Fullmetal Alchemist: Season 1, Episode 1

To Challenge the Sun (4 Oct. 2003)
"Taiyô ni idomu mono" (original title)

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A lead on the Philosopher's Stone leads the Elric brothers to a remote desert city whose citizens worship a sun god and are led by a prophet who is purported to perform miracles.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Elric (voice)
Aaron Dismuke ...
Alphonse Elric (voice)
Caitlin Glass ...
Winry Rockbell (voice)
Pinako Rockbell (voice)
Andy Mullins ...
Cornello (voice)
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...
Rose Thomas (voice)
Cray (voice)
Shop Keeper (voice)
Lust (voice)
Chris Cason ...
Gluttony (voice)
Kate Bristol ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Justin Pate ...
Additional Voices (voice)
R. Bruce Elliott ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Jim Foronda ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Daniel Katsuk ...
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A lead on the Philosopher's Stone leads the Elric brothers to a remote desert city whose citizens worship a sun god and are led by a prophet who is purported to perform miracles.

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In the beginning, Edward loses his left hand and left leg. At the end, you can clearly see that he had his right hand and left leg replaced by mechanical limbs. See more »


Edward Elric: Water, 35 litres. Carbon, 20kg. Ammonia, 4 litres. Lime, 1.5kg. Phosperus, 800g. Salt, 250 g. Niter, 100g. Sulphur, 80g. Fluorine, 7.5g. Iron, 5g. Silicon 3g. And fifteen other elements. Those are the elements to make an average adult human body. You can buy these elemental ingredients at the market with the pocket money of a child. Humans are made so cheaply.
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Actually... Pretty enjoyable.
7 June 2015 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

Usually with anime I am a casual watcher of it. I mean yes, if anyone was to say they loved anime, based on what I've seen - I could see why. They're uniquely Japanese in some cases but often times, it's good to step out of cultural boundary. TV Shows in anime, I don't think I have had THAT much success. I've seen Blood+ and I grew out of that after about 6 episodes, and no offense to any fans of the original Dragonball cartoons but I have no idea how that became a cultural phenomenon. This however, while the plot seemed kind of sketchy, I enjoyed it.

This is a world where there is a form of science called Alchemy where you can magically trade something in for something else, equal of value... Such as turn enough grass into a loaf of bread. Two brothers decide to resurrect their mother, unaware of the equality fine-print. One has to be a living suit of armour and the other needs a prosthetic leg and arm. Sometime later they're looking for something that could stop them from being like this. When they enter a country town it seems that there's a religious miracle worker, when really it's Alchemy. This guy also disobeys the equality rule but he gets a free pass because he has the Philosopher's Stone on a ring he wears so they try and expose him for what he is.

The animation for the less realistic style anime is actually quite good and I was actually surprised when I worked out the whole "religion Vs Science" thing going on throughout this episode. I would have to say that the English voice acting, surprisingly - is quite good and they did squeeze in there what hurting someone with a religious cult can do with a character named Rose as she tries to get the Prophet to try and resurrect her boyfriend, when she also has no parents. I actually liked this, it actually is one of the few shows to end on a cliffhanger that actually made me genuinely feel like I wanted to watch more of it.

Being that this is my first watching of anything Fullmetal Alchemist, I can't really say who would like this. All I am saying though is that I am probably going to get this on DVD the first chance I get.

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