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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 60

「天の瞳、地の扉」 (Ten no Hitomi, Chi no Tobira)
“Heaven’s Eye, Earth’s Gate”

As amazingly epic as this was with Father activating the Amestris-wide transmutation circle during the solar eclipse, the episode title of all things took away from the surprise of it all. That’s not to say using a five pillar sacrifice to open a gigantic gate on the face of the planet and literally connect Heaven and Earth is any small feat though. In light of that, what I did find surprising is how Ed and the others weren’t consumed in the process. I gather this might have something to do with them being at the center of the transmutation, since the same can’t be said about Winry and everyone else who weren’t anywhere near it. If there’s anything positive to take away from Hell on Earth taking place, it’s that no one’s actual body seemed to be swallowed up by the darkness, meaning that there’s the possibility that their souls/life energy may be able to returned somehow. With practically everything going according to Father’s plan, I’ve more or less gotten into the habit of looking for tangible ways to have a good ending in this bleak situation as things go from bad to worse. It hasn’t been easy grasping at straws, which is why I’m really enjoying how I really have absolutely no idea how this series is going to conclude. The unpredictability is awesome, provided that we’re not faced with a huge deus ex machina at the very end. For now, I’d like to continuing believing that we won’t, but we do have God involved now so who knows.

As for some specifics, it was nice to see Denny reunited with Maria and finally get to confirm first-hand that she’s alive. Watching May try to take on Father alone was pretty awesome to see too, even though she probably didn’t have a real chance when her opponent doesn’t even have to flinch to fight back. I was still rooting for her the entire way however, since May’s always been pretty resourceful with her Xing alchemy. The big surprise though was in the ongoing Wrath versus Scar fight, with the latter able to deconstruct one of Wrath’s swords before revealing that his left arm now has the ability to reconstruct. I guess this means that Marcoh was able to make sense of the research that Scar’s brother left behind after all. Pride on the other hand is a bit worse for wear after forcibly dragging Mustang though the gate as hinted at last time. Unfortunately Ed, Al, and Izumi’s attempts to actual get rid of the little homunculus once and for all proved fruitless once the time came and Father snatched them all up to open the Earth’s gate. Greed’s sudden appearance gave a brief glimpse of hope just prior to that, but I honestly have no idea how anyone’s supposed to fight a shadowy existence like Pride except infinitely stronger.

All that’s really left now is the Ishvalans’ involvement as they’re seen running around the country to key spots and banking on Scar to activate their countermeasure. If anything, it’s likely going to come down to his new-found ability to both deconstruct and reconstruct as well. Be that as it may, there’s still the actual creation of a God on Earth to deal with on top of everyone in the country dying. Remember when the good used to conquer evil? Well, it doesn’t look like that’s happening right now, but boy is it exciting for that very reason.



June 6, 2010 at 2:59 am
  • June 6, 2010 at 3:04 amMonosex

    what’s this I don’t even..

    • June 6, 2010 at 5:06 ammegalith

      S***!!! I just couldn’t resist looking at the blog entry!!!! DAMN THEM DELICIOUS SCREENIES!!!

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:06 amNawar

    What an awesome episode . Fuck :) and the next one looks even better . .

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:07 amCharred Knight

    Rocks fall and everyone dies

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:07 amraklaron

    Wow…the 2nd shot of the preview is…chilling o.O The real face of homunculus maybe?

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:07 amKoroshiya

    This is FMA. Desu ex machina? What is that?

    • June 6, 2010 at 9:35 amThatGuy

      (Latin for “god from the machine”; plural: dei ex machina) is a plot device whereby a seemingly inextricable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new character, ability, or object.

      • June 6, 2010 at 11:09 amdontbethatguy

        I think they meant there’s no deus ex machina sh-t in FMA?

    • June 6, 2010 at 7:45 pmThrashy

      Desu ex machina”

      This is probably a typo, but it made me lol anyhow. I just go this fantastic mental image of Suiseiseki descending from the sky on a crane to solve all the world’s woes with her watering can.

