Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Episode 10- HHUUGGHHEESS


We all knew it was coming, but alas it still brings a tear to the eyes.


I never really understood why he had such redundant titles. Is this something the author did on purpose to make a point or did she not really understand the words? Regardless, it does kind of ruin the suspense when you know that despite his helpful demeanor when it came to the topic of conversation, he’s really an antagonist.

One of the best characters in the show, that’s who


Oh man, such a line is almost never uttered in shounen action shows. And by almost I mean every single show. At least the “training arc” from the first series was sufficiently grimdark, here’s hoping that despite the significant story alterations they can at least make it not seem like Naruto.




Well, Hughes lasted less than half as long in this series as the first one, as they scoot along quickly to get to the new material. From what I hear the plot should soon start to move in a more significantly different direction then the first series to follow the manga storyline. That being said we will all miss Hughes, he was awesome. RIP.

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  1. Matt
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    A very touching ending to a character that we could not connect with as much as the first anime. I am sorry to say, i am upset to see him go again, but it was because i loved his character from the first anime go around. In this one there wasn’t that emotional connection like before. I am wondering how people who didn’t watch the first anime or read the manga thought about his death. If i haven’t i might not have cared much, though the kid at the funeral was very sad.

  2. FortMan
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    IIRC, “King” is Bradley’s first name.

  3. Posted June 9, 2009 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    The funeral scene was what really tugged on my heart strings.

    I don’t get what the phone girl was doing in the episode. Hughes was bleeding badly and she let him walk out on to the streets alone? What sort of subordinate is she!?

  4. Posted June 9, 2009 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Yeah, FortMan is correct.

    That confused me in the beginning as well, but most likely “King” is supposed to be his first name, as he is referred to as “Kingu Buradorii-daisoto” in the Japanese, with “King Bradley” being written in katakana to indicate that it’s a non-Japanese name.

  5. Dark Fishie
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    King Bradley (キング・ブラッドレイ) is his name. It is written in katakana not hiragana nor kanji because the name is foreign. Thus the katakana denote pronunciation and not meaning. King just happens to be part of his name, not his title. It is translated as KING in English based on the Japanese pronunciation, which is KI-N-Gu.

    As for Fuhrer-President (大総統), that is the translation of his title (like -san, -kun, -sensei, etc.) based on the subbing group’s preference. 大総統 literally means Large/Great President. Fuhrer in Japanese is written in katakana. I’m guessing the subbing group chose Fuhrer-President because Fuhrer was how his title was presented in official English media while President is closer to the kanji’s meaning.

  6. yaku
    Posted June 9, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    The only disadvantage of this new rehash is that the scene isn’t as powerful because you have only 10 episodes to introduce tons of characters, advance the plot in huge steps and try to like the character enough (in this case Hughes). Now I wished they gave the story a slower pace to allow the audience to build some attachment for the characters, because this scene wasn’t as powerful as the first series.

    Maybe it’s also we already knew what was coming, but my brother is a new fan of FMA and I wish he could’ve felt the huge impact of this scene as in the first series.

  7. Posted June 10, 2009 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Well, that was a downer… I thought they’d let Hughes off the hook this time, but maybe I’ll just hope for a future remake wherein they won’t do it. But kudos for the Bones team for keeping him alive long enough.

  8. Henduluin
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 7:18 am | Permalink


    Not going to happen. Hughes’ death is an important part of the story, although it only becomes clear later on why exactly he got killed. If he had lived, the story would change dramatically.

  9. limewarrior
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    a very sad episode.

    @Matt: I didn’t watch the first series of FMA, so this my first time seeing Hughes’ death. I gotta say, I felt attachment to the character, he seemed like a great guy, and a loving father. This episode was heartbreaking for me, especially the daughter at the funeral.

  10. manwiththemachinegun
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    To be fair, Hughes wasn’t THAT important a character in the manga to begin with. He was just one of the quirky Mustang subordinates who got bumped up, Boba Fett style, to great importance in the first anime. He WASN’T on the train hijacking mission for example in the manga.

    Still, his death resonates profoundly throughout the rest of the series. I can’t wait to see future developments.

  11. Jose Lopez
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Sorry! but I need to desagree on something, Huges was important, on the original series HE descovered the Identity of on of the homunculous and how the war with the people of Ishibal started, because of Juliet Douglas remember? Homunculous of the Eric brother. If he wold of survived the story could of been shorter because the would known the real enemy.

  12. miden
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Hughesss!! why oh why!!! >.<!!!

  13. manwiththemachinegun
    Posted June 10, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    I know Hughes makes a big discovery, however, he doesn’t have any more screen time in the Manga than in this current series. That was my point. It’s the first anime that padded his resume so to speak.

    It only seems like Hughes is getting offed early.

  14. Dark Fishie
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    Quote Jose Lopez: “Huges was important, on the original series HE descovered the Identity of on of the homunculous and how the war with the people of Ishibal started, because of Juliet Douglas remember?”

    That’s right, because he discovered all that in the FIRST series, not the second. Also, Juliet Douglas does not exist in the current series so your statement would not be correct anyway in regards to FMA:B.

    No matter how much the firstanime!Hughes and the Brotherhood!Hughes are alike, they are different characters and bring different things to the storyline. I see the first series as an alternate universe version of the manga/current series because of the numerous changes. The differences between the two versions occurred within the first few episodes of the first series, and there is no clear line in regards to when the division occurred. (Episode 2 was changed to convoy a different tone to the story, and the first major changes happened in episode 6. Also, episodes 4 and 5 do not exist in the manga; in fact, they were considered “filler” episodes.)

