Asskicking Alchemy and Automail
Episode 16
2003 anime
English Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Episode summaries and thoughts. Major spoilers!!! Go away if you don't want to know!


Episode 16:
Bradley and his group are freaked out by Scar again, and return to Central City. Bradley mutters to himself at some point that there IS NO Philosopher's Stone.
Ed must get his arm fixed in order to repair Al's armor, so he must visit his mechanic. After mocking Ed and getting no response, Mustang wants to protect the only National Alchemist who can perform a soul transmutation, so it is decided to send Armstrong along with the Elrics.
At the train station, Scar uses a boy to gain information on what Ed is up to, by holding the boy's sister hostage. And it is finally at this point, three years after it happened, Hughes tells Ed that Nina was killed by Scar. This gives Ed the strength to vow to fight Scar, instead of being so freaking scared like all those other times... *ahem*
Since Al can't move himself, he gets put in a box, and stuck in the cargo hold of the train with a pile of sheep. Heh. Better than suffering like Ed, who had to listen to Armstrong yack and yack about his proud family heritage? Unfortunately, Al gets unloaded at the wrong stop, and Ed has to go get Al back. Some village boy takes Al, puts on the armor, and goes off to kill some people for revenge. Al spooks the boy by speaking (well, like armor is supposed to talk??), scaring the boy into giving up the armor, as well as killing.
In Ed's search for Al, his leg gets stolen by a girl who wants to give her legless father a prosthesis. The father does not want the prosthesis, because he wants to keep his reminder of the atrocities he preformed during the war. Ed does not understand this, because he is still immature and doesn't see how by losing something, one may gain something.
In this episode we learn:
-Mustang is not punished by Bradley for hiding Marco from the army
-Ed gains a hatred for the the people in the army he knows, for the actions they carried out in the war with the Ishvarites, but later rescinds it
-Lust finds out Marco gave Ed a hint on where research on the Philosopher's Stone is kept, though Marco defies Lust by saying Ed is too smart to perform what tasks the research holds that she wants Ed to carry out
-Al is very imaginative. And good at guilting people. Like some kind of mom.

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