「失われた光」 (Ushinawareta Hikari)
Well that’s news to me. I didn’t know you can force someone to perform alchemy against their will and let them suffer the consequences of doing so. Just when I thought things were looking up with the arrival of May, Darius, Jerso, and Zampano, both Wrath and Pride show up to spoil the parade. While I’m relieved that May was able to save Riza’s life by stopping the bleeding with her Xing medical alchemy, it was so frustrating to see the King Bradley candidates prevent her from grabbing the philosopher stone and making use of it. As for Wrath himself, there’s been fair bit of talk about how he doesn’t possess any regenerative abilities, but this is the first time I recall the story actually suggesting that possibility by having Mustang being surprised about his wounds. That became a quick afterthought once he pinned down Roy by impaling both his hands though, followed by Pride absorbing the Gold-Toothed Doctor and obtaining his knowledge of human transmutations to force Roy into performing one. Like the title suggests and so many people have “kindly” spoiled already, Roy’s price for coming into contact with the gate of truth is his eyesight. Needless to say, the shock value of that was totally lost, but I did enjoy watching Scar go toe-to-toe with a wounded Wrath and hold his own really well bare-handed. That was pretty awesome to see and reminded me how cool it is to have Scar amongst the good guys, unlike in the anime original first adaptation.
Aside from that, the big thing I was looking forward to seeing this episode was the state of Al. Much like I suspected last time, he was held up at the gate and given the opportunity to reunite with his body; however, the big surprise is that he chooses not to because he feels it’s too frail to be of any help to the others in stopping Father. It was a pretty selfless move on his part to give up his lifelong goal and rush back through the gate leaving his body behind, but I get the unsettling feeling that this may mean he’ll never get it back at all. I’m all for the impact his decision made, but I’d really hate to see things end with Al stuck in that suit of armor forever. In any case, the immediate problem now is that with Al’s return to the normal world, all five sacrifices have gathered and the Promised Day total eclipse has already begun. The preview shows parts of Amestris already being swallowed up, which leaves me wondering if this is only the beginning or if Ed and the others have already been transmuted. I’d say it’s really suspenseful, but I really don’t see Ed and Al not making it through to the end alive, so that thought kind of takes away from it. Still, I’m expecting these last four episodes to be one hell of a ride.