Roy Mustang arrives at Central to find everyone talking about him, but he ignores them and goes to see King Bradley. He finds out, however, that King Bradley is out. The truth is that King Bradley and Armstrong have gone south and have arrived already at the Devil’s Nest. Inside, Greed decides to escape from Izumi and Ed, and the two can’t give chase because Izumi starts throwing up blood again. Greed manages to find Al and Martel in the nearby sewers, but the three of them are then confronted by King Bradley himself. Armstrong meanwhile has his hands full taking on the chimera Roa, and he gives Roa the chance to surrender after he finds out that Roa used to be in the military. Roa doesn’t take the offer though, and he escapes with Dolcetto. Back in the sewers, King Bradley quickly starts slicing Greed apart using his swords, but Greed manages to knock off his eye patch. This reveals King Bradley’s left eye which has an Ouroboros mark on it, and he calls it his ultimate eye.
Roa and Dolcetto arrive in the sewers to find Greed unable to do anything but keep regenerating as King Bradley keeps killing him. After freeing Al’s chains so that he can escape with Martel, the two chimera go after King Bradley and prompted get themselves killed. Al prevents Martel from helping her friends, and after King Bradley takes out Greed one more time, he approaches Al. From inside of Al, Martel reaches out and grabs King Bradley, and he responds by stabbing into the armor, killing her. Martel’s blood spilling all over Al’s blood seal causes him to experience his memories of what happened directly after the failed transmutation of his mother. When he regains consciousness, he finds that he’s back with his brother and that Martel’s body has been extracted from inside of him. Ed wants to go home now, but before they can, they’re interrogated by King Bradley who wants to know if they found out anything from Greed. When he asks about a connection to Ed’s arm and Al’s body, Ed isn’t able to hide his surprise, and King Bradley ends up letting them go.
Later that night, King Bradley pays a bedside visit to Izumi and leaves her with an offer for her to become a State Alchemist. Ed meanwhile tells Armstrong of the Ouroboros tattoo that Greed had and how Hughes had mentioned the connection to the Philosopher’s Stone. At the mention of Hughes, Armstrong advises Ed not to be reckless, and he then leaves. Afterward, Al tells Ed about his regained memories, but he feels that he didn’t learn anything about human transmutation from it. Despite this, Ed thinks that they made some progress because they now are more suspicious of the military based on how King Bradley himself showed up here and killed everyone. Unbeknownst to them, the man in question returns to Central with Greed’s body and takes it to a secret place where the other Homunculus are waiting. After reporting on how the younger Elric brother as well as their teacher could be used as human sacrifices, King Bradley presents Greed. Greed recognizes everyone except for the man that captured him, and he’s surprised to learn that King Bradley is actually Wrath, a Homunculus that ages.
Right as Greed and Envy start arguing, they’re broken up by their mysterious father. He questions why Greed betrayed him and gives Greed another chance to work for him, but Greed refuses, so their father dumps Greed’s body into a vat of a lava-like substance. The machinery connected to this vat produces a liquid that their father is able to drink, thereby returning Greed to his soul. Later that night, King Bradley returns to his family and acts like a normal father, giving away no signs of who he really is.
Well damn, that was an impressive fight in the first half of the episode. We got to see the full extent of King Bradley/Wrath’s sword skills which was like a flurry of blade movement, and there’s no shortage of blood as he kills off all the chimera and subdues Greed. It was a great way to cap off the end of this first story arc, though it’s a shame that Izumi didn’t get to see more action – I really wanted to see her kick some ass. This episode also introduced us to this creepy father character who looks like/is Hohenheim, as well as Sloth who’s quite different from the first series. Things are starting to get a lot more interesting now that we’re in different territory story-wise from the first series, and the sacrifices that Wrath mentioned sound like they could be important to the overarching plot. I also wonder if Izumi will ever take him up on his offer for her to become a State Alchemist.
In any case, there should be a new OP and ED next week. They aired the same commercial again from last week, but no new one (I had been hoping they would have another to showcase the new ED).