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 didn't get a chance to post my thoughts on the previous episode (I thought it was great, by the way; even better than in the first series and, dare I say it, in the manga), but I'm so happy that we've had two good episodes in a row. I still have some reservations about the series, but I have a good feeling it will only get better from here. I just hope they completely remake episode two when the DVD version comes out, but chances of that happening are very slim.
As for the episode: Alphonse was doing things! He was protecting his big brother instead of the other way around! Hell yeah!
I'm happy with the characterization of all the characters in this episode (except for Ed, but I will elaborate on that in a moment). The voice acting was great and I'm liking Gluttony's voice more and more. He's one of my favorite Homunculi, so it's important to me that they handle his character properly. It shouldn't be as challenging as with more complex characters, so I'm optimistic.
The animation was really great during some parts of the episode. They animated Ed's wet hair very well, and his eyes looked very detailed and pretty, and the dream sequence was animated wonderfully. I don't like how Alphonse was also in the scene when Ed woke up from the dream, but that's really just nitpicking on my part. Unfortunately, the other parts were animated rather poorly, and the characters looked really wonky. That was disappointing, but I understand that they want to save their budget for other things. I imagine they'll correct this in the DVD version.
Pacing was pretty good, though a bit too abrupt some of the time. But it's definitely improved since the first episode.
My biggest complaint about this episode, though, is Ed's characterization. On the one hand, I understand that they want Ed to come across as more vulnerable - I know some people don't like how tough Ed is in the manga, because it makes him seem less realistic. I'm glad that they gave him more vulnerability, but I think it was just too much. Ed seemed to be in a stupor half of the episode, and Alphonse was doing all the work for him. The angst coming from Ed was too reminiscent of the first anime, for me, and I don't like that. Of course, it gave us an opportunity to see Alphonse having an active role, which is great. And Edward does look really cute, even though he's a bit too girly in comparison to manga!Ed (aah, I can just see the yaoi fanfiction...).