The price that must be paid is heavy indeed for not just one person, but several and on both sidse of this intense battle.
What They Say
As the light of the sun vanishes, Mustang learns the loss which comes from seeing the other side of the Gateway �" and five sacrifices gather in the dark presence of the Father.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The tense moments of the show from the last episode are the opening moments here as Mustang is faced with the choice of letting Hawkeye die or perform a human transmutation. Luckily for him, seemingly throwaway characters from earlier in the series are working with him, and May, to provide what's needed in this instance to stave off events from going too badly in a direction that Mustang never wants to see happen, particularly since he knows what happened to the Elric boys when they attempted such things years ago. The relationship between Mustang and Hawkeye is one where you can see him going above and beyond his core beliefs, but there's so much to that relationship that you can't take anything for granted.
As challenging as the situation is where this group is at, it only gets worse when Bradley shows up and has his own challenges to add to Mustang and the others. There's an obvious long history there now and he's amused and disappointed that Mustang has changed and grown, but that means he's doing things that Bradley did not expect and that plays havoc with his own plans. Even more terrifying and game-changing is the arrival of Selim to the fight who turns the tables even more in favor of the homunculi and Father as they need Mustang just right since he's the missing fifth sacrifice.
Mustang's journey in the series has been a long and twisted one with a good deal of loss and change along the way, but it shifts even more as this episode goes on and he ends up in the presence of Father after going through the Gate. The price cast upon him for this trip is staggering in its own way, though it isn't quite as severe as what others have gone through. It's an interesting difference from what was done in the original series but in the end it brings all five of the Sacrifices together in one place after they've all gone through loss, pain and much suffering. While there's a sizeable able about to be fought above with the remaining group having the Fuhrer to deal with, the other epic battle is now going on below.
The hardest obstacle for this part of the story to deal with is that of Alphonse, who finds himself back in that other place and with his original body once more. One of the tentpole pieces of the series, the main thrust of it in fact as that's what started the whole journey, we finally get to see where this will go and it's heartbreaking. As are other areas of the show as it plays out as Father's orchestrations begin to come to fruition. Having the Sacrifices all together at last in his presence, his plan is about to materialize and there's an immense amount of dread associated with it. The buildup has been going on for awhile with a lot of high points along the way, but the end is nearly in sight and it looks to top everything before it.
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.