The stunning connection between Von Hohenheim and the homunculi revealed!
Writer/Artist: Hiromu Arakawa
Translation: Akira Watanabe
Adaptation: Jake Forbes
What They Say
Ed's clever plan to take out an enemy leaves him severely injured... Can he cheat death? One of our friends discovers the ironic secret behind Scar's brother's transmutation notes. And Major General Armstrong meets with evil homunculus President Bradley. Whose side is she on again...? Plus, the disturbing origin of Ed and Al's immortal father finally revealed!
The conflict between the homunculi and those that know of their existence heats up in this volume of Fullmetal Alchemist. With Major General Armstrong's summons back to Central and Pride's threat to Hawkeye, the homunculi seem to have the two soldiers where they want them. However, if anything characterizes Arakawa-sensei's females, it is resilience and resourcefulness, and the two women demonstrate just that despite the very real danger around them.
The story then flashes back to the last days of the kingdom of Cselkcess. It's a rare chapter that actually answers more questions than it raises as it reveals the origins of Hohenheim and the homunculi and the bond of blood between them. And though it's not animated, Arakawa-sensei's depiction of Cselkcess' destruction practically pops off the page.
The focus then shifts from the homunculi's past back to their current mischief, this time in Briggs. All pretense of cooperation is thrown aside as Edward engages in a fierce fight against the Red Lotus Alchemist and his chimera goons. Just when Edward thinks he has the Red Lotus beaten, Kimblee springs a surprise on Edward. Mortally wounded, Edward is left for dead, but he makes a drastic (and in my opinion improbable) move to cheat death. Meanwhile, Scar and company continue to puzzle over his brother's notes, and May makes an unexpected discovery. Her find hints that Xing's purification arts will somehow prove key in the confrontation against the homunculi, but how that will play out remains a mystery. And speaking of confrontations, Hohenheim makes one of his own, making a declaration of war in the passageways below Reole!
I don't know how Arakawa does it, but she continues to keep excitement high throughout flashbacks and plot progression, action and revelations as the story goes from Central to Cselkcess to Briggs to Reole. As the homunculi's activity intensifies, the story appears to be heading towards a major showdown, and I can't wait to see it unfold.
Extras consist of a story thus far summary and character lineup, three pages of post-manga extras, and ads for other Viz products.