Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – 55

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi – Fullmetal Alchemist Ep. 55
鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST Episode 55 review
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – 55

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 55Roy, Ed, Scar, and Riza head through the tunnels to Father’s lair where Riza takes the time to thank Scar for helping Roy. Briggs troops make the official announcement that they have General Clemin in custody so Olivier orders Buccaneer to not open any gates due to the sub-homunculi problem. Meanwhile, Sloth recovers and begins his rapid assaults on Olivier and Alex anew. They are saved when Izumi shows up along with her husband, who tag Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 55teams with Alex to beat Sloth until he is impaled by an alchemy-created spike on the ground and uses the last of his life. After formal introductions, it is time to remove the sub-homunculi from the building.

In Father’s lair, Hohenheim wants to know why Father chose that name and created seven homunculi based on the seven sins. Father isn’t interested in a chat and an alchemy battle erupts that Hohenheim loses. Father is going to Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 55take Hohenheim’s stone, but is shocked to learn he cannot do so. As Al and company arrive in Central, the Briggs forces take control over 90% of the HQ building. However, their celebrations are soon stopped when a transmission from King Bradley is heard, announcing that he will deal with the traitors and calling loyal soldiers to his cause.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 55

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 55I love it when good humor manages to get injected into such a dire situation and yet not derail the serious story in progress. That’s how I saw Izumi’s arrival to Alex and Olivier’s battle against sloth. It was obviously her when alchemy was used to breach the room. However, the unceremonious ejection of the dead sub-homunculi from her entry point made me laugh out loud. I had figured that Izumi might just show up to eliminate Sloth, but I only get half-credit for being partially right as she only slammed Sloth once. What I didn’t expect Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 55was for Sig to show up, display a mutual man crush with Alex, then they tag team Sloth to death. *lol* Some of that was so wrong, yet so funny. ^_^

Sloth’s death takes us down to three homunculi still alive, not counting Father. Who’s next?

Back to Olivier, I found it most interesting that she basically Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 55turned down the opportunity to take the throne. So, that resolves any conflict over whether she or Roy will end up as ruler at the end of the series.

I liked how the Central troops that had been there to arrest her ended up taking her commands and even tried to slow Sloth down to allow Olivier and Alex to escape. When Olivier actually collapsed briefly to catch her breath (another moment I liked for the fact it showed her humanity), the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 55soldiers telling her to rest while they took care of the sub-homunculi made me smile. Olivier would have made a strong leader to be sure.

The alchemy battle between Father and Hohenheim didn’t go anywhere like I expected it would. I figured Hohenheim would go toe-to-toe with Father but instead, Father schools Hohenheim and the later confesses to not being much of a fighter. The fact that Father could Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 55not absorb Hohenheim’s philosopher’s stone doesn’t surprise me though. I immediately remembered Hohenheim addressing his blood drops (liquefied stones) by name in episode 36. As such, I expect that Hohenheim and the souls within him are working as one whereas Father is just enslaving his souls. In that regard, I’d say that Hohenheim would win in the end even with less than superior fighting skills.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 55Bradley’s return finally came and just the way one would expect the totalitarian ruler of a nation to return. Bradley, as Wrath, is going to kick some bottom for sure. Question is, how are they going to kill someone as skilled as Bradley is? He does have a weakness, but thus far has shown just how skillful he is when it comes to fights. I saw in the preview (which for some reason I watched this week) that Greed and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 55Wrath fight, so maybe that’s how he’s taken out. It will be fun to see.

Things have slowed down quite a bit, but not in a bad way. Add the excellent humor and we’ve got ourselves another winner of an episode. ^_^

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7 Responses to “Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – 55”

  1. quigonkenny says:

    Let’s just say that you will be very happy with how Wrath is handled from here on, starting next episode.

    Every episode from here on out shoulde be an absolute tour de force. Not to get into detail, obviously, but Arakawa has absolutely outdone herself with the climax to this series, at least up to the third-to-last chapter…

  2. Anonymous says:

    The fight between Father and Hohenheim was pretty cool and the animation was great.

    The fight against sloth was OK, it was a little different from the manga because in the manga Alex and Sig knew each other, I wanted to see this animated:

    I also noticed that in the anime they changed the way the entrance looks, in the manga it looks more like stairs:

    it’s not really going to affect the story but I don’t see the point in doing it.

  3. GhostStalker says:

    Yeah, in the manga, Alex and Sig already knew each other from when Alex dropped into Dublith looking for the Elric brothers with the Fuhrer. But still, that fight was awesome.

    Wrath upcoming return will be awesome as well. Not gonna say much more than that. Just wait to see what happens. Also, I wish they would have ended this episode with Wrath’s badass line, spoken after the Briggs troops hear that he’s back and ask which way he’s coming from: “From the front of course. What need does a King have to enter his own castle from the back?” Bad ass.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just thought you might want to know. It’s been announced that the chapter that came out today (107) is the second to last. The last chapter will be 108 in June, a grand total of 150 pages. I feel very sorry for the animation team. Episode 60 will only go up to chapter 104, but the director has pledged that they will be following the manga to the end and already have the last chapter. 150 pages…
    I can’t decide whether or not I should be happier now that I know they’re keeping the manga ending or more worried because of it xD

    I haven’t read chapter 107 yet though, I’m waiting for the scanlation. I’m dieing while waiting. You have no idea how lucky you are to live in ignorance and just be watching Brotherhood…

  5. AstroNerdBoy says:

    @Quigonkenny — I look forward to it. ^_^

    @Anon — Oh. Alex and Sig knew each other in the manga. Interesting.

    @Ghost — Yeah, I’m looking forward to Wrath’s fight.

    @Anon — I’m not sure why I never chose to get into the manga but it does mean I’ve no clue as to what will happen and that makes it the most interesting.

  6. Anonymous says:

    How you ever got the connection that Hohenheim knew all his souls… I’m impressed. Didn’t make that connection until he explained (which he will next ep).

    And, as for 108 being 150 pages… Besides for the Akira books, I can’t think of any single chapters that have ever been that long. And that should be good considering that it should explain all the questions and give a much more satisfying story to what happened to everyone afterwards (unlike so many other series). Can’t wait to find out what’s up with Truth.

  7. AstroNerdBoy says:

    Sometimes, I’m able to figure these things out. ^_~ This time didn’t seem to difficult because I remembered that previous episode and the point the anime made of Hohenheim addressing his “blood” by name.

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