Veteran comics podcaster Tim and monster theorist Patrick go chapter-by-chapter through one of the best manga series of the 21st century: Hiromu Arakawa's "Fullmetal Alchemist"! UGWUP4!
"The Eye of the King"
Ed and Al's confrontation with Greed and his gang is broken up by a sudden, violent raid by troops led by none other than President Bradley. Tim and Patrick discuss Fullmetal Alchemist chapter 29 - and the humorous back matter of volume 7!
"A Fool's Courage"
Greed wants an, ahem, "equivalent exchange" with Ed: knowledge of how to bind a soul to an object, in exchange for the secret of how to make a homunculus. Will Ed do the deal? Will Armstrong come to blows with Sig? Will Izumi beat the crap out of Sig for talking with hostesses? Tim and Patrick discuss Fullmetal Alchemist chapter 28, and some spots in it where the translation hurt - or improved on - the intended meaning -- as well as digressing into their own separate stories of meeting sumo and K-1 wrestler Akebono!
"The Beasts of Dublith"
Chapter 27 of Fullmetal Alchemist may be the funniest yet! It's a master class in character-based humor that isn't forced, and works in combination with more serious points made, as Izumi goes in search of kidnapped Al, and Ed encounters some old...acquaintances. Tim and Patrick discuss the story, and some bits of inaccurate translation in the Viz English edition!
"To Meet the Master"
Ed leaves to get his overdue annual assessment by the military; while he's gone, Al gets kidnapped by some mysterious beings. It's another humorous and action-packed chapter of Fullmetal Alchemist, and Tim and Patrick will walk you through it. Also, we discuss how the world of Fullmetal Alchemist is not our world, and yet, a lot of stuff from our world somehow exists there!
"Master and Apprentice"
Ed and Al’s explanation of their “origin story” is over and we’re back in Fullmetal Alchemist’s present. How does their teacher, Izumi, respond to their tale of trying to resurrect their mother, and their cosmic punishment for it? The answer has a lot to do with a Japanese word that wasn’t translated in chapter 25’s title: “kejime.” This time, Tim and Patrick suss out the meaning of this word and how it explains Izumi’s bifurcated reaction.
Ed and Al's origin story flashback concludes as we see how Ed became a state alchemist. Tim and Patrick recount the story, while also touching on such topics as: Are manga tough to get into for the new reader? Should Romanized Japanese use "L" or "R"? Also, the comics-language power of three little lines.