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Episode 30: The Ishvalan War of Extermination (2009 series)

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The Ishvalan War of Extermination
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Series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Episode number 30
Title The Ishvalan War of Extermination
Japan airdate November 1, 2009
U.S.A. airdate November 5, 2009 (online stream)
January 30, 2011
Run time 0:24:41
Language Japanese/English
Subtitles English
Preceded by Struggle of the Fool
Followed by The 520 Cens Promise

As Edward hears Hawkeye's tale of a time when idealistic young soldiers were tasked with genocide, the horrors of the Ishvalan battlefield are revealed.

Episode NotesEdit

  • This episode is adapted from content in Chapter 57: Scars of Ishval, Chapter 58: The Footsteps of Ruin, Chapter 59: The Immoral Alchemist, Chapter 60: In the Absence of God, Chapter 61: The Hero of Ishval and Chapter 62: Beyond the Dream.
  • The Transmutation Circle which appears in the background of this episode's title card is the Flame Alchemy circle tattooed on Riza Hawkeye's back.
  • This episode reveals Riza's father's name to be Berthold Hawkeye, a fact that was not revealed in the manga.
  • In the corresponding manga chapter, Riza is alerted to Ed's presence by a knock at the door rather than Hayate's barking.
  • In this episode, the letter Hughes receives from Gracia marks that Maes is part of the 27th Infantry Battalion.
  • This episode has the dubious honor of being the most abridged in the series, with more than an entire volume of manga being reduced to a single episode.
    • The events surrounding Brigadier General Fessler and, indeed, Fessler himself are not depicted in this episode. He did, however, get a single scene with Armstrong one episode prior.
    • Riza Hawkeye sniping and killing an Ishvalan rogue, who was nearly within assassination range of both Hughes and Mustang, before reintroducing herself to them is cut. In this version, she merely walks up after they finish talking.
    • The events surrounding Solf Kimblee's orders to assassinate the Rockbells, as well as his theft of the Philosopher's Stone and other appearances, are not depicted in this episode. The latter is shown in the following episode, but the shot of Envy watching and congratulating Kimblee for such an act is not included. However, the shot of Envy is included in the third opening theme.
    • Marcoh's recollection of Lab 5 in the manga originally had cameos from many characters dead up to that point, including Lust, the Slicer brothers, and Barry the Chopper, all watching as the stone is made.
  • The showing of this episode on Adult Swim had the ending, in which Envy finds Marcoh's corpse and the word "VENGEANCE" scribed on the back wall, cut.

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