They survived the destruction of the fifth laboratory, but Alphonse is struggling with the possibility that he may now even be real. Could he be a constructed soul with fabricated memories? Is it possible to prove either way?
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Episode 9) – Created Feelings
Edward woke in the hospital bed, covered in bandages and in a great deal of pain. That wasn’t the end of it. Denny and Maria told him off. Maria even slapped him across the face. Even so, they were terrified that Edward would then discipline them as State Alchemist automatically hold a position equivalent to major. Of course, Edward wasn’t interested in that and admitted that he was in the wrong. He probably deserved the slap.
He was expecting things to get worse though. Next, he had to call Winry to ask her to come to see him and fix his arm again. She was surprisingly pleasant, but that was because she left out a screw which was probably the reason his arm failed. Winry hopped on a train and rushed over. When she got there, she was met by Alex Louis Armstrong and taken to the hospital.
Winry felt terrible for what she did, but when she learnt that Edward would have kept fighting and probably been injured more, it made her error all right. In fact, it probably saved his life. So, she only charged him for the call out and failed to mention the omitted screw.
Meanwhile, Alphonse was struggling to process the information that Barry the Butcher had planted in his mind. Was Alphonse real or had he been created as a puppet for Edward? Things reached breaking point and Alphonse snapped. Edward apologised and walked away. Before Alphonse could say anything Winry hit him with a spanner and told him about how Edward blamed himself for what he did to Alphonse.
What did you think?
I thought this was an interesting topic for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood to look into, however, I don’t think they really went deep enough. Admittedly, that could be an entire series on its own so I also understand why they just brushed the surface. The idea of reality is a fascinating one. All we know is what we can experience. Outside of that, anything could be happening. What happened before us and what happens afterwards will always be uncertain.
I was glad to see Winry called in to act as the go-between for the brothers. She’s known them as long as they’ve known each other and was perfectly placed to help resolve the conflict. It also gave us a chance to see more of Maes and his interesting outlook on life. There are some wonderful characters in this series and there will no doubt be more to come as there are another fifty-five episodes to go.
What have you learnt?
I’m kind of curious about Alphonse’s armour and why Edward hasn’t adjusted the size or shape. Presumably, he could change it to make it similar to his own size. I get that the design is quite iconic, but that’s just because of its existence. Obviously, I don’t know enough about the rules of alchemy in this series so there may be something stopping him.
Anyhow, we’ve seen that Scar is still alive and from the dreamlike flashback to the civil war we know that he was attacked by the state alchemist that is locked up in jail and is able to manipulate blood. He was the one that Isaac tried to free in the first episode. I feel like there’s more to this connection than we’ve been shown and it’ll probably lead back to Lust, Envy, and Gluttony. But where will the trail from there lead? Who is the father that Lust speaks of? Could it be Fuhrer Bradley or maybe Edward’s missing father? So many questions!
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