Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – 62

Hagane no Renkinjutsushi – Fullmetal Alchemist Ep. 62
鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST Episode 62 review
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – 62

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 62Father begins to harvest souls for philosopher stones but is stopped by Hohenheim, who challenges Father’s view of humans and his lack of an ability to truly procreate. In response, Father expunges some of the people from Xerxes from his body, including the King. They are drawn to actual bodies and Father takes advantage of Hohenheim’s hesitation to launch a massive, widespread attack that destroys half of the HQ building. Olivier receives a report on this and though she wants to fight, Greed angrily tells her to stay behind and she’s convinced to do so by a further call from her troops. With that, Greed, Alex, Roy, Riza, and others leave for the roof to engage Father.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 62Meanwhile, an injured Mei Chan regains consciousness to find that Al used his armored body to protect her though it severely damaged him. Izumi and Ed also are injured somewhat and find that Hohenheim had shielded them from certain death. Weakened, Hohenheim is easily knocked aside by Father and easily protects himself from the military’s barrage. Roy, guided by Riza, also enters the fray to try to force Father to burn through the souls and loose his defense. Greed has another idea and launches an attack personally. Father lets him through to absorb him, but Greed’s actions allow the attacks of others to get through.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 62The nonstop attacks force Father to burn through enough souls that his defensive shield drops and he’s no longer able to contain “God.” He does manage to counterattack, causing Ed to be pinned to some ruins by a screw in the hand. Since Ed has lost his Automail arm, Al decides to sacrifice his body and soul to return Ed’s arm to him and save Ed from Father’s advance. Ed doesn’t want this but Al does it just the same with Mei Chan’s help. Ed’s arm is restored and Al is reunited with his body at the Door of Truth. An angry Ed free’s himself with his restored arm and attacks Father, punching him in the face to the approval of all who observe this.


Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 62Some interesting things here. First, I liked how the fighter Olivier is forced to accept the situation that she’s too injured to fight and that she’s of more value to her troops alive and out of the “stuff.” Further, I liked how she acknowledged Alex, whom I suspect she always respected despite her gruff treatment of him. As such, it was a nice character moment to have this tough as nails soldier acknowledge there were things she could not do but Alex could. It is weird, but now that Roy is blind, I can see Olivier becoming the new ruler of the country. We’ll see though.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 62Al’s sacrifice didn’t surprise me since that seemed to be the only way for Al and his body to be reunited. I’ve no idea if this means that Al is dead for good or not. He had a body so in theory, it should be possible to return somehow. That said, another sacrifice would seemingly need to be made to make this happen since Al sacrificed his metal form in order to return Ed’s arm. That must be what Truth remarked on during his conversation with Al at the door.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 62Greed is being worked on by Ling. Once Father is gone, Greed will be the only major homunculus remaining and he’ll still need to be dealt with. I’m guessing that Greed is being convinced to make a sacrifice because Greed will never truly get what he wants. The thing is, can Greed be removed without killing Ling? In theory, since Greed was added to Ling and Ling has retained his personality, it might be possible. Then again, we have the situation with Bradley and Wrath and that didn’t end well (though there was only one personality there). We’ll see what happens.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 62I’m still not sure if Father still holds “God” or not. Was that what happened during that massive release of energy that left Father desperate for souls and going after Ed? It wasn’t clear to me.

As I expected, Riza became Roy’s eyes and spotter. I laugh because it works out so perfectly. Since Riza had been an expert sniper (and still retains those skills), it seemed only logical that she’d fill this role. Add Roy and Riza’s history and well they may as well get married as soon Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood - 62as Father is dealt with. ^_~

Finally, I notice that Hohenheim has the look of the homunculus who are down to their last life. I wonder if he’s going to kick it before this is all over.

Only two more episodes to go. Hard to believe.

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8 Responses to “Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – 62”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I really don’t think Greed will need to be dealt with he seems to get along with Ling and they seem to have a good body share system also he did say that he really want’s friends and I think he would settle for being ruler of a country

  2. Anonymous says:

    ‘God’ is still in there. It’ll be obvious when he truly loses control.

    And manga-wise, that ended with the end of chapter 107, meaning both of the last 2 episodes will be of the last chapter, 108. Hoping it’ll tell us more what happened after stuff. Not that the manga didn’t tell much, but more would be appreciated.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Al isn’t dead. And that’s not a spoiler cause you SHOULD know that. Ed explained/figured out a long time ago that when he was rolling around on the basement floor with tons of blood where a leg should have been and no brother in sight that Al hadn’t died he’d been “taken”. He’d been taken by the Truth. Originally his whole body and soul until Ed sacrificed his arm to drag his soul back. So basically what Al’s done now is set things back to how they first were – his whole body and soul “taken” and trapped at the Gate and Ed with an arm but no leg. He is not, in any way, dead.

    As I think some people explained in your last blog, the way a person truly 100% dies in FMA is for their soul to disappear. And this isn’t going to be revealed in the show but Arakawa revealed it in an old interview: The Gate isn’t like a heaven and there’s nothing on the other side of it. No souls of the dead, no other world, no nothing. The knowledge you gain inside the Gate is all there is to it. Bodies become part of the earth and souls become part of the energy in the world.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe that there are only 2 episodes left. I wish FMA could last longer. One of the best mangas and animes I had read and watched. Will there be any more OVAs or movies to be released?

  5. evgenidb says:

    Astro, don’t forget Grumann. He also wants the throne.

    Also, there’s a chance that Greed will survive (in the end, in the old FMA series Wrath survived (the son of Izumi)).

  6. ku_fei lover says:

    watch the movie dude

    they all died at the end

  7. evgenidb says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t remember the movie too well. I watched it ages ago.

  8. arimareiji says:

    Movie? What movie? (^_~)

    Just a thought: Hohenheim looks like he’s about to bite it. Al needs a sacrifice to be brought back. Sounds to me like two plus two equals four.

    The only hitch I can think of is that Ed’s not going to go along with it, meaning Hohenheim would have to do it on his own… but Al’s already made a big deal about how Ed will be the one to save him somehow.

    If Hohenheim is sacrificing himself, he could theoretically restore Izumi and Roy, but I don’t think it’ll happen. The fact that Al will get his body back already somewhat cheapens the anime’s treatment of loss and sacrifice, and for the most part we’ve seen that theme taken pretty seriously. My guess is that the adults will be left to suffer, with Roy “gaining wisdom and humility” or somesuch from being blinded, making him the perfect leader a la Crysania in Dragonlance.

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