We watched these Friday night. At the end of episode 32, Chad and I were discussing whether to watch more taped episodes, and one of the things I said was that, judging from the titles, "I think it's going to be just cliff-hangers all the way down from here."
So, spoilers for episodes 30-32 of Fullmetal Alchemist; spoil me for future episodes and I'll sic a psycho on you (and I have so many to choose from!).
Episode 30, "Assault on South Headquarters": In which Izumi, well, makes an assault on South Headquarters.
Hmm. Archer recognizes the child as a Homunculus because of the Ouroboros, which appears not to be common knowledge. Is he working off Hughes' notes or does he have independent means of figuring this out?
So the corrupt Lt. Yoki is in a safe-haven type place and is informing on Scar. Is there any minor character we aren't going to see again? And the Furher sends Mustang after Scar.
The muscle facedown was, as Winry said, "just odd."
Chimera! Tucker! So Tucker is now working for Greed, along with Kimblee and the blond tattooed woman; Lab 5 must've been shut down and he was either made to find other work or jumped a sinking ship. Whee, factions.
Why doesn't Armstrong tell them about Hughes? Wah.
Ummm, okay, medically, you can't lose your liver, stomach, and both intestines and still live, much less have the remaining pick up the slack! I'm sorry but that is just ridiculous.
And there's the mother-doom I was waiting for. I do take it back about being gratuitous, though, in light of other episodes.
Episode 31, "Sin": In which Wrath is revealed.
My notes say, "Sending Mustang? Smell a rat." Since sending the Flame Alchemist into a volatile situation with Ishbalan refugees is such a good idea for everyone involved! Especially with the reference to mercenaries harrassing the Ishbalans pretending to be military—they were under Sloth's direction, weren't they?
And Scar's brother's teacher is in the camp (and Lust, and Gluttony . . . ). This isn't going to go well.
Wrath wrapup: Izumi created him when she tried to resurrect her unborn child, or rather gave him that child's body. Then he waited behind the Gateway and took Ed's limbs; he can do alchemy because of those limbs, and used that power to get out. Envy feeds him incomplete Philosopher's Stones, he remembers, his eyes change from blue to purple, and, well, he's tainted now. (Is killing a Homunculus as simple as breaking their neck? There has to be some way since not always seven of them present—and since all seven of them are there does that mean that one could practice human transmutation now without creating one? And where's Pride?)
(I haven't watched the subs of these yet, but I really like Wrath's English voiceover.)
So they did create Sloth out of their mother's body. Eep. (There's also a new Lust, made by Scar's brother's attempt.) How do Homunculi get out normally?
Archer offers Kimblee a place in the military! Jeez. Though at least Armstrong lets Izumi go.
Sloth can fly through/manipulate the water, Greed is the "ultimate shield," and that skull's key to his prison. This'll come up again.
Can I just say that "give my brother his limbs back!" is a dumb reason to kill. "He wants to take over the rest of brother's body" is a perfectly good one, however, but there's no clarity of thought here.
Episode 32, "Dante of the Deep Forest": In which a second Ishbalan Rebellion seems in the offing and we meet an alchemist wearing a great big red stone.
Wrath gets away, where does he go?
WTF is up with the face on Sloth's chest? The only thing I can think of it modifying her face so that she looks a little less like their mother, but man, that was weird.
Greed was created by Dante, apparently?
The people at the camp need to be registered. No good political or historical resonances there. And Lust and Gluttony do what they intended to all along, and Mustang snaps for "crowd control" . . . can this possibly end well? Wait, this is Fullmetal Alchemist! Of course it can't!
Izumi kicks out her students and/so they can return as equals, who share her sins and burdens with her! Yay, cooperation and ignoring equivalent exchange! (Though Izumi only focuses on the negatives in demonstrating why it's not, actually, how the world works. Eventually they'll all remember the positive reasons too.) And later, Dante puts "happiness" and "work" on either side of the equation, which is provocative.
(Though Ed can ignore bad things too, with his "lalalalalala" act when Al tries to bring up their own failed transmutation and Homunculi.)
And the possibility that Al's body is still on the other side of the Gate, huh? Innnnnteresting.
Is that what their quest is going to refocus on? How will the Stone play into that? Ed thinks they can try to open the Gate with the Stone, and then Izumi sends them to see Dante, which is very suggestive.
So what's-her-face from Youswell is Dante's apprentice now? I don't trust her but it seems it doesn't matter. And Dante is WEARING A GREAT BIG RED STONE as a brooch.
Kimblee is trying to subvert Tucker into pursuing/taking the Stone for themselves. Meanwhile, though, Kimblee goes off to help kidnap Al (and Ed? Last we see him he's just knocked out on the ground.), while Al cracks me up: "I decided not to go with strangers!" And—cliffhanger.
It's such a good thing Chad is watching this along with me, otherwise I would not have the willpower to avoid a marathon viewing.
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The list of people who know or knew about the brothers' human transmutation:
- Lust, Gluttony, Envy, Sloth, Wrath, probably Greed since he's working with Tucker;
- did the people of Lior understand about the empty armor? I don't think so, but there's a slight possibility that "most of Lior" should be on this list (what's left of it);
- Shou Tucker;
- Winry and Auntie Pinako;
- The ex-soldier without a leg in episode 16, who Ed tells about trying to restore his arm and leg and his brother's body;
- The Slicer(s), and Barry the Chopper;
- All the prisoners in Lab 5;
- Izumi Curtis and her husband;
- the lizard-y chimera with Tucker in episode 30+; and
- In the military:
- Roy Mustang;
- Riza Hawkeye;
- Maes Hughes;
- Alex Louis Armstrong;
- Kain Furey;
- Heymans Breda;
- Jean Havoc;
- Vato Falman;
- Maria Ross;
- Denny Brosh;
- Lt. Col. Archer.