, 2010 at 2:29 pmAznCoffee

    @JackDawkins: Agree’d.

  • February 7, 2010 at 2:30 pmDeet

    I didn’t think it was possible, but this made me love Olivier even more.

    Regarding 104… O.o

    No spoilers (i’m not mean)

  • February 7, 2010 at 2:42 pmpenguintruth


    I’ve seen some of the raw of 104 and yes, it seems like one of Arakawa’s best. But I have a feeling there’ll be VERY mixed reactions to the ending of this story.

  • February 7, 2010 at 3:24 pmCornwiggle

    Damian, grow up and learn to read. Seriously.

    I’m just speculating. And something tells me, I’m right too.

  • February 7, 2010 at 3:31 pmJackDawkins

    @Cornwiggle: They showed Bido in Dublith, they showed the soldiers coming out of Izumi’s shop and talking about not being able to find her, and then they showed Bido following the soldiers.

  • February 7, 2010 at 3:35 pmDmysta3000

    Great episode! I personally can’t wait to see the Homunculus army animated. And oh yeah, did you hear that the FMA brotherhood dub is premering on Adult Swim Next week? See here, http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/press-release/2010-02-05/funimation-entertainment-announces-u.s-broadcast-debut-of-fullmetal-alchemist/brotherhood

  • February 7, 2010 at 4:15 pmCornwiggle

    Ok, good.

    I’m glad they didn’t exclude it. Kinda hard to tell from just one snapshot.

  • February 7, 2010 at 4:59 pmbgi

    @penguintruth – seen all of it plus some translations. Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 7, 2010 at 5:08 pmStonehead

    @penguintruth, @bgi Thanks for reminding that newest manga chapter 104 was leaked this weekend. Indeed, it IS really unbelievably epically epic, with all those two-page drawn panels. But now I need a place to talk about it without spoiling things for the rest… Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 7, 2010 at 5:35 pmChoko

    Now that was a smart way to complete the transmutation circle, kudos to you Kimblee. I’m wondering if they can end the series (not to mention the manga) in 7 episodes (I’m assuming there will be 50 eps). FMA has come a long way, so I hope it gets a good ending, cause if it doesn’t I think people are gonna be very pissed, just like with NGE. The last thing we need is people mailing death threats to Arakawa. O_O

  • February 7, 2010 at 5:51 pmStonehead

    @Choko there will be 63 episodes, Bones announced earlier. I really don’t understand where that 50-episodes-nonsense is coming from.

  • February 7, 2010 at 5:52 pmCornwiggle

    Choko.. there is NOT 52 episodes.

    Jesus, stop spreading this insanly retarded rumor. It’s going to be 65 AT LEAST.

  • February 7, 2010 at 6:32 pmpenguintruth


    If my Hohenheim theory is right… well, let’s not get into it here!

  • February 7, 2010 at 6:51 pmHomuncurus!


  • February 7, 2010 at 9:06 pmGuardian

    More love for Brotherhood, what a great show. :D

    @ Homuncurus!–Goddess I hope not, the whole “Gate-leads-to-pre-WW2-Germany” was a retarded twist they threw into the first show that made absolutely no sense. I don’t know if they wound up throwing that into the manga or not (I haven’t read it yet), but I’ll be very annoyed if Ed stops fighting Homunculi to fight Nazis instead. :P

  • February 7, 2010 at 9:33 pmGuardian

    BTW, I’m a little sad to see Mei leave the show, though she didn’t seem very popular around here. I thought she kicked a lot of ass, esp against the Homunculi and Chimera beneath Central. Hopefully she (and Envy) will come back into the story before its conclusion – seems odd to have all three “original” Homunculi gone already (unless Gluttony’s done regeneration in Father’s robes).

  • February 7, 2010 at 9:40 pmHagaren


    (idiots who don’t read manga, don’t click on this)

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  • February 7, 2010 at 11:00 pmcutemi2

  • February 7, 2010 at 11:19 pmpenguintruth


    Stop oversimplifying what happened in the first series to be dismissive.

  • February 8, 2010 at 1:12 amdmo

    Aww, they cut out the lines in this scene where Al goes “Dad!” and Hohenheim goes “My vintage armor!!”


  • February 8, 2010 at 1:46 amBROOKLYN otaku

    come to your senses human, it all starts NOW!

  • February 8, 2010 at 3:21 amChoko

    @stonehead/Cornwiggle – Thanks for correcting me, I was ASSUMING there were gonna be 50/51/52 eps, but something around 60(or more) makes more sense given the story’s pace.

  • February 8, 2010 at 6:00 amNyte

    I’ve been watching the first 35 episodes non-stop and I loved it, but a single episode seems kinda short and the week long…

    want more!

