Envy delivers Edward and Alphonse to Wrath who threatens Winry if they don’t play nice. Greed delivers a message to them from Ling before leaving them with some advice, Edward’s not about to give up!
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 29) – Struggle of the Fool
Edward and Alphonse were told to clean up before they were taken to see Wrath. While they were alone, Alphonse revealed that Mei Chang was inside of him. He couldn’t have left her and she still needs help. Envy came in and dragged them to see Wrath… or King Bradley. Edward and Alphonse were shocked and thought back to the moment he visited them and warned them not to meddle and to suspect everyone!
Upon hearing Bradley’s plan, Edward threatened to quit as a state alchemist. However, Bradley warned him that something would happen to Winry if he did. He also told them that they could continue to look for their bodies as long as they didn’t interfere with his plan. Mustang agreed to continue within the military, too, although his intentions aren’t entirely clear.
After checking on Winry, Edward and Alphonse were met by Greed who warned them about having attachments and how someone might use that against them. He also gave them a message to pass on to Lan Fan who was still recovering. They also delivered Mei Chang to Doctor Knox for treatment.
Mustang told Hawkeye and Armstrong about Bradley and gave Armstrong the chance to walk away. However, he did that in Ishval and didn’t plan on making the same mistake again. What is the Major planning?
Edward discovered that his alchemy had returned to him and heard that other alchemists had issues earlier that day. Was Father able to turn off all of the alchemy in Amestris? He considered how Scar and Mei Chang were both able to continue using theirs and wondered if it was somehow different. Could he learn both methods?
What did you think?
So, I was right about Mei Chang being inside Alphonse. I had wondered if Scar was in there too, but he was still wandering the sewers where he came across Doctor Marcoh. It would appear that Doctor Marcoh used the souls of the Ishvalan people to create a philosopher’s stone which is probably the source of Father’s power. The idea that there are different types of alchemy is fascinating and will make Edward that much more powerful if he can master several types.
I love Major Armstrong and can see him going on to create a rival faction within the military to counter Fuhrer Bradley. It definitely has the makings of a huge internal conflict although Hawkeye is definitely in a spot of bother being so close to Bradley all the time. This series really is epic!
What have you learnt?
It looks like we’re going to see the full story of the Inshvali conflict and it promises to be quite the harrowing tale. We’ve seen bits and pieces here and there so I’m looking forward to really understanding what happened there and who was behind it. I wonder if there’s someone that created Father with the philosopher’s stone, but who? I originally considered the idea that Hohenheim made Father or the other way around, but what if someone else made both of them?
That’s the great thing about long sprawling epics like this. Things change all the time as more and more information becomes available. I’m looking forward to being able to look back at the entire series and think through the way things were revealed. I’m also looking forward to the moment that Ling regains control. They certainly teased us with that in this episode. Bradley’s reaction to it was priceless.
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