Fullmetal Alchemist (2003–2004)
"Hagane no renkinjutsushi" (original title)

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The Elric brothers' deciding to perform a forbidden human transmutation to bring their dead mother back, they end up losing their bodies. Now Edward must find the chemical privileges to restore their body back.

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 Edward Elric (51 episodes, 2003-2004)
Aaron Dismuke ...
 Alphonse Elric (51 episodes, 2003-2004)
Romi Pak ...
 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)
Caitlin Glass ...
 Winry Rockbell / ... (29 episodes, 2003-2004)
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...
 Riza Hawkeye / ... (29 episodes, 2003-2004)
Christopher Sabat ...
 Alex Louis Armstrong / ... (28 episodes, 2004)
Megumi Toyoguchi ...
 Winry Rockbell (28 episodes, 2003-2004)
Kenji Utsumi ...
 Alex Louis Armstrong / ... (28 episodes, 2004)
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 Lust / ... (25 episodes, 2003-2004)
Michiko Neya ...
 Riza Hawkeye (25 episodes, 2003-2004)
Mike McFarland ...
 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)
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 Sloth / ... (21 episodes, 2003-2004)
Yuuko Satou ...
 Lust (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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Trivia

While his soul remains attached to the suit of armor, Alphonse does not need sleep, food, or air, does not tire or suffer fatigue and does not age. See more »

Quotes

Greed: I hope you're ready for me to fight back this time, Mr. Elric.
Edward Elric: Don't worry.
[Ed transmutes his arm into a blade]
Edward Elric: I'm always ready...
[shouts]
Edward Elric: when I'm pissed!
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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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Music by Tetsuhiko Suzuki & Tomoji Sogawa
Lyrics by Shoko Fujibayashi
Arrangement by Takuya Harada
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A story with an ending no one I know could even guess
10 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series has one of the most amazing endings I've ever seen...ANYWHERE. Out the half dozen other people I know who've seen the entire series, not one of us was able to even come close to guessing the ending. FMA reminds me a bit of Harry Potter just in that, in both series, you have 1) child prodigies, 2) engrossing character growth and plot development, and 3) a story that individuals of all ages can appreciate and enjoy. One thing I appreciated and enjoyed very much about the series is that it's like one long fable--there's moral after moral after moral. As a side-note, it's one of the only animes that I've seen which spans several years, allowing for a lot more character growth and focus on the players in the story than is typically seen in most animes. Probably the single best anime that I've ever seen, and certainly in my Top 10 favorite stories of all time. Like Harry Potter though, it may at first appear to be a kids' story, but toward the end it's oriented more toward adults. Highly recommended.


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