Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – 45

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi – Fullmetal Alchemist Ep. 45
鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST Episode 45 review
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – 45

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45Wrath and Greed battle as Pride readies himself just in case. With Wrath having the upper hand in combat, Greed makes his escape out the window. Over at the Armstrong mansion, Olivier tells her father she intends to take her inheritance and demands he take a vacation. Her father eventually says that whomever wins the fight between herself and Alex will take over the mansion as he, his wife, and the youngest Armstrong daughter Catherine leave for Xing. Olivier wins the fight against Alex, who realizes that Olivier has just sent their parents and little sister away to safety.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45Out east, Mei Chan sees the niceness of the people and with the subtle prompting of Envy, she returns to Central as she wants to help. Meanwhile, Ed, Darius, and Heinkel arrive at Mustang’s old hideout but Al isn’t there. Greed arrives with Ling in control and after eating, Ling passes on as much as he can about Father’s plan and the Promised Day. Greed resumes control of the body and turns down a partnership offer from Ed unless Ed agrees to follow Greed. Ed, Darius, and Heinkel agree to those terms as Ed realizes he can gather more information this way.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45In Dublith, the military are still looking for Izumi as Al gets a message to the meat shop there regarding Father’s plan and the Promised Day. It is passed on to Sig who passes it onto Izumi, who gets to Briggs to inform Miles and Buccaneer. Falman passes the word to General Grumman who gets the word to Rebecca, a soldier friend of Riza’s. Rebecca pays Riza a visit in Central and covertly passes the message to her in Black Hayate’s collar. Riza informs Havoc covertly in a pack of cigarettes and he passes that message to Mustang. The Promised Day will happen that spring.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45

Thoughts/Review:

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45I found it very interesting that Pride didn’t take part in the fight against Greed. I wonder why. Surely, Pride and Wrath would have taken out Greed. The only thing I can think of is that Pride, as Selim, doesn’t want to hurt his foster mother by revealing the truth about himself. That whole fake family structure is so odd to me.

Speaking of odd families, there’s the Armstrong family. I Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45have to say that they are an amusing family. I like Olivier’s method for removing her family from harm because it does nothing to raise suspicions. I was bummed that her fight with Alex was so one sided. I would have liked to have seen Alex get in his licks, but I suppose that you can’t show a man hitting a woman without being a villain, eh?

It was nice to see Havoc again. I’d forgotten about him and in Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45some ways, it is amazing that he’s still in the hospital. I like that Mustang is still spending time with his former underling. Further, it keeps Havoc in the story since Riza paid him a visit to deliver a message to Mustang. I wonder what Havoc’s role will be down the road since the still shots showed him heading east.

Which reminds me — you know how that we can’t show Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45tobacco products in a “cartoon” (ie: One Piece) because of the progressive, nanny state mindset? Can someone tell me if cigerettes show up on Cartoon Network for this series? After all, the passing of the pack of cigarettes is a major element to the story and without it, the episode fails (IMO).

Although she wasn’t named back then (at least, I don’t remember her being named), I immediately recognized Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45Rebecca from the 2nd OVA episode Simple People. I’m glad I got to see that first because having that non-important side-story OVA from an earlier point in story time, Rebecca doesn’t come off as some made up friend for Riza to have just for the purposes of passing on information. She would have had I not seen the OVA so I’m curious how FUNimation handles that.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45Regardless, I wonder if Rebecca might end up with Havoc somehow. Just a thought.

I normally don’t go through the ED but after last week’s episode, I decided to play through and not skip them. Interesting that the ED showed still shots of the various characters so that we could see Ed and Hohenheim working on a plan, Winry helping Rose with meals, Havoc leaving the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45hospital, Ed and company going with Greed, etc. The part that really caught my eye was seeing Sloth is now in Central and Gluttony is apparently back. Very interesting.

So, more pieces are being set for this future Promised (Fated) Day. I can’t wait to see more.

 

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 45

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12 Responses to “Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – 45”

  1. arimareiji says:

    $20 says the cigarettes get turned into an oversized pack of gum.

    I thought the fight was ~really~ unrealistically one-sided, given the fact he’s a frickin’ alchemist, but I thought they played it off in a way that was funny enough to make up for it. My personal belief is that the reason he couldn’t fight back wasn’t her gender, it was his absolute terror of her from growing up… I think they kinda hinted at it from his demeanor here, and her repeated comments about how he’s a coward (even though we’ve seen that as an adult he’s no such thing).

    Poor Alex.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Actually, when we saw Rebecca again in the manga I recognized her and looked back to figure where I knew her from. After a long search, I found she had been with Riza in a picture from a shot of many old pics from the Ishbal retelling arc. She was planned early on, just not used much.

    Also, Envy’s comment of needing a philosopher’s stone isn’t necessarily true. Just as Ed patched himself up by using himself as a single-person stone, Envy can attach and use a single person too, as he did Yoki, only that he doesn’t get enough of his power back and using the person too quickly would likely return him to the form he’s in now.

  3. AstroNerdBoy says:

    @Arimareiji — You’re probably right about the Alex-Olivier fight. However, it is still considered bad form to show a man striking a woman unless they are a villain (well, at least in the U.S.).

    @Anon — I don’t remember if Rebecca has shown up in picture form in the anime or not. I just remembered her from the OVA.

    Thanks for the info on Envy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Havoc smoked in the Adult Swim version, not edit there. Not much was edited between the English and Japanese.

  5. AstroNerdBoy says:

    That’s good to know. Thanks.

  6. ku_fei lover says:

    know what’s funny?

    in the manga the fight only lasted 2 pages (we never see the fighting only sounds of struggle) and olivier is stronger than Alex She is the oldest of the 5 Armstrong kids while Alex is the 4th kid

    also one big edit was may getting the attention
    in the manga she knew them but in the anime they were strangers

    makes them seem like Child predators in the anime >_>

  7. AstroNerdBoy says:

    It took me a moment, but you’re referring to Mei Chan, right? How would she know them?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Neither of them were too serious in the fight, olivier didn’t actually use the sword and alex didn’t use alchemy.
    I’m pretty sure alex is stronger. I don’t want to spoil anything but later you will be able to see how strong alex really is.

  9. Merc says:

    When Mei was first introduced in the manga, she showed up in Youswell and fixed a collapsed mine, so when she came back with Envy, she got a very warm welcome.

  10. evgenidb says:

    And this is where she picked up her love for Ed. If you remember, in the beginning she blindly loved Ed, not Al, but in the anime it was never explained why (or at least I don’t remember it).

  11. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, basically, in the manga Mei arrived in the Youswell coalmine (because that story was still in the manga) and the miner’s son fed her and then when a mine collapsed she fixed it using her long range alchemy (it was a really cool scene) and then they threw her a party, much like they had Ed for saving the mine from Yoki, and they talked about Ed some, and that’s when she developed her fangirl love for him.

    Mei goes off on train to find Edward Elric
    Miners left standing go “Oh!…We forgot to tell her how short he is…”

  12. AstroNerdBoy says:

    This is why I really wish the anime production team hadn’t rushed through things so much early on. I guess they were afraid that people would be bored seeing the same stories they saw before, but I counter that even if a few were, by adding in the missing elements (like Mei’s proper introduction), it would have been better. *sigh* Oh well.

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