* 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.
Episode Summary: (To be filled)
Characters in this episode: (To be filled)
Locations: (excluding review and preview scenes)
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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Overall, I'm pretty impressed with how well they compressed the two chapters into one episode, especially since the storylines are so different. It would have been cool to see Hughes tell Ed the message from Mustang, but so far, the director's doing an okay job of taking the essential parts and panning them out.
I get the feeling that they're spending more of the budget on the backgrounds instead of the characters. There were a ton of inconsistencies with Ed, and they used the same bit of Pinako smoking for about five different scenes, but the backgrounds give off a sense of...I don't know, the diversity in the FMA world. Like with Liore, and now Risembool. There are all of those little details like the chickens.
I'm counting on a ) an extensive flashback complete with burning house and Al carrying Ed over to the Rockbells for help when they meet Izumi, and b ) pacing to get more contemplative when Hughes dies. This is the director of Kurau, man, I'm expecting awesome things later on.
Nothing will ever top Michiru Oshima's score. :/ The new score's nice enough, but not nearly as good.
I like the warmer approach that this episode took. The first anime's good, but it made FMA a bit heavier than it really needed to be.