*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)
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The pacing was a bit better, I enjoyed the extra development Rose received, and the direction is beginning to handle the emotional aspect of the brother's struggle in a more refined fashion - but having said that, I did not enjoy this episode.
The entire tenor of this series is too light-hearted and episodic for my tastes (zomg! philosopher's stone *cue recycled 3pic Latin choir*). I think I'm going to call it quits now and just enjoy the first series and the manga, because so far I've been disappointed by the new show.
It's too soon for me to put my all my thoughts in order, but suffice to say this show feels (to me) hollow and amateurish compared with season one. I guess it might have something to do with the fact that I'm currently watching Monster, and what that show accomplishes in a 24 minute episode compared to this is somewhat ridiculous. Slow-paced, thought provoking shows are more my style - the direction of this new season reminds me of Naruto or something (that Cornello-hulk scene was completely ridiculous).
I think if FMA:B moved at the same pace it would not do that well, since the manga was more fast-paced than Monster and because Monster is aimed at an older crowd than FMA is. I don't really think it's fair to compare Monster's pacing with FMA because they're so different. I agree wholeheartedly with you that the pacing in FMA:B has been really sloppy and amateurish, I just don't think it would be good if it was the same as Monster's; there needs to be a happy medium. I hope you decide to give it another chance, though, because I enjoy reading your thoughts on the forums. And I hope you enjoy the rest of Monster.
My thoughts on this episode:
Maybe it's because I don't care as much about the Loir arc as much as I do about the Elric's past, but I felt this episode was better than the previous one. Still a disappointment, and still not handled as well as it should have been, but I was able to enjoy it. I'm glad they got through the Loir arc in one episode, since I've always felt the Loir arc was one of the weaker arcs in the manga and I didn't like how FMA1 expanded on it. I thought the animation was nice, though I could see that they got lazy in some areas; I guess they're saving their budget for other things, which is understandable, I suppose.
The humor was definitely out of place in some areas. I'm tired of the redundant "Ed is short" jokes, even though there are a lot of them in the manga, they just don't work as well in anime. I just hope we don't have many in the next episode (except maybe one in the beginning), that would be really off-putting.
The characterization of Ed and Al was good. I love how devious Ed is, and I love that Al is doing more than in FMA1. Rose's characterization struck me as odd, though, because one moment she seemed all innocent and naive, and the next she was holding a gun and about to shoot Ed. It was just... meh. I hope she redeems herself if she comes back later on.
HULK!Cornello was ridiculous and completely pointless. I understand letting the writers have some freedom, but none of their insertions in FMA:B have been good so far. Some of them were good in the first anime, like how they expanded on the Nina plot and gave us more time to grow attached to her, but the whole point of FMA:B is so it can be like the manga. Silly, stereotypically shounen additions like HULK!Cornello is just doing more harm than good. If it's not broken, don't fix it. I'm not getting my hopes up that the next episode will be better.