*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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KeyHoleTV was running extremely poorly for me tonight and I missed the first few minutes of the episode, so I am going to hold off on a full analysis of the third installment until after I can watch the entire episode in descent quality. From what I did see, it seems as though a good translation will be necessary in order to properly judge the overall quality and faithfulness of this installment and therein compare the new material to the manga and prior season. There was quite a bit of dialogue in tonight's show, and as such it really stands to reason that one unfamiliar with the Japanese language would require a localized text so as to fully understand in detail what is transpiring. I do think that tonight's episode looked great, but there seems to be little disagreement concerning the visual quality of the new season. The events of the series still seem to be flying past fairly quickly, but I for one actually think that this will work to the season's advantage. I get the feeling that the directors are trying to get a great deal of hard information in front of the audience right off of the bat so as to convey the complexity of the series as a whole and drive the viewers to a sort of catharsis. A few (sometimes poorly placed) comedic moments aside, I think that this episode met my personal seriousness requirements and proved to be quite dramatic overall. I never really cared that much for the first few episodes in the first season of Fullmetal Alchemist (I fully realize that I am of the minority opinion in this respect), and thus I do believe that, after I get to see a high quality, subtitled version of episode three, I will substantially prefer the new portrayal to that of the first season.
More Latin (or at least Latin-sounding, I am not definitely sure) musical interludes = A+
The Nina / Tucker arc is a great story and pleasingly emotional and violent. Next week's episode should prove to be simply great.