*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 just want to say I agree with every single word that Haineko, Edamame and WinterChanterelle have said. Thanks a lot, guys: being english not my native language, I find it almost impossible to translate my exact thoughts, but you guys said it all for me!
I was so pleased to see a selfish, arrogant teenager-Ed as he was in the beginning of the story: to think that he will slowly grow to that adult-Ed we see in recent manga chapters just kills me of joy. I also think FMA-2 will be more centered on moving forward and character-growing. FMA-1 was awesome at portraying the dark scenes and the angst, but it was just too negative for the original FMA plot, and it looked like it was centered on the past, not the future. I set my hopes up for a more light-hearted (that includes silly jokes) and positive-thinking plot for this new FMA.
The episode was rather good, kinda WTF'd when Cornello told Rose to shoot the Elrics, but after that thought "wow, that matches perfectly". Hulk!Cornello would make a good videogame boss, IMO. I honestly couldn't find any major elements to complain about. Guess I'm just not picky enough, but I find people who keep ranting on small details to be really annoying. Looking forward to the Nina arc, that'll be the real challenge for the producers: seeing FMA1-Ed hit Tucker a dozen times still gives me chills.
One more thing: sorry for being repetitive, but I posted that several pages before, and no one seemed to notice, but the reason why Rose and other Lior citizens have white skin in this anime is because LIOR IS NOT ANYWHERE CLOSE TO ISHBAL IN THE MANGA, so they cannot be related to the ishbalans like they were in previous anime, thank you. To be honest, the new look suits her best.
- Goodbye, FMA, please help me find the strength to move on and get stronger, too!! ^^ - If I don't answer your reply, it could be because: 1) I'm too busy to turn on my computer. 2) I got shy, and didn't come back to the discussion. 3) I hate you, and I'd rather ignore you. 4) Your point got me speechless, congratz!