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Hagane no Renkinjutsushi OVA (03): Shishou (Sensei) Monogatari
I rather enjoy these little one-off stories from the main Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood story, especially since they were too part of the manga (though published in different places). Obviously, these would be difficult to have in the main story as they would interrupt the flow. That said, having them in the OVA's (which I'm told match how the manga treated these stories -- as extras) works well for me.|
This time out is Izumi and I found it interesting to see where she obtained her own "one is all, all is one" method for initially training Ed and Al on that island. While we don't know who trained Izumi on alchemy, clearly the lessons learned on Briggs (which her adventures had been eluded to in the regular series) aided her in her alchemy studies. However, it also explains why she is a good fighter and how she was able to throw Sloth in episode 55 of Brotherhood.
Finally, for those wondering about the Romaji title and why I have "sensei" in parenthesis. The Kanji "師匠" is for the term "Shishou," which means "master" or "teacher." However, the Furigana in the episode spells out the word "Sensei," which also means the same thing. I'm guessing that since Ed and Al call Izumi "Sensei," that was spelled out above the word "Shishou." However, "Shishou" is an honorific usually used for martial arts instructors.
Bottom line: Another fun but short FMA OVA. ^_^
Last updated Thursday, July 15 2010. Created Thursday, July 15 2010.