Fullmetal Alchemist - Episode 32 Review

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Episode 32, "Dante of the Deep Forest"

THAT DAMN SMIRK. "You mad?"
 

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Synopsis: Izumi protects Wrath, despite his own attacks against her, and he escapes. When Ed and Al give chase, they run into the Bradley-disguised Envy and Douglas/Sloth. They're questioned about homunculi, but deny knowing anything, and walk off. Sloth is revealed to have Wrath within her liquid body. Scar confronts the outcast, who explains that his brother came to him. He says that peoples' lives are in his tattoo. Roy and his group confronts the refugees. In the crowd, Lust kills Yoki in a way that provokes the crowd. Back in Dublith, Izumi ejects Edward and Alphonse from her home, telling them they are no longer fit to be her students. However, on the way to the train station, Sig informs them that now they're equals, and they run back to seek her advice in how to return their bodies. Greed and his gang trek through a forest, and Greed takes off in a different direction. Izumi instructs the brothers to go find her alchemy teacher, Dante, to get medication for her. When they arrive, they're welcomed by Lyra, who is now Dante's pupil. Greed and his gang show up and prepare to capture Alphonse.

He's... he's holding his breath, right? "I'm totally not an important character."

Comments:

The episode starts with Ed and Al finally fighting this little douche Wrath, Al more than willing to tear off the arm and leg that belong to his brother. Unfortunately for them, Izumi is still protective of him, feeling responsible for his creation. But then, why doesn't she make any moves against him? I guess she feels he can be redeemed. I'd still give him a beat down before I decided, if I were her. You know, to make sure he didn't escape. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Bradley, Bradley everywhere! Maybe the homunculi should communicate better before they decide Envy can just walk around disguised as Bradley while he can be seen somewhere else. It confuses the shit out of Frank Archer, that's for sure. It's a good thing for Envy that Ed and Al were too distracted to question how Bradley and his secretary got to the island without a boat, or what the Fuhrer would even be doing there. Then again, if they had, I'm pretty sure the combined effort of Envy, Sloth, and Wrath would have been too much for them, so perhaps it was more good for the brothers.

We're introduced to Totally Not A Villain Dante in this episode. Well, to be fair, I didn't suspect anything the first time I watched this series. I just thought she was some old bitty Izumi trained with back in the day who might provide some advice for the Elrics. So far she seems to want to convince the brothers that she became an alchemist to help others, but living out in the middle of the woods is not exactly conducive to that ideal. I was surprised to see minor character Lyra, too, but it's too bad we don't get to see her use that heat alchemy she was doing the last time we saw her.

Greed attacks Dante's house and we get one of my favorite bits, where Alphonse is instructed to think for himself, and uses that advice to decide to resist.

The next couple of episodes are my favorite in the whole series! This one, meanwhile, was pretty good, but not as good as the last one.

I love Greed's grin. Another episode ends with Al just about to kick some ass.

Overall Score:

3.5 out of 5