They stuck very closely to the manga, and the things that they added were really good! Especially that scene where Tucker said "Nina, want to play together tomorrow?" and Nina was like "Yay! :D" and I was like "NOOOOOOOO! ;_;"
Also, they showed Scar killing Basque Grand! Friggin awesome! It was great to see Grand in action; next time we see him would be in flashbacks to Ishbal probably.
And Denny & Maria appeared already! And Roy-tachi! And they talked about Yoki! I guess this means Ed & Al already visited Youswell offscreen? Definitely looks like Yoki will be appearing in this anime after all, but will they show the Youswell story later on as a flashback or something?
I also liked how they tied the Lior episode into this, since they skipped the train hijacking. Because in a later chapter of the manga we find out that Ed did report the Lior incident to the military, and we know what happens to the place after that. So it was actually quite an important addition.
The scenes with Hughes didn't feel gratuitous this time. Showing Hughes investigating Scar made for a nice subplot, which should follow naturally into Hughes & Armstrong coming to East City in the next episode.
I had no issue with the pacing this time. :D Nina was adorable. I loved all the scenes of Ed & Al playing with her. And I loved the quick flashback to them seeing Hohenheim in his study (taken from the manga, only with Al added in).
The scene with the big reveal was chilling and intense. Just perfect. I'm even more impressed with Kugimiya Rie's Al. The way his voice shook when he talked to Nina. ;__; Paku Romi pulled off an incredible performance as always. And omg, the part where Ed kicked the State Alchemist watch and Tucker crawled after it was another great addition. I'm just a little disappointed that they didn't have Al threaten to beat up Tucker himself though.
The part where Nina cried for her father. ;___; "Otousan...otousan...otousan..."
As for the new voices: KAKIHARAAAAAAAA! I've been on such a Gurren Lagann high for the past week that the very instant Fuery began to speak, I was like WHAT IS SIMON DOING IN FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST. I honestly don't think I can get used to it. I associate his voice too much with Simon. D:
Also, Havoc still sounded a little like Kimbley to me and it was a bit unnerving.
But yeah, other than that, I have no complaints this time! I dare say it was perfect. ♥ Guh, what a relief. I hope they keep this up next time too! I'm already impressed with that shot in the preview of the drop of water running down Al's eye, making it look like he's crying. ;__;
Oh, and there was a commercial for the Gurren-hen DVD, hee. And they showed the cover of the next GanGan! Looking good, Ed!