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Fullmetal Alchemist

Season 4 Episode 3

Hohenheim of Light

Aired Saturday 12:00 AM Jan 28, 2006 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

"Hohenheim of Light", an alchemist of extraordinary talent, returns to Risembool after an absence of more than ten years. His appearance infuriates Ed, who wants nothing to do with him. However, Hohenheim reveals to Mustang and Al the secrets of the Homunculi. Meanwhile, the leader of the Homunculi has gathered them together to join in the hunt for the Elrics.moreless

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  • "I want you to stop using my sons as pawns in your malicious game."

    The quote above truly shows how much Hohneheim Elric loves his two children, Edward and Alphonse.

    This episode was absolutely incredible. The sound effects were better than usual, and I was absolutely hooked.

    Edward and Alphonse's father, Hohenheim, makes his first appearance since leaving them when they were just little kids.

    Edward, furious that Hohenheim left them, knocks him over the head with a closed fist. On the other hand, Alphonse is glad to see his father, as he never remembered him. He had only seen picture of his father.

    Like seen in the last few episodes, Scar sacrificied himself to allow Alphonse to survive and ultimately, become the Philosopher's Stone (Ed and Al's most prized possession).

    Pride makes a statement to Roy, saying that Al and Ed could be possibly working for the Homonculous. Obviously, this is false, and the real one who is working for the Homonculous is Pride, himself.

    Pride is trying to confuse the Military, so when the time is right, he can make a sneak attack which will allow him to gain a big advantage over Edward, Al and the rest of the Military.

    The episode ends with Edward digging up his mother's grave. His mother's corpse is not there, signaling that Edward and Alphonse were the ones who created the deadly Homonculi, Sloth, out of his mother's very own body.moreless
  • Hohenheim, the Elric's father, returns, but is Ed ready to meet the man who left him ten years ago? Also, how will Ed and Al handle the news that Hughes was killed? It's been over ten episodes, and they're just finding out!moreless

    As Ed and Al return to Resimbool, they meet their father, Hohenheim, who has just returned after ten years of absence. Ed is furious, and starts kicking and punching Hohenheim and telling him how he shouldn't have left them over ten years ago. On the other hand, Al is welcoming, and shows his naive side, as he puts his trust in Hohenheim. Al then leaves with his father, but after only one night, Hohenheim abandons Al. Al goes back to Resimbool, and meets Ed at the Rockwell's, only to be forced into the celler, along with Schiezka, whom accidentally tells the Elric's about Hughes' death. ed rushes up the stairs, and yells at Mustang about how he should've told him about Hughes' death. Ed tells Mustang that Hughes was a friend, and he deserved to know what happened to him. Next, he turns to Winry, and asks her if she knew. She reluctantly nodded. Ed is now even more outrageous. After Mustang and co. leave, Pinako tells ed to grow up, and that Mustang did the right thing by not telling him about Huges' death. Ed then says he doesn't wanna grow up if growing up means to just forget about people. Pinako goes on about how she had heard stories about Hughes, and he sounded like a good man. She then said that Hughes' death would've upset Ed too much, and that Mustang was right in not saying anything. She also adds that Hughes would've wanted it this way, too. Later in this episode, Hohenhiem meets up with Dante, the leader of the homunculi. As Dante and Hohenheim square off, Ed and Al mourn the death of Hughes. The death of Hughes (which happened almost 20 episodes ago) now ignites the flame of hate against the homunculi. Ed must now face a difficult decision: Risk his life to kill the homunculi, or sit back and let the homunculi do more damage.

    All in all, this is one of the best episodes ever, because the Elric's are now informed that Hughes has died. This also signifies that the writers at FMA don't forget about one of their characters after death. Hughes was one of the Elric's best allies, and now, he's dead. This could possible be why Ed and Al decide to finish off the homunculi. The death of Hughes was perhaps the most important event in FMA history, and I just want everyone to understand that. Until next time, seeya!

    Next time, on FMA: A Rotted Heart.

    Finally, Hohenheim and Dante square off, as Ed and Al get ready to move on. With the FMA episode clock ticking down, what will happen next?

    ~The end is near~

    -Daniel Handler (A.K.A. Lemony Snikett)moreless
  • We finally find out who the blurry man in the picture is.

    After so much time, we finally find out who the man in the picture is. Hikari no Hoenheim. One of the strongest, most knowledgeable characters in the whole series finally makes his appareance. But as fast as he appeared, he dissapeared again leaving Ed and Al for a second time. Mainly the most important part of this episode are the few lines of dialogue that Hoenheim has, when they tell the Elric brothers that Hughes was killed, and finally that Lyra is actually Dante who transferred bodies. Dante and Hoenheim are about to face off, what will happen next....

    Its a decent episode but not one i would call GREAT or EXCELLENT.moreless
  • hohenhiem of light probably the greatest episode since words of farwell

    hohenhiem of light reviewed to uswho ed and al's father was it reveled to us some thing about hohenhiem but most importantly it reveled to us who is controlling the humunculus.i rank hohenhiem of light the second best episode of fma ever it truely show a greater side to the story.
  • in this episode ed and al learns that there dad comes back into there life but ed don't like that so ed and al gets into a fight and there dad levas and al fallow's him.moreless

    i have to say that this is one fav. Episode of the series becuse we found out more about ed and al's past and found out more about Roy mustang and were he stands. so i think it's one of the best's episode to date and i can't wait to see the next episode this sat.
Colleen Clinkenbeard

Colleen Clinkenbeard

Rose Tomas

Guest Star

Juli Erickson

Juli Erickson

Pinako Rockbell

Guest Star

Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert

W.O. Vato Falman

Guest Star

Luci Christian

Luci Christian


Recurring Role

Scott McNeil

Scott McNeil

Hohenheim Elric

Recurring Role

Monica Rial

Monica Rial


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (7)

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    • Source of Name: Hohenheim Elric:
      The name of Edward and Alphonse's father alludes to the famous Swiss physician and alchemist Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim, who was better known as Paracelsus.

      Von Hohenheim was born in Ensielden, Switzerland in 1493 and became a physician like his father. He studied medicine at various universities, earning a baccalaureate in medicine from the University of Vienna in 1510, and later a doctorate from the University of Ferrara.

      He is considered "The Father of Pharmacology" and also "The Father of Toxicology". He took the name Paracelsus later in life; it means "superior to Celsus", who was an early Roman physician.

      Von Hohenheim died in Salzburg, Austria on September 24, 1541.

    • "I thought she was an alien...":
      The creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa, often draws herself as a cow in "fighting panties". When Sciezka says she thought Ms. Douglas was an alien, Arakawa's self portrait as a cow appears with a UFO in the background.