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:09 amAnimeniac

    @divine – little braver single is out

    1st song from episode 10 is shine days

    2nd song is of course little braver itself

    or maybe i’m too late?

    • June 6, 2010 at 3:13 amdivine

      Yeah, I’ve been listening to it. There’s the third track “Answer Song” as well. Thanks for the heads-up anyway.

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:09 ampenguintruth

    That last bit’s going to give me nightmares.

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:10 amMasked Anon

    Now pity all us poor people who had to wait an entire month to see what happened next.

    Incidentally, the final chapter should be out this time next week. Be prepared for stomping on people who look like they may spoil the ending for the next couple of weeks.

    • June 6, 2010 at 3:15 amdivine

      Unless I’m mistaken, this only covered up to the end of chapter 104, meaning there’s still much more manga material out at the moment.

      • June 6, 2010 at 3:20 amMasked Anon

        They have three episodes left, and – with the final chapter – four chapters to cover. That should be doable, given fight scenes are a lot faster on screen than they take on the page.

        Episodes 61 and 62 should combine 105/106/107, leaving the last chapter for 63.

      • June 6, 2010 at 10:08 pmLoudmouse

        There’s still a great deal of dialogue in chapter 107, and I assume the same goes for 108. I hope they don’t cut out too many scenes.

        Stoked they finally put the Denny Brosh/Maria Ross reunion in; didn’t make me d’awww as much as it did in the manga though.

    • June 6, 2010 at 3:58 amSatoida

      Agreed. I screamed when I read it in the manga (my very girly ‘no no no no’ scream) and then got really frustrated at the month long wait.

      Urgh Father/Homunculus creeps me out… *shudder*

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:14 amEspada

    T__T everythings is near its end…

    • June 8, 2010 at 11:20 pmadventchaos

      I don’t think any true fan would want it any other way.

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:19 amUnknownVoice

    The “Reaching for the sun” scene is one of the most epic scenes ever created. The music, the animation, everything brought the atmospheric moment to perfection.

    Its up there with Dalek reveal in first season of dr.who(2005), the whole fleet moment up from 1:15 in Iron sky trailer and about dozens of other most fracking atmospheric and most awesome things ever created

    • June 6, 2010 at 3:31 amBlaineo

      I agree completely it gave me chills to see it animated so well! Btw are you English?

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:33 amBlaineo

    The animation, music everything all pulled together so well in this episode. I had chills from when the circle was activated until the end. Amazing :D

    • June 6, 2010 at 3:40 amBlaineo

      Btw last episode Al’s body said if you return bad stuff will happen. Did he mean Al returning and this happening or if he returns to get his body back?

      • June 6, 2010 at 3:48 amAcylia

        I guess we’ll just have to wait and see? I think he meant that if Al returned with that body, something bad would happen later on… or something? Who knows. xD I guess we’ll know sooner or later, though.

      • June 6, 2010 at 4:25 amVlyse

        I’m pretty sure the anime made this even MORE obvious. When Al’s body was talking about “if you return, there will be despair”, the camera shifted to Pride and Father, who the latter says “That makes all five of you”. And what happens when Father gets 5 sacrifices? Nationwide transmutation circle despair.

        To look into this line so hard is as hard as thinking there is some mystery behind the Xingese characters’ earlier occurrences of suddenly lying on the road starving and begging for food.

      • June 6, 2010 at 4:33 amAcylia


        Ahahaha. XD Of course. Some of us just can’t stop digging for more clues, I guess. :P

      • June 6, 2010 at 12:53 pmfalsepod

        I personally think if Al where to reunite with his body, thats when he would finally die. The only reason he still exists is because Ed learned what to do to drag his soul back and graft it to the suit of armour. Otherwise he would have died. And by not reuniting with his body and dying he gave Father the sacrifice he needed to fuck everything up. Which is the “bad thing” his body was thinking about as Al went back through the gate to the real world.

      • June 6, 2010 at 2:25 pmCornwiggle

        What I find most confusing about this is, Al is the only one who got held up. Ed’s Truth didn’t give him a chance to regain his limbs for free, nor did Izumi’s.

