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「失われた光」 (Ushinawareta Hikari)
“Lost Light”

Well that’s news to me. I didn’t know you can force someone to perform alchemy against their will and let them suffer the consequences of doing so. Just when I thought things were looking up with the arrival of May, Darius, Jerso, and Zampano, both Wrath and Pride show up to spoil the parade. While I’m relieved that May was able to save Riza’s life by stopping the bleeding with her Xing medical alchemy, it was so frustrating to see the King Bradley candidates prevent her from grabbing the philosopher stone and making use of it. As for Wrath himself, there’s been fair bit of talk about how he doesn’t possess any regenerative abilities, but this is the first time I recall the story actually suggesting that possibility by having Mustang being surprised about his wounds. That became a quick afterthought once he pinned down Roy by impaling both his hands though, followed by Pride absorbing the Gold-Toothed Doctor and obtaining his knowledge of human transmutations to force Roy into performing one. Like the title suggests and so many people have “kindly” spoiled already, Roy’s price for coming into contact with the gate of truth is his eyesight. Needless to say, the shock value of that was totally lost, but I did enjoy watching Scar go toe-to-toe with a wounded Wrath and hold his own really well bare-handed. That was pretty awesome to see and reminded me how cool it is to have Scar amongst the good guys, unlike in the anime original first adaptation.

Aside from that, the big thing I was looking forward to seeing this episode was the state of Al. Much like I suspected last time, he was held up at the gate and given the opportunity to reunite with his body; however, the big surprise is that he chooses not to because he feels it’s too frail to be of any help to the others in stopping Father. It was a pretty selfless move on his part to give up his lifelong goal and rush back through the gate leaving his body behind, but I get the unsettling feeling that this may mean he’ll never get it back at all. I’m all for the impact his decision made, but I’d really hate to see things end with Al stuck in that suit of armor forever. In any case, the immediate problem now is that with Al’s return to the normal world, all five sacrifices have gathered and the Promised Day total eclipse has already begun. The preview shows parts of Amestris already being swallowed up, which leaves me wondering if this is only the beginning or if Ed and the others have already been transmuted. I’d say it’s really suspenseful, but I really don’t see Ed and Al not making it through to the end alive, so that thought kind of takes away from it. Still, I’m expecting these last four episodes to be one hell of a ride.

 

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  • May 30, 2010 at 2:55 amBareno

    Yay! Looks like things are catching up to the manga pretty fast, 63 here we comeeee…

  • May 30, 2010 at 2:56 amCharred Knight

    Next week should be the big OMG moment of the series much like the Zeppelins of the previous anime series.

  • May 30, 2010 at 2:57 ampenguintruth

    I thought it was incredibly stupid that you can force somebody to perform human transmutation against their will. If they could do that the entire time, why not just go out and get five random people and just do that? Yeah, it causes damage to Pride, but come on, he can take it for the team.

    Wrath really is an endurance champ, surviving all that damage only to keep coming back. So far, the fight with him and Scar already looks better than his fight with Greed. Bones did an excellent job with that.

    They also did a pretty good job with Alphonse in front of his body. Poor boy.

    • May 30, 2010 at 5:06 amBlaineo

      I don’t think they would last 5 trips through the gate.

    • May 30, 2010 at 5:15 amStarshade

      It doesn’t ‘just’ do some damage to Pride. It drains him of all the souls he has. (He can’t regenerate anymore.) That’s quite a cost.

      I don’t think it’s not very stupid that it’s possible to force a transmutation, but I do think it made things to convenient for the Homunculi (and the writer).

      • May 30, 2010 at 5:21 amBlaineo

        well put.

      • May 30, 2010 at 5:53 amLagunamov

        Well, it WAS hinted ages ago in Hohenheim’s flashback. He wasn’t selected as a sacrifice because he had a stone, he was selected cause he saw the Truth, yet he didn’t perform alchemy himself.

