*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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Okay I finally got to watch the episode today, so I can finally give my opinions on it.
So far, so good...I didn't see any pacing problems this time around; and it was interesting to see the episode play out.
Despite my reaction to the changes in Rose's appearance earlier on, I can thankfully say that I've grown a bit more used to it now. Although to me, this series Rose isn't better than the previous anime's version, nor was she worse. She was merely put in a situation that both the manga and first anime's Rose were never put into, so of course you're going to see a different side/ edge to the character. O.o;
I wasn't actually irked by the transformation of Cornello and it actually seemed to suit him somewhat. The scene in which he transformed actually me got to freak out like Ed did at first.
And I agree, the bit at the end with Gluttony was creepy, that smile of his made me shudder when I saw it. O.O;
The comedy moments in this made me grin a bit...and the escape from the church with Ed, Al and Rose did actually make me laugh; just where these blue undetailed people came practically flying out of the door; I know I was like; " What the heck?!" but laughing at the same time. XD
Now I await next week's episode...and don't worry, I may be a Tucker fangirl; but I have long since resigned myself to the fact of what's going to happen to Shou ( and Nina) in that one. I'm just trying to tell myself not to be too critical when that episode rolls around, considering that it'll be a condensed and much different version of two of my favourite episodes from the original anime. ^^;
Becca-chan; Your local Tucker addict...I am 100% sane, I swear! O.O;