* 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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I'm in the happy position of not remembering what happened in the manga up until a certain point. As in, I recognize everything, but I wouldn't be able to narrate the succession of events until... I don't know when. Probably until Hughes's death. So I don't know what is missing and it all seems perfectly fine to me.
Armstrong does shine in this episode. And Al with the sheep!
Overall, it's a nice, filler-ish sort of an episode. Things that happen aren't that exciting, but they have to happen, and Winry so far annoys me far less than in the first anime. Almost not at all. She is also ten times as pretty.
Something that did annoy me was the lack of consistency in Ed's character. I mean, I love manga Ed to bits, and it might just be my flu making me cranky, but Ed in this anime seems to be bipolar. We get the cocky, confident, uber-cool Ed in the first two and a half episodes. Then we get angsty and near-catatonic Ed, who reverts to his cheerful self as soon as he's been punched by Al. There must be a magic switch. In this episode, we still have the cheerful, determined Ed, who then completely out of the blue shows great compassion and leaves Dr. Marcoh without the Philosopher's Stone, because other people might need it, and without the research notes, because... well, for no reason. Just to be a nice guy for once. The magic switch is activated again, however - probably when he's hit by a wrench - and from this compassionate creature Ed suddenly turns into a selfish one. His *only* worry is to get back to Central - he does not even spare a thank you to the two women who'd worked tirelessly to give him new automail. It's like - a kaleidoscope of various Eds. And we don't get a smooth transition between them, or much time to get used to a single one. And I don't know why I didn't have such a problem with the manga or the first anime; it might actually be a problem of pacing.
And I'm pretty sure that the other, more general thing, which has been exacerbated by this episode, is definitely the result of fast pacing. It's the fact that leaving Dr. Marcoh without the Stone for some reason required Ed to spill his life story to still *another* person. This whole human transmutation taboo thing is rapidly losing its "super sekrit" status, since they tell someone about it in every single episode and nobody seems to bat an eyelash. (Okay, except Roy that once.) I mean, every single episode. The Ice Alchemist (was that his name?) figures it out within about two seconds. Cornello does too. Tucker gets told. Scar... well, half the military gets to know in that episode. Now, Marcoh. And I know that all these people have to know for plot or strategic reasons, but it's really diluting the value of this super taboo since nobody's even *reacting* to the fact that not only did Ed at his age attempt a transmutation, but survived it, too. Isn't it supposed to be a big deal?
*stares at post* Oh my god, it's a rant. I didn't mean to rant quite so badly. I still *do* like this anime, and by default like it more than the first one. And I enjoyed this episode. The way some things inevitably have to be presented, however, seem to bug me, although it is very likely that I'm alone in this =)