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Episode 4: An Alchemist's Anguish - Content Discussion Thread, Warning! Possible Spoilers for the first 4 episodes!
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Talk-back/content discussion for English dubbed episode on Adult Swim starts on page 8.


Please post the discussions on the content of episode 4 here.
This thread is declared as a Spoiler zone for the content of the first 4 episodes.

* Where to watch this episode
NOTE: We are getting reports that so far TvAnts has failed to stream this episode. Streaming on KeyHole TV went as scheduled.

* HD Screencaps, courtesy of AA Battery.

* Transcription of the official English sub of this episode on Funimation.com, courtesy of Kale Mustang.

* Episode Preview from FMA-2 official JP site:
(The episode title is from official sub, the preview part is translation by Tombow)
Episode 4: "An Alchemist's Anguish"
Ed and Al are introduced to "Sewing-Life Alchemist" Shou Tucker by Roy. Two years ago, Tucker has created a chimera that could talk human language, and since then he has been known as the authority in that field of Alchemy. While continuing their research at Tucker's home, Ed and Al meet Tucker's daughter, Nina. Meanwhile, Tucker's annual assessment for his State Alchemist status is drawing near, and Tucker is in distress (to produce some measurable results for his research as the Life-Sawing Alchemist for the annual assessment)....

NOTE: For the NEXT episode (episode 5) there will be a temporary change of air-time. Episode 5 will air Sunday, May 3 2009, 5:30 PM ~ 6:00 PM in Japan.

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Episode Summary: (courtesy of Edamame)
A mysterious man with a scar on his face combs the streets of Central City at the dead of night and meets face-to-face with the “Iron Blood Alchemist”, Basque Gran. The stranger tells Basque Gran that all alchemists who have gone against God shall perish. From the stranger’s words, Basque Gran recognizes his opponent as non-other than the killer who annihilates all alchemists. The alchemist enters into battle against his new opponent, and is soon murdered. The members of the military soon uncover the body of the Basque Gran; they learn that the murder of alchemists at the hands of this unknown man has not been an isolated incident. Much latter, at the main Headquarters in Central City, Mustang’s loyal subordinates discuss an incident surrounding Lieutenant Yoki. Yoki had been entrusted with the authority to overlook the mines of Youswell, but only ended up abusing his power in order to line his pockets with money from innocent townspeople. In the meantime, the Elric brothers revisit the events of Lior, and Ed speaks of his interest to learn more about the field of biological alchemy with hopes of finding something that would allow for him and his brother to get their bodies back. Mustang recommends that the boys seek out the help of the “Sewing Life Alchemist”, Shou Tucker, who is renowned for his work in biological alchemy and for transmuting the only chimera that could understand human languages. The brothers arrive at the home of Shou Tucker only to discover that he has run in on hard times ever since his wife left him two years ago. After learning of the brothers´ reason to research biological alchemy, Shou grants them access to his private library and shows them his laboratory. While performing research, Ed and Al meet Shou´s daughter Nina who takes an instant liking to them. After much hard research, Havoc comes to pick the boys up and hands Shou a letter from Colonel Mustang reminding him about the upcoming assessment. Shou tells Nina that if he can’t obtain a good assessment this year he will no longer be a state alchemist- this is his last chance. When the brothers return to Shou´s home to continue research several days latter, they are shocked to see that he has transmuted a chimera that can speak. However, Ed realizes that something is terribly wrong when the chimera addresses him as “big brother” and Nina is nowhere in sight. Ed comes to the horrific conclusion that Shou´s wife did not leave him two years ago- she was transmuted into his first chimera, and the new chimera before him is none other than Nina and her dog Alexander. Al stops Ed before he can kill Shou, and the brothers leave, devastated over their powerlessness and inability to help Nina. Back in the comfort of his home, Shou and his chimera daughter are paid a visit by the man with a scar on his face. The man kills both father and daughter and removes his glasses to feel the falling rain. He has the red eyes of the Ishablan people…


Characters in this episode: (excluding review and preview scenes)
East City:
Edward Elric
Alphonse Elric
Shou Tucker (Life-Sewing Alchemist) : Dies in this episode
Nina Tucker: Dies in this episode
Alexander (dog): Dies in this epiosode
Roy Mustang
Jean Havoc
Riza hawkeye (brief appearance)
Heymans Breda (brief appearance)
Kane Fuery (brief appearance)
Vato Falman (brief appearance)
Hohenheim (appears nanosecond, in flashback scene)

Central:
Scar (appears in East City also)
Bask Gran (Iron-Blood Alchemist) : Dies in this episode
King Bradley
Maes Hughes
Alex Armstrong
Maria Ross (brief appearance)
Denny Brosh (no speaking part, appears nanosecond, in the scene where Bradley shows up during the investigation of Basque Gran's death: info courtesy of Sword Alchemist)
Lieutenant Yoki (briefly mentioned, no real-life appearance)

Location: (excluding review and preview scenes)
Central
East City

Sound Track info for this episode that's known to us so far: (To be filled)
If anyone get any info on the scores used in this episode please post on this thread!!! ^^

