Fullmetal Alchemist

Season 1 Episode 4

A Forger's Love

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Aired Saturday 12:00 AM Nov 27, 2004 on Cartoon Network
8.7
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While traveling to Central City to become State Alchemist, Ed and Al learn of a man named Majihal living in a nearby town. They remember that this Alchemist had written to their father about ways to create human life. Eager to learn more, Ed and Al travel to the town to meet Majihal. When they get there, however, they learn that the town is being haunted by a ghostly woman who is taking the souls of young girls. Majihal banishes the ghost, but is he hiding something more sinister?moreless

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  • Ed and Al battle an army of zombies!!!

    10
    If this had a Friends episode title, it would be "The One With The Army Of The Undead". OK, so Ed is 12 and Al is 11. I don't remember if they're just travelling or if it's an order from Mustang, but they end up in this little town that is preparing for a festival. They almost get blown up by fireworks that were set of by a troubled punk girl named Claus. As they go along, they go to the graveyard and see a zombie, who Claus tells them is the dead girl who killed her sister. Claus can't let matters rest, so she takes it into her own hands to take revenge. Oh yes! Ed and Al were looking for Majahal, and alchemist who knew their father. Anyway, Majahal tells them that the "zombie" was supposed to be Karin, a beautiful woman who lived in the village long ago. She was renowned for her rare blue roses, which she wore in her hair. But one day on the way into the city, Karin fell to her death on the mountain. Though Majahal in convinced that Karin couldn't hurt anyone, in life or death. Blah, blah, blah, Ed and Al snoop around... While they are investigating Majahal's mansion, Ed hears a strange noise, and Majahal's assisstant shows up. She is an elderly woman, but she quickly takes both brothers out. Majahal shows up, and reveals that he and Karin were lovers years before when she was alive. Now he had been spending his time tampering with human transmutations. However, he needed a spirit. Claus's sister. Now he has Claus, and is attempting to kill her as well. Then Ed sees Majahal's assisstant's hood fall off. Underneath, a blue rose. Then she confesses that she is Karin, who never died. Majahal refuses to believe it, and Ed accidently stabs him.moreless
  • Its decent, but doesn't contribute much to the series.

    8.5
    Out of season one, this is probably one of my least favorite episodes. Don't get me wrong, its still decent! Its more of a filler episode.



    Unlike other episodes so far, it doesn't really contribute much to the series. It doesn't build any ideas or anything that might be used later on, its just a situation that Ed and Al ran into on their way to Central. Thankfully though, it wasn't brainless writing where a bunch of random stuff happened like in some filler episodes. The writing in this helps the viewer understand a little bit more about the whole "Humunculi" concept in the show, like showing how one is made and a bit more about them in general.



    There was some great humor in this episode too! I love the part where Ed and Al fall into the wrong trap at the graveyard, it looks hilarious! And "Pipsqueak!?" XD



    Its a decent episode, not as great as others in this show, but still worth watching.moreless
  • Its decent, but kind of throws the viewer off track from the last three.

    8.5
    Out of season one, this is probably one of my least favorite episodes. Don't get me wrong, its still decent! Its more of a filler episode.



    Unlike other episodes so far, it doesn't really contribute much to the series. It doesn't build any ideas or anything that might be used later on, its just a situation that Ed and Al ran into on their way to Central. Thankfully though, it wasn't brainless writing where a bunch of random stuff happened like in some filler episodes. The writing in this helps the viewer understand a little bit more about the whole "Humunculi" concept in the show, like showing how one is made and a bit more about them in general.



    There was some great humor in this episode too! I love the part where Ed and Al fall into the wrong trap at the graveyard, it looks hilarious! And "Pipsqueak!?" XD



    Its a decent episode, not as great as others in this show, but still worth watching.moreless
  • After burning down their home, the brothers head for Central but not before they meet Majhal, a friend of their missing father. However, there are ghosts about and something involving Majhal's dead girlfriend. "Episode 4: A Forger's Love -moreless

    9.3
    The second flashback episode, Episode 4 is mostly a filler episode, but does feature Lust in a cameo - that makes it great. Ed and Al have burnt their house down, leapt on a train and are heading for Central without leaving Winry a note. On the way, they encounter grizzly-haired Majhal (his name is hard to spell) who is the local Ghostbuster, removing the recurring appearance of the ghost of Karin, a weird woman who liked flowers. It is later revealed that Karin was Majhal's girlfriend, and he has been creating living dummies with alchemy to try and revive her. In the end, it is revealed his work was pointless as Karin never died, but just died and has been following him around dressed in a cloak. Majhal is that dense. Although this episode has a good plotline, it feels slightly hollow at some points. For an odd reason, I always laugh at Majhal when he gets owned by the sword. Maybe its just the way it happens. The best part is when the "pipsqueak-trashcan-paperboy" fight breaks out between Ed, Al and Claus.moreless
  • It just didn't seem right. Don't get me wrong, it was still a decent episode.

    8.0
    Ed and Al just didn't seem themselves in this episode. The plot was a little out of character too. (Was this a filler? I don't ever remember reading it in the manga.) But it was decent I guess. Ed and Al meet an old friend of their dad while on their way to Central to become state alchemists. Unfortunately, the guy's pyscho, (trying to bring his not-so-dead wife back to life) and is no help to the boys in their search to return to their original bodies. The story was really confusing at first, but as the episode wound down, it became clearer. So all in all, this episode, although not my favorite, was alright.moreless
Kent Williams

Kent Williams

Majihal

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Sean Schemmel

Sean Schemmel

Claus's Father

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Charlet Dupar

Charlet Dupar

Claus

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Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey

Lust

Recurring Role

Linda Young

Linda Young

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