        So, why did Al get caught up, and why did Al’s Truth just offer him back his body free of charge again?

        I think your comment cleared something up that he could have it back, but would be stuck there, what’s why going back (in armor form only) was the result that ended in despair.

        Of course Al must not have known that as he assumed his human body would be fighting if he did go back… or what? Or he just wanted to fight at all?

        Anyone know for sure?

      • June 6, 2010 at 3:54 pmTavor TAR-21

        To Cornwiggle:

        I assume what that meant is that if Al took his body back, he would then return to the real world in a naked, skinny, and atrophied body that would probably pass out upon arrival. Father would still have all his sacrifices, except now 2 of them would be incapacitated instead of just Mustang.

        Besides, had Al taken his body back, there was no way we could get that Al/Mei fanservice scene of him jumping in front to block the bullets from Father’s gun that looks like something the Joker would like, lol…

      • June 7, 2010 at 6:53 amBlaineo

        @Vlyse I think you misread my question. I’m not indicating that there is some hidden mystery behind it. I just wasn’t sure how to take the Japanese used. I wanted to be clear on the meaning(as in definition) of what he said. Being as I’m studying Japanese I was hoping for info on the word modoru and if and how the meaning changes depending on the context it’s used. It seems to mean return but is that to return to the speaker or the where the listener came from?

      • June 8, 2010 at 11:27 pmqntiria

        @ falsepod
        the gate to the human world after you die is fma 1. this is brotherhood. its a completely different anime, practically. when you die, you dont go to our world.

    • June 6, 2010 at 3:50 amAcylia

      Agreed! It was extreeeeemely well done!! I got chills and even got a little teary-eyed. LOL

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:35 amAcylia

    OMG, I got tears in my eyes watching this xO Because it was so FRRREAKY D:

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:37 amAcylia

    BTW, divine!!!! When the last chapter is out, you should maybe just STOP READING the comments, because someone is DEFINETLY going to try to spoil the ending!!! I know I’m going to avoid the comments myself, at least. :P

    • June 6, 2010 at 3:39 amBlaineo


  • June 6, 2010 at 4:01 amSatoida

    *shudder* looking at the middle preview picture is going to give me nightmares. Looks so evil… D=

  • June 6, 2010 at 4:01 amNawar

    Episode 60 is the product you get when hirokki kanno and tomokatsu work together . Woah :)

  • June 6, 2010 at 4:06 amsomeSyl

    They should have left out the preview. Just so all those who did not read the manga can experience the same kind of agony that those who read it did.
    But I was surprised that they did not show “the blonde dude in the middle preview pick” at the end of the episode like the manga did.

    It made for a nice “shit just got beyond real” feeling at the end that this episode just did not reach.
    Good thing they kept the “they did not just go there” and “what the fuck are you serious” stuff of it though…

  • June 6, 2010 at 4:16 amCherubium

    While watching the raws I had Evangelion’s End Of Evangelion Instrumentality scene go through my head when all those people were getting turned into stone.

  • June 6, 2010 at 5:20 amLeticia

    GO Ed GO! I can’t believe is just 3 episodes left >///<

  • June 6, 2010 at 5:28 amAlvord12

    Damn… after looking at those screenies I don’t even feel like reading the blog entry! Now where are those raws? ;)

  • June 6, 2010 at 8:01 amTorint


  • June 6, 2010 at 8:16 amCornwiggle

    I really don’t remember seeing Father with a gun… Weird.

    • June 6, 2010 at 8:39 amdamian

      Re-read the chapter

    • June 6, 2010 at 3:43 pmSatoida

      it’s there

  • June 6, 2010 at 8:40 amdamian

    I think Divine should give someone a temp position to delete spoiler posts so he doesnt have to go through them himself, what with the final chapter being released in less than a week. I can already see the hell thats gonna break loose.

