「復讐の炎」 (Fukushuu no Honoo)
“Flame of Vengeance”
Selective intelligence manipulation at its finest! I wouldn’t have suspected Mustang’s crew to pin the coup d’état on the goons at Central, but it sure made for some good laughs along with Briggs bringing in the heavy artillery. Deceiving the public was a good move to expose their corruption, but Ross‘ line about “justice” and everyone portraying Mustang’s group as the saviors in this civil war was the icing on the cake. I felt kind of bad for Mrs. Bradley being used as a tool to that end, still in the dark about her husband being a homunculus and thinking he’s dead, but at least her emotional burden is for a good cause. Her testimony about Central soldiers trying to kill her and Mustang stepping in to stop them was key,so I’m quite surprised they planned that far ahead when they kidnapped her (…or did they?).
The best part of this episode however was the showdown between Mustang and Envy. Or I should say, the completely dominating one-sided onslaught unleashed by the Flame Alchemist and his “I win” snap. Like seriously, Roy must have one of the most overpowered abilities out of all the state alchemists, provided that you don’t dump a bucket of water on him before hand. He’s lucky there’s no one balancing his ability in the Fullmetal Alchemist universe, as it would need to be hit with the nerf bat several times before it’s allowed to go live. When you have a monster like Envy who can regenerate as he pleases running from him, you just know something is messed up. Snap, oh there goes your eyes. Snap, oh there goes your whole body. It almost seems way too effortless, so I’m just glad he’s one of the good guys.
Looking back, it’s kind of hard to believe that we’re this late in the series yet this is the first time Mustang’s run into Envy. It’s been a long time coming for him to get the opportunity to avenge Hughes, which made for quite the scene when they were finally face to face. Given what an ass Envy is and how awesome Hughes was, I was pretty happy to see Mustang’s overpowered ability systematically take the shape-shifting homunculus down over and over again. Envy’s definitely getting no pity from me at this point, but the bigger concern is Mustang and how his hatred is absolutely consuming him. It’s hard to deny how badass he looks when he’s completely serious, but his obsession with revenge shows just how much he’s fallen from his normally calm and collected self. The drama unfolding here is intense to say the least, and it looks like things will continue on next time as we’re left with a cliffhanger involving Mustang and Hawkeye, one of which is evidently Envy in disguise.
* The commercial that aired during the broadcast showed scenes from some sort of Izumi OVA that’s included with the 9th DVD volume scheduled to be released next week.
* Credit goes to Omni for helping prep the images again.
Note: There were a lot of spoiler-filled comments last time, so if you’re familiar with the manga, please be considerate to others who aren’t and use <spoiler></spoiler> tags as appropriate. This includes hints or anything that’s suggestive of what will happen.