* 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.com) Episode 6: "Road of Hope" To repair Ed's broken automail, Ed and Al head for their hometown of Resembool, accompanied by Armstrong. On the way, while they rest at one of the train stations, Armstrong catches a sight of a man, someone he knew from the past. His name is Dr. Marcoh. He used to belong to the Amestris Army, where he conducted research to apply Alchemy for the Medical use. But, after the Ishval War he disappeared suddenly from the Army, and has been missing since. Ed and the company visit Marcoh's place where Ed learns of a shocking fact that during his days with the Amestris Army, Marcoh was researching the way to make the Philosopher's Stone, under the order of the Army.
NOTE: The normal airing schedule (5:00 PM ~ 5:30 PM on Sunday in Japan) will resume for this episode.
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Honestly, this episode wasn't as bad as I feared knowing that the two worst chapters to cram together into one episode (IMO) was crammed into one episode. I was surprised to find that the pace wasn't too rushed, which I think was a function of a bunch of material being cut. That was the downside- some of the cut material were either my favorite or fairly important scenes, such as everyone at East City HQ opting out of escorting Ed and Al home (that always gave me a laugh), most of Marcoh and Lust's encounter (and his attempt to finish her), and that brief flashback of Ed and Al burning down their house. Although I guess they could always show that again in the later flashback with Izumi.
Anyways, a few thoughts:
- The humor continues to be left intact! Al in the boxcar with the sheep was the most priceless thing to see so far on the show XD. I liked that they kept the little montage of Ed, Al, and Armstrong seeking Dr. Marcoh. There were so many familiar manga panels that just kept popping up.
- The music in the first half felt a bit off to me in some places. It felt a little too ominous for my liking.
- Missed seeing Marcoh try to be badass and kill Lust. Now I'll have to wait many more episodes before he does anything like this again
- Winry's voice is very high, but I suppose I'll get used to it.
- The scene where Ed disrupts Winry at work was unexpected, but as an EdWin fan, definitely welcome <3 Speaking of EdWin, there were a few subtle but fanservicey moments, like when Ed slightly blushes after she tells him that he needs to get to Central soon, and when Ed is leaving and scratches the back of his head. At this point, I think you can tell that Ed acts differently around Winry and treats her differently from other people too, which is just enough. I like that the romance here isn't exaggerated or over the top-- it's very much like in the manga, which I approve.
- I was wondering what they were going to do with Winry's missing piece after the episode ended, and was pleasantly surprised after the ED. I thought it was the perfect presentation-- in the manga, this scene always felt like a bit of an afterthought, and having the animators place that cute little scene after the episode ended was pure win.
Overall, I have to say I'm satisfied with this episode. I'm not thrilled with having a lot of material cut out, but judging based only on the quality of the episode alone, it was well-done. To use a silly analogy (because it's late and my brain can't think quite clearly anyway), it's kinda like making a tank top out of a ballroom gown. The new product is gonna be underwhelming compared to the original, but is cute and lovely on its own merits all the same. Anyways, I'm definitely looking forward to the next episode when we get to see Denny, Maria, and Szecka