The pieces continue to slowly come together as the homunculi are still pretty active.
What They Say:
Cooperation between Mustang’s cabal and Ling Yao’s band leads to the capture of a Homunculus. Unfortunately, their actions also capture the eye of the Homunculus hiding atop the military’s ranks.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)”
After the action of the previous episode which resulted in some really solid fight sequences, this episode opens up with a lot of potential as Ling is on the run from Bradley with Lan Fan over his shoulder. I found his portion of the fight in the previous episode to be really spot on and wanted to see more, but unfortunately it doesn’t come to pass all that heavily here. Instead, it’s more of an on the run battle as Lan Fan is losing blood heavily and the pursuit is fairly relaxed as Bradley and Gluttony track him until they find the right time to take him down.
A large chunk of this episode focuses around the fight between Scar and the Elric brothers. With what happened with Winry previously, it doesn’t take long for Ed to make his way back to the fight that Al is most definitely doing a good job of carrying on with. Alchemist battles like this are continually interesting to watch since there is potential for some really great stylish moments, and we do get them here as Al uses the ground to launch himself after Scar to take the battle to him over and over. The fight doesn’t go on long enough, though they do corner him and set the stage for something fierce. Naturally, something else gets in the way and it’s just a mess.
On the plus side, Gluttony gets quite the workover in this episode as Ling and the Elric brothers manage to actually trap him, which is just creepy to see. Having a homunculi in custody and then putting some disparate characters together, such as bringing in Mustang with a doctor to help Lan Fan, opens up new clues and revelations. With the fight that Ling has been in with Bradley, that’s some very valuable information to be passed on which is almost a game changer as it shifts what Mustang can potentially do with him. The corruption was viewed as just a few potential people, but now that it can go all the way to the top, it means that Mustang is going to go at it with even more gusto. Sadly, they mention Mustang’s name in front of Gluttony, who does have quite a memory when it comes to the person who killed his best friend ever in Lust.
Though the show doesn’t have quite the impact of some other recent episodes, there is a good deal of key information that makes its way out here, especially with Bradley. But there are some great light moments as well, from Hawkeye making sure that Mustang doesn’t go out into the field to May’s sudden appearance in defense of her best manservant. Scar’s expression is almost priceless during that and it didn’t get the attention it deserved. This is an episode where the story turns a corner a bit to really start moving strongly in a new direction, from the view of the characters, as Mustang is now really certain of the path he has to take. This is very good stuff that mixes in solid developments with smooth and engaging action with spot on pacing.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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.