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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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 Edward Elric (51 episodes, 2003-2004)
Aaron Dismuke ...
 Alphonse Elric (51 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Edward Elric / ... (51 episodes, 2003-2004)
Rie Kugimiya ...
 Alphonse Elric / ... (51 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Roy Mustang (33 episodes, 2003-2004)
Tôru Ohkawa ...
 Roy Mustang / ... (33 episodes, 2003-2004)
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...
 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)
Kenji Utsumi ...
 Alex Louis Armstrong / ... (28 episodes, 2004)
Megumi Toyoguchi ...
 Winry Rockbell (28 episodes, 2003-2004)
Michiko Neya ...
 Riza Hawkeye (25 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Lust / ... (24 episodes, 2003-2004)
Yûko Satô ...
 Lust (24 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Jean Havoc / ... (23 episodes, 2003-2004)
Ed Blaylock ...
 King Bradley / ... (23 episodes, 2003-2004)
Yasunori Matsumoto ...
 Jean Havoc / ... (22 episodes, 2003-2004)
Chris Cason ...
 Gluttony / ... (21 episodes, 2003-2004)
Yoshino Takamori ...
 Sloth / ... (21 episodes, 2003-2004)
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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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The reason that Ed, Izumi, Hohenheim and Dante are able to perform Alchemy without transmutation circles is because each of them has seen the gate; "the truth." Although Alphonse would have seen the gate while his soul was trapped there, he retains no memory of it which is why he cannot perform Alchemy without circles. While he gains the ability to perform Alchemy without a transmutation circle later on in this series due to the Philosopher's Stone, in the manga and later FMA Brotherhood anime, when the snake chimera Martel was killed, her blood reacted with Alphonse's blood seal (which doesn't occur in this series) causing him to regain his memories and as a result Al discovers shortly afterwards that it gave him that ability as well. See more »

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Number 48, Slicer: Older Broher: No, you don't understand. You must destroy us.
Slicer: Young Brother: He's right. You must destroy us. There is nothing for the defeated but death that is our rule.
Edward Elric: I'm not killing anyone. That's not what I do.
Number 48, Slicer: Older Broher: You're too kind with your words. Calling us anyone, not anything. As if we could still be called human in this twisted state. I didn't say kill, I said destroy. Destroy these thing's we've become.
Edward Elric: To do that, I'd have to admit you weren't human. And for me to do that, I'd have to admit the same of my brother ...
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In the dubbed version, Episode 25: "Words of Farewell" has a different ending than the usual song, "Move Across the Door" (Second Ending Theme) by YeLLOW Generation, and ending sequence with no previews, instead, the ending song is a militaristic drum beat and the credits are shown against a black background. See more »

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Motherland
Third ending theme (episodes #26-41)
Performed by Crystal Kay
Music by Yanagiman
Lyrics by H.U.B.
Arrangement by Ken Matsubara
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8 August 2006 | by (United States) – 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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