        As for not doing that before and just locking the sacrifices in a dungeon, sure, it raises some eyebrows, but if they did that there would be no story. But they were pretty much prepared for the case of being one or two sacrifices short, which was shown by this ‘taking you for a ride’ Pride did on Roy. Father knew Hohenheim was one, Ed confirmed himself as one during his examination, and in those three years between the exam and the story Bradley obviously saw Al more than once and classified him as another candidate for his lack of body. Izumi was also an unconfirmed sacrifice, since it’s pretty obvious that after using clappy alchemy right before meeting the brothers would spread as a rumor at least. That only left one missing. Four out offive without your intervention sounds pretty good to me.

    • May 30, 2010 at 5:17 ambgi

      why would they need to force people to perform human transmutation, if they still had time? forcing Roy was a last resort, as Promised Day already came and they needed a fifth sacrifice. also, from what i remember from the manga, Pride was the only one who could do this because he absorbed an alchemist that possesed knowledge necessary to perform human transmutation, and doing it once leaves him with his body almost destroyed.

    • May 30, 2010 at 5:19 amSomeKindaNick

      Well, when it means you’d have 5 of your 7 men super-army very weakend……. Yeah it’s probably the best strategic idea…

    • May 30, 2010 at 1:53 pmCornwiggle

      Every good plan has a backup plan just in case; though, as it’s also stated, it takes skill to survive coming back; so it’s doubtful they could just force five people and have them survive, they would 1. Have to be skilled Alchemists 2. A Homunculus would have to be sacrificed

      It’s really not worth it to do that five times.

  • May 30, 2010 at 2:57 amClick

    BATTLLLEEEE ROYALLEEEEE!!!!

    • May 30, 2010 at 5:05 amBlaineo

      Minus the “Roy” though I guess.

  • May 30, 2010 at 2:57 amMonosex

    lol at the Riza x Darius Eyecatch

  • May 30, 2010 at 2:58 amKoroshiya

    It is indeed coming to an end T-T

  • May 30, 2010 at 3:01 amLinnie

    Seriously, if Al doesn’t get his body back or worse, if he dies, I’d be pretty mad. He must survive, get his body and eat all the thisngs he writes down in his notebook.

    About Roy: I don’t think he was the one performing human transmutation. He was dragged into it the same way Hohenheim was centuries ago. The one doing it was Pride, using Mad Doctor’s or Kimblee’s skills.

    Stare contest between Bradley and Scar was not required I think

    • May 30, 2010 at 4:54 amSatoida

      stare contes made me lol.

  • May 30, 2010 at 3:07 amSerpit

    I hope they can cover the next 2 chapters without rushing. I’m especially concerned about 61 – either way, the pace is going to increase quite a bit now.

  • May 30, 2010 at 3:14 amcharmen cernev

    oh pity Al , look so thin

  • May 30, 2010 at 3:26 amAznCoffee

    lol there isn’t much I can spoil at this point. xD

    I don’t know about you guys, but Hawkeye and Darius sound like the perfect 80′s sitcom to me. :]

    • May 30, 2010 at 4:20 amBlaineo

      Hahaha! I can see the cheesy opening sequence now!

    • May 30, 2010 at 6:06 amLagunamov

      Sitcom? Huh, I thought more along the lines of an 80s cop show, or maybe a PI team XD

  • May 30, 2010 at 4:08 amAcylia

    Haha, the staredown was kind of awkward… but other than that, A GREAT EPISODE :D Al leaving his body like that was sad… I feel so sorry for him. :(

  • May 30, 2010 at 4:19 amBlaineo

    Damn it! Every time I’ve looked forward to yours or Omni’s reaction to certain things (Pride reveal, Roy’s toll) turns out someone spoilt it for you. You may as well just read the manga Divine before someone reads the last chapter and ruins it for you. ¬_¬

    I love the way they handled this episode. Wrath and scar was full of win.

    • May 30, 2010 at 4:30 amUnknownVoice

      Agreed. ___-

      Sometimes I really hate the internet and spoiler-tards who enjoy ruining stuff for others.

    • May 30, 2010 at 4:55 amAcylia

      Omg, I KNOW! It’s so annoying!! I’ve been looking forward to seeing bloggers reactions on different scenes throughout the series, and ALL THE TIME someone shows up and spoils the fun. MEH!

      • May 30, 2010 at 4:58 amSatoida

        Agreed. Spoilers really take away from the experience. *grumble*

  • May 30, 2010 at 4:19 amAlvord12

    I can’t believe this series is ending. Feels like just a couple of months ago that it started!

