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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
Maria Tamar ...  Pinako Rockwell 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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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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6 November 2004 (USA)  »

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Fullmetal Alchemist  »

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(51 episodes)

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Nearly every member of the military (Mustang, Hawkeye, Fury, Havoc, Hughes, and even Riza's dog, Black Hayate) is named after some type of mid-20th century military aircraft. Most of them are WWII-era airplanes. The exception to the aircraft rule is Bradley, who seems to be named after a modern APC, which was named after WW2 General Omar Bradley. See more »

Quotes

Edward Elric: And why would I do this for you?
Lust: Oh, but we're not asking, Full Metal...
[she picks up the Slicer's helmet and opens it]
Lust: We're telling. Do you know what happens to an attached soul... when you do this?
[she begins to remove the blood seal]
Edward Elric: You can't do that! He's still a human being!
Number 48, Slicer: Older Broher: Edward Elric... I...
[the helmet shatters. Lust drops the pieces and moves to Al's armor. She reaches her nail inside and prepares to remove his seal]
Lust: This won't take long.
Edward Elric: No! Please don't! He's my little brother! ...
[...]
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Fourth ending theme (episodes #42-51)
Performed by Sowelu
Music by Tetsuhiko Suzuki & Tomoji Sogawa
Lyrics by Shoko Fujibayashi
Arrangement by Takuya Harada
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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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