Despite her sympathy, Izumi expels the Elric brothers as her students and makes them leave. Her husband though reminds the brothers that they can be treated as equal human beings now that they’re no longer in a master-student relationship. This causes them to return to Izumi, and even though she’s not happy to see them, the two refuse to leave without finding clues on how to return to their old bodies. Given their determination, Izumi decides to help them out, so the three discuss how Al doesn’t remember seeing the truth like she and Ed did. The solution is to get Al’s memory of that time back, and Izumi decides to ask around to find a way. For the time being, she takes the two brothers in again. Around this same time, over in East City, Roy is getting ready to leave for Central and takes along his five trusted subordinates.
Scar meanwhile is still recovering from his injuries and meets with a village leader who urges him not to continue seeking vengeance. Their conversation is interrupted by some thugs who are after the bounty on Scar, but Scar easily takes care of them. He ultimately decides to leave the settlement because he feels that he can no longer turn back. Back in Dublith, Al gets tossed a message on a piece of paper while he’s alone, and it directs him to a place called Devil’s Nest where several people are waiting. They claim to know about his secret, and when Al decides that it’s better to use force against them, they manage to restrain him by inserting the female of the group into his armor. The leader of the group then appears and introduces them as chimeras who were each combined with a different animal by the military. He himself is not a chimera though and reveals that he’s instead Greed, a Homunculus.
Al finds this hard to believe, so Greed demonstrates his regenerative ability by having his underling knock off the top half of his head. Greed’s interested in the immortal life that Al technically has and wants to know the secrets of Al’s body, but Al himself doesn’t know. Fortunately for Greed, the one person who might know – Ed – then shows up. Greed tries to offer him a deal – knowledge on how to produce a Homunculus in exchange for knowledge of how to transmute a soul – but Ed just gets angry. That leads to Greed having one of his men take Al away while he himself fights Ed. Although Ed proves to be a better fighter than Greed, Greed has his Ultimate Shield and is able to protect his entire body. Greed soon has Ed on the ropes, but Ed figures out that the Ultimate Shield uses the body’s carbon, and he’s able to use alchemy to counter that. He also realizes that Greed can’t harden himself and regenerate at the same time, but the problem is that Ed’s own body isn’t doing too well at this point.
Luckily for Ed, Izumi shows up to save him, and she knows to use alchemy combined with force against Greed. When Greed then questions who she is, Izumi calls herself a passing housewife.
Well that was both funny and fairly exciting to watch, the former thanks mostly to Izumi and the latter thanks to all the fighting there was this episode. For the most part, this was pretty different from the original series, though a few of the scenes with Greed and his men were similar. Either way, I enjoyed it. In fact, it’s good to see that this series doesn’t need to be censored to hell, unlike a certain other series. The funny thing of course is that FMA airs at an even earlier timeslot than Bleach does, albeit on a different day.
The most interesting thing about this episode though wasn’t even in the episode itself; it was the commercial they aired for the next season/story arc featuring new characters and the new opening song Hologram by NICO Touches the Walls (which I like already). I’m not entirely sure why they decided to do a separate promo for it, but it certainly succeeded in getting me excited about what’s coming up next. The commercial made me laugh too because it looks like Miyano Mamoru is going to voice one of the characters, so it’s really like the entire Gundam 00 cast is in FMA now. I think the only Gundam Meister’s voice we’re missing now is Tieria/Kamiya Hiroshi. You can watch the commercial here.