*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 liked this episode, I think it was the best so far. The first one was a good intro to the characters, but I didn't really like the Isaac plot. The second one had great plot but it seemed rushed. This one basically covered what it needed to cover in Lior, in one episode instead of two.
I liked most of the humor, but the one with Rose pointing the gun at Al instead of Ed did not mesh with the mood of the scene at all. Perhaps they could have still had her make the mistake but the correction should be on a more serious note.
The expression on Cornello's face and the sound effects when he discovers that he is being miked is priceless. Classic FMA humor.
I wish they had kept the scene with Rose hiding inside of Al's armor - that was pretty powerful in the manga. It really wouldn't have been too hard to add. But I suppose it would have been harder to do the Rose/gun incident that way, which I do think was an interesting twist. I suppose it was a fair trade-off.
I didn't mind the split-screens, I didn't even really notice them.
The confrontation between Rose and the Elrics at the end was great. Both Ed and Rose's expressions and the emotion in their voices were perfect (Rose's desperation, Ed's sadness). A great FMA moment. And unlike someone else said, I think the music during that scene was quite fitting.
I'm glad they removed the whole bird-chimera thing. The boyfriend-chimera wasn't in the manga anyway, and one chimera is enough, especially when the next episode will probably well... have something to do with a chimera.
My only concern is that it seems that they will be doing the entire Nina/Tucker story in one episode. The old manga, in taking two episodes, gave more time to get attached to Nina before her death. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to the next one, let's see how well they can do it .