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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:
...  Edward Elric 51 episodes, 2003-2004
...  Alphonse Elric 51 episodes, 2003-2004
...  Edward Elric / ... 51 episodes, 2003-2004
...  Alphonse Elric / ... 51 episodes, 2003-2004
...  Roy Mustang 33 episodes, 2003-2004
Tôru Ohkawa ...  Roy Mustang / ... 33 episodes, 2003-2004
...  Riza Hawkeye / ... 29 episodes, 2003-2004
...  Winry Rockbell / ... 29 episodes, 2003-2004
...  Alex Louis Armstrong / ... 28 episodes, 2004
...  Alex Louis Armstrong / ... 28 episodes, 2004
Megumi Toyoguchi ...  Winry Rockbell 28 episodes, 2003-2004
Michiko Neya ...  Riza Hawkeye 25 episodes, 2003-2004
...  Lust / ... 24 episodes, 2003-2004
Yûko Satô ...  Lust 24 episodes, 2003-2004
...  Jean Havoc / ... 23 episodes, 2003-2004
...  King Bradley / ... 23 episodes, 2003-2004
...  Jean Havoc / ... 22 episodes, 2003-2004
...  Gluttony / ... 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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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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(51 episodes)

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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

Greed: I'm sorry, but who the hell are you?
Izumi Curtis: I'm... PISSED OFF!
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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 »


Soundtracks

Riraito
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Fourth opening theme (episodes #42-51)
Performed by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Music and lyrics by Masafumi Gotô
Arrangement by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
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Changed my mind about Anime
22 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I might as well just come right out and say it to start with--I have never been a fan of Anime. In general, I watch it if it happens to be on, but more as background noise than for the actual plot content. But this series changed my mind about all that.

The first few episodes I watched were on Adult Swim. I liked the idea of magic being explained in a (somewhat) scientific fashion, so I found recordings of the aired episodes online (with subtitles) with the intention of watching them whenever I was bored.

I say without shame that I, who have not watched more than a half hour of anime in a single sitting, watched all fifty-one episodes in a single sitting. And it had me sitting on the edge of my seat every time. When a few of the episodes were corrupted, I even edited the videos manually with a hex editor to get them to play properly.

I was really turned off to Anime originally because of the way the Japanese animators use frame rates. You only really need one or two frames per second to show movement--and this contrasts with the relatively constant frame rate in American cartoons. It can look rather ugly if you're not used to it. For action scenes, though, they bring out the full 30fps, and the sudden contrast between 2fps, with the character standing there, and 30fps, where the character is executing these stunning martial arts moves, is an incredible sight to see.

But I would like to say that this series is a complete series. The last episode does, in fact, contain the conclusion--no premature terminations here. Most anime contains a "Lead-out" which gives the viewer something to think about. It makes it seem more like the characters are still doing something, still living, even after the series is over. I must say that makes the end of the series even harder to bear, because believe it or not, it's like saying goodbye to a close friend.

This series has definitely had a major impact on me. It is worth the time (or money) to acquire it. I wouldn't recommend watching all fifty-one episodes together like I did. The intrigue of the plot is intended to hit the viewers like a hammer, and it keeps them coming back week after week. If you watch them all together, it begins and ends so quickly you feel like you've been hit by a truck when it finally DOES end.

Full Metal Alchemist is a prime example of excellent story writing. It'll make you laugh and maybe even make a few of you cry, but one thing it won't do is leave you disappointed.


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