Fullmetal Alchemist 2 Episode 4 Review


This is a good episode! Edward agrees.

This is a good episode! Edward agrees.

 Just a quick post to say how much I enjoyed this particular episode, the animation once again shows how much BONES has spent on it and I dare say this is the best episode so far with episode 1 being the closest contender despite being less action packed. Read on for a spoiler free short review.

Despite this being found in the original anime, it was nevertheless rewritten in such a way that nina and her dog, alexander gets more airtime and we get to have a real feel of how nina and tucker were really feeling, a contrast being cheerful and being depressed. I also like the part where they referenced the first series whereby Edward had dealt with a moneymonger military personnel in a goldmine town. This goes to show the current series writers are, for a lack of better word, honouring the original series to tell us that they have not conveniently forgotten the side stories just for the sake of following the manga storyline. Can I just punch my fists in triumph in the air for a moment? Edit: Apparently not a side story in the manga, thanks for the headsup.

Far too funny not to include. Just look at the dog rofl.
Far too funny not to include. Just look at the dog rofl.
Dad is emoing while the kid played outside.

Dad is emoing while the kids played outside.


What really shone was the music used when Edward discovers the truth, it really enhances the feel of ‘OH WT-‘.


NEVER piss off the Full Metal Alchemist.

NEVER piss off the Full Metal Alchemist. Reminds me of naruto. Seriously.


For a moment there, I thought tucker was decapitated.

For a moment there, I thought tucker was decapitated.

Now that I have finished raving about how awesome this episode was. Let me move on to the parts where most people would like to ignore or just brush aside.

1. Why is a General from the military walking ALONE on the streets? Why hello? Even in the first series, where ever a general goes, there’s always an entourage following along. 

2. I find it ridiculous that when the report says ‘a scarred man was spotted near the station at night’ , the scarred man is automatically assumed to be the killer, not a suspect. Oh dear, I better cover up my leg where there’s a big scar. Who knows I might be apprehended for being a killer for the last 100 murders in this town! You just gotta be kidding me here.

As much as the episode impressed me with their usage of colours for different scenes to express the moods, a great remake and fitting soundtrack, these two details irked me to no end.

HOW CAN YOU LET A BLOODY GENERAL WALK DOWN A DARK ALLEY ALONE? Chuck norris might just eat him up. So did these two details irritate anyone else other than me? What else did you enjoy or dislike for this episode?

They have their say on Episode 4 as well:

Star Cross Anime Blog
Random Curosity 
TJ’s wasted product from his time  – Good point on scar alchemy being blue instead of red.


6 Responses to “Fullmetal Alchemist 2 Episode 4 Review”

  1. 1 TJ
    28 April 2009 at 12:32 am

    Hey thanks for linking to my post again.

    Yeah this was a pretty decent episode. When FMA gets serious it’s pretty compelling. The Basque Gran murder is as you said kind of improbable but maybe some State Alchemists like to wander about on their own lol.

    As for Scar’s alchemy colour, someone said that it’s because Scar’s arm is no longer powered by Philosopher/red stones which is true, but Scar’s alchemy is still different than the style used by Amestris State Alchemists though. I think the red lightning is cooler haha.

  2. 2 JR
    28 April 2009 at 12:40 am

    Well to be fair, this general isn’t a normal person like Hughes. This is freakin Brigadier General Basque Gran, who is considered to be one of the best hand to hand fighters in the whole military. It doesn’t seem to far fetched to me to think that he felt that he could fend for himself. Anyway, I highly doubt an entourage of normal soldiers would have deterred Scar much.

    And it’s not made that clear in this episode, but in the manga, Scar had already killed a number of state alchemists before Basque Gran, so there had already been reports of a Scarred serial killer on the loose.

    Anyway, I thought this episode was awesome and was easily the best episode of this new series so far. My only complaint was that they took out a really cool moment from Al after he pulls Ed off Tucker and Tucker keeps running his mouth. Al turns around and says “Mr. Tucker, if you keep talking, this time I’ll be the one to shut you up.” A rare moment of badassery from Al.

  3. 28 April 2009 at 1:16 am

    @TJ: You’re welcome. Late night deadly walks? On second thoughts, he could be visiting some secret facility.

    Uh ok, so this is a parallel universe where Scar is the blue ranger while the original series indicates that Scar is the red ranger. Got that.

    @JR: That is a dead Brigadier General Basque Gran. No matter how powerful a ‘warrior’ is in a realistic anime(unless you are goku with power level 9999), chances are, he still needs bodyguards to avoid being ninjaed or swamped by THE HORDE but you are right, he doesn’t need guards as defense, just as meatshield while he CHARGES UP HIS LAZORS 😉 Besides, a VIP has an entourage to show what a bigshot he is and General Basque Gran certainly fits the bill.

    I think in the overall sense of how you perceive the army, it is EXTREMELY rare for a real life general to be out alone regardless of his skills but because of his rank but this is the Alchemist Army so I guess there’s some kind of leeway for Generals to get killed =D

    okie dokie.

    Now now, we don’t want the kiddies to imitate that do we XD

  4. 4 Sai
    28 April 2009 at 4:12 am

    Well Grand was originally killed off-screen in the comic, so I guess considering they gave him a large role in the first anime series they must have wanted to give him a scene. Sides it served more as an introduction to Scar than anything.

    Aside from that, this episode followed the manga scene for scene, and in some cases shot for shot (like when Ed discovers the truth for example ) which is probably why it was so awesome. That chapter still gives me goosebumps whenever I read it.

    The Youswell Mines storyline wasn’t filler but it followed the manga pretty closely already in the first anime series (except for unnecessary anime-only character Lyra being there.) It’s probably wise they’re skipping over it, they don’t really have any other options or they’ll just end up repeating too much of the first anime. However, once you get into the meat of the manga’s plot, that stuff isn’t really so significant (although Youswell is revisited later.)

  5. 5 len
    28 April 2009 at 4:14 am

    Just going to point out that the mining town story is in the manga, they just just skipped over it. Originally it should have been Lior > Youswell (mining town), Train Hijacking > Nina & Tucker. They’ll probably show it in a flashback down the line since the town will show up again and Yoki does become somewhat important later on in the story.

  6. 28 April 2009 at 10:57 am

    FMA is an anime classic…and also a manga classic…great story…superb characterization and even the world and the powers…

    really cool!

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