Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – 48

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi – Fullmetal Alchemist Ep. 48
鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST Episode 48 review
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – 48

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 48Heinkel continues to beat on Selim without much success while Lan Fan and Ling devastate Gluttony repeatedly. Fu joins Ed and Darius and reassures the worried Ed that Lan Fan will be OK as they’ve brought more than just martial arts. To that end, Lan Fan drops a couple of grenades onto Gluttony which alerts the people in the slum. Two people come up with a lantern and find Heinkel in his beast form Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 48and are afraid. Selim takes advantage of the light and knocks the lantern out of their hand, causing a fire with which his Pride form can attack Heinkel. Before Pride can kill him, Ed arrives to defend his companion, having been led there by Fu who can sense homunculi.

Pride battles Ed to no avail and can’t figure why Ed’s automail arm hasn’t been broken by now. Ed reveals that it Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 48has been reinforced thanks to his trip up north, so Pride snakes part of his body to have Ed fight Al. Ed is ready for this and has Fu use a flash grenade which causes a light so bright that Pride’s shadow self dissolves outside of Selim’s body. A second flash insures Darius gets away with Al’s body. The battered Gluttony arrives, complaining of Lan Fan’s and Ling’s ability to find him in the dark. Realizing that Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 48both of them could be defeated by the combined forces arrayed against them, Pride attacks and consumes Gluttony, acquiring his remaining lives as well as Gluttony’s abilities, whereupon he is now able to smell Hohenheim nearby.

In Central, Ed meets up with Madame Christmas, who shows her investigative skills by producing photos going twenty or more years back that show Selim still as a child, proving he’s Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 48not human. She also investigated Bradley and found him without family connections. As they talk, government agents outside receive word that Madame Christmas is in fact Chris Mustang, Roy’s foster mother. Before they can get in and make an arrest, Madame Christmas’s bar explodes. Roy and Chris are in the sewer and after some words, part company. Roy then meets with Riza, Kain, and Breda, where he tells them of Bradley’s train accident. He has one order for them — do not die.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 48Meanwhile, the top military brass discuss current events and the rogue Colonel Mustang with Father. Since Father doesn’t know Mustang, he asks them to think of what Mustang’s next course of action might be. The men at the conference have no answer, but Olivier says that if she were Mustang, she’d go after Bradley’s wife. Father seems to find this suggestion foolish since it would openly reveal Mustang to be a traitor. However, Roy, Riza, Kain, and Breda intercept Bradley’s wife’s car and take out the bodyguards whereupon Roy asks her to come with them.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 48

Thoughts/Review:

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 48I gotta say that one of the great things about this anime is how completely it manages to surprise me at times. Today’s surprise came from Pride consuming Gluttony, then gaining Gluttony’s abilities. I didn’t see that coming at all. In fact, it almost makes me wonder why Pride hasn’t done this before. I suppose that would be Father’s restraint on Pride. From Pride’s perspective, it makes tactical sense to regenerate Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 48himself with Gluttony and acquire new abilities. Thus as an opponent, he’s much more dangerous now. Further, if Pride will consume Gluttony, then what’s to stop him from consuming Greed? Greed’s protective shell would likely prevent that, but the point is that Pride could consume any other homunculus at this point.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how the battle resolves Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 48itself. I suspect that Pride needs to get Ed, Al, and Hohenheim to Central as part of the Promised day since they seem to be key figures. It would also seem that Izumi needs to be there as well. Plus, there’s this fifth figure in the scheme of things. Father seems to be cutting it very close with his big plans for the Promised Day. If indeed all these people need to be in Central, time is running short.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 48I laughed when the anime revealed that Madame Christmas is in fact Chris Mustang, Roy’s foster mother. Her addressing Roy as “Roy-boy” is amusing as well. Still, there’s no denying her abilities as an intelligence gatherer. Using her hostess bar is a great cover…or rather was a great cover. I wonder if she’ll show up again now that her place is destroyed.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 48Assuming I understood things right, Father’s rejection of Olivier’s idea means that once she’s proven right, she suddenly stands head and shoulders above the other generals. Further, it makes her appear to be on Father’s side when she’s on her own side first and foremost. That’s puts her in a good position to act once the crap hits the fan.

So as normal, another great episode of FMA! ^_^

 

 

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2 Responses to “Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – 48”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well, I’m not the funfactman, or whoever that is, but I do have a little tidbit ^^

    This episode covered chapter 87 of the manga, which is the very chapter that announced that Brotherhood was in production.

    You can see here: http://www.mangafox.com/manga/fullmetal_alchemist/v021/c087/2.html

    It’s hard for me to believe that we’ve come that far already. xD Right now, I think about every episode of Brotherhood coming up is going to have fight scenes in it. I’m excited 😀

  2. The Fun Fact Man says:

    however I am the fun fact man and would like to point a tiny little thing one Ed automail would have been destroyed no matter what it was made of but becasue he kept it like the northern model it had lots of carbon in it taking advantage of it he copyed Greeds power and hardened it to the same degree

    Pride can do that thing to anybody he just needs to hold them down he was going to do that to greed thats why he restained him all he needs to do is make a wound and adsorb their stone.

    but the big thing that got me was that Pride enjoyed his murder of Gluttony that 300 year old creep is a real sadist

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