Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Episode 4 — An Alchemist's Anguish
Published December 7, 2011
A mysterious man with an "X"-shaped scar across his face attacks and murders State Alchemists. King Bradley orders Hughes and Armstrong to use all available resources to stop the murderer. Meanwhile, to avoid being in debt to Edward for helping to resolve what happened in Lior, Mustang introduces the Elrics to Shou Tucker. Tucker, the "Sewing-Life Alchemist," obtained his State Alchemist credentials by creating a chimera that could understand human speech. He opens up his library to the Elrics for them to study living creature transmutation, but they also end up spending time to play with Tucker's young daughter Nina and family dog Alexander. Upon returning to the house for another study session, they find that Tucker has created another speaking chimera in order to satisfy his yearly examination requirements. However, Ed is furious to discover that the speaking chimera was created using Nina and Alexander, and realizes that Tucker did the same with his wife, two years prior. Ed nearly beats him to death, stopped only by Al. Ed is left feeling helpless, while Mustang tells him that by being a State Alchemist, Ed must prepare himself to take a life if called upon by the military. While Tucker is under arrest for his actions, he is visited by the scarred man who kills him and the chimera.