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Father Before the Grave
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Series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Episode number 20
Title Father Before the Grave
Japan airdate August 14, 2009
U.S.A. airdate August 20, 2009 (online stream)
June 27, 2010
Run time 0:24:41
Language Japanese/English
Subtitles English
Preceded by Death of the Undying
Followed by Advance of the Fool

Hohenheim’s visit ends with a grave warning to Pinako, but Ed finds hope among the charred ruins of his childhood. Now more than ever, he has confidence that Al can be returned to his body.

Episode NotesEdit

  • This episode is adapted from content in Chapter 42: The Father Standing Before a Grave, Chapter 43: River of Mud and Chapter 44: The Unnamed Grave.
  • The Transmutation Circle which appears in the background of this episode's title card is the Nationwide Transmutation Circle.
  • Much of the lighthearted arguing on Ed's side to his father was cut from the anime version. Due to that, the glimpse of Hohenheim's softer, humorous side doesn't show itself until later.
  • Hohenheim deliberately begins talking about the anti-Trisha when he realizes Edward is eavesdropping. He does this specifically to put Edward on the path to learning that he and Al could restore their bodies. Though subtle, this was a very fatherly thing to do, and is one of the earliest indications that he really did care about them.
    • Also, the fact he did it subtly was important, too. Had he addressed this directly, Edward would have been too stubborn to take it seriously.

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