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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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The Philosophers' Stone: those who possess it, no longer bound by the laws of Equivalent Exchange in Alchemy, may gain without sacrifice, create without equal exchange. We searched for it, and we found it. 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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Trivia

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

Edward Elric: [Liore residents call him shorty] Shorty? Can a shorty do this? What else do you want to call me, a half-pint, beanstalk, midget? I'm still-grown you backwater desert idiots!
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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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Third opening theme (episodes #26-41)
Performed by COOL JOKE
Music and lyrics by Hiroya Ishikawa
Arrangement by Junji Yayoshi
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Dear, Dear, anime fans who obsess over Naruto and Bleach-YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING YET
7 July 2007 | by vanillasquirelllSee all my reviews

If I were to pick one word to describe FullMetal Alchemist, Hagane no renkinjutsushi, it would amazing, or ohmygod, or simply just a drop of the jaw and "wow." But that wouldn't do something this great justice. For those of you have heard this series can't compare with Naruto and Bleach, no, it can't, it's 100x better. This series will make you laugh, feel a very deep compassion for the characters, want to make you scream in rage, make you want to scream with happiness, and yes, even cry. Yeah. I cried a couple times. And the plot, oh yes, the plot. It's one of the best I've ever seen. Some might say it's too dark, I disagree, it's just honest. It explains that what's gone is gone, and we can't bring it back, people die for a reason, people die for no reason, life isn't fair, you only get what you give, all good things come to an end and we can only make the best of what we're given. Now the Characters, from Edward to Envy, Winry to Hughes, Scar to Rose, Riza to Roy, all characters have something special about them, and it will make you feel a deep compassion for them, weather it's Edward or Roy. Each character is developed and deep to it's full extent. The music is great, the Japanese voice actors are amazing, and the English Dub is one of the best I've seen. In short: If your an anime fan, or just dipping your toes, FullMetal Alchemist is a showcase of wonderful characters and plot, action, drama, tears and laughs.


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