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Episode 2: The First Day - Content Discussion Thread, Universal conversation regarding the second installment of FMA: B
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post Apr 12 2009, 01:59 AM
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Talk-back/content discussion for English dubbed episode on Adult Swim starts on page 13 of this thread. smile.gif


Please post discussions on episode 2 of FMA:Brotherhood here.
Also, this thread is declared as a Spoiler zone for the content of this episode and episode 1. Anyone coming in to this thread, please be ready for full spoilers of these two episode!! smile.gif

* Where to watch this episode

* HD Screencaps, courtesy of AA Battery.

* Transcription of the official English sub of this episode on Funimation.com, courtesy of His Name is Unknown.

* Episode Preview from FMA-2 official JP site:
(The episode title is from official sub, the preview part is translation by Tombow)
Episode 2: "The First Day"
To revive their beloved dead mother, Ed and Al attempt "Human Transmutation," a practice considered as a biggest taboo in Alchemy. But, it ends in failure, and them paying a heavy price for their attempt. One day, a military man visits the despaired brothers with a suggestion to become the State Alchemist. To regain what they have lost, the brothers' long journey has begun!

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Episode Summary: (Courtesy of Edamame)
On their way to Reole to investigate rumors of a priest who can perform miracles, brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric reminisce about the events before and after the fated transmutation that would send them on the path to find the Philosopher’s Stone. Ten years prior to their journey, tragedy befalls the two young brothers when their mother Trisha becomes ill and passes away. While visiting their mother’s grave, Ed proposes to bring her back using the science of alchemy. Al warns Ed that all the books on alchemy state that it is taboo to bring somebody back from the dead. After days upon days of studying, Ed and Al are finally ready to perform the human transmutation. Unfortunately, a rebound occurs, leading to Al losing his entire body and Ed losing his left leg as a passage fee. After meeting with the Truth, Ed is horrified to discover that the thing he created is not his beloved mother, but rather a monster. Edward then affixes his brother’s soul to a suite of armor in exchange for his own right arm. Some time passes, and the brothers are visited by Lieutenant Colonel Mustang who has discovered that the brothers have committed the taboo of human transmutation. Mustang offers Ed the choice of becoming a State Alchemist, with the prospect of returning both himself and his brother to their former bodies. Ed obliges and is fitted with automail, steel prosthetic limbs. He latter takes the State Alchemist examination, and impresses the members of the military by his ability to perform alchemy without a transmutation circle. Ed passes the examination and officially becomes a dog of the military; he is given the title the “Fullmetal Alchemist” due to his prosthetic limbs. Thus begins the brothers´ long journey to regain what they lost by finding the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.


Characters in this episode:
Edward Erlic
Alphonse Elric
Trisha Elric
Roy Mustang
Maes Hughes
Riza Hawkeye
Winry Rockbell
Den (dog)
Pinako Rockbell
King Bradly
Izumi Curtis (Brief flashback scene)
Truth


Location:
On the train to Reole
Resembool (flashback)
Central (flashback)
The Gate of Truth (flashback)


Sound Track info for this episode that's known to us so far: (To be filled)


FMA manga reference: To the readers of FMA manga (To be filled)


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Although I will need to reserve in-depth analysis and final judgment until after I am able to watch the second episode in descent quality with subtitles (a translation would definitely come in handy in assessing the finer points of this episode), I feel quite safe in tentatively stating that tonight's episode did a superb job in relating the story of Edward and Alphonse's misguided attempt to resurrect their mother. I think that this second season likely has surpassed the first, in my opinion, in effectively portraying the Elric brothers' tragic back-story. I greatly enjoyed the background music for this episode and I felt that it complemented the events of the storyline very well. The art and visuals in this episode provided for a number of very touching moments and effectively drew me into the storyline by eliciting a deep sense of sympathy for the Elric brothers. Although a number of comedic moments did pop up (I have a limited tolerance for such interludes), the overall amount of comedy seems to have dropped off a bit from the first episode. The overarching tone of the series is most definitely serious; the mood will likely only become even more dramatic as the series evolves and unfolds (good news for those, such as myself, who prefer the more solemn side of FMA). The plotline still seems to be progressing at a fairly breakneck speed, although I have a feeling that the pace of the series will slow as new material is introduced that was not a part of the first season. Overall, I believe that the second episode was excellent and I eagerly await both Thursday's release from Funimation as well as future FMA installments.

