After returning from their previous assignment with no philosopher’s stone, Roy Mustang offers to introduce Edward and Alphonse to a bio-organic alchemist who may be able to help them…
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 4) – An Alchemist’s Anguish
Roy Mustang takes Edward and Alphonse to the home of another state alchemist Shou Tucker. He specialises in bio-organic research and is the leading chimaera expert. At first, he’s a little cautious but agrees to let them see his research if they are willing to share there’s. It’s the first law of alchemy – equivalent exchange.
Shou first gained notoriety when he was able to create a chimaera that could understand human speech. Unfortunately, all it would say was “kill me”. It refused to eat and gained its wish not long after. Still, it was a remarkable breakthrough in bio-organic alchemy. Edward and Alphonse would visit his house daily to read from this library and attempt to uncover something that will help them return their bodies to normal.
While there, they got to know Shou’s daughter Nina and her dog Alexander, even taken time out to play with them. However, Shou’s assessment was coming up and unless he could show significant advancements he may have his state alchemist status revoked. This was something he was not willing to accept.
The next day, Edward and Alphonse came to Shou’s house and found him in his lab with a new chimaera. He confidently announced that he had done it again and created a chimaera that could talk and understand human speech. Edward was amazed, but then the chimaera said something that gave him cause for concern. He asked Shou where Nina was even though he already knew the answer…
What did you think?
Well, this episode was a bit dark!!! I used three exclamation points there so that I didn’t have to swear, but I’m not sure that’s going to be enough. Fuck, Shou Tucker! There, I got it out of my system. I’m not new to the world so even without seeing Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood before, I knew who Shou Tucker was. However, even if I didn’t the clues were all there. All you can do is watch this unfold before your eyes and it’s not pleasant.
The real kicker was when the chimaera was asking Edward why he was hurting her father. This was a truly sad and shocking episode and I can only thank the alchemist murderer for going in there and taking care of Shou. It’s a little disappointing that he couldn’t have got there a day or so earlier, but at least it’s over now.
What have you learnt?
I’ve read a lot of dark stories and written several myself, but there’s always a line that I don’t like to cross. Those involve the deaths of children and dogs. Well, this episode just smashed through that line. It probably can’t even see the line from where it is anymore. I want to say I enjoyed the episode, but that would convey the wrong sort of emotion. This was an impactful episode, but very little of it was enjoyable.
I hope that there was more of a reason to it than just showing the difference between Edward and Shou. It was laughable that Shou tried to claim they were the same, but Edward was a child when he tried to revive his mother. Shou took his own flesh and blood, his own wife and daughter to move his experiments along. Surely, someone should have looked into the process by which he created his first chimaera and realised what had happened. Where was the peer review? And they claim to be scientists!
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
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