Used the episode title because this post contains massive spoilers for FMA Brotherhood.
I must apologize ahead of time. This post is a couple of hours late because I slept all day in-between doctor appointments, and it’ll also be short because I don’t know what happened to my FMAB files and can’t remember the episode in detail. But I’ll try.
FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood Episode 54 – Envy’s Breakdown
FMAB had without a doubt the most interesting and tightly written plot that I’ve seen in anime, and was packed with many massive scenes that blew my mind again and again. But while much of it prompted reactions such as “OMGWTGWIN,” one scene left me and my brother in utter silence and prompted chills up and down my spine.
Roy Mustang came after Envy like a hunter with a ferocity that was as frightening as it was badass. Envy definitely had it coming—he’d been responsible for literally countless deaths, including that of Mustang’s best friend Hughes.
However, not unlike a similar scene from Shiki, Mustang’s hunt of Envy was almost hard to watch—but for a different reason. Envy was just so pathetic and Roy so powerful that it didn’t feel right. As a viewer, I wanted to see Roy get his vengeance, but I didn’t want to see him become a villain in the process.
Hawkeye and Ed stopped Roy from ruthlesly murdering Envy, and Envy, reaching a new level of pathetic in his tiny bug form, started begging why, why won’t the humans kill each-other? Why don’t they hate each-other the way that he hates them? Ed confonted Envy that the reason he hates humans so much because he’s jealous of their ability to love one-another. Envy was so ashamed that he pulled out his own core and killed himself.
This was a brutally heavy scene and a powerful one at that. I wish I could say more, but it’s been too long.
Anyway, come back later today to watch me unwrap my next present!
Bonus: Actually, all of FMAB is on youtube apparently. The scene really just speaks for itself, so here’s the episode.