Fullmetal Alchemist

Season 1 Episode 13

Fullmetal vs. Flame

Aired Saturday 12:00 AM Feb 05, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Fullmetal vs. Flame
The annual Alchemy Assessment is fast approaching, and Ed still has not have much success with his search for the Philosopher's Stone. Tired of Mustang's constant rebuke, and with nothing substantial to show for his Assessment, Ed comes up with a solution to settle both problems: Challenge the Colonel to a duel -- The Flame Alchemist against the Fullmetal Alchemist.moreless

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  • Even though it's not really related to the storyline. I would say it's one of my top 5 Fav FMA episodes. For the plot the Title speaks for itself.

    One word: HILARIOUS! Edward is ever funnier in this episode. This episode also shows the light and ignorant side of the state Alchemist. This episode strongly depicts Roy Mustang prowess and charisma as well as his comedic side. Girls will be left Squeeeeeing for Roy as he taunts, plays, and fights Edward. This part also shows Roy's conflicted side. Just Like many characters in the show Roy is no exception to having some level of trauma which is ultimately hidden under his stern facade.

    Aside from the Comedy and the Drama you have the fights. Amusing it is seeing that the 2 most favourite characters in the series are pitted against each other. It's explosive, It's finely done, And Above ALL it's damn Funny.

    Overall This episode shows the best of what's to come even though it act as a side story and in somewhat a more lighthearted mood than the other episodes it's still top notch. The only downside about this is the preview for the next episode keeping up the suspense. 10/10 hands down.moreless
  • Funny it was my favorite episode

    I love this episode My favorite Mustang is so hot Ilike Ed too But Mustang is awesome not as awsome as Hueghs. Alphonse is just annoying. Sasuke's Dad better than everyone though.. Oh and Trunks is cool... The one that I really hate is Itachi.... I mean is goth or what? He's just creepy isn't he.. But he's not as bad as Cream... Tails can beat them all I know it... I like Neiji's Dad. But he's not as cool as the Uchiha's Dad... They have the best dad.. Wait I think Shikamaru's dad is better.. Hmm I never mentioned him..moreless
  • Quite possibly the best non- main- plotline episode of the entire 50 plus episode series!! It just doesn't get funnier than this!

    This is by far my favorite 'fluff' episode of the whole series. FMA is packed full of quirky humor to offset the intense story of the brothers and their quest to 'make things right' again, but the battle evaluation is my fave moment. Why? Well, first of all, I love Mustang's 'snap with attitude'...there's just something mesmerizing about it! Then there are the short rants, including my personal fave "I'll break down your feet and stick them on your head!" Plus the miniskirt line, and Havoc's reaction...(Mike McFarland is too funny!) The 'I LOVE DOGS!" tangent is another great moment! Finally, we get a peek into what makes Mustang tick, and why he sometimes seems so troubled...which is also a great teaser to a future story arc that is absolutely heart breaking!

    There isn't an episode that I DON'T like, but if I was forced to pick the top episode, this would be it!moreless
  • My favorite FMA episode ever

    Woooooooooow..... I just love this episode for its randomness. Especially on Mustang's part. The guy goes from ranting about mini skirts to twirling puppies around and laughing maniacley. OK, so Ed challenges Mustang to a fight. If Ed wins, he passes his alchemic evaluation and Mustang has to keep the kitten Al found out in the rain. I don't really remember what happens if Mustang wins, but it's something bad for Ed, I recall. Something to do with the Philosopher's Stone. Anyway, before that, Mustang is just happy go lucky all around. Oh, and Fuery found a puppy, and is trying to find him an owner. The dog eventually goes to Hawkeye. She names him Black Hayate, and shoots at him when he pees on the walls. :P Uh... Oh yeah. The battle is a crazy one, and I think it ends up in a draw. It might have gone on longer, but King Bradley stopped it because he was afraid Ed and Mustang would destroy all of Armestis. Their punishment? They must clean up the entire battle arena!moreless
  • Ed and Al arrive at Eastern HQ where Mustang awaits them. However, the Fuhrer's troops arrive at the base for unexplained reasons. Ed tries to learn of Dr. Marcoh and confronts Mustang by challenging him to a duel! Fullmetal vs. Flame! Who'll win?moreless

    So we reach the end of Season 1, and they certainly don't disappoint with an episode of mostly comedy but with great action and some drama as a sidedish. Brilliant. The animation is fantastic, and the explosive (in every sense of the word) battle between Ed and Roy Mustang deserves a standing ovation.

    Ed and Al arrive at Eastern HQ to report back to Mustang on their findings. However, Mustang seems to know everything that has happened. When Ed goes to ask about Dr. Marcoh, mentioned in the previous episode, Mustang refuses to answer. Unexpectedly, Fuhrer King Bradley and a collection of familiar faces arrive, including Hughes, Major Armstrong and Brigadier Grand. Juliet Douglas, the Fuhrer's secretary is also introduced. Determined to get answers from the Colonel, Ed challenges him to an alchemy duel. In an explosive battle between Fullmetal and Flame, Mustang reveals the location of Marcoh to Ed. But Scar and the Homunculi are beginning to enter the fray.