  • June 6, 2010 at 10:09 amGuardian

    … ZOMGWTFBBQ O_O Wow that was epic. Very redolent of End of Eva, of course … why does every anime have to remind me of every other? I guess they make ‘em that way. The preview left me even more confused since the five sacrifces (plus probably Greed and May) are still alive and fighting … something. A giant big enough to reach out and grab the moon though? I have to admit I have no idea how this is gonna turn out, and I can’t wait to see it. :D

  • June 6, 2010 at 10:37 amSecsuey


  • June 6, 2010 at 10:43 amrasone0104

    Wonder how FMA will end.

  • June 6, 2010 at 10:58 amAznCoffee

    This definitely wasn’t in the manga… xD;

    • June 6, 2010 at 11:10 amCornwiggle

      Yeah, actually it was. Just for one panel though. That’s why I didn’t remember it.

    • June 6, 2010 at 12:12 pmNice Holystone

      Hustla’s grab yo guns

    • June 8, 2010 at 8:04 pmJ Jay

      To add to the point – it did appear in the manga, but in this episode they replaced the six-shooter with a more regular pistol with GODDAMN CREEPY EYES AND TEETH. Gonna go crawl under my desk now …

      Actually, every scene with this form of Father has given me the chills, more so than the manga. Even with BONES hamming it up for all it’s worth; credit where it’s due. Ditto the added transmutation scenes (Panina/Capital Radio/Lior/Miles flopping to the ground) which helped bring back the shock factor from when I first read this chapter.

      Shame it all felt so slow though. The manga readers here would have known this episode would cover barely more than one chapter, leaving 4 left for the next three episodes. I apologise for mentioning it, but it’s gnawing at the back of my mind.

      Obligatory FUCK YEAH WRATH
      Obligatory FUCK YEAH SCAR (hope you didn’t forget about these two!)

      • June 8, 2010 at 8:08 pmJ Jay

        Oh lawd, ignore my ramblings. I replied with my pacing concerns before looking that an extra episode seems to have been added to the schedule … given the rumoured length of the last chapter, that’s more like it!

  • June 6, 2010 at 11:13 amempirexstate

    Show Spoiler ▼

    Show Spoiler ▼

    “They should have left out the preview. Just so all those who did not read the manga can experience the same kind of agony that those who read it did.”


  • June 6, 2010 at 11:37 amWildGamer

    I guess this means that Father is now called the “Godfather”, now, eh?

    As if he wasn’t strong enough already.

    • June 6, 2010 at 12:25 pmSecsuey

      hahaha that is the same I thought!
      I mean come on he was overpower already and now he eat god?
      someone call chuck norris please
      the animation is soo good, the soundtrack is perfect, the epicness is rising

      I just saw pain vs naruto on the anime and I was like waaaaaaa everything suck soo much now comapared too fma

  • June 6, 2010 at 11:38 amVsin

    One does not simply eat god…

    • June 6, 2010 at 3:57 pmTavor TAR-21

      Yeah, and one does not simply walk into Mordor…


  • June 6, 2010 at 12:12 pmNice Holystone

    Holy epic sauce…

  • June 6, 2010 at 12:43 pmdamian

    I find it funny how in the anime Ed headbutted Pride, but instead of his forehead disintegrating, its his right cheek. ><

  • June 6, 2010 at 12:59 pmgeyik

    “no one’s actual body seemed to be swallowed up by the darkness, meaning that there’s the possibility that their souls/life energy may be able to returned somehow.”

    let us recall: bodies were not disintegrated in xerxes case, either

    • June 6, 2010 at 2:21 pmFohtia

      But no one tried to stop Father at the time either.

  • June 6, 2010 at 2:52 pmRyuGuitarFreak

    It was Evangelion’s movie all over again. :(

    OMG, I thought I was dieing too as I saw Winry die.

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:42 pmTomer

    Wow! Epic doesn’t quite justify a description for this episode. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite endings of any anime.

    I agree with you though about ending with a deus ex machina. I really, really wish they don’t end it with something retarded.

  • June 6, 2010 at 3:51 pmDEETERS

    Heck yeah man. Been waiting since February for this! As horribly sad and holy crap depressing as it is. I was just grinning and laughing the whole time. Sheer joy is what did it.

