Still on Scar’s trail, Kimblee figures out that he headed north and follows him there. When Kimblee gets word that Scar and Marcoh are on a train, he boards it by having another train run alongside it, but instead of finding Marcoh, he finds Yoki there. Kimblee is then attacked by Scar, and the two recognize each other from their previous encounter years ago. Before Kimblee can really do anything, Scar impales him with a metal pipe, and this leaves Kimblee no choice but to use his alchemy to separate the two parts of the train, with Scar on the other part. Realizing that something happened, the train’s operators stop it and find the injured Kimblee, but he orders them to keep going. Unbeknownst to Kimblee, the real Marcoh is heading north on foot with May Chang. The two eventually reach the shack where Scar’s brother’s research is located, and they find it intact.
Ed and Al meanwhile have also arrived up north, and the snow reminds them of how it once snowed in Resembool when they were young. They get a ride up to the path that leads to the Briggs fortress, but once on foot, they get caught in a big snowstorm. In the middle of this, they are attacked by a large man with an automail arm. He turns out to be wearing a military uniform, but he doesn’t give Ed and Al a chance to explain who they are, forcing them to fight. Despite his alchemy not being effective, Ed is able to jam the man’s automail arm with Al’s armored head, however they are then surrounded by Briggs soldiers. Ed and Al had actually been fighting right near the Briggs wall, and Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong comes out to see what’s going on. Treating them as suspicious, she tears up the introductory letter from her little brother because she judges people with her own eyes, but she still allows the brothers inside the fortress.
This was a decent episode considering the fact that it had two battles and some story progression, but I was hoping for a bit more from the first part. Kimblee’s reaction to finding Yoki was amusing, however the battle between him and Scar wasn’t nearly as cool as it could have been given all the build-up to that point and given how Kimblee had a Philosopher’s Stone with him. In fact, I was half-expecting Kimblee to heal himself right there with the power of the Philosopher’s Stone and then continue fighting, but the battle instead just sort of ended. I assume Kimblee will be just fine, but a rematch seems far off now, so all things considered, I’m a little disappointed. On a different note, Marcoh didn’t look as disfigured as I imagined; he reminds me a little of Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars now.
As for Ed and Al, their battle with Buccaneer wasn’t bad, and I wonder why Ed’s alchemy didn’t work – there seems to be a lot of that lately. The way Armstrong’s sister Olivier (voiced by Soumi Youko) was then introduced wasn’t too surprising, and she seemed like a real hardass who would be a great ally to have if you can get on her good side. I imagine that’s what’s going to happen with the arrival/attack of Sloth next episode, and I’m curious to see more of her character and more of Sloth since he hasn’t really been active in the series so far.