  • February 8, 2010 at 6:02 amNyte

    oh and…

    nooooo Envy!….
    You were so cool :(

  • February 8, 2010 at 8:11 amHihi

    nice episode, nice cliffhanger as well

  • February 8, 2010 at 10:08 amChimp

    @Omni – Actually in the manga they didn’t show the battle between briggs and drakma
    yeah the opening was very decieving about that part

  • February 8, 2010 at 11:28 amCornwiggle

    I don’t know. A week isn’t really that long. It could be worse. Think of the monthly schedule like the manga. That would be long.

    @Penguintruth: The first anime deserves to be oversimplified. It had a bogus story that made next to no sense. I’ve been rewatching it every week on Adult Swim (just to see it again for myself) and it possibly one of the worst series I’ve seen in quite awhile. Some parts are okay and some of the liberties they took were unique, but it’s just really bad in plot.

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Deus ex Machina

    should be its name.

  • February 8, 2010 at 2:22 pmYesMan

    Winry Rockbell Q_Q

  • February 8, 2010 at 3:39 pmaycan

    My favorite episode so far. Fantastic action scenes. I don’t understand how one can create such beautiful plot. I’m talking about the act of Zampano and the counter attack of Marcoh. And I’m in love these shocking ending scenes as well. This series get better and better every episode. Pure genius. BTW, I think envy’s true form is SO cute, honest.

  • February 8, 2010 at 4:14 pmSatoida

    Envy was cuter here than in the manga, and I laughed when his bishounen form got hit by the traps.

  • February 8, 2010 at 7:14 pmSplash

    Does that mean Gluttony’s True form = Rosie O’Donnell?

  • February 8, 2010 at 7:50 pmHereandthere

    *sniff* Damnit, YesMan, don’t remind me.

  • February 8, 2010 at 7:56 pmJackDawkins

    The monthly wait for the manga is brutal. You all don’t know how lucky you are only having a weekly wait. And the anime covers about 2 chapters each episode, so manga readers have even less material after the month long wait than you have after one little week xD
    I can’t wait till the manga ends, then I can just sit back and watch Brotherhood and giggle like a little girl at all of you freaking out. And you will, this story really picks up speed starting now, and so many amazing and soul-crushing things happen.

  • February 9, 2010 at 12:01 pmaycan

    YesMan, if the spoiler is true… I will find and kill you!

  • February 9, 2010 at 12:26 pmCornwiggle

    People just posting spoilers about the newest manga chapters really piss me off.

    “I’m on a blog talking about the anime, I think I’ll talk about the latest manga chapter without hiding anything”


  • February 9, 2010 at 3:58 pmfathomlessblue


    dont worry about the manga trollers, they did the same thing with another character a few months back which turned to be totaly wrong. i’ve read the latest chapter and sure the same thing will apply. cliffhangers do not equal facts and the story aint over yet

  • February 9, 2010 at 4:38 pmZero

    lol! Baby Envy! Hey, let it be known that I mentioned this back when the series was starting.

  • February 9, 2010 at 8:08 pmZero

    OMG. Please tell somebody else gets this:
    Show Spoiler ▼

    This will have an overly epic finish.


  • February 10, 2010 at 1:17 pmfathomlessblue


    i thought the same. if you think thats a eva rip of check out these scans of baby envy vs the adam embryo



    i love fma but they should be giving evangelion royalties or something for that blatent rip-off lol!

  • February 10, 2010 at 11:25 pmCornwiggle

    Screw this Evangelion crap. The most overrated anime of all time.

  • February 11, 2010 at 2:30 amfathomlessblue


    blasphemy! those be fighting words lol!

  • February 11, 2010 at 3:57 pmhms-one


    Agreed about both manga spoilers and evangelion!(mind you, I never read manga)

    I can’t wait for Greed/Lin next week. Also, with Al hoping to break the circle in Lior, might we see a Pride fight soon?! I know how deceptive credits can be, but those Pride scenes are my faves from the new opener.

  • February 11, 2010 at 4:15 pmhms-one

    (speculation from a non-manga-reader. no spoiler responses Please!)

    I fear that Alphonse will never see his poor body again in this life. If V.H. couldn’t give back Izumi’s organs because they were taken for sacrifce, then how could he possibly bring back Al’s whole body?(hypothetical!) He’s a living P.S. and the Sage of the East, a medical alchemy expert. If he can’t do it who can?(hypothetical!) It seems that the only way the two will be reunited is on the other side of the gate, where his soul seems to want to go ASAP. Things aren’t looking good for Alphonse.

  • February 11, 2010 at 4:58 pmLabyrinth


    be patient and see :)