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* Where to watch this episode
* HD Screencaps, courtesy of AA Battery.
* Transcription of the official English sub of this episode on Funimation.com, courtesy of His Name is Unknown.
* Episode Preview from FMA-2 official JP site:
(The episode title is from official sub, the preview part is translation by Tombow)
Episode 2: "The First Day"
To revive their beloved dead mother, Ed and Al attempt "Human Transmutation," a practice considered as a biggest taboo in Alchemy. But, it ends in failure, and them paying a heavy price for their attempt. One day, a military man visits the despaired brothers with a suggestion to become the State Alchemist. To regain what they have lost, the brothers' long journey has begun!
Episode Summary: (Courtesy of Edamame)
On their way to Reole to investigate rumors of a priest who can perform miracles, brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric reminisce about the events before and after the fated transmutation that would send them on the path to find the Philosopher’s Stone. Ten years prior to their journey, tragedy befalls the two young brothers when their mother Trisha becomes ill and passes away. While visiting their mother’s grave, Ed proposes to bring her back using the science of alchemy. Al warns Ed that all the books on alchemy state that it is taboo to bring somebody back from the dead. After days upon days of studying, Ed and Al are finally ready to perform the human transmutation. Unfortunately, a rebound occurs, leading to Al losing his entire body and Ed losing his left leg as a passage fee. After meeting with the Truth, Ed is horrified to discover that the thing he created is not his beloved mother, but rather a monster. Edward then affixes his brother’s soul to a suite of armor in exchange for his own right arm. Some time passes, and the brothers are visited by Lieutenant Colonel Mustang who has discovered that the brothers have committed the taboo of human transmutation. Mustang offers Ed the choice of becoming a State Alchemist, with the prospect of returning both himself and his brother to their former bodies. Ed obliges and is fitted with automail, steel prosthetic limbs. He latter takes the State Alchemist examination, and impresses the members of the military by his ability to perform alchemy without a transmutation circle. Ed passes the examination and officially becomes a dog of the military; he is given the title the “Fullmetal Alchemist” due to his prosthetic limbs. Thus begins the brothersī long journey to regain what they lost by finding the legendary Philosopher’s Stone.
Characters in this episode:
Izumi Curtis (Brief flashback scene)
On the train to Reole
The Gate of Truth (flashback)
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)
Although I will need to reserve in-depth analysis and final judgment until after I am able to watch the second episode in descent quality with subtitles (a translation would definitely come in handy in assessing the finer points of this episode), I feel quite safe in tentatively stating that tonight's episode did a superb job in relating the story of Edward and Alphonse's misguided attempt to resurrect their mother. I think that this second season likely has surpassed the first, in my opinion, in effectively portraying the Elric brothers' tragic back-story. I greatly enjoyed the background music for this episode and I felt that it complemented the events of the storyline very well. The art and visuals in this episode provided for a number of very touching moments and effectively drew me into the storyline by eliciting a deep sense of sympathy for the Elric brothers. Although a number of comedic moments did pop up (I have a limited tolerance for such interludes), the overall amount of comedy seems to have dropped off a bit from the first episode. The overarching tone of the series is most definitely serious; the mood will likely only become even more dramatic as the series evolves and unfolds (good news for those, such as myself, who prefer the more solemn side of FMA). The plotline still seems to be progressing at a fairly breakneck speed, although I have a feeling that the pace of the series will slow as new material is introduced that was not a part of the first season. Overall, I believe that the second episode was excellent and I eagerly await both Thursday's release from Funimation as well as future FMA installments.
Additionally, from the trailer for next week's episode, it looks like the animators have toned down the previously bright pink hue of Rose's hair. This is a very welcome development indeed (I truly despise oddly colored hair on anime characters ).