    • June 2, 2010 at 5:42 pmRickyMack

      you’re telling me! i just started undergrad when the first version of the anime was released!

  • May 30, 2010 at 4:42 amAutoHost

    i think is going to end very soon i think is gonna be a sad ending..

  • May 30, 2010 at 4:57 amSatoida

    Can’t wait for the final chapter to be released.

    This was a great episode. Royai XD

  • May 30, 2010 at 5:02 amabe

    Roy:I can’t see anything this is horrible!!
    Toph:Oh no what a nightmare…

    The stage is set, the actors are in place and I have my popcorn. Let the final chapter begin to this wonderful masterpiece. I wonder what other surprises will come from Father’s plan. It’ll be interesting to see how the Blind.. I am Flame Alchemist fights now. You know he won’t let this hold him back. You know its funny that in the original show he lost one eye, in this one he ends up losing both of them.

    • May 30, 2010 at 8:33 amchloesong92

      ATLA reference FTW! :D

      *ahem* to be on topic, we’re nearing the end ppl. >_< So exciting.

    • May 31, 2010 at 8:43 pmKentaiYoshimi

      Lol, we’ll definitely need popcorn for the last chapter. i’ve heard that its ~150 pages or something. last chapter was already close to 70
      can’t wait for chapter, but kinda sad its ending. 108+ chapters full of epicness !!!

  • May 30, 2010 at 5:03 amOne-winged Angel

    Wow what an amazing episode!!! I love the way King attach Roy to the ground => I LOVE KING B!

  • May 30, 2010 at 5:05 amKarmafan

    In the OP at the very end they show Ed in bed sleeping and Winrie near or on the bed looking like she just got up. Does that mean Ed & Winrie sleep together or become a couple?

    • May 30, 2010 at 6:18 amLinnie

      It can be just a nice picture. It might be just Ed coming to Resembool, collapsing in bed and Winry checking in regular intervals whether or not he’s still alive… Nobody knows. Maybe you’re even right :D

  • May 30, 2010 at 5:09 amabe

    oh yeah hopefully the last episode will be like an hour long movie cause the past few chapters of the manga have been kinda long.

  • May 30, 2010 at 5:12 amSomeKindaNick

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • May 30, 2010 at 6:24 amSiegeX

    Bradley: thx for pwning my ass in 2004′s season. now it’s my turn.
    Mustang: no way old man. it was your son who brought your skull. get him instead.
    Bradley: i cant do that.
    Mustang: why?
    Bradley: they made selim so powerful in this season i cant kill him.
    Mustang: =.=

    • May 31, 2010 at 12:49 pmbankai000

      hahahaha funny :D

    • May 31, 2010 at 4:16 pmEamon

      That is full of win.

  • May 30, 2010 at 6:53 amGuardian

    Unfortunately some troll will almost certainly post spoilers in this thread too, despite (or because of) seeing how unwelcome they are. Some are just too stupid to bother reading the thread and think we’ll heap laurels on them if they spoil Wrath and Scar’s dance-dance revolution standoff, and I’m sure others just get a sick satisfaction out of ruining the surprise for everyone. Sorry you have to put up with this divine. :/

    Lots of talking this episode so I wasn’t able to get much out of it; so glad we’re getting to Scar v Wrath tho. Even with Mei joining the side of the sacrifices in fighting against Father, that fucked-up thing with a beer gut and too many eyes seems like it’ll be hard to beat. Especially considering the preview for next week …

  • May 30, 2010 at 7:21 amsomeSyl

    I’d say the highlight of this episode has to be the way they animated Mustang holding onto Hawkeye.
    It was there in the manga, but just his body language and expressions pretty much told you all you need to know.
    Why don’t more shows at least try and tell a tale of complex relationships like this without flooding the viewer with text?

  • May 30, 2010 at 7:41 amKenri

    Awww, it feels like with 4 episodes they’d rush things a bit. I can’t wait for these last 4 episodes though…it gets exciting =)

  • May 30, 2010 at 8:19 amDEETERS

    I’m so sorry someone ruined the big shock factor of this episode for you. I really am :(

  • May 30, 2010 at 8:37 amKamiya Yato-kun

    The writer of this post doesn’t even imagine what is going to happen to Al, and Ed reaction to it!!!!

