Edward and Alphonse arrive in Dublith to visit with their old teacher and attempt to find out more about the philosopher’s stone. They turn up one lead, however, and that’s their estranged father. It’s also time to come clean with Izumi!
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 12) – One is All, All is One
Their old teacher, Izumi welcomes them with her usual enthusiasm, kicking Edward across the garden and then flipping Alphonse with ease. Ironically, she’s actually pretty happy to see them, however, she’s not gotten any better than the last time they saw her. In fact, the entire time they’ve known her she has suffered from a mystery ailment that causes her to cough up blood.
Being back makes Edward think about how they met her and begged her to train them. She refused at first, but when she found out they were orphans she agreed. Their first task was to survive on an island without using alchemy for one month. All they had was a knife. They also had to work out what she meant by one is all, all is one.
It took a while, but eventually, the Elric brothers began to understand that everything is connected and that deconstruction and construction are fundamentally natural to life and the universe. When a rabbit eats the crass, it deconstructs it and makes it a part of its body. The same occurs when the boys eat the rabbit. The laws of equivalent exchange are ever-present.
Back in the now, Edward asks Izumi if she knows anything about the philosopher’s stone. She does not, but she did know of an alchemist that was researching it – Van Hohenheim. Edward and Alphonse are all too familiar with that name as he is their father. Later Izumi confronts the boys about their bodies and reveals that she too made a similar mistake…
What did you think?
Of all the things that have happened so far in this series, this episode hit me the hardest. All the clues were carefully laid out and even once you see where it’s going you can’t help but hope that you’re wrong. In one of the earlier episodes, Alphonse mentioned that Edward was able to do alchemy without a transmutational circle just like their teacher. Of course, Edward learnt how to do that after he visited with the being when they tried to resurrect their mother.
At the dinner table, Edward and Alphonse told Izumi about the baby they helped deliver. The look on her face said it all. Then there was the mystery illness. It all slotted together perfectly into a tragic tale. Izumi and Sig had been trying for a child for a long time. Eventually, they conceived, but the baby was stillborn. In her understandable grief, Izumi tried to resurrect her unborn child, breaking the taboo. The moment where she told Edward and Alphonse that it was all right to be upset was heartbreaking.
What have you learnt?
We now know that Edward and Alphonse’s father left to pursue his interest in the philosopher’s stone. The question now is whether he’s working in tandem with Fuhrer Bradley or as a separate entity. I think the idea is that this will force us to take our gaze off Bradley and look to connect Lust, Envy, and Gluttony to Hohenheim, however, I think this is a red-herring.
There are too many connections to the military for Bradley to not be aware of what’s going on, and I still think the plan is to create a massive transmutational circle that covers the lands with Central at the middle. The philosopher’s stone, or at least a complete one, will give the wielder the power of a god, able to create something from nothing. We know that human sacrifice is needed, but we don’t know how much. My assumption is that Bradley intends on killing everyone to become a god.
Other posts in the series
- Series 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