Fullmetal Alchemist

Season 4 Episode 10

Laws and Promises

Aired Saturday 12:00 AM Mar 18, 2006 on Cartoon Network
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The battle between Mustang and Pride takes a surprising turn when help is received from an unexpected source. Outside the compound, Hawkeye meets up against Archer as she and the Bradleys are being taken to Central. Everything the Elrics have worked towards comes to a climax, as Ed and Al both make extreme sacrifices and the term "Equivalent Exchange" takes on a whole new meaning.moreless

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  • OMG, this episode was so great that I'd..

    Cried. I sware! I cried myself to sleep. I wish that the series continued and have a happy ending, were Al and Ed are finally together with their bodies back to normal. And everyone lives happly ever after. But thats not true for anime. They keep you guessing and guessing. Thats a good and bad thing! ANyways, this episodes shows twists, and emotions that I never saw inside of me. Really, this was the first show when I cried for real!! Tears of sorrow and happiness. Can't decide between the two. XD So yeh, #1 anime in the world. Watch it, or your life will be like a living hell!!moreless
  • Summaries aren't my thing, but i guess i'll try. Wraps up practically everything there is to know about the episode. Left just enough for the movie.

    Quite possibly the best episode of the entire series is the last one, Laws and Promises. I say this because, of all the episodes, this one really touched me. Seriously, this is a great episode, and it ended beautifully! I know it won't seem like much, but this is my favorite episode ever. The only ones that can compare to this episode are; episode 50, Death; episode episode 25, Words of Farewell; and episode 7, Night of the Chimera's Cry. This episode even ended better than i expected. It leaves just enough open so that the movie could have something to start with, but not too much to make you feel like they were trying to leave you hanging.

    All in all, this is, in my opinion, the best episode of the best show made.moreless
  • It was a really sad ending. I wish they would of kept going. Well maybe they shouldent. Keep you wondering what happens. Even know i would like to see more!!! I cryed to =(moreless

    It was defintly a tear jerker. In all it was a very good series. I would of loved to see a them make more episodes. It was a really great story. It always kept me interested. I wish i wouldent of missed some of the episodes thats for sure. They sure ended it with alot of questions flying around. For example did ed ever get back? Or did he stay in the other world. Well maybe some questions shouldent be answered. It sure keeps me wondering about it alot though! In all i give the series a 10 out of 10.moreless
  • The series finale of Fullmetal Alchemist.

    BONES has done it again. They have given us and ending that is both mysterious and emotionally satisfying. In order to restore his brother's body, Ed sacrifices himself and returns to the "other world". Considering all of the hilarious moments throughout the series, the viewer is likely to expect a happy ending where Al's body is restored and Ed regains his arm and leg. Instead, there is a twist. A twist that has been seen in the series before: In the very beginning. Just like how Ed sacrificed his arm to bind Al's soul to a suit of armor, he restores his brother to his body - at the cost of being able to be with him. Roy is finally able to avenge Hughes. Although he doesn't become Fuhrer, he has seen to it that his friend receives justice.moreless
  • I wasn't the only person who cried ... right?

    After watching this magnificent progression for years, when watching the ending I found myself tearing up until the last scene. Sure it left a few questions unanswered but in a way, I felt as if this was a graduation. Not wanting to spoil for anyone who has not seen it, secrets are revealed, people set off on new adventures, and like the title, promises were made. Absolutely a wonderful ending to an amazing series.moreless
Colleen Clinkenbeard

Colleen Clinkenbeard

Rose Thomas

Guest Star

Luci Christian

Luci Christian


Guest Star

Cindee Mayfield

Cindee Mayfield


Guest Star

Christine Auten

Christine Auten

Izumi Curtis

Recurring Role

Ed Blaylock

Ed Blaylock


Recurring Role

Troy Baker

Troy Baker

Lt. Col. Frank Archer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (16)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Two disclaimers shown prior to the broadcast of this episode on [adult swim]: the usual Parental Warning for mature themes and an addendum for scenes of extreme violence.

    • The opening titles are shortened in this episode. Also, the end credits begin about halfway through this episode.

    • A title was given to this episode for the American broadcast of the series finale. This episode was untitled for the original Japanese broadcast.


    • Chopin's composition "Tristesse" is played during the near-end of this episode.

    • Robert H. Goddard:
      Known as the Father of Modern Rocketry, Goddard's report has interested Edward in outer space. Goddard launched the first liquid-fuel rocket on March 16, 1926. His rocket design was used to design the V-2 rockets for Nazi Germany.

    • Professor Haushofer:
      Hohenhiem chats with Professor Karl Haushofer, who, in 1921, served as a Professor of Geography at Munich University. Haushofer was an informant to many important people within this time period, and his ideals would play a major part in World War II.
      -info from Wikipedia

    • Hohenheim's Comment on Inflation:
      During the time of Hohenheim's stay in Germany, the German state was busy paying war reparations to the Allies of WWI as a condition of the Treaty of Versailles (1919). Germany did not have nearly enough money to cover the debt, which ran into the billions. Furthermore, it was trying to repair its own damages from the war.

      Because of the pressing need for money, the German treasury decided at one point to simply begin printing more money than it could back on the gold standard. This led to the sharp devaluation of the deutschmark, and brought on skyrocketing inflation.

    • Einstein, Freud, and Dracula:

      Albert Einstein (1879-1955) is considered to be one of, if not the, greatest scientists of the 20th century. While best known for his Theory of Special Relativity (E=mc2), he also contributed to the fields of quantum mechanics and cosmology.

      Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) is the founder of the psychological school of psychoanalysis. One of his main theories was that unconscious conflicts were the source of neurosis, and could be treated by bringing these "unconscious wishes" to light.

      While "Dracula" is best known from Bram Stoker's classic novel of the same name, there are some historical connections to both a secret fraternity called the Order of the Dragon and to Vlad Dracul III, "The Impaler." Vlad was supposed to have killed as many as 10,000 people by impaling them on sharp pikes. For his bravery (and his impressive headcount), he was admitted to the order around 1431.

      Einstein was originally from Germany; he later emigrated to the U.S. Freud was an Austrian, and both Vlad the Impaler and Stoker's Dracula were supposedly from the Transylvania region of Hungary.