Action is the first order of the day with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as a few fights are in progress as the episode opens up. While there's an interesting nod made by Ling's guardian, Fu, from Xing about what powerful chi forces are arrayed around them, notably with Ed's father, the fighting makes up a good part of what starts here. Having Lan Fan back in quite the different visual design is intriguing as she takes on Gluttony in a pretty intense manner, enough so that it's actually surprising Gluttong quite a lot. The other battle, between the chimera Henkel and Selim as Pride is pretty intense as well, though it goes in an amusing way when villagers see the beast like Henkel essentially brutalizing a little kid. Not that they make out well by what they see either.
There's some really intriguing material to be had in this episode as events move right along. Mustang finally makes more of an appearance as he gains some critical information from a source that turns out to be a lot more than was one expected. He's had some good information gathering elements so far but when we learn that Madam Christmas is actually his foster mother, it causes you to re-evaluate past scenes. With the Promised Day essentially at hand, he's now making his move and starts meeting up with those who are loyal to him and to the country's people so they can start in on what needs to be done to protect it.
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