*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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I can not make an honest analysis yet, because I did not thoroughly understand the entirety of the dialogue, but the episode seemed to flow and the pacing was not nearly as "rushed" as is it seemed it episode two. I really have a feeling that the directors, knowing that they have so much ground to cover, are trying to introduce as much as possible and set the basic plot up for the viewer. The directors may believe that a great deal of the present audience is composed of people who have seen the previous series, so perhaps they decided that they did not need to focus a great deal on certain scenes. Hopefully, the "story-telling" will become much more intense and the series progresses.
Although a lot of other people may not agree with me, I am enjoying the addition of more humour into the first three episodes. I really love the work of Arakawa-sensei for this reason, because she is able to create a perfect balance between humour and sheer sadness and grief. I know that FMA can get extremely dark early on, so it is pleasing to be able to have more of a light-heartedness instlled in some of the episodes before the story gets serious and more intense. Even though I loved the first series, I really thought that the second season could have benefited a great deal more from a slight bit of humour. I really enjoyed seeing the scene were Ed transmutes his automail into a "blade-like" weapon and then proceeds to wreak havoc on the guards. I am not a great fan of comic outbursts, but they seemed to work quite well here.
One of the most interesting choices that I thought the directors had made, was to have Cornello order Rosé to kill Ed and Alphonse. It made Rosé´s character deeper in that she had to struggle with her own morals and choose for herself what she considered to be right and wrong. The one thing that I did not exactly care for, was when Father Cornello turned into a hulking beast of a man after the rebound caused by the overuse of the fake Philosopher´s stone. Maybe the directors and story-board writers thought that the scene in the manga was too anti-climatic for their taste. Personally, I just thought that it was a bit bizzare, but was glad that it didn´t take away from the episode overall. I am going to view it as a symbolic way of showing the power of the stone and as just how power-hungry Cornello is.
The ending of the episode was fairly creepy, with a dumb-founded Gluttony turing into his raveous "eating-machine" self. I also like how you heard that one sickening cruch of bone before the screen went dark, and the ending theme began. Overall, I was quite pleased. I don´t know if it is just me being a literature studen and language major, but it seems as though the directors are relying a great deal more on music, tone of voice and use of color to create emotion and set up a certain enviroment. ( I am finding that I really like the music in this new series thus far. Yes, I am a sucker for Latin chanting.)
I am really looking forward to the Tucker arc next week, which should be a great deal heavier. I am curious to see how the directors are going to "interpret" it; I thought that the Tucker arc was one of the most intense and moving parts of the prior series.