  • May 30, 2010 at 9:34 amBeer Match

    Dang! It’s awesome how you got this screenshot: http://randomc.net/image/Fullmetal%20Alchemist/Fullmetal%20Alchemist%20-%2059%20-%20Large%2014.jpg

    it was like, just half a second long!!

    • May 30, 2010 at 11:37 amsomeSyl

      the fact that it’s just half a second long and still looks THIS awesome only goes to show how great the quality of the show is at the moment…

      I think they’re blowing enough money on each episode right now to finance a complete season of something like Naruto.

  • May 30, 2010 at 10:05 amLin-Meitoky

    Nice! finally the chapter 59 is already, i love this series, thanks for the pictures and the noties, news … sayo!.

  • May 30, 2010 at 10:42 amTri

    I’m sorry someone spoiled it for you. Really, that sucks.

    I’m a little worried that these last episodes will really rush the manga. It just seems like it would go against logic if they weren’t rushed. And it already felt like the scene with Alphonse was rushed, though I haven’t found anyone else who shares my opinion yet.

    • May 30, 2010 at 10:45 amBeer Match

      I agree with you, many parts from the manga seemed rushed in the scenes on the anime…

  • May 30, 2010 at 10:45 amNecromas

    The Scar vs. Wrath fight will have a nice surprise.

  • May 30, 2010 at 1:07 pmunknown2

    ahhh so that explains the OP with Roy dropping into the darkness…

  • May 30, 2010 at 2:30 pmCornwiggle

    I honestly wish they never set a fixed schedule for this anime, intending to finish it, when the MANGA’S NOT DONE YET.

    I’m going to pissed if they ruin the ending by speeding it up all of a sudden.

    • May 31, 2010 at 4:20 pmEamon

      Isn’t the final chapter going to be like 100 pages long? If that’s so, would the final episode be an extended special?
      But I remember people saying they rushed through the entire Ishval War arc in one episode..

  • May 30, 2010 at 3:28 pmSecsuey

    the only thing i don’t get is how can scar fight bare handed againts FUCKING! KING! BRADLEY!

    • May 30, 2010 at 3:59 pmCornwiggle

      His hand can deconstruct swords maybe?

      • June 1, 2010 at 4:15 pmTavor TAR-21

        No “maybe” about it, he DID deconstruct a sword this episode.

        Right after Mei and Zampano got the drop on the Fuhrer candidates pinning down Roy and Scar, the first thing Scar did upon breaking free was to disarm one of the guys by shattering the blade in half.

    • May 30, 2010 at 4:11 pmKim

      Keep in mind that Bradley was wounded by Greedling, Buccaneer, and Fuu. Basically Scar is not against a Bradley at his best.

      • May 31, 2010 at 4:45 amStarshade

        And also remember that Bradley’s body is ageing and weakened. If he were at his primes, not even Greed would have stood a chance before him. He also states sometime that he did quite a lot of insane stuff with his body when he was young. (Including using five swords at once by holding one in each hand, putting one in each earhole and one in his assho…. no just kidding. From the writer herself. No, seriously.)

    • May 30, 2010 at 5:49 pmTri

      He knows alchemy. Remember alchemy? That magical science that this show is based around?

  • May 30, 2010 at 5:50 pmTomer

    The ending for this series is looking to be far (far) better than the original anime. I can honestly say I really don’t know whats going to happen.

    Although if it turns out that the reaction is stopped because of something like goodness or beauty or even worse just will power I’ll quickly retract the words above.

    • May 31, 2010 at 4:38 amStarshade

      I laughed hard at that goddess of beauty part.

      By the way, as I’ve read the following chapters, I can tell you that that’s not gonna happen. Sorry if you consider it a spoiler.

    • May 31, 2010 at 6:08 pmTavor TAR-21

      ROFL, this is bringing back memories of Final Fantasy XIII.

      Without going too deep into spoilers, I’ll just say that “WILLPOWER” murdered FFXIII’s ending for me.

  • May 30, 2010 at 6:11 pmStWolf

    How is it that Al’s body can be sentient apart from a soul within it? Is there a bit of Al still in that body?

