Envy shows up in the North to recapture Doctor Marcoh. However, it was a trap and a chance for Marcoh to attempt to redeem himself. Now, how does this new transmutation circle work?
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 43) – Bite of the Ant
The invasion from the North is quickly quelled by the forces stationed at Fort Briggs. It would appear that Kimblee had set them up to fail, ensuring that he obtains his Crest of Blood without even lifting a finger. Miles is suspicious that it was too easy, but there’s nothing else they could have done.
Meanwhile, Scar and the others are hiding in an Ishvalan refugee village. Marcoh heads out with Jerso to collect firewood. That’s when they are approached by Zampano and a strange man. No one is fooled, however, so Envy reals itself. That’s when the first of their traps springs. They told Envy they were alchemy land mines when it was actually Mei Chang using remote alkehestry.
It looks like they may have taken Envy down but it uses its tongue to capture Doctor Marcoh. However, that was part of the plan too as he has the new transmutation circle drawn on his hand, one with the power to destroy a philosopher’s stone. He strips Envy of its power and reveals it to be a tiny green organism.
They decide to split up from here with Scar and Marcoh heading out to change the world while Mei Chang returns home with Envy in a jar. Alphonse and Winry head to Leore with Jerso and Zampano where they are shocked to find Van Hohenheim.
Meanwhile, Olivier Armstrong is shown a glimpse of the terror that has been going on in Central.
What did you think?
Ah, the old double, double-cross! Nicely done. Taking down Envy was amazing and Doctor Marcoh was the last person I would have expected to do it. I like that Scar seems to have had an epiphany about how to proceed and it’s down to those that have been with him and those that he’s met on his journey. I’m interested in seeing what he and Doctor Marcoh get up to, especially now that he has the power to destroy philosopher’s stones. A power like that is going to get noticed.
I gained a bit of respect for Kimblee with his plan to create the Crest of Blood by tricking the enemy into walking into a trap. He killed two birds with one stone and he didn’t even throw the stone. It was exactly as I’d been expecting for a little while, but quite satisfying all the same. If you take satisfaction in the villains moving a step closer to completing their plan…
What have you learnt?
So, Alphonse just wanted to visit Leore again… Seems like a stretch, but at least he’s met up with his father once more. It might be time for Hohenheim to come clean with him about who and what he is. That should be an interesting conversation. While the ends justify the means, I find it a bit lazy that Alphonse just decided to return to Leore without anything pushing him in that direction.
Other than a couple of lucky hunches, I can’t fault the series. The writing so far has been amazing and the world is fascinating, especially the history and how it’s all coming together to form one long epic plot that spans generations. I was also glad to see Olivier Armstrong back and I love that there was an actual reason behind the rules of alchemy, particularly the one about making people. It’s so simple, it’s perfect!
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