    I loved that they animated everyone laying there with their eyes WIDE open! How much more freaky did that make it!

  • June 6, 2010 at 4:38 pmgawrshness

    I’m glad I read ahead in the manga XD so the suspense of waiting won’t kill me until next week XD

  • June 6, 2010 at 4:38 pmRie

    @Cornwiggle: Ed and Izumi didn’t get held up and Al did because of the whole “The soul is pulled towards the body” thing. I don’t think limbs are pulled towards the body, or “some of your insides” but souls are because….well, because that’s how FMA works.

  • June 6, 2010 at 5:32 pml

    Hi! nice chapter and great pictures!

  • June 6, 2010 at 6:13 pmShayShay

    This is sooooo much better and gratifying to watch as opposed to some 300 + year old lady trying to transfer from one body to the next. I’m looking at you, first anime series Dante!

  • June 6, 2010 at 6:57 pmAvenger

    I wonder, does father’s gun shoot smiling bullets that you can jump on? I wonder how many points they give you o.o

  • June 6, 2010 at 9:57 pmahelo


  • June 6, 2010 at 10:26 pmJeffry2010

    Is this beginning of the end in the universe?!

    OMG The’re doomed!!

    only 3 episodes to go!

  • June 7, 2010 at 1:05 amBender

    They’re all doomed!

  • June 7, 2010 at 3:29 amfreedomapoc

    epic episode and 3 to go *.* suspense at his highest this is FMA!

  • June 7, 2010 at 5:48 amEspada

    AYANAMI!!!! ohh sorry wrong anime ^^;

  • June 7, 2010 at 7:43 amJack

    • June 7, 2010 at 11:08 amfathomlessblue

      ANN still says 63 eps and I don’t read Kanji so I don’t know what part of that second link you’re referring to.

      • June 7, 2010 at 11:20 amUnknownVoice

        IT pretty much states that the final, 64th episode will air on _____.

    • June 7, 2010 at 11:29 amCornwiggle

      The links you gave still end on 63.

    • June 7, 2010 at 4:29 pmSatoida

      Well, it says ‘final episode July 4′. ANN seems to have updated during that time, putting a slot in for the 64th episode

      • June 9, 2010 at 8:27 amCornwiggle

        I’m all for another episode. I don’t want to see the ending ruined.

  • June 7, 2010 at 1:48 pmhms-one

    As soon as I decide to avoid these threads until after seeing the subs, Eclipse suddenly seems to be taking forever with their release. UGH! I can’t really complain about their releases, (the last few were very fast) but the wait is killing me this time. 2pm Monday, and I am refreshig their tracker page every 15 minutes. I’m Jonesin’.

  • June 7, 2010 at 5:45 pmTavor TAR-21

    Hey guys, this message especially applies for non-manga readers: I’ve been hearing on Livejournal that two pages from Chapter 108 have already been leaked and they apparently spoil a lot of plot points.

    For those who know what’s going on: Please don’t ruin it for those of us who aren’t reading the manga, ok? Just one more month and then we can all talk.

    • June 8, 2010 at 12:33 pmSecsuey

      yea sure that will totally stop the trolls

  • June 8, 2010 at 4:23 amVlyse

    I’d suggest to lock yourself in your room with no internet for 4 weeks if you really don’t want to be spoiled.

  • June 8, 2010 at 5:22 amichigoat

    crap, i was reminded of a certain Third Impact when i saw how freaky things got in the series..

    FMA is kick-ass!

  • June 8, 2010 at 8:39 amMrRei

    3 to go!

  • June 8, 2010 at 12:47 pmIan

    This series knows no such thing as “deus ex machina”.


    • June 8, 2010 at 6:19 pmEamon

      I won’t deny that Arakawa had this planned.

      But her foreshadowing techniques are below average.
      I mean, there is literally nothing that foreshadows this.

