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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Tales of a Master

「師匠(せんせい)物語」 (Shishou (Sensei) Monogatari)
“Tales of a Master”

As mentioned last week, a short OVA focusing on Izumi’s “Tales of a Master” chapter of the manga was released with the 9th DVD/BD volume. With a duration of only 14 minutes, it’s a comedic take on Izumi Harnet when she was only 18 years-old and aspiring to an apprentice of famed alchemist Silver Steiner. To prove her worth, she has to survive the cold and harsh conditions of the Briggs mountain range for one month with only a knife in hand. It’s during this time that she makes a name for herself amongst Briggs’ soldiers and learns the concept of “One is All, All is One”, which she later teaches to Ed and Al. Humorously enough, it turns out that Silver Steiner had already passed away and whom Izumi thought was him is actually his older brother Gold Steiner. After Izumi endured a hellish month at Briggs, Gold does offer to teach her hand-to-hand combat, but it turns out she doesn’t need any lessons from him in that area.

All in all, this was a fun look at Izumi when she was younger and gave a glimpse of how the legend that would be passed down for decades at Fort Briggs all started. Needless to say, there are no exaggerations in that tale, as Izumi really went toe-to-toe with wild bears and constantly raided the soldiers for their military rations. What I particularly liked about this mini OVA though was the use of music during the opening and various other scenes, which made everything seem a lot more epic. The whole movie-like atmosphere it created was evidently the episode’s attempt to poke a bit of fun at itself, so I got a good chuckle out of that witty screenplay. Also amusing was the inclusion of the “Tales of a Master’s First Love” skit at the very end, which depicted how Izumi bumped into Sig one day and how it was love at first sight. The best part of that encounter had to be the dead bear Izumi was carrying, as it ended up being the key to bringing them together. “Oh, you forgot your bear.” Now how’s that for a pick up line? Ed and Al apparently weren’t amused, but I sure as hell was.


April 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm
  • April 27, 2010 at 3:45 pmCharred Knight

    Tales of the Master is still as awesome as I remembered it being, just seeing her kill a bear with her bare hands is amazing.

  • April 27, 2010 at 3:46 pmlola

    ahh ke lindo
    la segunda pelicula

  • April 27, 2010 at 4:02 pmAznCoffee

    • April 27, 2010 at 4:24 pmShad_Phoenix

      Well, I hope you didn’t expect them to bump into each other at a coffee shop or something, did you? This is Izumi “just a housewife” Curtis before she became a housewife! Meeting over the 300-pound wild bear carcass she dropped sounds about right.

    • April 27, 2010 at 8:04 pmKori

      Doesn’t Sig look pretty much like Wrath?

  • April 27, 2010 at 4:06 pmBlueEyedReaper

    Hey . . . I don’t remember this in the manga or it’s not in the manga O.o

    • April 27, 2010 at 4:09 pmBlueEyedReaper

      Oh . . . okay . . . it’s in the manga, remembered it ;3

  • April 27, 2010 at 4:21 pmamado

    I read this part in the fullmetal wiki but it didnt say how she learned alchemy.
    did she learn on her own?

    • April 28, 2010 at 3:46 pmbobara

      Yeah, I was wondering the same. So who taught her alchemy, after all?

  • April 27, 2010 at 4:26 pmAshan

    That looks awesome, can’t wait to see it myself. Izumi has always been quite an interesting character because she seems to be the only ‘normal’ alchemist outside of the Military who is powerful.

    Perfect timing too, what with her grand entrance last week and all. :)

  • April 27, 2010 at 4:28 pmBlaineo

    Ahahahaha! “You forgot your bear.” That’s awesome!

  • April 27, 2010 at 4:52 pmstarss

    Ed and Al ShockFace for the win

  • April 27, 2010 at 6:03 pmjsmith1a2000

    i can’t remember which episode one of the briggs people mention her exploits, like food was diseapearing etc….anyone ?

  • April 27, 2010 at 6:17 pmDEETERS

    If there was ever an explanation to how Sig and Izumi met. This is it.
    Arakawa, I solute thee.

  • April 27, 2010 at 6:32 pmKahiry

  • April 27, 2010 at 7:00 pmlina

    where can i watch this????? i haven’t seen this T~T

  • April 27, 2010 at 7:48 pmKentaiYoshimi

    Looks pretty intersting.

    Does anyone know what manga chapter I can find this in? I don’t recall ever having read this before. Thanks

    • April 27, 2010 at 7:52 pmKentaiYoshimi

      This kinda ties in with a scene in the manga Show Spoiler ▼

    • April 28, 2010 at 6:58 amUnknownVoice

      ITs an omake (the “extra” stuff at the end of every volume).

  • April 27, 2010 at 8:28 pmTJ

    I was hoping they would make this gaiden into an ova. good stuff.

  • April 28, 2010 at 12:02 amkonaha

    awesome ova

  • April 28, 2010 at 7:47 amTadashi

    Must see it.

  • April 29, 2010 at 10:54 pmquestionmark

    All your bases belong to Izumi.

  • May 2, 2010 at 9:09 amFunk

    Twas a good and funny ova