Onwards to the material that wasn’t in the previous series at all even though that may have been last week.
The episode starts with a fight between the Silver Alchemist(?) who traces transmutes swords while spinning on his peg leg, and Scar. Scar manages to destroy this leg though and he falls into the sea, he is then killed in the usual fashion. However in this fight Scar is wounded.
After the opening a young girl from Xing (FMA equivalent to China) named May is introduced, she heals Scar’s leg using the Xing equivalent to alchemy. She wants to meet the Fullmetal Alchemist, but her idea of what he looks like is quite different.
It’s then to Central city where in the night Hawkeye is walking home. Unknown to her a stranger lurks in the shadows, this stranger turns out to be Barry the Chopper who escaped the laboratory’s destruction previously. In response to his attack Hawkeye pulls a out a gun and opens fire knocking him over. When he gets up she pulls out another gun and fires again. When Barry lifts his helmet to show that the armour is empty she gasps fires again.
She takes him to the barracks to meet with Mustang to discuss what happened at the laboratory.
After that it’s to Rush Valley where Winry is studying/working. She is at first surprised when Ed and Al arrive, but this quickly turns to a silent rage when she sees Ed’s arm and how badly damaged it was in the previous episode.
Ed and Al then go for a walk but when Ed sees Al crouching down in front of a alleyway, he at first thinks that hes found another cat it instead turns out to be a man who passed out.
When he wakes up he introduces himself, Ling Yao and how he crossed the desert to reach Amestris (FMA equivalent to Europe) seeing the ruins of Xerxes on his way. He explains a bit about Xing’s alchemy, Rentanjutsu(?). Ed also talks about the situation Amestris is in, fighting on one side and not fighting on to the North due to the Briggs mountains. Ling turns out to be looking for the Philosophers Stone when Ed and Al refuse to talk to him about it his bodyguards attack them at the click of his fingers.
This then turns into a battle with Ed and Al fighting against the bodyguard that attacked them and they are pushed back in unarmed combat. The screen then zooms out and there are dust explosions and light from their alchemy.
Paninya catches up with Al. Ed destroys his attackers mask, she then breaks his already broken automail arm and throws a bomb. Al convinces Paninya to use her cannon leg on his attacker. Al then bursts out of the dust cloud and traps him in cables made from alchemy. Ed’s attacker then sees Ed’s automail arm sticking out of the rubble when she pulls it out, it triggers a trap similar to the one Ed and Al used to catch rabbits when they were training under Izumi.
It turns out that during the battle Rush Valley was practically destroyed and the Ling ate a lot at the restaurant where they talked and is expecting Ed to pay the bill. Since he and his bodyguards have escaped/run away. When Ed sees that Al no longer needs a transmutation circle he is annoyed that the balance in attributes has shifted.
After they fix the town they return to the shop where Winry is training/working and finds Ling drinking tea with Winry’s instructor, Garfield. Here he introduces his bodyguards, Ran Fan and her grandfather Fu. He also introduces himself as the 12th prince of Xing. He then explains the situation Xing is in where the Emperor is ill and he needs the Philosophers Stone to gain his favour. Winry returns and sees that Ed has effectively destroyed his automail arm causing her to throw lots of tools at him.
When Winry is rebuilding his arm she overhears them talking about going to Central city, she then asks them if she can tag along to see Hughes and his family who took care of her last time (oblivious to his fate). Ling then pops up and asks if he can go as well.
The episode ends with Scar, Yorki and May travelling by cart.
New Ending theme “LET IT OUT” by Fukuhara Miho.
Ed, Al, and Winry return to central. A new arc should be starting soon. Please don’t mess it up BONES…
Overall this was probably my favourite episode to date, not in the sense that it contained what appears to viewers of only the first series ‘completely new material’ but in the sense that it was actually structured well in comparison to the previous episodes. Hopefully BONES will keep this up as the excuse that they’re only recapping what has already been shown before is no longer applicable.
I stand by my statement, Riza Hawkeye is the best female character in FMA, however female Armstrong hasn’t shown up yet and probably won’t show up until episode 28-35.
It appears that in Brotherhood, the coal mining town only exists through Yorki as it was removed again in May’s introduction scene.
Miyano Mamoru did a good job with Ling’s character.
Ok now to delve into the new opening theme, since I’m familiar with the manga I won’t tear it apart and say what everything in it represents. Mainly because I don’t know how to use spoiler tags here, I could still do a post on it later, but I don’t really see a need to do so.
I’m kind of indifferent to the new ending theme and finding myself preferring the previous one, but I suspect it will grow on me over time.