    • May 30, 2010 at 6:16 pmTri

      Truth is wearing Al’s body. More specifically Al’s Truth is wearing Al’s body. Just like Ed’s Truth was wearing Ed’s missing limbs when we saw him in episode 26. Everyone has a separate Truth (just like they have different doors) b/c Truth is just a shadow of the person who is seeing him. None of this has been actually stated in the manga but it’s more or less taken as fact among the fandom and might as well of been said because everything in the manga points to it being true.

      That’s how Al’s body is sentient.

      • May 31, 2010 at 4:34 amStarshade

        Oh? I didn’t know that part. I thought Al’s body’s line about despair was the Truth mocking Alphonse.

        Mmm, that ‘one’s own truth’ thing kinda reminds me of Silent Hill where each of them enter their own personal hell… and something like Memory of Alphonse Elric…. Ugh, shit.

  • May 30, 2010 at 6:57 pmKevin

    Anyone remember the Blind Alchemist OVA? That guy should have been the fifth sacrifice had the Homunculus knew about him LOL.

    • May 30, 2010 at 7:25 pmWildGamer

      Yeah, Roy is lucky he didn’t end up with two giant scars over his eyes like the blind alchemist did.

      Also – Best. Stare down. Ever

      • May 30, 2010 at 7:59 pmTavor TAR-21

        Tch, are you kidding me, more like lamest stare-down ever. Probably the one part in this series where Bradley wasn’t being cool.

  • May 30, 2010 at 7:24 pmTavor TAR-21

    Holy… shit…

    Bradley somersaulting with Roy’s explosion behind him is THE BEST MOMENT I HAVE EVER SEEN IN ALL OF ANIME.

  • May 30, 2010 at 7:59 pmKarmafan

    WIth whats left in the manga and the final manga episode yet to come it feels like they could make 10 more anime episodes to tell the rest of the story. Only 4 left makes me fear its gonna be a jumbled mess of big moments on top of big moments and ruin the series.

  • May 30, 2010 at 8:31 pmdamian

    People keep complaining that the remaining episodes are gonna be rushed but fail to realize the remaining plot is nothing but action. Action sequences seem long in manga panels but when animated they go by fast by nature. The only way to make them seem longer is by intentionally dragging them and that’s the last thing I want to see in this anime at this point.

  • May 30, 2010 at 9:49 pmVsin

    Hmmm…what should I do for a cryptic spoiler…hmmm…

    Hoenhiem, Ed, Al, Uzumi and now Mustang all traded something to reach the gate.

    …yeah, that’ll do. Might be misleading though.

  • May 30, 2010 at 11:45 pmichigoat

    at least both the previous anime series and brotherhood had mustang dealing with his eyesight..even though the first was only HALF-RIGHT…get it? HALF-RIGHT!!! zehahaha..O__O

    *sigh*
    im getting old…

  • May 31, 2010 at 1:43 amDEETERS

    ^ lul I GETS IT!

    Everything with Wrath is epic. The very ground he walks on becomes epic as his feet touch it.

    • May 31, 2010 at 2:21 amOne-winged Angel

      Detters, I agree with you! I love King! My best anime character ever!

  • May 31, 2010 at 3:17 amBeer Match

    I don’t really quite get it why none of Roy’s body parts got taken away, only his eyesight. Is this because the doctor is still alive while used?

    • May 31, 2010 at 4:25 pmEamon

      I guess it’s just random but also ironic. The toll for Mustang to use human transmutation is his eyesight. But Like Father said, Mustang can no longer look into the future (methaphorically that is).

      Thing is, I thought to myself, if you can force anyone to do human transmutation why did you need those alchemists in particlar. It could have been anyone. Bad storywriting? I guess it just made it easier for Arakawa to get to the grand finale of her story. =/

      • May 31, 2010 at 8:38 pmDEETERS

        It’s not poor story-telling on Arakawa’s part. It was planned.

        They didn’t do this for the other 4 sacrifices, because it costs them as well. Did you not notice a chunck of Prides face FALLING OFF? It cost him alot to force Mustang through the gate. A lot.