Additionally, from the trailer for next week's episode, it looks like the animators have toned down the previously bright pink hue of Rose's hair. This is a very welcome development indeed (I truly despise oddly colored hair on anime characters dry.gif ).


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I can't believe they managed to put that much stuff into twenty-four minutes without throwing off the timing (too much.) I think that they rushed Trisha's death and Ed and Al's fight scene, but I suppose that's understandable. And there's less humor in this episode, so that's an improvement.

My only complaint is that they left out the burning house scene, but hopefully that'll come in a flashback in another episode?

And this series's transmutation scene was a thousand times better than the old one. The old one was depressing, but the new one's just...scary.

I need a subbed version to do a better analysis, though.
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- Edward Cardinal Elric   Episode 2: The First Day - Content Discussion Thread   Apr 12 2009, 01:59 AM
- - amestris_star   I suspect they're going through this a bit fas...   Apr 12 2009, 02:05 AM
- - Alzea   After this episode it was something like: woah...   Apr 12 2009, 02:05 AM
- - Sannom   Funny thing in this episode : Isaac was a badass a...   Apr 12 2009, 02:07 AM
|- - amestris_star   QUOTE (Sannom @ Apr 12 2009, 11:07 AM) Fu...   Apr 12 2009, 02:12 AM
|- - amestris_star   QUOTE (Radadinator @ Apr 12 2009, 11:23 A...   Apr 12 2009, 02:24 AM
- - fullmoon   Wow...i don't know where to start...i loved it...   Apr 12 2009, 04:29 AM
- - fma_milan_freak   some more info people....by reading ur posts it so...   Apr 12 2009, 05:05 AM
- - Sannom   LOL Rose "A little bit paler"??? Are yo...   Apr 12 2009, 05:12 AM
|- - fullmoon   QUOTE (Sannom @ Apr 12 2009, 10:12 PM) LO...   Apr 12 2009, 05:17 AM
- - amestris_star   http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category...82100...   Apr 12 2009, 05:14 AM
- - edo little kid   QUOTE (fma_milan_freak @ Apr 12 2009, 05...   Apr 12 2009, 05:18 AM
- - fma_milan_freak   thx edo little kid....and speaking about rose...i ...   Apr 12 2009, 05:26 AM
- - amestris_star   Just saw the first part of the ep with Volume 6, C...   Apr 12 2009, 05:35 AM
|- - black~hayate   QUOTE (amestris_star @ Apr 12 2009, 05:35...   Apr 12 2009, 06:41 AM
- - edo little kid   Awwwwwo Ed looks small punk in pics ^^ but he is...   Apr 12 2009, 05:36 AM
- - Alzea   Subs by shinsen-subs are out, if someone wants lin...   Apr 12 2009, 05:41 AM
|- - Yikie   QUOTE (Alzea @ Apr 12 2009, 06:41 AM) Sub...   Apr 12 2009, 06:16 AM
- - amestris_star   And followed the second part with the manga in my ...   Apr 12 2009, 05:49 AM
- - AA battery   Hmm, is it just me, or does Truth sounds like Park...   Apr 12 2009, 06:48 AM
- - Goral   Didn't like it :/. It was even worse than prev...   Apr 12 2009, 06:57 AM
- - Radadinator   QUOTE (AA battery @ Apr 12 2009, 06:48 AM...   Apr 12 2009, 07:18 AM
- - Kyelinn   QUOTE (Goral @ Apr 12 2009, 08:57 AM) Did...   Apr 12 2009, 07:18 AM
- - Goral   lol I've read manga, this particular scene was...   Apr 12 2009, 07:45 AM
- - AA battery   It's too early to say whether or not the first...   Apr 12 2009, 07:52 AM
|- - Goral   @AA battery I thought it was obvious I was talking...   Apr 12 2009, 07:55 AM
