The Fuhrer is back and nothing will be the same.
What They Say
The battle for a nation's soul descends into chaos. Bradley unleashes death on those who dare engage him. Beneath Central, the one responsible for the Fuhrer's creation unleashes something far, far worse.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Every time that things seem to be going one way, something comes out of nowhere to radically change events. The last episode saw two such events as we saw the Fuhrer come back to Central after being declared dead and we saw something wicked about to happen below Central where Father is dealing with Hohenheim. The nature of the battle in the streets takes an awkward turn as well due to the return of the Fuhrer and the propaganda side is critically damaged because of it. But we had a lot of great moments in that episode as well, notably with Izumi stepping into the fight and working alongside the Armstrong pair against the Immortal Legion. So, quite a lot happened in a real back and forth kind of feeling.
With all that's happened, it's becoming very confusing for the rank and file soldiers. Many are getting their second wind now that the Fuhrer as returned, but those that have seen either the homunculi or the Immortal Legion are starting to sing a different tune of understanding with what's happening. There is an eerie calm about things though, even as epic moments are happening across Central. The story underground thankfully gives us a look at Ed and his group as they proceed further down below, something we didn't get much of in the previous episode. The re-introduction of the doctor who created what the Fuhrer became is a surprise to be sure, but it leads to a really slick action sequence with some of the best music I've heard for such a sequence with this series in awhile. It has a really good sense of danger and excitement to it as you have Ed, Mustang, Scar and Hawkeye working together. That they tied all of it into other scenes as well with the action building nicely makes it all the better.
The fight against the Fuhrer is intense. Greeling and old man Fu do their best against him, but it's a losing proposition from the start. Greeling continues to be a really fascinating character to watch as he's changed so much over the course of the show and his current form has so much to offer in contradictions and potential. Much like the music to the earlier fight, as this one progresses, it becomes something powerful as well in a very different way as everyone puts their lives on the line to stop him. The Fuhrer has caused so much carnage so far, and there are personal vendetta to be dealt with, that there really is no turning back for anyone that's now facing off against him.
The crescendo is definitely building as more pieces of Father's plans continue to come to light, especially now that the old doctor is back in play and lighting the fuse. Though there aren't any significant revelations going on in this episode, there is a lot going on as the various battles build up and the pieces move to new locations on the board. Some interesting friendships are also forming while certain characters, such as Greeling, become even more engaging than they were before. When the final minute of the episode plays out, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood begins its finale run in a way that leaves you wishing the next episode was already here. Simply another fantastic episode.
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.