      Thing is, this is yet another huge WTF type of ending. If people were mad at the Zeppelins in FMA1, how could people be happy with the “Father devouring God/Sun.”
      I’m not saying this is bad plot development. It’s the opposite. I’m actually rather excited and curious about what’s going to happen next now. I was just annoyed at the amount of action and no story the last couple of months of episodes. Now, the story is finally advancing quicker, I am getting very interested.

  • June 8, 2010 at 11:27 pmadventchaos

    It’s been said before, but the production value for the music can easily beat many triple AAA movies out there, timing the tracks with the scenes was perfect. You know you felt a chill when you saw Greed attack Father, the music, the moment, the Dialogue it was all right out of a bit time movie.

  • June 9, 2010 at 1:29 amSatoida

    A lot has already been leaked. I’m just trying desperately not to look at them.

  • June 9, 2010 at 6:08 amTenkei~

    I think I should stop reading any comments from now till the series ends…

    This adaptation of FMA has been truly amazing… I just hope they don’t go Dues Ex machine on us :) Because you will see me commanding a large mob with e-Pitchforks marching down downtown Tokyo…

  • June 9, 2010 at 6:47 amKinny Riddle

    Didn’t get to watch this episode until today. (You see, I stick faithfully with Eclipse, the fansub group, not the natural phenomenon in this episode) Maybe I’ll go with speedsubs for the last 4 episodes so as not to miss out on the discussion as things seem to be getting batshit exciting. I’ll still be archiving with Eclipse subs, of course. :)

    After watching it, I was like “What… the… f*** just happened!?” I thought I was watching End of Evangelion all over again, what with the humongous giant the size of half a planet and all. lol

    I have faith in Arakawa pulling off a good ending rather than an End of Evangelion ending. After all, there is still the counter nation-wide transmutation which Scar’s brother had devised.

  • June 9, 2010 at 7:35 amCroosboy

    waaaaa, the eclipse is being suck

  • June 9, 2010 at 5:22 pmSecsuey

    omg the last chapter of the manga came out today
    Show Spoiler ▼

    • June 10, 2010 at 6:15 amfreedomapoc

      and could you keep the spoils for yourself maybe?
      good god i wonder why some people find it nice just telling this -.- go on a forum where people actually care bout this?

      • June 10, 2010 at 10:00 amSecsuey

        excuse me?
        can’t u see the spoiler tag?
        I am keeping it too the people who want to read it if you don’t then don’t, that’s you choice

    • June 10, 2010 at 3:23 pmneko

      freedomapoc is right, why u have to threw spoilers like that, makes u feel like a cool guy? cant u be quiet and wait for other people to read the damn thing? .. did u feel better or cool cuz u read the chapter and want to brag about it? .. with or without spoiler tag, this is NOT a “FMA final manga chapter post”.. go to a forum or something.

    • June 10, 2010 at 11:36 pmSatoida

      As someone who has read the chapter already, I do have to say, please don’t talk about it here, even with spoiler tags. No one really spoiled the ending for you, and so don’t tempt others to spoil it for themselves. If they want to do that, onemanga has the chapter for them.

      Let them enjoy the ending as much as you did without having to see it coming.

  • June 9, 2010 at 6:30 pmOne-Winged Angel

    Wow this ep is awesome!!! Can’t wait for the next one! But the battle between Scar and King is not as good as I expected

  • June 10, 2010 at 3:29 pmneko

    woow.. what an episode… i loved how the Scar/Bradley fight started along with the battle track song, very cool..

    I liked the sequence of the people dying and the gate opening… but i think that scene it would have been much better with the song used when the circle was activated in Xerxes in the Hoenheim flashback.. its more suitable.. but it was a great episode =)

  • June 11, 2010 at 8:42 pmKinno

    if u rly want to spoil it for ppl, at least be accurate. someone did not take over the country like u mentioned, and i doubt about a couple getting married and having children too…
    anyways, i love this anime and it will always be on top of my favorite anime/manga list :D

  • June 12, 2010 at 2:11 pmOBNSfull1000

    awesome episode but the series ended in june soooooooooooooooooooooooooo sad =,(