Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Fullmetal Alchemist - Episode 33-35

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Another set of FMA batch posts.

Episode 33: The Northern Wall of Briggs
Episode 34: Ice Queen
Episode 35: The Shape of this Country

~ xtine06 here checkin' in to take care of H*P. It's the holiday break so I can get back to my H*P job once again. ~

Episode Summaries: (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Episode 33:
After some investigation, Kimblee deduces that Scar is headed north. He manages to catch onto a train where Scar is hitching a ride on, only to find his companion is actually Yoki instead of Marcoh. Scar and Kimblee recognise each other and a fight ensues. Scar manages to impale him but Kimblee manages to separate the train carriages and escape. Meanwhile, May continues north with Marcoh, whilst Ed and Al arrive upon the moutain path leading to Fort Briggs. They soon find themselves attacked by one of Briggs' soldiers, Captain Buccaneer, before being surrounded by the guards. They are confronted by Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong, who has a fierce composure. May and Marcoh manage to find Scar's brother's research notes and begin deciphering them.

Episode 34:
After getting some advice on the type of automail suited for the Northern weather, Ed and Al are confronted by Olivier. Deciding not to mention anything incriminating, they mention their search for May, leading Olivier to be interested in alkahestry. They are given some work by Major Miles, who is part Ishbalan, and also run into Falman. Suddenly, another homunculus named Sloth appears from underground, and Olivier is surprised by his invulnerability. Ed has to hold back his answers about the homunculus, only mentioning it is similar to a human's body, giving Olivier an idea on how to stop it.

Episode 35:
Olivier and her crew manage to subdue of Sloth by dousing him in oil and sending him outside to freeze. Olivier then has Ed and Al arrested so she can learn more about the homunculus. Kimblee, who is in the hospital, is visited by Lieutenant General Raven, who brings along another alchemist who uses the Philosopher's Stone to heal his wounds. Meanwhile, Marcoh continues to look into alkahestry, with May teaching him about how the flow works. Olivier, Ed and Al investigate the tunnels Sloth made, where she gets Ed to tell her everything. Ed and Falman deduce that the tunnel is being used as a giant trasmutation circle for the Philosopher's Stone. Not only that, but Amestris itself was formed for that very purpose. Olivier talks with Raven whilst the others listen in on the conversation, and gets him to spill about immortal armies.

Episode Reactions/Comments:

The arrival of Major General Armstrong as the sister of Armstrong is one thing that sets apart the new season of FMA from the first season. Her presence would definitely affect the story line since she another ally of the Elric Brothers. She will be a very important acquaintance Ed and Al ever met.

The appearance of Sloth is also very nice since Pride is the only left unrevealed to the viewing public. And I got to say, I love the new Sloth since he lives up to his name. He is a one big lazy man whose task is to dig a VERY BIG transmutation circle. Unfortunately for him, as he dug his way around, he comes across Briggs, the territory of Armstrong and her crew. Because of this event, Mira came to know the existence of the homonculi and the impending threat that is about to hit the whole area.

The concept of the Eastern alchemy is a little bit explained in the episodes as May Chang and Dr. Marcoh decode the results of the research of Scar's brother. The concept of the dragon and its flow is very vital for the use of alkahestry. With this new concept, I think Ed and Al can use this as an additional knowledge to the information that they hold right now. This would be a great opportunity for them to learn more in their own fields.

What really interests me is the ending of episode 35. What could happen from there?

Well, that's it for now. I am catching up in ALL of my posts so better be tuned :)

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