Edward and Alphonse were ready to leave town when they were given an assignment. A former state alchemist known as Isaac the Freezer had shown up and that can only mean trouble!
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Isaac the Freezer was busy racing around the Central City drawing Transmutation Circles. Some soldiers attempt to apprehend him but are no match for his alchemy. Isaac can transmute water, turning it into ice and steam. The unfortunate soldiers didn’t stand a chance. That’s when Edward and Alphonse caught up with him and showed why they’re so widely renowned.
They managed to capture Isaac, but he slipped away during his transportation to a jail cell. Edward and Alphonse are forced to report back to Roy Mustang about what happened. That’s when Maes Hughes walks in and offers the boys a place to stay. They accept, but it becomes apparent that Maes is unaware of Alphonse’s condition.
The next day, Isaac is busy placing down the last of his Transmutation Circles when he is attacked by another State Alchemist, Alex Armstrong. Edward and Alphonse back him up, but Isaac gets away once more. He returns to his last Transmutation Circle and activates a chain reaction, freezing the entire city as a wall of ice creates an even bigger Circle. Edward and Alphonse attempt to stop him once more but are beaten again.
Isaac flees and runs into King Bradley, who cuts him down in the blink of an eye. He tells everyone that it was Roy Mustang that caught Isaac. Either way, they won and now they can relax once more… or so they think!
What did you think?
I enjoyed this episode, but I will say that it felt like I had accidentally started with the wrong episode. There’s being thrown into the deep end and then there’s this. I started to get my head around things, but it was still a little too much too soon. Luckily, it would appear that we’re going back to the beginning for episode two.
A lot was going on and some of that stuff will no doubt become incredibly important. However, the amount of focus required just to keep up with what was going on without any sort of introductions means that a refresher will be needed closer to the time. It was certainly enough to grab my attention, which is good as there are another sixty-three episodes.
What have you learnt?
So, I learnt that Edward and Alphonse broke the cardinal rule of alchemy and it cost them dearly. There were some brief flashbacks, but I’m glad that we’re actually going back to the beginning so that we can witness the entire event that set them on this journey. We definitely need more information than this episode provided.
I’m a big fan of stories that open with a bit of action and then pull things back so that they can work towards that moment. However, I felt like this episode was a little too much. As I said earlier, I felt like I had started in the middle of the series and not with episode one. There are ways to grab the audience’s attention and still give them enough information for it to make sense. I’m looking forward to getting into the details.
Other posts in the series
- Season Review
- Episode 1 – Fullmetal Alchemist
- Episode 2 – The First Day
- Episode 3 – City of Heresy
- Episode 4 – An Alchemist’s Anguish
- Episode 5 – Rain of Sorrows
- Episode 6 – Road of Hope
- Episode 7 – Hidden Truths
- Episode 8 – The Fifth Laboratory
- Episode 9 – Created Feelings
- Episode 10 – Separate Destinations
- Episode 11 – Miracle at Rush Valley
- Episode 12 – One is All, All is One
- Episode 13 – Beasts of Dublith
- Episode 14 – Those Who Lurk Underground
- Episode 15 – Envoy From the East
- Episode 16 – Footsteps of a Comrade-in-Arms
- Episode 17 – Cold Flame
- Episode 18 – The Arrogant Palm of a Small Human
- Episode 19 – Death of the Undying
- Episode 20 – Father Before the Grave
- Episode 21 – Advance of the Fool
- Episode 22 – Backs in the Distance
- Episode 23 – Girl on the Battlefield
- Episode 24 – Inside the Belly
- Episode 25 – Doorway of Darkness
- Episode 26 – Reunion
- Episode 27 – Interlude Party
- Episode 28 – Father
- Episode 29 – Struggle of the Fool
- Episode 30 – The Ishvalan War of Extermination
- Episode 31 – The 520 Cens Promise
- Episode 32 – The Fuhrer’s Son
- Episode 33 – The Northern Wall of Briggs
- Episode 34 – Ice Queen
- Episode 35 – The Shape of This Country
- Episode 36 – Family Portrait
- Episode 37 – The First Homunculus
- Episode 38 – Conflict at Baschool
- Episode 39 – Daydream
- Episode 40 – The Dwarf in the Flask
- Episode 41 – The Abyss
- Episode 42 – Signs of a Counter-Offensive
- Episode 43 – Bite of the Ant
- Episode 44 – Revving at Full-throttle
- Episode 45 – The Promised Day
- Episode 46 – Looming Shadows
- Episode 47 – Emissary of Darkness
- Episode 48 – The Oath in the Tunnel
- Episode 49 – Filial Affection
- Episode 50 – Upheaval in Central
- Episode 51 – The Immortal Legion
- Episode 52 – Combined Strength
- Episode 53 – Flame of Vengeance
- Episode 54 – Beyond the Inferno
- Episode 55 – The Adults’ Way of Life
- Episode 56 – The Return of the Fuhrer
- Episode 57 – Eternal Leave
- Episode 58 – Sacrifices
- Episode 59 – Lost Light
- Episode 60 – Eye of Heaven, Gateway of Earth
- Episode 61 – He Who Would Swallow God
- Episode 62 – A Fierce Counterattack
- Episode 63 – The Other Side of the Gateway
- Episode 64 – Journey’s End
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