FMA manga reference: To the readers of FMA manga (To be filled)
Chapter 5


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^ Thank you, Elemental/Alchemist!! ^^ Nice to see you back!! happy.gif

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I was hoping to post this part of translation of interview with Ms. Romi Pak before the airing of this episode, but anyway, on the interview, Romi Pak-san said that the voice of Nina is done by a 9 years old girl, Ms. Sumire Morohoshi. And, at the recording of this episode she impressed everyone in the studio, including all the FMA VA veterans, with her amazing work for the VAing of Nina. smile.gif
(Ms. Pak described it as: watching Ms. Morohoshi work on that day "sent a chill on the spine" with her natural talent on VAing of Nina. ^^)


BTW, I haven't watched the episode yet. The episode sounds good, and I'm dying to watch it...

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QUOTE (Sannom @ Apr 26 2009, 04:18 AM) *
Does someone know what's going on? There is still nothing, neither on TBS, TBS-TV or MBS. Did they cancel it for important news? Because the thing going on on TBS seems pretty serious!

@Sannom - I just checked the news in Japan, and the top news seems to be that Japanese government has issued some cautionary directive to all travelers to Mexico because of the Swine flu outbreak in that country. tongue.gif

So... knowing that the streaming of the episode on "official" streaming venue of KeyHole TV went fine, my guess is that the streaming of the episode on TvAnts might have been somehow blocked or altered for some reason?? unsure.gif


