Edward and Ling find themselves trapped within Gluttony’s belly. There appears to be no way out and to make matters worse, Envy is trapped with them. Meanwhile, Bradley teaches Mustang a lesson!
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 25) – Doorway of Darkness
Edward wandered through the endless dark void that was Gluttony’s stomach. The ground was flooded with blood and the remains of buildings, vehicles, and people lay scattered around. After a while of walking, he found Ling but was it really Ling. They tested each other and were satisfied with the results. Now, they just needed to find a way out.
They tried everything from creating a well to running as far as they could, but they couldn’t find anything. Eventually, Ling ran out of energy. Edward carried him until they both fell over. With no way around it, Edward took off his leather boot and cooked it. It was their only option.
Soon after eating Edward’s boot, they were approached by Envy who revealed that there was no way out. It was also Envy that started the Ishvalan conflict by shooting a child. This enraged Edward so much that he ran up and punched Envy. All that did was annoy Envy enough to reveal his true form and it was hideous and enormous.
Meanwhile, Alphonse convinced Gluttony to take him to meet his father and was shocked to learn that he lived in Central. Unbeknownst to them, Scar was coming, looking for the panda who was now following Alphonse around. Could their paths cross before Alphonse reaches Gluttony’s father?
As well as that, Bradley told Mustang that he was a homunculus and that they had ruled this nation since its inception. Mustang asked about why he appeared to be choked up at Hughes’ funeral, but in reality, he was just mad that Hughes’ daughter was crying. To top that off, Bradley had all of Mustang’s team reassigned, including Hawkeye who would be his personal assistant. Mustang had better behave himself going forward.
What did you think?
There was a lot of talking about things that had happened and while it may have given Edward, Alphonse, and Mustang some important information, it was all stuff that we knew as the audience. It was nice to have some things confirmed, but it held back just enough to not really give us anything. I really enjoyed the episode, but I think we could have been given something. Anything…
Anyhow, it was confirmed just what a monster Bradley was and now that he has Hawkeye within his reach at all times, it’s going to be interesting to see what Mustang does. Mustang played his hand too soon and is paying the price for that. It’s insane to think that the military leaders are all on the same page and are openly discussing candidates for human sacrifice. Does that mean they’re all homunculi?
What have you learnt?
We’ve known for a while that Envy hadn’t shown us his true form, but I was not expecting that. I also can’t wait to see how they get out of Gluttony’s belly. I get the feeling that someone is going to have to get them out as it seems unlikely that they will do it themselves. The question is whether it’ll be Alphonse, Scar, and Gluttony’s father?
At least, we now know that Mustang is a candidate for human sacrifice and that is likely why he was allowed to run around causing mayhem. I think they’ve realised that they need to bring him under control again and that’s why Hawkeye is being placed under Bradley. I wonder how she’s going to take it. I can see her going AWOL, although I do think that’s the last thing she wants to do. There’s clearly lots to keep an eye on going forward.
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