Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 23) – Girl on the Battlefield

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Lan Fan goes to extreme lengths in an attempt to help Ling Yao escape from King Bradley. Meanwhile, Edward and Alphonse attempt to defeat Scar, but their fight is interrupted by Gluttony. Who will win?

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 23) – Girl on the Battlefield

What happened?

Ling Yao managed to escape from Wrath and Gluttony, but Lan Fan was bleeding badly which left an easy trail for the homunculi to follow. She told Ling to leave her behind. His life was more important than hers but he refused. However, that wasn’t the end of the discussions. Lan Fan was about to take matters into her own hands.

Edward left Winry with the military police and raced to help Alphonse who was still fighting Scar. Somehow, Scar realised the Alphonse was just a soul attached to the armour. He pitied him, but Alphonse was not willing to budge. He had faith in alchemy and his brother. Scar created a cloud of vapour hiding his attacks, but Edward arrived just in time. Although, he wasn’t the only one.

Wrath and Gluttony split up with Wrath staying on Ling’s trail. Gluttony attacked Scar, but suddenly Ling burst out of the sewers and forced a grenade down Gluttony’s mouth. His body exploded and as it began to reform, Ling asked Edward for some strong cable. He tied up Gluttony as he healed, which only made the restraints that much tight. Riza arrived in disguise and took Ling and Gluttony away. Edward and Alphonse went to finish off Scar but Mei Chang, the girl from Xing that joined up with him earlier arrived and saved him.

Meanwhile, Wrath finally caught up with Lan Fan, however, it was just her arm tied to the back of a dog. She had escaped into the sewers after cutting off her own arm. Mustang arranged for everyone to meet at a house outside of town. He even brought Doctor Knox with him to look at Lan Fan. She survived but needed an arm. Edward said that he could recommend a good auto-mail engineer.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Episode 23 Ling Yao captures Gluttony

What did you think?

So much happened in this episode it’s hard to explain it all without going on and on. The one thing I didn’t mention above was how Gluttony reacted when he realised the Mustang was there. He basically lost it and blew a hole in the side of the building. It’s going to be an entertaining start to the next episode. Not to mention that Ling told them that King Bradley is a homunculus. This changes everything. Of course, Bradley is also ready to take care of Mustang once and for all.

This episode was just amazing. It was full of action but still managed to move the story along. A lot of different characters appeared too which was also a nice touch. It felt like we were reaching a turning point in the story and it was important to remind the audience of everyone involved. I’m expecting big things to happen!

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Episode 23 Alphonse Ling Edward Roy and Doctor Knox

What have you learnt?

When Gluttony lost control, a hole appeared in his body with an eye. It reminded me of the void from when Edward was pulled through the portal. I’m going to assume that to make a homunculus you need to open the portal. Presumably, someone will be sacrificed to the Truth in the process. Either way, I think we’re in for one hell of a ride.

One thing that this series has going for it is the sheer length of it. For most series, I would be approaching the end of season two, maybe season one if it has two cours. However, I’m not even at the halfway point. Having this many episodes to deal with has enabled the story to flow like one continuous beast as it should. I’d like to see more series put together like this where the studio has complete faith in the project and makes the entire story. Far too many remain unfinished.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Episode 23 Mei Chang rescues Scar

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