Doctor Knox asks for the room Mustang is in at the hospital, he meets Maria Ross again on the way.
Thanks go to 2chan for the screencaps, and so another great series comes to a close. It definitely has been fun watching it over the past year.
When he goes in he sees that he isn’t resting and they talk about Ishval, Knox happened to meet Marcoh on the way who offers Mustang the stone he still has if he promises to help rebuild Ishval and let him work as a Doctor there. Havoc receives a call.
Olivier saved Scar by hiding him in the Armstrong Estate since Miles wants his help for when he goes to help rebuild Ishval, she asks for his name and he tells her to call him whatever she wants.
Ed and Al take a rest in the countryside before they set off again, Ed offers to help him walk but Al wants to do this himself. When he wonders how May is doing he remembers how Ling showed her the philosophers stone and promised that all of the Xingese clans will be united by him as the emperor, he bids Ed and Al farewell before he sets off with Ranfan and May. The Rockbell household comes into sight and Den notices something and runs out. Winry looks out the door, sees them and runs to them.
Two years later Ed fixes the roof and what would have taken a few seconds with alchemy takes a lot longer, Al goes up as well and he finds that at least he gets to appreciate the view longer.
At the Fuhrers mansion Grumman meets with Bradley’s wife about his current duties as he acts as the current Fuhrer, Selim runs up worried about an injured bird he found and his mother reassures him that it’ll be alright.
With so many people waiting to see if they had got their bodies back, Ed and Al split up to meet them all and he talks to Gracia and Elicia about a new theory different from equivalent exchange where they give back more than they receive.
He meets Gelso and Zelpano at a restaurant and tells them about his and Ed’s plan to see the world by each going in one direction. With him going East towards Xing to study rentanjutsu while Ed heads West, he asks if they want to come along and they agree since the least they could do would act as his bodyguards.
In a train station Ed waits for a train heading West while Winry reminds him about the maintenance for his automail. As he takes a step onto the train he builds up the courage and asks for half of Winry’s life for half of his as a way of proposing to her. He becomes flustered and she tells him he can everything then tries to take some of it back, he laughs and hugs her before the train leaves.
And Ed and Al’s story ends with Ed reflecting on how by enduring pain and hardship, making it your own, and learning from it, you gain a fullmetal heart.
The ending theme has the second opening theme playing with a montage of the new photos on the board at the Rockbell household, with each showing what happened to everyone after the series. And finally, a theatrical version was announced at the end for 2011.
Well after over a year this series has come to an end and though it may have had a slow start it proved to be enjoyable to the end. Unlike some of my other episode summary/posts I refrained from adding a paragraph or two at the end on my thoughts of the episode, partly because I was a big fan of the manga at the time, it was one of my favourite ongoing series when it was running so it probably would have been a bit biased to do so. In fact Fullmetal Alchemist was one of the first manga series I had read and was drawn to, so it’ll always be one of my favourite series and I’m interested as to what Hiromu Arakawa will come up with next.
As for this adaptation it may have been slow starting off for the first thirteen or so episodes when it was covering what had been covered in the previous series, and that will always be an advantage that the previous series will have over this. In that you get more time to know some of the characters better then so it’ll always be worth watching for at least that. But after that it became consistantly good and lived up to the awesomeness of later chapters as it met them, even seeing to add and reorganise some stuff here and there while adding fitting music. And Bones did a good job with this with all the scenes added in by them fitting and flowing easily with the series, adding that little bit more. While the music made the emotional impact of some of the scenes far more powerful.
With the movie announcement at the end I’m not really sure how to feel, whether it’s a continuation of some sort, a recompilation, or even a side story it still has the potential to be anywhere from alright to excellent but there still exists that feeling of doubt that comes with it. So due to this I think I’ll wait that little bit longer before forming an opinion on it.