      • June 1, 2010 at 5:23 pmCaptain Guest

        Also, in an earlier episode (or maybe just manga chapter) Pride and Envy were discussing whether they should just resort to using Kimbley as a sacrifice, but decided that he wouldn’t have survived the trip, apparently implying that alchemists require a certain degree of willpower in order to survive the trip through the gate (and even then, Al would have ‘died’ if it wasn’t for Ed).

        As far as why only Roy’s eyesight is taken, I like to think of it as the Truth stealing his optical nerves. Remember, Izumi only had parts of her insides stolen as well.

  • May 31, 2010 at 5:16 amKarmafan

    For me the best villian character is Pride. Who knew that cute lil kid was such a monster?

  • May 31, 2010 at 5:20 amNyte

    FMA seems to have a real shocking ending according to the director…

  • May 31, 2010 at 12:25 pmhms-one

    Man, screw you guys for making me think Riza was dead last week. When I saw the episode and she was still alive at the end, her very serious injury lost all weight.. definition of a spoiler. I wasn’t shocked by her injury because I was warned of her death by the boards. My own fault for reading these comment threads b4 seeing the dub, I guess. Finally downloading ep. 59 subs now. I’ll be leaving this blog alone until after the episode from now on, since the show is coming to an end. A plot spoiler is one thing, but i don’t think I could take having the end ruined for me.

    • June 1, 2010 at 3:40 amSatoida

      I’d suggest staying away from this blog for the next few weeks. Or, if you want to read Divine’s stuff, read it, but not the comments.

    • June 2, 2010 at 5:46 pmRickyMack

      hey well us manga readers thought she was dead for a whole month. the chapter ended with her throat getting sliced, yet that exact scene happens in the very middle of this episode.

  • May 31, 2010 at 1:18 pmhms-one

    After watching the epi I think that the forced transmutation quite neatly kills 2 birds w/ one stone. The mustang dilemma, and the pride dilemma. How to get mustang in front of the gate, and how to weaken/defeat the now ludicrously overpowered Pride. When* the end of FMA lives up to the rest of this awesome story, I will declare this show to be a top 5 all time anime series.

  • May 31, 2010 at 3:49 pmRal

    really great episode!!! but I wonder why prides skin peeled off towards the end?? or is that a spoiler?

    • May 31, 2010 at 5:56 pmVlyse

      We don’t know yet. We’ll probably find out next episode. Though Pride DID say he didn’t want to have to use their method of forcing Mustang, but there was no choice since the Homunculi were out of time. It seems to have had consequences on Pride.

    • May 31, 2010 at 6:05 pmTavor TAR-21

      I can only think of one thing… (btw, nobody tell me if I’m right or not, please…)

      This all hinges on whether Pride was with Roy on the trip to the gate. If he was, then that means he had to have paid some kind of price for going through. If this is true, God in this series is an asshole, but at least it’s a consistent asshole: just as willing to smack the villains around as the heroes.

      Of course, if Pride WASN’T along for the ride through the gate, and just lowered himself into Father’s room the same way Mei did, then I have no idea what’s going on, lol.

      • May 31, 2010 at 7:52 pmVlyse

        Pride did go through the Gate. If you look closely at the transmutation circle Mustang is coming out of in Father’s lair, it’s Pride’s shadows. And May blew up the ceiling to get inside, but there were no explosions from Pride, so he couldn’t have just “lowered himself like May did”. He fell through into Father’s lair right after Mustang did.

  • June 1, 2010 at 9:37 amJ Jay

    I see a few of you are hanging on Ed’s words regarding Roy’s toll for seeing (heh) the gate. You’re right; it doesn’t seem fair, does it? If it was, then he wouldn’t be rendered useless by losing his eyesight.

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • June 3, 2010 at 4:44 pmParis

    so good…can’t wait next episode

  • June 4, 2010 at 7:27 pmRuu

    Next episode will bring you Show Spoiler ▼

    Divine, please do not read the spoiler, I do not want to spoil you.

  • June 5, 2010 at 9:09 amdorcas

    The part where Scar and Wrath stare at eachother was super annoying to me and felt unnecessary at first, but then again it’s like, dude, Bradley is the guy who set the whole Ishbalan campain thing in motion, so there’s gotta be drama there. It could’ve been handled a lot better, though.