It’s now springtime, and Miles’ forces have arrived in Resembool on their way to the East. While they’re there, Miles smuggles Winry back home in a water tank, and she initially finds her house empty. When she goes up to her room to change however, she finds Ed eating there, and the commotion causes Greed, Heinkel, and Darius to appear. Winry ends up kicking them all out, and after expressing how worried she was about him, she informs Ed that Al is at the train station with Miles. Pinako then returns, and Ed and company explain the situation to them. Ed also needs some auto-mail maintenance, and while she’s doing so, Winry tells him about what’s going on now in Lior and how Hohenheim already went to Central. Ed wants Winry and Pinako to leave the country as a precaution, but Winry feels that he should be trying to stop whatever might happen and makes a plea for Ed to protect the country and get his and his brother’s bodies back.
Ed gets annoyed and leaves, and having overheard the conversation, Greed comments on how wanting money, women, and to protect the world are all forms of greed. Ed, Greed, and the Chimera then leave under the cover of darkness, and Ed tells Winry to bake an apple pie for him for when he comes back. Meanwhile, in Lior, Kimblee’s other two Chimera are reunited with Marcoh and Scar, and they head to Central with a group of Ishval men who share Scar’s desire to change the country. In the East, Miles and Grumman’s forces join up under the pretense of some joint exercises, but the plan is complicated by how King Bradley is there to observe. Miles also left Al behind at the train station, and Al wakes up sometime later after having been drawn to his body again. Unfortunately, he gets attacked by Gluttony and Pride and is captured.
Over in Central, Mustang pays a visit to the Armstrong estate and observes that the place is big enough to fit a battalion. He also gives Oliver a bouquet of flowers with a note attached revealing Selim’s Homunculus identity. Back at the training exercise grounds, Miles’ men have realized that Al is missing and suspect that something happened. King Bradley’s men meanwhile suspect that this training exercise is a decoy for the Ishval remnants to commit terrorism in Central and that Grumman is planning on invading Central under the excuse of suppressing that terrorism. This leads King Bradley to decide to return to Central, but the train he’s on gets bombed while crossing a bridge. When news of this reaches Central, the members of the high command panic, and Olivier considers making a move. However, she’s stopped from doing so by the appearance of Father and Sloth, and Father reassures the generals that he’s still there in Central.
First things first: as you may have heard, a huge earthquake struck Chile yesterday. This had the potential to cause massive waves as far away as Japan, so most of the channels (in this case, both TBS and MBS) had some form of tsunami warning overlaid on top of this week’s episode of FMA:B, and that’s what’s shown on all of the screens above.
Anyway, this episode had all the sides starting to act as the promised day approaches, though it still felt like more set-up/maneuvering and showed only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s going to happen. All of the Winry focus in the first half was nice – she certainly looked more mature than previously – but it led me to think that she won’t be playing a very big part in this upcoming arc.
It was also cool to see Scar with his own Ishval force, as well as Grumman’s side outwitting King Bradley for the time being, and Hawkeye getting ready with Fuery and Breda. It’s a shame the Homunculus side has now captured Al (with the return-to-action of Gluttony) and probably Olivier too with the move Father made. Well, it’s bad for the good guys but good for us the audience because it creates several avenues where action and plot development could happen. The preview certainly makes next episode look action-packed with what appears to be an Ed & Greed vs Pride & Gluttony battle, so I’m looking forward to it.