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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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Series cast summary:
 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)
 Roy Mustang (33 episodes, 2003-2004)
Tôru Ohkawa ...
 Roy Mustang / ... (33 episodes, 2003-2004)
Caitlin Glass ...
 Winry Rockbell / ... (29 episodes, 2003-2004)
 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)
 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)
 Sloth / ... (21 episodes, 2003-2004)
Yuuko Satou ...
 Lust (21 episodes, 2003-2004)
Yoshino Takamori ...
 Sloth / ... (21 episodes, 2003-2004)


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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They thought there was nothing more they could lose... They were wrong. See more »


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6 November 2004 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Nearly every member of the military (Mustang, Hawkeye, Fury, Havoc, Hughes, and even Riza's dog, Black Hayate) is named after some type of mid-20th century military aircraft. Most of them are WWII-era airplanes. The exception to the aircraft rule is Bradley, who seems to be named after a modern APC, which was named after WW2 General Omar Bradley. See more »


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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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 »


Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Digimon the Movie (2012) See more »


First opening theme (episodes #2-13)
Performed by Porno Graffiti
Music by ak.homma
Lyrics by Haruichi Shindô
Arrangement by ak.homma & Porno Graffiti
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Well done, one of my favorite Anime.
15 March 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Full Metal Alchemist, about 2 loving brothers who get thrown into a world a war and war craft just to receive a certain something, which therefore leads them into a completely different world, and opinion of their objective.

I have been a fan of anime for a while now, ever since I was very small watching Sailor Moon and Pokémon. But ever since then I was blinded from the world of anime and wasn't into it anymore.

Well, until I contacted my long lost ex-girlfriend after about 6 months on MSN, I can seriously say I was hooked, for the first time in my life.

So I downloaded all of the episodes and watched about 10 a day, my eyes couldn't move off the screen as they were fixed on only one thing, the show. Which then later got me into reading the Manga, well only the first 5 since I cannot find the rest.

The story and it's characters go through so much. From Ed and Al longing for the philosopher's stone to revive their dear mother, to despising it on learning how to create it, then to learning on what the Homculus group is really doing to Ed and Al.

I would definitely prefer watching this amazing Anime, then read the manga, believe me, it's worth the time.

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