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Fullmetal Alchemist 

Hagane no renkinjutsushi (original title)
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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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Series cast summary:
Vic Mignogna ...  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
Maria Tamar Maria Tamar ...  Pinako Rockwell 51 episodes, 2003-2004
Travis Willingham ...  Roy Mustang 33 episodes, 2003-2004
Tôru Ohkawa Tôru Ohkawa ...  Roy Mustang / ... 33 episodes, 2003-2004
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...  Riza Hawkeye / ... 29 episodes, 2003-2004
Caitlin Glass ...  Winry Rockbell / ... 29 episodes, 2003-2004
Christopher Sabat ...  Alex Louis Armstrong / ... 28 episodes, 2004
Kenji Utsumi ...  Alex Louis Armstrong / ... 28 episodes, 2004
Megumi Toyoguchi Megumi Toyoguchi ...  Winry Rockbell 28 episodes, 2003-2004
Michiko Neya Michiko Neya ...  Riza Hawkeye 25 episodes, 2003-2004
Laura Bailey ...  Lust / ... 24 episodes, 2003-2004
Yûko Satô Yûko Satô ...  Lust 24 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
Yoshino Takamori Yoshino Takamori ...  Sloth / ... 21 episodes, 2003-2004
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Storyline

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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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 »


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fullmetal Alchemist See more »

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Runtime:

(51 episodes)

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Alphonse Elric: Be careful, brother! He's a homunculi just like the others!
Edward Elric: [talking over Greed] I see, no wonder...
[Ed starts attacking Greed's men]
Greed: [holding up Izumi by her collar] Hey, listen, I've got a hostage here. Is everyone forgetting about that? Come on, isn't anybody paying attention here! Hellooo?
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Crazy Credits

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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Music by Tetsuhiko Suzuki & Tomoji Sogawa
Lyrics by Shoko Fujibayashi
Arrangement by Takuya Harada
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My favorite Anime
8 August 2006 | by aw58See 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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