Mustang meets with an old acquaintance asking for help, which he gets. There’s also something for Edward too, but first, he’s having tea at Fuhrer Bradley’s home… Awkward!
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 32) – The Fuhrer’s Son
Roy Mustang arranged to meet with his former mentor, Lt General Grummer at Maes Hughes’ grave. He was a little surprised when an old lady approached and placed some flowers at the grave. It was Lt General Grummer in disguise. He revealed that General Raven had asked him if he’d like a core of immortal soldiers, which he dismissed as nonsense. However, he was soon demoted. He’s not surprised that the head of Central has been compromised and is willing to help.
Edward and Alphonse had not had any luck finding the panda so they went to the library to see if they can find any information about alkahestry, but there was nothing there. Well, that’s not true. A boy recognised Alphonse and talked to him excitedly about alchemy. Edward also bumped into Major Armstrong who passed on some news that Mei Chang had gone north. He also gave them a letter of introduction for the Major General up there.
When Edward went to get Alphonse, he was also recognised by the boy, who they soon learnt was none other than Selim Bradley, the Fuhrer’s son! Next thing they know, they are sitting in the Fuhrer’s home having tea with his son and wife. If that wasn’t awkward enough, the Fuhrer arrived and wasn’t afraid to threaten them.
Meanwhile, Solf J Kimblee, the crimson alchemist was hot the trail of Scar and Dr Marcoh, following them to the west, but then they realised they must have jumped off the train at some point. Did they go north like Edward and Alphonse or south?
What did you think?
This was a great episode for so many reasons. Grummer showing up dressed as an old lady was brilliant, but even beyond the costume, it was a thoroughly interesting meeting and may give Mustang the support he needs to continue. However, it was the scene at the Fuhrer’s house that stole the show. Edward and Alphonse did not want to be there, and not just because of how it might look to King Bradley. Of course, he showed up and must have assumed that they were there to make a statement to him. It was a brilliant mix of thinly veiled threats and awkward misunderstandings.
Even with that fantastic scene, there was one thing that happened to get me excited. I may not have seen this series before, but I know who Olivier Mira Armstrong is, and I’ve been waiting for this moment since episode one. We’re finally going to see her. I know nothing other than how she looks, but that’s enough to get me excited. My gut tells me she’s going to be similar to General Esdeath. I can’t wait!
What have you learnt?
Misunderstandings are a great source of conflict, but they can be overdone. This was not an example of that. This was a brilliantly played out example. There was no way they could say no to Selim once they knew who he was, and for the audience, it was even better. I knew it was Selim as soon as I saw him and was desperately hoping that Alphonse didn’t give away too much. I’m worried that even telling him they are looking into alkahestry may cause problems.
Then, we had the awkward scene itself which quickly escalated once the Fuhrer arrived, which we all knew he would. There’s no way he’s not monitoring them and certainly, someone watching his family would have let him know. Amazingly, it added even more tension when he left and we saw that Hawkeye was with him. Is there going to be a point where she will have to defend him from someone she likes? Lots of added tension!
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