Ranked #174

Fullmetal Alchemist

Alternative Titles

English: Fullmetal Alchemist
Synonyms: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, FMA, Full Metal Alchemist
Japanese: 鋼の錬金術師


Type: TV
Episodes: 51
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2003 to Oct 2, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.361 (scored by 314,638 users)
Ranked: #1742
Popularity: #10
Members: 475,492
Favorites: 16,701
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Edward Elric, a young, brilliant alchemist, has lost much in his twelve-year life: when he and his brother Alphonse try to resurrect their dead mother through the forbidden act of human transmutation, Edward loses his brother as well as two of his limbs. With his supreme alchemy skills, Edward binds Alphonse's soul to a large suit of armor.

A year later, Edward, now promoted to the fullmetal alchemist of the state, embarks on a journey with his younger brother to obtain the Philosopher's Stone. The fabled mythical object is rumored to be capable of amplifying an alchemist's abilities by leaps and bounds, thus allowing them to override the fundamental law of alchemy: to gain something, an alchemist must sacrifice something of equal value. Edward hopes to draw into the military's resources to find the fabled stone with his power and restore his and Alphonse's bodies to normal. However, the Elric brothers soon discover that there is more to the legendary stone than meets the eye, as they are led to the epicenter of a far darker battle than they could have ever imagined.


Fullmetal Alchemist won the TV Feature Award in the 9th Animation Kobe Awards and was one of the Jury Recommended Works in the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival in the anime division.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Elric, Edward
Elric, Edward
Park, Romi
Park, Romi
Elric, Alphonse
Elric, Alphonse
Kugimiya, Rie
Kugimiya, Rie
Mustang, Roy
Mustang, Roy
Ookawa, Tooru
Ookawa, Tooru
Hughes, Maes
Hughes, Maes
Fujiwara, Keiji
Fujiwara, Keiji


Cook, Justin
Cook, Justin
Minami, Masahiko
Minami, Masahiko
Watson, Barry
Watson, Barry
Mizushima, Seiji
Mizushima, Seiji
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(51/51)

Episode Title Aired
1 Those Who Challenge the Sun
Taiyou ni Idomu Mono (太陽に挑む者)
Oct 4, 2003
2 Body of the Sanctioned
Kinki no Karada (禁忌の身体)
Oct 11, 2003
3 Mother...
Okaasan... (おかあさん…)
Oct 18, 2003
4 FillerA Forger's Love
Ai no Rensei (愛の錬成)
Oct 25, 2003
5 The Man with the Mechanical Arm
Shissou! Automail (疾走!機械鎧(オートメイル))
Nov 1, 2003

Opening Theme

#1: "Melissa (メリッサ)" by Porno Graffitti (eps 2-13)
#2: "READY STEADY GO" by L'Arc~en~Ciel (eps 14-25)
#3: "UNDO" by Cool Joke (eps 26-41)
#4: "Rewrite (リライト)" by Asian Kung-fu Generation (eps 42-51)

Ending Theme

#1: "Melissa (メリッサ)" by Porno Graffitti (ep 1)
#2: "Kesenai Tsumi (消せない罪)" by Nana Kitade (eps 2-13)
#3: "Tobira no Mukou e (扉の向こうへ)" by YeLLOW Generation (eps 14-24)
#4: "Motherland" by Crystal Kay (eps 26-41)
#5: "I Will" by Sowelu (eps 42-51)

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Nov 14, 2015
the biggest mistake people make with this show is that they expect it's going to be an adaption of the manga. for the first half, this is somewhat true. but with the release of brotherhood, this problem was made even worse and people discarded this series because it wasn't "faithful" to the manga, so it should be skipped and viewers should just watch brotherhood. so, unfortunately, people missed out on this masterpiece.

the start of fullmetal alchemist is mostly faithful to the manga, but has some filler. this filler isn't all that bad, as it contributes to the world building of amestris and shows you the read more
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Jun 8, 2015
*Note* This review will not be influenced by Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. This review will be solely based on the 2003 dubbed version of Fullmetal Alchemist.

Story: 10/10
It's hard to criticize this anime if you've seen it start to finish. The story is super emotional especially at the end and the seemingly straightforward plot of the story unfolds into a complicated web of problems as time goes on. The only problem of it may be that it goes at a very slow pace in the beginning which may be a little disappointing for some viewers. In fact from episodes 2-10 it's all backstory and I didn't even read more
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Nov 8, 2015
I originally watched FMA on Cartoon Network way back when and finally decided to finish the series by watching the whole thing subbed in the full glory of the original language.

FMA is an interesting adventure following the Elric Brothers' pursuit for the sorcerers stone, hoping to regain their original bodies lost when they attempted to transmute their mother back to life.

The series can be fairly dark at times and explores many themes such as what it means to be human in great detail.

The series starts a bit slow but it quickly picks up the pace resulting in many cliffhanger endings, which induces rapid chaining.

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Nov 5, 2015
Fullmetal Alchemist is a great anime with an amazing story. A fantastic job is done creating characters that feel human, protagonists have flaws and antagonists are more than beings of pure evil who can't know love, or whatever bullshit "bad guy" archetype you want to plug in there. It gets of to a slow start but not just because the show is building its world. The last 25 or so episodes have a clear goal and everything that is being done happens for a purpose. The first 25 or so episodes wander a little bit more. Ed and Al are traveling around a lot and read more
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Anime: D.Gray-man
Both shows take place in about the same time period (early 20th century for FMA, late 19th century for D. Gray-man) in Europe in a world similar to our own. They are both about unique abilities, with an organization of alchemists in FMA and an organization of exorcists in D. Gray-man. They are Shounen as well as some comedy mixed in and are both very enjoyable to watch. 
reportRecommended by Hemsko
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Both series are about alchemists fighting homunculi 
reportRecommended by Mante
Anime: Baccano!
Alchemy seems to play a role in a different twist. both shows have addicting characters. 
reportRecommended by jushin
Anime: Soul Eater
I found Soul Eater to have the same atmosphere as FMA. There are some episodes that are hilarious, and some that are just creepy. There's great character development in both of these along with epic fighting. The first few episodes are the intro, and then the story takes off afterwords. The art work is amazing (at least in HD) It's dark, comic, 3d, 2d in a 3d environment, and colorful. I'd say the main difference is that Soul Eater isn't as depressing. Both of them are great series to watch. 
reportRecommended by Manga_sama
Anime: Chrno Crusade
Somehow..they just feel similar.. xD like one major plot, revolving around a main character manipulating others.. Both have some sort of alchemy in. 
reportRecommended by Eternal
Anime: Ao no Exorcist
I'm an addict for series that follow a pair of brothers. For me Ao no Exorcist and FMA fall in the same category. Hot headed older brother, check. Reasonable, level headed younger brother, check. Supernatural elements, check. You could basically exchange the Exorcists for Alchemists, alchemy for magic, and homunculi for demons and have a pretty close to the same type of story. And did I mention the brothers and lots of brotherly love, angst, family bonding moments in both? I've made my point. Though not like anyone whose watched Ao no Exorcist will have not watch FMA. Seriously if you haven't you really shouldn't  read more 
reportRecommended by harmony_kh_kairi

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