Trapped in Gluttony’s belly, Edward and Ling find themselves in a fight to the death with Envy, that is until Edward comes up with a plan to escape. Meanwhile, Bradley tells Mustang about his past!
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 26) – Reunion
Envy revealed his true form and it is grotesque – a monster with many faces. Each of those faces represents the souls of those who were sacrificed to make the philosopher’s stone that is Envy’s core. Edward realised that it was the people of Xerxes that had been sacrificed. That’s why an entire city vanished overnight and that’s what they’re planning to do with Central.
That’s when Edward comes up with a plan to escape from Gluttony’s belly. Human transmutation doesn’t work because you need a soul which is why bringing someone back from the dead is not possible. However, Edward plans on transmutating himself. It’s a risky move and there’s no guarantee that it’ll work, but his theory is that they will travel through the void and come out in the real world.
Meanwhile, King Bradley seems to have decided that he’s going to tell Mustang how he came to be. Once upon a time, he was an orphan. One of many in fact that had been acquired by the military. They were educated in politics and military affairs and trained in martial arts and swordsmanship. One of them would become the leader they so desperately needed.
At the end of their training, they were injected with a philosopher’s stone. It killed everyone in the group. Everyone but King Bradley would now become their ruler and lead them in their pursuit of true power. The power to create something from nothing that would come only from a true philosopher’s stone.
Edward completed the transmutation, sacrificing one of the souls from Envy’s philosopher’s stone. On his way through the void, Edward found Alphonse’s body, however, he couldn’t come with him. Alphonse’s mind would have to come to get his body. Edward swore that he would be back.
What did you think?
This was a great episode. I’m no alchemist so I can’t really comment, but I did think Edward was clutching at straws with his idea. I suppose the worst that could have happened was that he died and if they had to stay there that was inevitable. Would have sucked had Alphonse found a way to get them out, but it doesn’t appear that they have to worry about that. Of course, it would now appear that Edward has the way to get Alphonse his body back. They just need to sacrifice someone and enter the void again.
It was interesting seeing how Bradly came to be what he is, and I now wonder whether the other homunculi were created the same way. I also loved how Scar and Mei Chang were following Gluttony as he took Alphonse to see Father, especially how Mei Chang could clearly sense the evil presence below. I still think Father looks like Edward and Alphonse’s father. I feel like they may be different people or entities, but they do look alike.
What have you learnt?
One of my earliest theories was that they were planning a human sacrifice with a transmutation circle that covered the entire nation with central at its heart and I still believe that. If anything, the events of the last couple of epsidoes have made me more certain about that idea. The military is planning something huge and setting the people against one another makes that easier.
I feel like we’ve been handed a lot of answers of late and I’m curious how things are going to progress now. My gut feeling is that something fairly big is going to happen so we have a load more questions that need answering. Whatever it is, it’ll also need to give us a reason to not give Alphonse his body back, which should be fairly easy now that they know what to do.
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