*Episode Preview from FMA-2 official JP site: (Translation by Tombow, episode title is from official sub on Funimation.com) Episode 12: "One is All, All is One" Ed and Al arrive at the town of Dublith, and reunite with their alchemy master, Izumi whom they have not seen for a long time. Izumi tells them some news about their father, Hohenheim. That night, Ed remembers about the time they met Izumi first time. That was not long after their mother's death, and to farther their skills in alchemy, Ed and Al asked Isumi to take them as her alchemy apprentices. In return, Izumi sent the Two to spend a month on an isolated and an uninhabited island and ordered them to find the answer to this riddle: "One is for All, and All is for One." ...
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So far there has been a general pattern of including as much manga-only material as possible while condensing the important old-anime/manga material and cutting the non-essential old-anime/manga material. Once we reach that point of divergence there will not be any more reason to shorten stuff because we will not have seen it before. So far almost all of the first-time-animated manga-only material has been presented pretty thoroughly, with the exception of the omission of the bridge scene at Rush Valley.
As far as this episode was concerned, I liked both flashbacks. The Hoho scene was great, as well as Izumi's failed transmutation. The island section could have been better, but how could they possibly out-do the first anime's excellent adaptation?
One thing bugged me though and that was the pathetic "I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry"s that was reminiscent of the other flashback with Mustang. It was okay the first time, but this one seemed over the top, and it actually took away from the emotion of the scene for me just because I was bugged by how pathetic they sounded.
Also one thing I liked about the first anime was that it took about 4 full episodes with Izumi Curtis before it is revealed that she actually committed the taboo. Much less shock/emotional value when this time it was revealed in the same episode that we first meet her. I would have liked if they had waited on revealing that until after the upcoming scenes with Greed.
Overall it was an enjoyable episode though, and I can't wait for the next one, as usual...