Time for my review of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, episode 57.
Before I go further, HERE THAR BE SPOILERS!!!!!!
This episode centers around two fights, the one between Fu and Greed vs King Bradley, and the one between the group of Mustang, Hawkeye, Scar, and Ed against the “leftover” subjects for the Wrath philosopher’s stone. Both of these fights are well done in this episode, and are really suspenseful.
Something I liked in the scene leading up to the latter battle I mentioned is a line from Ed:
“Like the feeling you get when a bad scar starts aching,” Ed says, having just mentioned he can sense an enemy at the end of the tunnel. I immediately thought of Harry Potter and his lightning-bolt scar on his forehead. Take that, Mr. Potter.
We finally meet the man responsible for “creating” Wrath (who is identified in the break cards halfway through as just “Gold-Toothed Doctor”). Throughout the ensuing battle, he doesn’t actively fight. Rather, he’s drawing something on the floor with chalk. I kept wondering if either Ed, Mustang, Scar, or Hawkeye would intervene and stop him, but that never happened. They should have done, because of what happened once he was through drawing.
Turns out Gold-Toothed Doctor had been drawing a transmutation circle (big surprise there), and it was linked in with four other such circles around the perimeter of Central to form one huge transmutation circle.
And that’s when Shit Gets Real, as if it wasn’t already.
Basically, an eye opens up underneath the five central characters who have at some point been involved in an attempted human transmutation, and their bodies begin to dissolve. The episode concludes with Ed’s body being dissipated.
So there we are, with yet another cliffhanger ending that makes me really want to see the next episode right away. There isn’t much in the preview for episode 58, but, as we are (rather sadly) towards the end of the series, showing anything could be touching on spoiler territory.
Another excellent episode, really. Maybe not one of the better episodes, but the plot carries onward, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. Of course, I’ve made it a point not to read the manga, which I never really started in the first place. The original reason I didn’t read the manga was because it was a different story from the original anime. Now that this series has come along, being an anime translation of the manga, I’m definitely not going to read the manga, for fear of spoilers.
I give episode 57 a…you know what, I’m not even going to rate this, because it’s already 5/5 tier, the entire series is.