Summary: Hohenheim is sitting by himself watching others dance when a much younger Pinako comes up and offers him a drink, then joins him. They discuss the war like nature of the country as various scenes from previous episodes are shown until a little gil comes up to Hohenheim and asks him to dance with her, after turning her down the conversation shifts to his own children and how old they were when they attempted human transmutation.
Pinako asks him why he say anything to them and Hohenheim states that it wouldn’t have made a difference since they would still have to repent for their sins. Various more scenes from past episodes showing how Ed and Al started searching for the philosopher’s stone and how they learned the truth are shown until another Hohenheim starts talking to the fist Hoenheim about how fragile humans are.
The conversation shifts again to how weak humans are and that they should be treated like resources instead. More scenes from past episodes are shown of Ed at Lab 5, Hughes doing research about the past military actions of the country and the demise of Xerxes. Pinako asks Hohenheim if he knew that the homunculi were turning Amestris into another Xerxes from the beginning. When she asks why he didn’t tell anyone he replies that it wouldn’t have changed anything and that humans always repeat the same mistakes; the dance begins to deteriorate into a blood bath.
Various scenes of violence and the powers of the homunculi are shown from past episodes and Hohenheim relents that humans don’t have powers like those and the most trivial things get them down; the dancers have all gone, only Hohenheim and Pinako remain.
When Hohenheim starts discussing just how helpless humans are, Pinako tells him humans will never give up. Various scenes of human determination from past episodes are shown. Pinako tells him that humans will never give up and Hohenheim only calls it a pointless struggle and Pinako retorts with if Hohenheim is fine with everyone disappearing. At this point Hohenheim disappears and the other Hohenheim that talked with him before appears behind Pinako. The other Hohenheim explains that there is no point in working for the human’s benefit since they will all die in the end regardless. The other Hohenheim then pulls Pinako’s face off revealing her as part of the first Hohenheim’s subconscious of a linger remnant.
The other Hohenheim reminds the first one of what he really is and the first one is then greeted by a younger incarnation of his late wife Trisha who encourages him that humans can change. Various scenes of humans picking up the broken pieces of their lives and pushing forward are shown from past episodes until Trisha tells him that because humans are weak they strive to live their best while they are still alive. After Trisha reminds Hohenheim of the days he spent in Risembool with his family as encouragement for him to keep going, he wakes up realizing it was a dream.
Before leaving, he turns and thanks the, now empty, bottle that Pinako was holding… which shouldn’t exist outside of his dream…
Manga notes: (spoilers impending) No real notes for this episode since it was just a flashback episode dedicated to the main points of the series thus far. However at least it showed focus on Hohenheim who has really been lacking in the character development in this anime rendition.
The most interesting parts of the episode were probably the new opening and endings. The opening showcased all the remaining homunculi along with Briggs and the ending was just fanservice of sorts for this series.
This entry contains a gross overuse of the name “Hohenheim”… ugh… typed it again…