|- - AA battery   QUOTE (Goral @ Apr 12 2009, 07:55 AM) @AA...   Apr 12 2009, 07:59 AM
|- - Goral   @AA battery I think the one who didn't get th...   Apr 12 2009, 08:08 AM
|- - AA battery   QUOTE (Goral @ Apr 12 2009, 08:08 AM) @AA...   Apr 12 2009, 08:21 AM
- - Sannom   QUOTE Doesn't Ed say that frequently? No, but...   Apr 12 2009, 08:12 AM
|- - Kyelinn   QUOTE (Sannom @ Apr 12 2009, 10:12 AM) QU...   Apr 12 2009, 09:22 AM
|- - Goral   QUOTE (Kyelinn @ Apr 12 2009, 06:22 PM) T...   Apr 12 2009, 10:12 AM
- - Alzea   QUOTE (AA battery @ Apr 12 2009, 04:59 PM...   Apr 12 2009, 08:14 AM
|- - Goral   QUOTE (Alzea @ Apr 12 2009, 05:14 PM) Gor...   Apr 12 2009, 08:30 AM
- - Tombow   Reminder to Goral & AA battery, and everyone: ...   Apr 12 2009, 08:35 AM
- - Alzea   Yes, I read it countless times, but why are you as...   Apr 12 2009, 09:02 AM
- - edxwinryfan   Is there a sub out yet? If there is can someone gi...   Apr 12 2009, 09:08 AM
- - Tombow   ^ @edxwinryfan - Yap. (Please see the following qu...   Apr 12 2009, 09:13 AM
|- - AA battery   QUOTE (Tombow @ Apr 12 2009, 09:13 AM) ^ ...   Apr 12 2009, 02:40 PM
- - fma_milan_freak   if u ask me ...i loved the episodes...i would not ...   Apr 12 2009, 09:13 AM
|- - Tombow   @edxwinryfan - I think if we give a little more ti...   Apr 12 2009, 09:21 AM
- - edxwinryfan   I was actually looking for a video that I wouldn...   Apr 12 2009, 09:17 AM
- - fma_milan_freak   actually tombow...i didnt attack him at all....   Apr 12 2009, 09:26 AM
|- - Tombow   I barely managed to view the episode once and I ne...   Apr 12 2009, 09:46 AM
- - edxwinryfan   Okay I found a video that you don't have to do...   Apr 12 2009, 09:28 AM
|- - black~hayate   QUOTE (edxwinryfan @ Apr 12 2009, 10:28 A...   Apr 12 2009, 09:36 AM
- - Cece   I liked the episode. I did want to see Trisha more...   Apr 12 2009, 09:30 AM
- - temmy   Okay, let's see here . . . Now, keep in mind t...   Apr 12 2009, 09:42 AM
- - fma_milan_freak   new lior looks brilliant...magnificent ...beautifu...   Apr 12 2009, 09:47 AM
- - edxwinryfan   This was a great episode of course there were a...   Apr 12 2009, 10:09 AM
- - black~hayate   Well, I liked it. It wasn't too fast and I cou...   Apr 12 2009, 10:28 AM
- - Kasumisty   Meh, I didn't like it. And I'm not telling...   Apr 12 2009, 10:31 AM
|- - Kyelinn   QUOTE (Kasumisty @ Apr 12 2009, 12:31 PM)...   Apr 12 2009, 10:43 AM
- - Sal_san   I feel... dissatisfied. I expected more from the ...   Apr 12 2009, 10:41 AM
|- - black~hayate   QUOTE (Sal_san @ Apr 12 2009, 11:41 AM) I...   Apr 12 2009, 10:56 AM
|- - Sal_san   QUOTE (black~hayate @ Apr 12 2009, 11:56 ...   Apr 12 2009, 11:03 AM
- - Goral   @Kyelinn I'm watching this show because I stil...   Apr 12 2009, 10:58 AM
|- - Kyelinn   QUOTE (Goral @ Apr 12 2009, 12:58 PM) @Ky...   Apr 12 2009, 11:04 AM
- - fma_milan_freak   I guess this bashin is not hurtin anyone here gora...   Apr 12 2009, 11:05 AM
|- - Sal_san   QUOTE (fma_milan_freak @ Apr 12 2009, 12...   Apr 12 2009, 11:14 AM
- - Radadinator   The only thing that's chiefly wrong with the e...   Apr 12 2009, 11:11 AM
|- - Kyelinn   QUOTE (Radadinator @ Apr 12 2009, 01:11 P...   Apr 12 2009, 11:13 AM
- - WinterChanterelle   I have mixed feelings about this episode. On the o...   Apr 12 2009, 11:15 AM
