*Episode Preview from FMA-2 official JP site: Episode 3: "City of Heresy" (The episode title is from official sub, the preview part is translation by Tombow) Ed and Al heard the rumor about the town with a heretical religion with the founder who is said to perform "miracle," and travel to the town of Reole to investigate. They learn that Cornello, founder of the heretical religion Leto, performs alchemy that does not follow "Equivalent Exchange." In the town, they meet a girl, Rose, and she takes them to meet Cornello at his temple....
Episode Summary: (courtesy of Edamame) Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric travel to the city of Reole in order seek out the mysteries surrounding Father Cornello who is renowned for his ability to perform miracles. From the townspeople, both the brothers learn of Cornello´s preaching and his proclamations that God will grant resurrection to the dead. While watching Cornello perform one of his miracles in front of a huge crowd of loyal followers, Ed recognizes that he is indeed performing alchemy yet is ignoring the concept of equivalent exchange; the brothers then notice what they believe to be the Philosopher’s Stone set in a ring around Cornello´s finger, and decided to seek him out. Ed and Al latter meet a pious young woman by the name of Rose who believes that Cornello will resurrect her deceased lover. Out of arrogance and pride, Ed retorts that faith won’t bring anyone back and that alchemists are truly the ones who are closest to God. Cornello learns of the brothers´ plan to seek him out, and sends his men to capture Ed and Al. Ed accuses Cornello of being a fraud who is able to bypass the rules of alchemy by using the Philosopher’s Stone as an amplifier. Angered, Cornello then orders Rose to shoot Ed who he considers a sinner. Rose is forced to struggle against her own morals, but gives in and ends up shooting Al, only to discover that the armor is empty inside. After sending out a chimera to eliminate the brothers, Cornello realizes that the brothers have committed the taboo human transmutation after catching glimpse of Ed´s automail arm and leg. Having escaped from Cornello, Al tells Rose the story behind the failed transmutation and the price they paid, yet Rose still remains blinded by Cornello´s teaching. Meanwhile, Ed successfully exposes Cornello as a fraud to the townspeople of Reole. Realizing that he has been fooled, Cornello attempts to transmute his arm into a gun in order to attack Ed, but a rebound occurs. The stone in the ring shatters to pieces, and Ed realizes that the stone is a fake and that both he and his brother are back to square one. While leaving the city, the brothers meet once more with Rose who is distraught that all her hopes and dreams have been crushed. Ed tells Rose to get up and walk forward because she at least has to strong legs to carry her onwards. Disgraced, Cornello attempts to escape from his once loyal followers only to meet his demise at the hands of two very particular characters- Lust and Gluttony.
Characters in this episode: Edward Elric Alphonse Elric Father Cornello (Founder of Leto religion) Rose Lust Gluttony Food stand master (minor role)
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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Quick thoughts after one viewing. I'll give the rest when I've seen it again or something.
So, that opening announcerish sequence? Totally didn't know it was going to be that last episode. Still, it would've been nice to have ... an actual character announcing it, but I'll deal. (I did love Ed and Al's blurbs at the beginning of the old episodes.)
Pacing was off at the beginning. I was skeptical. Then it gradually improved and by the end, I'll say that it was almost perfect. I adored the ending; Ed's expression and the emotion when Rose said that they could bring their mother back. Neat!
Also, quite enjoyed Rose's role in this show. Nice to have her seem more human. A character rather than a plot device (which she was in the first anime. Pissed me off.)
Humor was just a bit overdone. I personally don't like the manga humor in the episodes and the simplified manga drawings. They don't mesh well, I don't think.
The split screen wasn't needed - but I like that they're trying to go for new techniques? It looks to me like they're finally trying. Which is always a plus in my book.
Cornello-on-steroids? Ummmmm. Nothing to say here. They should've cut it out. Totally unnecessary and made me roll my eyes. Didn't like Cornello's reaction to the initial rebound either. He wasn't screaming in pain or horror like he was before, and personally, if that had happened to me, I'd be running around scared.
Music and atmosphere were great. Er. Or at least they didn't bother me or detract from the story.
QUOTE (Haineko @ Apr 19 2009, 01:58 AM)
- Also, Ed has no right to look as sexy as he did here. 15 years old, my [All hail lord Xenu]
Er. Yeaaaaaaaahhh. I couldn't stop staring the entire time. Um. Huh.
Will withhold final judgment until I see Funi subs. But overall, I did enjoy this episode moreso than the other two. We're getting more of the emotion across now. Which means I'm happy. (Such a big fan of the ending scene . . .)