Ling and Lan Fan take the fight to Gluttony, but he keeps regenerating. Meanwhile, some villagers found Heinkel attacking Pride, however, their torch soon turned the fight on its head. In Central, Mustang makes his move.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 48) – The Oath in the Tunnel
It’s been less than seven months since Lan Fan lost her arm which is too soon for her to fight with an automail arm. There’s no way she’ll be able to keep it up. Edward was about to rush to her aid but was blown back by a grenade. Fu informed him that they had many weapons and can sense the homunculi by using their chi.
Edward asks Fu to lead him to Heinkel. It’s just a matter of time before the lights are back and then Pride will have the upper hand again. Amazingly, Edward arrives in the nick of time and saves Heinkel. His carbon fibre plated automail is pretty good at deflecting Pride’s attacks too. That’s when Pride brings Alphonse back into the fight, knowing that Edward won’t be able to fight his brother.
Fu throws a flash grenade, severing Pride’s grip on Alphonse. Darius grabs him and runs to safety. Pride is getting frustrated, but then Gluttony returns and gives him a chance to power up. He eats Gluttony, devouring his philosopher’s stone. How will Edward stop Pride now?
Meanwhile, in Central, Mustang has learnt about Selim from his adopted mother, Madame Christmas. In order to escape from this tail, they blow up her bar and escape into the sewers. Mustang meets with Hawkeye, Breda, and Fuery. They have no choice but to go through with the mission and the first step is capturing King Bradley’s wife!
What did you think?
It was another good episode, although it did jump about a little too much for us to really get caught up in the fight. Pride devouring Gluttony was a great moment. It’s one of those moments that show you just how crazy the stakes are and just how far their opponent is willing to go to win. It also serves as a warning to Greed. What could Pride do with a third philosopher’s stone?
I getting curious as to Olivier’s game plan. It looked like she gave away what Mustang would do next, but that’s got to be part of the plan. I can’t really see her going rogue. She may be merciless, but she knows what is at stake and won’t abandon her men. There is one night until the Promised Day and sixteen episodes to go. This is going to be a long day!
What have you learnt?
We learnt that Hohenheim has a bigger and far more terrifying chi than either Pride or Gluttony. At some point, he’s got to enter the fight and start showing what he’s made of. For too long, he’s been this passive, quiet man who reflects on the past too much. I know he has a lot of past to go through, but still. I’m surprised he sat back and allowed Edward and Alphonse to get this involved, but then he did abandon them.
Pride eating Gluttony and acquiring his powers reminds me of two other occasions where a villain consumed his allies to make themselves stronger. First, there was Wapol in One Piece who ate the Munch-munch Fruit. He ate his men and added their powers to his own. The other was Overhaul in My Hero Academia who simply rebuilt himself with his friends’ bodies. There are lots of legends of people gaining powers from eating others, which makes it an interesting inclusion. Plus, it breaks a lot of taboos which shows us how much they want to win or how damaged their moral compass is. It’s safe to say Selim doesn’t even have one!
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