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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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 32 episodes, 2003-2004
Tôru Ohkawa Tôru Ohkawa ...  Roy Mustang / ... 32 episodes, 2003-2004
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...  Riza Hawkeye / ... 29 episodes, 2003-2004
Caitlin Glass ...  Winry Rockbell / ... 28 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 27 episodes, 2003-2004
Michiko Neya Michiko Neya ...  Riza Hawkeye 24 episodes, 2003-2004
Laura Bailey ...  Lust / ... 23 episodes, 2003-2004
Yûko Satô Yûko Satô ...  Lust 24 episodes, 2003-2004
Mike McFarland ...  Jean Havoc / ... 23 episodes, 2003-2004
Ed Blaylock ...  King Bradley / ... 22 episodes, 2003-2004
Yasunori Matsumoto ...  Jean Havoc / ... 22 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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Trivia

The "introduction to alchemy" book in the 3rd episode is actually a dungeons and dragons book with a transmutation circle in it. See more »

Quotes

Edward Elric: Who are you calling so short you want to squish like an ant?
Alphonse Elric: Calm down, he never said anything like that!
Edward Elric: But he was thinking it.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits of the first episodes, you see a close-up of Ed who "turns to the camera" and casts a faint smile. In the 7th episode though - a tragic one, Ed's smile breaks into a big grin while his eyes are shining like he's about to cry. See more »


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Kesenai Tsumi
(Indelible Sin)
First ending theme (episodes #2-13)
Performed by Nana Kitade
Music and arrangement by Susumu Nishikawa
Lyrics by Nana Kitade
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I'm not the biggest fan of anime, but I can tell you - this is an excellent series
15 October 2005 | by kaboomzorSee all my reviews

When I had heard that Fullmetal Alchemst, one of the most popular cartoons in Japan was coming to America, I must admit, I was a bit excited.

I had heard about it many times form several of my friends who were die-hard fans of anime of any kind. I myself am not a particularly big fan of anime - I enjoy one every so often, but this absolutely blew me away.

The tragic story is of the two Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse ("Al" for short). In a tragic accident, their mother is killed. Devastated, the boys decide to use the ancient art of Alchemy to bring her back to life - but there's one complication: The main rule of Alchemy. This rule of "Equivalent exchange" states that "Nothing can be gained without first losing something of equal value." The boys succeed in resurrecting their mother, but at a horrible cost - Edward's left leg is taken, as is Al's body. Desperate to restore his brother's life, Edward uses his own blood to inscribe an Alchemic circle in a suit of armor, binding Alphonse's soul to the metal. In doing so, he makes yet another sacrifice - his right arm is lost to the demons of the abyss.

To recap - Ed loses his right arm and right leg, and Alphonse's body is taken. Now, you'd think that would be an equivalent enough exchange - two body parts and a whole body for their mother's life. But then you'd be wrong, of course. The thing they bring back is not their mother, but an inhuman creature composed of hastily put-together body parts - something that is human and yet not human. An abomination that cannot move or think on its own. From that point on, Ed and Al set out to learn the secret of "Human Transmutation," the one Alchemic skill that would have any hope of bringing back their mother. But at a cost that they may be unwilling to accept...

Overall, the series is gripping. Well-written dialogue, intense plot, and the best voice acting I've heard in a television series in a long time. Vic Mignogna, the actor who plays Ed in the American cast is absolutely brilliant - the voice he provides is believable and emotionally charged, a task most voice actors tend to fail miserably at. Aaron Dismuke, the voice of the 14-year-old Alphonse is excellent as well - not only does the irony of an adolescent voice coming from a six-foot-tall suit of armor succeed in getting a few chuckles, but the voice represents the character well. The voice acting brings the characters to life in a way that no other anime ever has before.

Overall, it's an incredible series. I'd recommend this to anime fans, and fans of fantasy or sci-fi of any kind (unless you just can't stand Japanese cartoons). FullMetal Alchemist is definitely one of the best television series out there.


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6 November 2004 (USA) See more »

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(51 episodes)

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