Fullmetal Alchemist

Season 1 Episode 9

Be Thou for the People

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Aired Saturday 12:00 AM Jan 08, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Be Thou for the People
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Mustang sends Ed on assignment to inspect a small mining colony out in the East provinces. Once there, he and Al are mistaken as tourists and are greeted by the local hotel owner. However, once they learn Ed is a State Alchemist, he is attacked and tossed out of the hotel. Ed quickly learns why; the town is being taxed beyond its limits by a crooked lieutenant and his Alchemist. Will Ed do what is right and save the colony from this tyrant?moreless

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  • This episode is another pivotal and character development moment for Ed and Al. They discover there is at least another truth in the world beside equivalent exchange. Ed earns another title. We see another way of using an alchemist's circle.moreless

    10
    "Be Thou for the People" is actually a saying for all alchemists that they must "be thou for the people." State alchemists are the military's dog, but they also report directly to the King. Alchemy must be for the people and those in the King's service must be for the people. The country is at war and hence State Alchemists work as part of the miltary.



    Ed understands this double edge sword and his actions reflect his love for alchemy, the people, his King, and his family (both by blood and extended). The military is only a tool and is not his god.



    This episode is another character development and pivotal moment. It is in this episode Ed, the Fullmetal Alchemist, becomes also the alchemist for the people, champion of people among the military dogs, and he's a friend of the common man.



    This episode is also the first time Ed or Al realize the law of Equivalent Exchange goes further than they thought. This moment ties into the series opening statement:



    <blockquote>

    "Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is Alchemy's first law of Equivalent Exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world's one, and only, truth." </blockquote>



    This episode ends those days and begins their discovery of other truths.



    We also meet Lyra who at first makes it look as though she can do alchemy using her hands, as does Ed. It is when Ed and Lyra fight we discover her necklace holds her alchemy circle. She is not equal to Ed in strength, will, or honor.



    Lt. Colonel Mustang becomes full Colonel and assigned to be the commander of the Eastern Front. In the end, Ed's report to the King helps to clean up the Eastern Front and before Mustang arrives. His assistant wonders if Mustang knew in advance and arranged Ed's trip to help make his taking command easier. Mustang denies this but this viewer isn't buying it.



    This is another MUST see episode of Fullmetal Alchemist.moreless
  • Once again, the day is saved!!! Thanks to... THE POWERPUFF GIRLS!!! I mean, the Elric brothers...

    10
    This one happens to be the last of the flashback episodes. After this, it's all about the current adventures of the Elric brothers. After the events that happened at the Tucker House, Mustang sends Ed and Al to inspect the mining town of Youswell. When they arrive, they are welcomed openly. However, it's a poor town, and they owners of the inn are charging a fortune for a room. The boys don't have the money, since they spent it all on Winry when she came to visit. The inn keepers inquire about the brothers' reasons for coming into town, and Ed openly boasts about being a State Alchemist, which gets him thrown out into the street. However, since Al is not one, he gets to stay. Later, Al comes out and informs his older brotehr that the people of Youswell are so ticked about Ed being a State Alchemist is because they're being picked on by a guy named Yoki who is in charge. Yoki happens to belong to the millitary, but he's not a state alchemsit. Blah, blah, blah, lots of bad stuff happen... Then Ed comes up with a plan. He makes a lot of "gold" using alchemy, and gives it to Yoki for the town of Youswell. Then he gives it back to the villagers and it's happily ever after... THE END!moreless
  • Ed and Al visit Youswell, a mining town, where greedy Lt. Yoki is bullying the citizens for their money.

    9.5
    Based on the third chapter of the manga, this episode's name is very meaningful (is that an actual word). Ed and Al are sent to the mining town of Youswell where greedy and snobby Lt. Yoki rules the roost and is bullying all the poor citizens out of their money. However, Ed can't help due the fact the citizens dislike State Alchemists. So Ed decides to help by bending the rules of alchemy.



    Although I am not incredibly keen on this episode, I still enjoy it at times. Edward has his character developed, willing enough to bend the rules to help those in need. Yoki is a funny characters mostly used for comic relief, but he has a bigger role in the manga. Lyra also debuts, and she has an important role in later episodes.moreless
  • the episode talks about the first mission that Al and Ed were about to do , they want to inspect a coal mine

    9.4
    ohhhh what an exciting episode , i really love it, it started with the first mission that Ed is about to have..and it's that they have to inspect a coal mine...when ed and al were there , the town invited them to their inn and they were really exciting about the new guests, but when they found that ed was an alchemist for the military so they through him outside and called him the dog of the military , and then the owner of the coal mine appeared and seemed to be a bad guy , what will ed to with him ?? u can see it on this episode :)moreless
  • I thought it was kinda boring...

    8.4
    Er. Okay. Well. Ed and Al goes this this poor minind town. Once there, he and Al are mistaken as tourists and are greeted by the local hotel owner. However, once they learn Ed is a State Alchemist, he is attacked and tossed out of the hotel. Ed quickly learns why; the town is being taxed beyond its limits by a crooked lieutenant and his Alchemist. Ed convinces this lieutenant to sell the town. (He buys it with [a lot of] gold he made using alchemy) But the catch is, the paper (not really sure what to call it. Its the paper that says Ed owns it) says that the lieutenant (Yori, I think) gave the town to Ed free of charge. Yori gets arrested and Ed sells the deed to the Inn owner for one night stay in his hotel.moreless
Barry Yandell

Barry Yandell

Lieutenant Yoki

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Chris Rager

Chris Rager

Halling

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Adrian Cook

Adrian Cook

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Colleen Clinkenbeard

Colleen Clinkenbeard

Riza Hawkeye

Recurring Role

Monica Rial

Monica Rial

Lyra

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Phil Parsons (I)

Phil Parsons (I)

General Haruko

Recurring Role

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