Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 56
「大総統の帰還」 (Daisoutou no Kikan)
“The Return of the Führer”
So with last episode’s preview spoiling all the fun of Greed’s grand entrance and the homunculus versus homunculus battle, it was nice to see them make up for that with another one. It was late in the fray, but Fu’s arrival and coming face to face with Bradley was a good one, as he was thrilled to have an opportunity to get back at the monster who cost his granddaughter her arm. Compared to both Greed and Fu’s swift and nimble attacks against Bradley’s all-seeing eye of sorts, Buccaneer’s head-on attacks were valiant but proved costly. Sacrificing his body to take the saber from the Führer was pretty damn suicidal, but it looks like it wasn’t in vain as that was his weapon of choice. Regardless, it looks like Greed could use all the help he can get, since the old homunculus still has more than enough overpowered kick in him despite not being in his prime. At least, that’s what he easily proved with his train explosion escape and head-on attack into Central headquarters where he took out everything in his path, including tanks. For those who were wondering about his line on how a king doesn’t need to enter his home from the backdoor, it was saved for this episode.
Other than that, the huge battle between Hohenheim and Father entered the second phase after the former explained how there is no single philosopher stone inside him anymore. Instead, he’s come to terms with the over half a million souls contained within him and they now reside completely throughout his body united for one cause — to destroy the homunculus in a flask that got too power hungry. Even with the cooperation of all the souls within him, it’s looks like Hohenheim will have his work cut out for him though. Father’s form within in the lookalike Hohenheim shell is nothing more than a black abomination with eyes all over like Pride’s shadows, but it has the absolute evil intimidation factor going for it. In short, it looks like a supercharged version of his original self from when he was still in the flask. With the Promised Day on the horizon and huge battles happening on several fronts, things are probably going to get pretty crazy in the upcoming episodes.
Noticeably absent this week were Ed, Roy, Riza, Izumi, Curtis, and the Armstrong siblings, but it looks like we’ll be seeing more of them next time. Anyway, we’re really getting into the final stages of this 63 episode manga-faithful adaptation now, which suggests that it was perfectly coordinated with Arakawa Hiromu. The final chapter of her manga is slated to be released next month.