|- - Tombow   Thank god for my friend with better computer... I ...   Apr 12 2009, 11:31 AM
- - Mistress of Misery   ...mmmph. I'd have to agree with most of the c...   Apr 12 2009, 11:21 AM
- - Alzea   QUOTE (WinterChanterelle @ Apr 12 2009, 08...   Apr 12 2009, 11:29 AM
|- - WinterChanterelle   QUOTE (Alzea @ Apr 12 2009, 06:29 PM) Tuc...   Apr 12 2009, 11:40 AM
||- - Tombow   QUOTE (WinterChanterelle @ Apr 12 2009, 02...   Apr 12 2009, 11:46 AM
|- - black~hayate   QUOTE (Alzea @ Apr 12 2009, 12:29 PM) QUO...   Apr 12 2009, 11:40 AM
- - fma_milan_freak   Hey don't worry mistress . . . This is gonna g...   Apr 12 2009, 11:30 AM
- - His Name is Unknown   I'm not really buying the whole "it's...   Apr 12 2009, 11:41 AM
|- - Cece   QUOTE (His Name is Unknown @ Apr 12 2009, 10...   Apr 12 2009, 11:56 AM
- - fma_milan_freak   I'll still say that i'm not going to compa...   Apr 12 2009, 11:52 AM
|- - Goral   lol @fma_milan_freak You've just written HUGE ...   Apr 12 2009, 11:59 AM
- - Automne   But it's normal to compare the first two episo...   Apr 12 2009, 11:59 AM
- - Kyelinn   I still hold onto my point that the reason this ha...   Apr 12 2009, 12:06 PM
|- - His Name is Unknown   QUOTE (Kyelinn @ Apr 12 2009, 03:06 PM) I...   Apr 12 2009, 12:15 PM
|- - WinterChanterelle   QUOTE (His Name is Unknown @ Apr 12 2009, 07...   Apr 12 2009, 12:36 PM
|- - His Name is Unknown   QUOTE (WinterChanterelle @ Apr 12 2009, 03...   Apr 12 2009, 12:49 PM
|- - WinterChanterelle   QUOTE (His Name is Unknown @ Apr 12 2009, 07...   Apr 12 2009, 02:05 PM
- - Meu   Ah, damn, I really liked the previous episode more...   Apr 12 2009, 12:11 PM
- - Havanese   That was... a weird episode. The pacing was too fa...   Apr 12 2009, 12:19 PM
|- - His Name is Unknown   QUOTE (Havanese @ Apr 12 2009, 03:19 PM) ...   Apr 12 2009, 12:36 PM
- - Radadinator   Well, after watching the subbed version a few time...   Apr 12 2009, 12:40 PM
- - Radadinator   QUOTE (His Name is Unknown @ Apr 12 2009, 12...   Apr 12 2009, 01:25 PM
- - MickiePT   All I can say is...eh. It was all right. Not the w...   Apr 12 2009, 01:54 PM
|- - Mistress of Misery   QUOTE (MickiePT @ Apr 12 2009, 04:54 PM) ...   Apr 12 2009, 05:25 PM
- - Forgiven   Okay, not as good. But it was good. Now I have a s...   Apr 12 2009, 02:34 PM
- - Havanese   @His Name is Unknown: Yes, I think you are right a...   Apr 12 2009, 03:15 PM
- - Sannom   What's up with that flood control thing??? It...   Apr 12 2009, 03:33 PM
- - Speedo   I think they rushed a little with introducing ...   Apr 12 2009, 04:15 PM
- - Sannom   Actually, the Truth appears at the same time as th...   Apr 12 2009, 04:16 PM
|- - Speedo   QUOTE (Sannom @ Apr 13 2009, 01:16 AM) Ac...   Apr 12 2009, 04:25 PM
- - Asagi   Well....I didn't like this episode as much as ...   Apr 12 2009, 04:22 PM
- - Sannom   Nah, the Truth appeared in Volume 6, along with th...   Apr 12 2009, 04:33 PM
- - sidekick.kep37   I agree with just about everyone who said they...   Apr 12 2009, 04:55 PM
- - Radadinator   QUOTE (Havanese @ Apr 12 2009, 03:15 PM) ...   Apr 12 2009, 05:11 PM
- - Makika   I think this OP with hoho, homunculis, etc was mad...   Apr 12 2009, 05:16 PM
- - SneakyRuler   OK, still adjusting to the new character designs (...   Apr 12 2009, 05:29 PM
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