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  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
  • Running time: 25
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Episode #20

Father Before the Grave

By Chris Beveridge     August 21, 2009
Release Date: August 20, 2009

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
© FUNimation

The revelations continue to trickle out as perceptions change.

What They Say
Hohenheim’s visit ends with a grave warning to Pinako, but Ed finds hope among the charred ruins of his childhood. Now more than ever, he has confidence that Al can be returned to his body.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)”
The mix of episodes as the series progresses is rather good as they don’t have a specific pattern to them that I can tell. Unless you’ve read the manga and know what to expect next, you can be easily surprised with what direction each episode is going to take and who it’ll focus on for the most part. The last episode was a big piece for Mustang and dealing with the Homunculi while Al got some decent time in the episode beforehand in dealing with his issues. Ed’s had a few moments here and there mixed into things, but he’s been a bit on the light side for a few weeks now so it’s good to have a story that really does focus on him and adds some new things to the mix.

The tease at the end of the last episode is almost the entire focus here, though not as strong as one might think. Having Ed walking into Resembol only to find his father, Hohenheim, standing there was quite a shock to him. Hohenheim is fairly laid back about everything, a little quiet and thoughtful, as he almost seems like he can’t understand why Ed is so upset with him. And in a way he has a right to be upset with Ed as the brothers burned down the house after trying to bring their mother back to life. Hohenheim is able to subtly throw a few things back at Ed in order to get him to think, but the real twist is when he’s talking privately with Pinako that he wonders whether the boys truly brought back his wife Trisha or not. It’s a seed that’s firmly planted in Ed’s mind thereafter and sets him to really discover what it was the two boys brought to life back then.

The discoveries there have a really good ripple effect that adds to the overall tapestry that’s being built in this series. Ed gets in touch with Izumi to add some new details about the tragedy she went through and it ends up likely creating an even stronger bond between the two than what was already there. The best though is that it really works to bring a new element to the series with what the two brothers are dealing with about what happened back at their house. Al’s been very conflicted since the Laboratory incident and what Barry has said to him since, but the new revelations that Ed has brought to him and Winry is almost a bit of a game changer as it puts Al in a very different mindset. One that he needs to get into as he starts to really become more emotional about his situation and the way his life has changed so dramatically.

In Summary:
Twenty episodes in and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is moving right along in its engaging and layered story. There is a lot to like about this episode, particularly if you watched the first series, since it’s moving in such different ways now that you can’t help but get caught up in it. The revelations here are intriguing as it changes how you (and the characters) view certain past events and the ramifications of it. The cast is kept small for all of this which is another change from the large number of them running around recently but it works really well as Edward definitely needed more focus. Though they do seem to return to Resembol rather easily, everything we learn here is important and it will have some long term impact I suspect.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment

Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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