Fullmetal Alchemist

Season 4 Episode 10

Laws and Promises

Aired Saturday 12:00 AM Mar 18, 2006 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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