    Whatever happened in the first series may or may not occur now. If the same event does occur, it may or may not have the same effects to the current storyline or the same motives. Please keep that in mind when watching FMA:B. Forgetting that the first series occurred might be a little extreme, but the point is that FMA and FMA:B are separate entities. If FMA and FMA:B were people, they could be identical twins with different personalities =P

  15. limewarrior
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    @ Dark Fishie: What an excellent way of comparing the two series, as identical twins.

    I’m actually glad this series is so different from the first one. I wouldn’t particularly want to watch the same exact thing with a different art style.

    I think Winry is cuter in FMA:B, anyone else agree? oh man, I can’t get enough of that short skirt she was wearing in the last two episodes.

    In Memoriam of Hughes: my favorite line is from his daughter’s birthday party “Hey, you brats! Do something to my daughter and see what happens!”

  16. Posted June 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    He was a real hero; He was a true patriot.

  17. Posted June 12, 2009 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Erm. Can I know what’s the difference between this FMA: Brotherhood and the previous 51 episodes that was released in the past?

  18. Narks
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    I personally like the way the isbal campaign flashbacks are intervoven into the story in this series. in the manga ishbal was bit of a mistery for years until they did a flashback arc later. still hope they animate it tho it was really interesting bit of the manga as it showed a number of characters in a new light.

  19. random passing dude
    Posted June 13, 2009 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    Didn’t this site used to get more comments per article?

  20. Posted June 13, 2009 at 8:57 am | Permalink


    An incompetent one, that’s why she just answers the phones~

    @FortMan, 0rion, Dark Fishie

    Well I suppose that makes sense, although it ends up sounding really stupid. Never met anyone whose first name was King…


    This one is supposed to follow the manga storyline. The first one veered off somewhere around halfway.

    @Random Passing Dude

    Mmmmm, only on mecha shows~

  21. yukino
    Posted June 13, 2009 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    this ep was soooooo sad o.o Hughes was my fav. character in the manga too

  22. ..
    Posted June 13, 2009 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    yep, he was one SEXY man

  23. Posted June 14, 2009 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    “A very touching ending to a character that we could not connect with as much as the first anime. I am sorry to say, i am upset to see him go again, but it was because i loved his character from the first anime go around. In this one there wasn’t that emotional connection like before. I am wondering how people who didn’t watch the first anime or read the manga thought about his death. If i haven’t i might not have cared much, though the kid at the funeral was very sad.”

    yeh i totally agree with you, in the new anime lots of the parts that defined the charecters personalities have been cut out, like when ed and all saves the mining village from the corrupt military :(

  24. Dark Fishie
    Posted June 14, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    @TJ and Calawain: the receptionist brought a first-aid box but Hughes left, refusing treatment. I suspect the scene was cut due to time limits. The original panels can be found here: http://www.onemanga.com/Full_Metal_Alchemist/15/36/

    Also @Calawain: Too bad that President King Bradley will remain stupid-sounding in English. I’m sure Dutch speakers, for example, do not find Voorzitter (or whatever the subbers choose to translate the title to) King Bradley as objectable =P

    @Watch Yugioh 5D:
    Have you thought about the possibility that the definitive parts are not shown because the characters do NOT possess those traits in the current series?

    Let me reiterate my previous comparison of the two animated series as identical twins. At first glance, the twins cannot be told apart. However, as one studies them in detail, one might find that the ear of one twin is slightly porkier, or the eyebrow a touch pointier, or one has a crooked tooth where the other has it straight. Btw that’s only the physical traits; personality differences are much harder to spot but they still exist. In any case, the twins are similar but different. Therefore, please view this series as its own without comparing it to the previous one.

  25. twilight
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    can someone tell me if Calawain has dropped this series? its been a couple weeks now and i havent seen any new episodes

  26. Melenik
    Posted February 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    One thing I can’t understand… and am Surprised about;
    Why has nobody commented about the first episode? When Hughes first comes in.. He doesn’t know the Elrics’ even though in the first it was they who helped his wife when she was having a baby, these story lines are not at all the same?

    • Andriy
      Posted June 12, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

      FM:B Takes on the manga side of the story that’s why, it’s like starting afresh with changes.

  27. winry
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    @Dark Fishie: go read the manga again, THEN tell me episodes 4 and 5 didnt exist… Nina and Alexander’s deaths were the most heartbreaking in the manga… and i’m glad that in Brotherhood, they kept it as in the manga.. while hughes death wasnt as emotional as in the first series, nina’s death got all the attention and emotion that she deserved, in FMA:B…

  28. Boob
    Posted September 11, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    this show is the shittest fucking show……and im saying this cause they killed of hughes IN THE 10TH FUCKING EPISODE FUUUKK let alone killing him altogether…….i watched brotherhood ONLY because i thought they might nnoott kill him off best fucjkking character ….<3 u hughes

    • syunn
      Posted October 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      @boob – that’s not really a valid reason to call a show the ‘shittest fucking show’…in fact, Hughes died just about as quickly in this version of FMA as he did in the manga, so really there’s no way around it unless they decide to make a completely AU version of FMA. According to the person that created Hughes, he was just meant to die in the story (however sad it is, because he really is such an amazing character)

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