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
Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is Alchemy's First Law of Equivalent Exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world's one, and only, truth. See more »
The story presented in the 2-part episode "The Other Brothers Elric" for episodes 11-12 and the last part of the story for episode 37, "The Flame Alchemist, The Bachelor Lieutenant, and the Mystery of Warehouse 13" involving Warehouse 13 was adapted from the first FMA Light Novel "The Land of Sand" instead of the manga chapters and manga bonus chapters unlike most of the other adapted material. See more »
[after being stabbed through the chest and de-transforms]
... Damn kid... that was good.
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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 »
Whilst most anime is an acquired taste, falling into the fighting (think Dragonball or Bleach) magical girl (Sailor Moon) or romantic (Chobits) genres, Fullmetal Alchemist rises above all this. As the story gradually unfolds, you are drawn ever deeper into a believable alternative world where magic replaces science and its practitioners (Alchemists) are held in high esteem. Yet, few are what they seem and you cannot trust anybody. The good are, in fact, capable of deeds of great evil, and the bad are often doing what they do for good reasons. And just when you think you're getting a handle on it, something comes along that shocks you in such a way you are left thinking about it for days to come. Whilst there are obviously anime elements (the look, fighting segments) the story and, above all, the willingness to shock the audience by hurting and killing characters we have come to know and admire, make Fullmetal Alchemist well worth your time. Of course, you will have to invest a lot of time - 51 half hour episodes and a movie means 26 hours or so of viewing. But it is time well worth spending.
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