Ed and Al must try and stop the Ice Alchemist who has turned his anger onto the city of Central.
Well this was a nice way to welcome back the series. We got to see Ed and Al again in action and they handled themselves pretty well. I never did watch the sub version of the series much so the voices feel pretty new to me for everyone. It might take a while to not hear Lockon whenever Roy is talking. Itâ€™s not a knock on the Flame Alchemist just that the voice really does sound the same. Really couldnâ€™t hurt to try and slightly change the sound so people donâ€™t immediately think of Lockon.
Overall I liked the OP they used for the first episode. The visuals were great since they showed so much all at once. It does a good job making you think about the kind of things we will see in this series. An energetic song does fit the tone since there will be a lot of action going on. I liked the focus on Ed, Al, and Winry. A lot of this trails back to those days as kids so it is fitting for the first OP of the series.
The main part of this episode was tracking down and stopping Isaac. You could tell how powerful a grudge he had regarding Bradley and the government in general. From the conversation with Roy its clear that everything comes back to Ishbal. Something so terrible happened in that place that it made someone like Isaac change sides. Considering it was called an â€œExtermination Warâ€ it doesnâ€™t take much imagination to know what happened there. Somewhere along the way the guy lost himself to the anger and snapped. He had no problem killing anyone that got in his way and was going to turn the city into a giant ice sculpture. Once someone starts using their own blood as a weapon you can understand how messed up theyâ€™ve become. Considering how many people were after him the guy did well. Seeing how characters use alchemy to fight is a pretty fun thing. With the ability to freeze you solid or boil you to death he isnâ€™t a guy you want touching you.
Ed and Al did a good job taking on Isaac and reintroducing their personalities. Ed really does have a serious problem with people talking about his height. I guess having your little brother appear to be a giant beside you could lead to having that kind of issue. He explodes as I remember and you can bet it will be a repeated pun through the series. Ed has to take care of his temper since it does make him charge in. This time it helped against Isaac since it was a surprise.
It seems the next episode will delve more deeply into what happened. But it was a pretty shocking sight to see his leg simply gone like that. Definitely is hard to imagine losing limbs so suddenly and then having to attach your brotherâ€™s soul to a piece of armour. Considering the popular history of the philosopherâ€™s stone its not surprising the boys are so intent to get it. They thought Issac had one on him and that only intensified their attack. From the conversation after dinner you can understand their goal of getting their bodies back to normal. It is more of a crisis for Al since he has lost his entire body and the ability to do many things.
It seems that the series will show off some nice fights. They will need some episodes to move characters and set things up, but this episode made the fights something to anticipate. Ed and Al are a great combination that can manipulate the surroundings and deal harsh physical strikes. While the battles arenâ€™t going to be everything they will be important for this kind of show.
Iâ€™m eager to see how the show will change now that they will be sticking closer to the manga.