NOTE: For this 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.
* For all FMA Brotherhood anime fans who do not have access to the official English subbed episodes on Fanimation.com, the transcriptions of English subbed episodes on Fanimation.com will be posted sometime later on Transcritions of official English sub thread.
*Episode Preview from FMA-2 official JP site: (Translation by Tombow, episode title is from official English sub on Funimation, and the naming of "Destraction's Right hand" is from series-1, episode 14. ) Episode 5: "Rain of Sorrows" A mysterious and elusive killer who hunts only the State Alchemists, and sending chilling sensation throughout Amestris, Scar. He is now spotted in East City. By chance, Ed and Al encounter him in town. Immediately, Scar attacks Ed. Ed and Al fight back, but they are overwhelmed by his transcendent skills in martial art, coupled with his mysterious "Destruction's Right Hand"....
NOTE: The normal airing schedule (5:00 PM ~ 5:30 PM on Sunday in Japan) will resume next episode (episode 6)
Episode Summary: (courtesy of Edamame) Ed awakens from a nightmare where he is haunted by gruesome images of his mother and Nina. Consumed by the images in his nightmare, Ed along with Al make their way to headquarters in East City where they are greeted by Riza Hawkeye. Ed asks Riza what has become of Tucker and Nina, only to learn that Tucker was originally supposed to be put on trial and have his qualifications as a State Alchemist revoked, but was killed along with his daughter Nina. Meanwhile, in the city of Reole, it appears as though Father Cornello has once again gathered a group of loyal followers to preach his sermons to. The strange part of the matter is that Father Cornello should have died at the hands of his attackers Lust and Gluttony, yet here he is preaching to hundreds of loyal followers and proclaiming that the people of Reole should take up weapons and fight against their oppressor, the state military. Citizens who no longer believe the tainted words of Cornello turn against his new loyal followers, and a rebellion breaks out turning friend against friend. All is truly not as it seems as Father Cornello returns back to his previous attackers and transforms into an androgynous being who goes by the name of Envy. To make matters even stranger, this bizarre trio knows of Shou Tucker’s death and the identity of the Fullmetal Alchemist who they proclaim has interfered with their work and who they long to use as a human sacrifice. Just exactly who they are and what they are up to remains a mystery.
Back in East City, Colonel Mustang and his subordinates learn the identity of the State Alchemist killer- a man who goes by the alias of Scar. Outside in the pouring rain, Ed muses over the meaning of alchemy and his own inability to protect Nina, but his thoughts are cut short when he is confronted by none other than Scar who attempts to murder him. The brothers enter into battle against Scar, who utilizes alchemy to destroy half of Al´s empty shell of armor and Ed´s automail arm so he can no longer transmute and therefore perform alchemy. Defenseless and in shock, Ed awaits his death at the hands of Scar, but is saved by Colonel Mustang and his subordinates. Unfortunately, Colonel Mustang’s alchemy is useless on rainy days, so his subordinates work together in attempt to bring Scar, the man who murdered Tucker and Nina, down. Riza grazes Scar with one of her bullets, and ends up knocking off the glasses, only to discover that he has the red eyes of the Ishablan people who were slaughtered by State Alchemists in the infamous Ishbal Massacre. Scar escapes back into the sewers before he can be killed. After Scar’s escape, Al yells at his brother for being so willing to simply throw away his life and tells him that they need to value their lives and continue onward despite all obstacles. Latter, at headquarters in East City, the brothers plan their visit to their hometown of Risembool where Ed will be able to get his automail armed fixed by his childhood friend and mechanic Winry Rockbell.
Characters in this episode: (To be filled) East City: Scar Edward Erlic Alphonse Erlic Alex Armstrong Roy Mustang Riza Hawkeye Jean Havoc Maes Hughes Trisha (brief appearance in Ed's dream) Thing from Ed's Human transmutation (brief appearance in Ed's dream) Nina (brief appearance in Ed's dream & flashback) Alexander (dog, brief appearance in Ed's dream & flashback) Winry (briefly shown when Ed talks about Resembool)
Reole: Lust Envy/Cornell Gluttony
Locations: (excluding review and preview scenes) East City Reole Ishval (no real time action, appears as an information)
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 can't get over how gorgeous the animation is O.o (even though there were some weird faces occasionally, but it didn't bother me that much). Some thoughts:
- Liked the addition of Al in the room when Ed wakes up. It adds a nice dynamic of having an observer witness Ed's grief. - Missed Hughes's snarky "Are you telling me to put this corpse on trial?" line, but it wouldn't have made sense because he was investigating Scar, and I would gladly take more Hughes screentime over snark. Although Hughes will have plenty of snark later on, so I'm comforted. - Also loved how the animators depicted how the riots in Liore started, it all tied together very nicely and made perfect sense. In the manga, it just seemed like Envy was randomly playing dress-up, but here it actually serves a purpose. Nicely done! Envy's voice was also spot-on PERFECT. Fantastic casting there. Not loving Gluttony's voice as much, I hope the whole dementia in his voice is toned down, and the cuteness aspect cranked way up. - I was expecting that poor soldier to appear before Ed and Al, so it was really surprising to see ZOMGSCAR!! suddenly standing right there. I liked the sequence with the silence, then the clock chiming, and Al pulling Ed to safety. He's done that twice already, huh? Thank you, animators, for making Al awesome again. - OMG THE STAIR SEQUENCE! I was going, Oh Snap! the whole time ^^ - The breaking of Al's armor and Ed's arm didn't have as much impact as the last series, IMO, but still nicely done. I also didn't like the way Ed was just laying there pitifully on the ground the whole time, even after Mustang-tachi arrived, but that's about the only thing that really bothered me this episode. - The USELESS! scene was fantastic, as mentioned by others ^^ - As for why the military didn't just shoot Scar when he was completely surrounded, well... I agree it's a bit unrealistic but I'm assuming they didn't want to have Ed and Al get caught in the scuffle as well. They were also trying to capture Scar, not kill him, I believe, hence Riza only tried to wound him.
Overall, another great episode! Not as good as the last one, personally, but definitely the second best so far. I'm also worried about the next episode... the pacing wasn't too bad here, but I'm afraid to see what'll happen when they attempt to cram a naturally slow expository chapter together with another chapter that's stuffed with plot. At this rate, Hughes is gonna be dead by the time we hit episode 10 XDD