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- Tombow   Episode 4: An Alchemist's Anguish - Content Discussion Thread   Apr 25 2009, 03:42 PM
- - Sannom   Does someone know what's going on? There is st...   Apr 26 2009, 01:18 AM
|- - Haineko   QUOTE (Sannom @ Apr 26 2009, 01:18 AM) Do...   Apr 26 2009, 01:35 AM
- - Alzea   Well, when I was watching it by TVAnts there was n...   Apr 26 2009, 01:30 AM
- - ShadowCat17   I think it is supposed to air 3.5 hours from now   Apr 26 2009, 01:31 AM
- - amestris_star   Watched it on streaming. Best. Episode. Till. Now...   Apr 26 2009, 01:32 AM
- - Sannom   Shout! TVAnts must have had a breakdown or som...   Apr 26 2009, 01:33 AM
- - Alzea   I thinks this episode's pacing was good, not t...   Apr 26 2009, 01:35 AM
|- - amestris_star   QUOTE (Alzea @ Apr 26 2009, 10:35 AM) I t...   Apr 26 2009, 01:39 AM
- - Trakonda   Wow. This is the first time I REALLY felt like cry...   Apr 26 2009, 01:42 AM
- - Alzea   So true, Alexander FTW, I loved scenes with him an...   Apr 26 2009, 01:49 AM
- - Elemental/Alchemist   Wow, first and foremost, as a veteran fan of FMA a...   Apr 26 2009, 01:50 AM
|- - amestris_star   QUOTE (Tombow @ Apr 26 2009, 10:58 AM) ^ ...   Apr 26 2009, 02:03 AM
- - Sannom   Is that why they said Nina was a nine years old? I...   Apr 26 2009, 02:07 AM
- - Alzea   Wow, this photos, niiice^^ Thanks Elemental/Alchem...   Apr 26 2009, 02:09 AM
|- - amestris_star   QUOTE (Alzea @ Apr 26 2009, 11:09 AM) Wow...   Apr 26 2009, 02:11 AM
- - Elemental/Alchemist   @ Tombow my pleasure, good to be back and see a fa...   Apr 26 2009, 02:14 AM
- - Haineko   My initial impressions of this episode: - The pa...   Apr 26 2009, 02:31 AM
- - Anakishi   I can't believe TVants managed to crash on me ...   Apr 26 2009, 04:30 AM
|- - Claudius   Not a review, but a certain point connected to thi...   Apr 26 2009, 05:19 AM
- - Becca-chan   Again, I haven't been able to watch the episod...   Apr 26 2009, 05:48 AM
- - Hagaren_4ever   God, I wish I spoke Japanese. T_T Is it out with s...   Apr 26 2009, 06:10 AM
|- - amestris_star   QUOTE (Hagaren_4ever @ Apr 26 2009, 03:10...   Apr 26 2009, 06:57 AM
- - Goral   Decent episode, definitely the best so far (so the...   Apr 26 2009, 08:28 AM
- - temmy   Let's see . . . Initial thoughts after seeing ...   Apr 26 2009, 09:07 AM
- - Hagaren_4ever   I swear to God, if I see one more website telling ...   Apr 26 2009, 09:08 AM
- - spectator   nothing emotional for me in this episode. love the...   Apr 26 2009, 09:21 AM
- - Hagaren_4ever   Can somebody tell me a SAFE website where I can wa...   Apr 26 2009, 09:48 AM
|- - spectator   QUOTE (Hagaren_4ever @ Apr 26 2009, 11:48...   Apr 26 2009, 01:57 PM
- - crazyanimefan   This episode is the best so far. I really enjoyed ...   Apr 26 2009, 09:51 AM
- - edxwinryfan   Is this episode supposed to take place after the s...   Apr 26 2009, 10:11 AM
- - Kyelinn   Yes, because this particular scene in the manga ta...   Apr 26 2009, 10:24 AM
- - HannahBlack09   This episode was the best, I was totally what I wa...   Apr 26 2009, 10:40 AM
- - FailToImpress   Nice to see people are really liking this episode....   Apr 26 2009, 10:42 AM
- - Mistress of Misery   I think this episode was the first one to really i...   Apr 26 2009, 11:12 AM
- - Cece   Oh god I felt like someone squirted a lemon in my ...   Apr 26 2009, 11:28 AM
- - Kyelinn   Oh god, somebody give me a box of tissues. I just ...   Apr 26 2009, 11:31 AM
- - Alzea   Oh, finally, DDL subs~! *goes dl it* Next epi...   Apr 26 2009, 11:38 AM
|- - Tombow   QUOTE (Alzea @ Apr 26 2009, 02:38 PM) Nex...   Apr 26 2009, 12:03 PM
- - Alzea   Oh, well, "The Rain of Sorrow" sounds be...   Apr 26 2009, 12:13 PM
|- - Tombow   ^ Well, of course, it's "useless" ep...   Apr 26 2009, 12:22 PM
- - WinterChanterelle   I'll be a rebel and say that I don't think...   Apr 26 2009, 12:26 PM
- - edo little kid   Finally I saw the episode !! perfect epis...   Apr 26 2009, 01:08 PM
- - Becca-chan   Finally seen it! Hmm...I'm not really su...   Apr 26 2009, 01:09 PM
- - Hagane no Baka   W-O-W. FINALY! Yay, yay, finally!!...   Apr 26 2009, 01:20 PM
- - Hagane no Baka   Visit this thread: http://www.fullmetal-alchemist....   Apr 26 2009, 02:14 PM
- - Hagaren_4ever   Oh, I just finished watching it. (finally!) An...   Apr 26 2009, 02:41 PM
- - Anakishi   Forgot to mention something: I'm one of the fe...   Apr 26 2009, 03:27 PM
- - Full Metal Elf   So I finally watched it and thought it was WONDERF...   Apr 26 2009, 03:31 PM
- - RoyxRizaFan   Yes, this episode was win. It kicked old anime @...   Apr 26 2009, 03:51 PM
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- - Radadinator   They finally did it. Best episode so far. For all ...   Apr 26 2009, 04:51 PM
- - SonPan   Just watched the episode... and i must say, AMAZIN...   Apr 26 2009, 08:06 PM
- - Vagrant   Definitely one of the better episodes so far. I ag...   Apr 26 2009, 08:21 PM
- - Jen_Elric   OMG, so fantastic!! This episode was the ...   Apr 26 2009, 08:52 PM
|- - Sword Alchemist   QUOTE (Jen_Elric @ Apr 26 2009, 10:52 PM)...   Apr 26 2009, 09:15 PM
|- - Jen_Elric   QUOTE (Sword Alchemist @ Apr 27 2009, 12...   Apr 27 2009, 07:59 AM
- - Kale Mustang   Just finished watching and I'm already dreadin...   Apr 26 2009, 09:00 PM
- - Rain-Alchemist   I just watched it!! Great Episode!...   Apr 26 2009, 09:35 PM
- - amestris_star   I'm really happy that this episode has brought...   Apr 26 2009, 10:19 PM
|- - Haineko   QUOTE (amestris_star @ Apr 26 2009, 10:19...   Apr 26 2009, 10:25 PM
|- - amestris_star   QUOTE (Haineko @ Apr 27 2009, 07:25 AM) Q...   Apr 26 2009, 10:34 PM
- - Alzea   Yeah, epic loldog is epic I luv him~ Yesterday ni...   Apr 27 2009, 12:23 AM
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- - Hagaren_4ever   QUOTE (Vagrant @ Apr 26 2009, 11:21 PM) B...   Apr 27 2009, 04:30 AM
- - Vagrant   Ah, so it was never seen. That would account for i...   Apr 27 2009, 05:59 AM
- - Lunneth elric   okay. lets evaluate. ep 4 was still as good as the...   Apr 27 2009, 08:45 AM
|- - WinterChanterelle   QUOTE (Lunneth elric @ Apr 27 2009, 06:45...   Apr 27 2009, 08:52 AM
|- - Hagane no Baka   QUOTE (Lunneth elric @ Apr 27 2009, 09:45...   Apr 27 2009, 09:48 AM
|- - Becca-chan   QUOTE (Hagane no Baka @ Apr 27 2009, 05:4...   Apr 27 2009, 10:01 AM
|- - Kyelinn   QUOTE (Lunneth elric @ Apr 27 2009, 09:45...   Apr 27 2009, 10:16 AM
- - Lunneth elric   well i think it just makes fma what it is. besides...   Apr 27 2009, 09:44 AM
- - FailToImpress   ^I thought Nina looked about 4 or 5...how old actu...   Apr 27 2009, 10:07 AM
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