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Fullmetal Alchemist 

Hagane no renkinjutsushi (original title)
When a failed alchemical ritual leaves brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric with severely damaged bodies, they begin searching for the one thing that can save them; the fabled philosopher's stone.
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Aaron Dismuke ...
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 Edward Elric / ... 51 episodes, 2003-2004
Rie Kugimiya ...
 Alphonse Elric / ... 51 episodes, 2003-2004
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Tôru Ohkawa ...
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 Riza Hawkeye / ... 29 episodes, 2003-2004
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 Winry Rockbell / ... 29 episodes, 2003-2004
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 Alex Louis Armstrong / ... 28 episodes, 2004
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 Alex Louis Armstrong / ... 28 episodes, 2004
Megumi Toyoguchi ...
 Winry Rockbell 28 episodes, 2003-2004
Michiko Neya ...
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Yûko Satô ...
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 King Bradley / ... 23 episodes, 2003-2004
Yasunori Matsumoto ...
 Jean Havoc / ... 22 episodes, 2003-2004
Chris Cason ...
 Gluttony / ... 21 episodes, 2003-2004
Yoshino Takamori ...
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The Elric brothers' mother is dead and their father has long since abandoned them. Deciding to perform a forbidden human transmutation to bring their mother back, they end up losing their bodies. Now Edward must join the military in order to gain certain alchemical privileges, with his one goal being to restore his brother to his original state. But with war on the horizon it's only a matter of time before they are both forced to question their morals and ultimately decide the value of human life. Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

During the flashback scene of the State Alchemists being called in during Episode 15, one of the State Alchemists seen resembles Ling Yao, a character from the manga. While Ling was never adapted in this series, he would later be adapted in the second anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. See more »

Quotes

Edward Elric: Who are you calling so short you want to squish like an ant?
Alphonse Elric: Calm down, he never said anything like that!
Edward Elric: But he was thinking it.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits of the first episodes, you see a close-up of Ed who "turns to the camera" and casts a faint smile. In the 7th episode though - a tragic one, Ed's smile breaks into a big grin while his eyes are shining like he's about to cry. See more »

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Soundtracks

Riraito
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Fourth opening theme (episodes #42-51)
Performed by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Music and lyrics by Masafumi Gotô
Arrangement by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
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My favorite Anime
8 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was sick last year (2005 this is '06) for three days straight. So as a result I ended up 'channel surfing' all day and all night. I didn't get ANY sleep.

Eventually I turned the channel onto Adult Swim. Mostly because I had seen the title Full Metal Alchemist and was drawn in. I remembered the myths about alchemy although vaguely mostly from random books I had read.

The episode I ended up watching was the exam episode which should've been the actual beginning to the series but is actually around the third or fourth episode.

And was hooked. I had thought that anime was a useless Japanese art form. Man was I wrong! Intriguing storyline AND amazing animation. This was an aspiring animators dream world.

I ended up spending the rest of the year watching all the episodes on Adult Swim...I'd even wake up in the morning and think Full Metal Alchemist's on tonight! And plan my day accordingly. I also ended up buying the Manga which if you have cash to burn and love the series you should do so.

The story itself is pretty straightforward at first and seems almost like Inu Yasha where there's the same premise behind every episode but that's only for a little while until you know the characters and than it starts adding to the background situations starts to show whats really going on and whats really behind their quest.

The animation in itself just adds to the story with the rich backgrounds and the amazing fights.

Overall this would be a good anime to start with if your looking for one. There's only 51 episodes, a movie -Full Metal Alchemist and the Conqueror of Shamballa- and a couple of games so it won't burn too big of a hole in your pocket.


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