    This episode is filled to the brim with non-stop humour and also sees the return of several familiar faces as well as new ones: Hughes, King Bradley, Basque Grand, Falman, Havoc, Lt. Breda, Master Sgt. Fuery, Black Hayate, Juliet Douglas, Lt. Hawkeye and of course Colonel Mustang. Although this episode has several spots of serious drama, comedy is what drives this episode along, as well as the fantastic voicework. Hughes is finding ever more fantastic ways to show off Elicia, Mustang's troops are having trouble deciding who will be the owner of Black Hayate, and Al takes a liking to a stray kitten. Even Fuhrer Bradley has his moments. Unfortunately, ever serious Brigadier General is as a gloomy as ever, but does reveal information on the Ishbal War which will be covered in the following episodes.

    The fight scene between Ed and Mustang is one of the highlights of the series, and the first of the series best battles. Mustang and Ed give it their all in both combat and comedy, Mustang blowing up his own comrades to get to Ed is hilrarious. All the soldiers flying up into the air had me on the floor laughing my head off. The biggest highlight is when Mustang blows Ed up on top of the cannon. However, this episode's light-hearted is darkened at the end by the presence of the Homunculi and Scar. Enter Season 2moreless
Mark Harbour

Mark Harbour

Additional Voices

Guest Star

Jason Lovelady

Jason Lovelady

Additional Voices

Guest Star

Dennis O'Neill

Dennis O'Neill

Additional Voices

Guest Star

Colleen Clinkenbeard

Colleen Clinkenbeard

Lt. Hawkeye

Recurring Role

Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert

Vato Falman

Recurring Role

Kevin M. Connolly

Kevin M. Connolly

Kain Fuery

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: Too Many Bulletholes:
      When Lt. Hawkeye shoots at Black Hayate, she fires six bullets but there are seven holes in the wall.

    • Hughes has been promoted to Lt. Colonel in charge of courtmartial investigations

    • Anime Vs. Manga:
      This event marked the first appearance Fuhrer Bradley in the Manga.

    • This episode was based off two side stories in the Manga: "The Military Festival" in Volume 3, and "Dog of the Military?" in Volume 4.

    • This is the first appearance of Lt. Riza Hawkeye, Lt. Col. Maes Hughes, Warrant Officer Vato Falman, Lt. Jean Havoc, Fuhrer Bradley and Scar outside of a flashback episode, since episodes 3-9 were of Ed and Al's past.

    • This episode is the unofficial finale of the first season. Many characters that will appear in Season 2 are introduced, either directly or appearing in the background.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Mustang: He'll learn the truth soon enough... we always do.

    • Hughes: (showing Ed a picture) Look! Can you believe how big Alicia has gotten? She can even ride a tricycle now. She follows me everywhere on that thing, like my own escort of cuteness.

    • Ed: Yep, you're the same as ever, Major...Nice and insane

    • Ed: Your stomach purring?
      Al: Yes! I mean no. I mean... You know it's still raining outside!

    • Ed: Don't call me small! I'll break down your feet and stick them on your head!

    • (Ed is mocking Mustang)
      Ed: Struck out on the Philosopher's Stone again, huh? How am I supposed to keep funding this wild goose chase? Money doesn't grow on trees, there, chief! Ed, where'd you run off too? Oh, there you are! I couldn't see you over my paperwork, seeing as how you're so short and all! Ha ha ha!

    • Mustang: This is hard. He's such a small target.

    • Al: So what's your strategy?
      Ed: (with an evil grin) I already told you; a fist in his face!

    • Hughes: ...READY and FIIIGHT!
      (Hughes runs for his life)
      Ed: Huh?! What th...
      Mustang: Too Slow.
      (Mustang snaps his fingers and fireballs appear, exploding around Ed)

    • Hughes: Ladies and Gentleman! Welcome to the Eastern Command Center Festival! A guaranteed break from that soldier grind! Incidentally, take a look...
      (Hughes pulls a rope, unveiling a huge monolith. The soldiers' mouths drop open in disbelief.)
      Hughes: My daughter, who turned three this year! Isn't she adorable?

    • Mustang: That's a stupid question, Havoc. I say it because it's true. And when I'm Fuhrer, there'll be changes... That day, all female officers will be required to wear TINY MINISKIRTS!!!
      Havoc: You're a miracle Mustang! I'll follow you the rest of my life!

    • Mustang: So tell me, is it true Psiren's a real "10" under the mask?

    • Hughes: Ed, I forgot to mention something earlier, what with the pictures...
      Ed: Get to the point!
      Hughes: ...Fine! (muttering under his breath) Rude little...

    • Mustang: I Love Dogs!
      Fuery: Really? You mean it?
      Mustang: Of course! Dogs embody loyalty! They follow their master's commands above all else! Be a jerk to them and they don't complain! And they never once beg for a paycheck! Trust me, Fuery, they are the great servants of Men! Loyal Canine How We Salute Thee!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Character's Names:
      The names "Mustang", "Hawkeye", "Breda", "Havoc", "Hayate", and "Fuery" all are taken from types of war machines used during World War II. The name "Falman" is thought to be derived from "Farman," which is another war machine from the same period.

    • Roy Mustang: "If your enemy has a choleric temper, seek to anger him."
      This line and a later one ("All warfare is based on deception") are taken from Sun Tzu's famous text, The Art of War.