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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Alternative Titles

English: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Synonyms: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009), Fullmetal Alchemist (2009), FMA
Japanese: 鋼の錬金術師


Type: TV
Episodes: 64
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2009 to Jul 4, 2010
Premiered: Spring 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 9.251 (scored by 347,894 users)
Ranked: #12
Popularity: #4
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In this world there exist alchemists, people who study and perform the art of alchemical transmutation—to manipulate objects and transform one object into another. They are bounded by the basic law of alchemy: in order to gain something you have to sacrifice something of the same value.

The main character is the famous alchemist Edward Elric—also known as the Fullmetal Alchemist—who almost lost his little brother, Alphonse, in an alchemical accident. Edward managed to attach his brother's soul to a large suit of armor. While he did manage to save his brother's life, he paid the terrible price of his limbs.

To get back what they've lost, the brothers embark on a journey to find the Philosopher's Stone that is said to amplify the powers of an alchemist enormously; however, on the way, they start uncovering a conspiracy that could endanger the entire nation, and they realize the misfortunes brought upon by the Philosopher's Stone.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a re-telling of the story from the manga's point of view.


Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a direct adaptation by studio Bones of the 2001 manga Fullmetal Alchemist written by Hiromu Arakawa. It serves as reboot of the 2003 adaptation of the manga as it follows the source material much more closely.

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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
Miki, Shinichiro
Miki, Shinichiro
Hughes, Maes
Hughes, Maes
Fujiwara, Keiji
Fujiwara, Keiji


Cook, Justin
Cook, Justin
Irie, Yasuhiro
Irie, Yasuhiro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Morii, Kenshiro
Morii, Kenshiro
Episode Director, Storyboard, Character Design, Key Animation

More episodes Episodes(64/64)

# Episode Title Aired
1 FillerFullmetal Alchemist
Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (鋼の錬金術師)
Apr 5, 2009
2 The First Day
Hajimari no Hi (はじまりの日)
Apr 12, 2009
3 City of Heresy
Jakyou no Machi (邪教の街)
Apr 19, 2009
4 An Alchemist's Anguish
Renkinjutsushi no Kunou (錬金術師の苦悩)
Apr 26, 2009
5 Rain of Sorrows
Kanashimi no Ame (哀しみの雨)
May 3, 2009

Opening Theme

#1: "again" by YUI (eps 1-14)
#2: "Hologram (ホログラム)" by NICO Touches the Walls (eps 15-26)
#3: "Golden Time Lover (ゴールデンタイムラバー)" by Sukima Switch (eps 27-38)
#4: "Period" by Chemistry (eps 39-50)
#5: "Rain (レイン)" by SID (eps 51-62)

Ending Theme

#1: "Uso (嘘)" by SID (eps 1-14)
#2: "LET IT OUT" by Miho Fukuhara (eps 15-26)
#3: "Tsunaida Te (つないだ手)" by Lil'B (eps 27-38)
#4: "Shunkan Sentimental (瞬間センチメンタル)" by SCANDAL (eps 39-50)
#5: "RAY OF LIGHT" by Nakagawa Shouko (eps 51-62)
#6: "Rain (レイン)" by SID (ep 63)
#7: "Hologram (ホログラム)" by NICO Touches the Walls (ep 64)

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Nov 24, 2015
This is one of the few shows that I can give a flat 10/10 in every category. I know that by including this anime and NOT the original FMA anime in my list, I am choosing a side in the ever raging battle of FMA vs Brotherhood.

I haven't finished watching the original FMA (I dropped it) but from what little I experienced when I saw that compared to Brotherhood, I have to say that Brotherhood did a much better job at keeping me entertained. The flow of the story along with the character development feels organic as supposed to FMA where sometimes certain characters read more
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Nov 22, 2015
This is an anime that really spoke to peoples hearts. even tho if someone hasnt watched the 2003 version theyll have a hard time getting through the first 12-13 episodes.

STORY 10 / 10: its about alchemy, you cant go wrong. the story of brotherhood is complete, with many philosophical thoughts. its a 10/10 for a reason

ART 9 / 10 : amazing art style, not the best animation ive seen, but great one nevertheless. the viewpoint changes quite ofter during the fights which makes it have more suspense. the art style is beautiful and unique and the animation is detailed. one of the best, read more
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Nov 17, 2015
Man, I was really late to the party on this one. Every time I saw polls on the best anime shows released, this would be usually top 5, maybe top 3. I remember hearing people talking about this when I was still in school, the type of people who didn't like anime telling me "yeah, it's pretty good". After about 6 years of hearing about it, and doubting it, I finally gave it a shot. Holy crap, why didn't I listen to everybody before?

I went into this knowing nothing about the premise, so the show itself had to tell me how everything worked and keep read more
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Jul 29, 2015
Since I couldn't find any legitimate objective analysis in any of these fanboy reviews, I decided put my own review:

Here's why FMA:B and it's Manga counterpart don't work:

It's just a disjointed piece of art. The initial premise of the narrative: two young siblings that horrifically lose their mother and parts of themselves is incredibly dark and powerfully poignant. Their journey to find the philosophers stone is one that's objectively adventurous but the endpoint is still inherently adult and sophisticatedly gritty; especially as it delves into the implications of bringing a dead person back to life early on in the series.

So why is it disjointed? read more
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Anime: Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Both series have an innovative and entertaining argument. The characters are so real; they are not the typical kick ass character. For that reason, the strategies are the most important at the moment of fight.
reportRecommended by cronosteso23
Anime: Shingeki no Kyojin
Revenge, Suffering, Agony and Redemption...

Shingeki no Kyojin has a feeling of FMA Brotherhood in which a kid who lived a peaceful life gets thrown into a dark grim life full of tragedy and agony due to losing someone important to them. However, both main characters refused to move on and dedicated their lives for revenge and redemption.

If you enjoy a full packed action dramatic plot you'll love both of these series. 
reportRecommended by CEMPUNK
Anime: D.Gray-man
Similar 19th-early 20th century setting. Both worlds have some form of special ability (alchemy in FMA and Innocence in DGM) used by the main characters. Both main protagonists are 15-year-olds who have a strange arm. Both also have a group of villains with secret motives. 
reportRecommended by paperdust
Anime: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
The main characters both gain powers and sacraficed parts of themselves to gain something. Both have a lot of daddy issues. 
reportRecommended by gizmo99
Anime: Baccano!
Surely both series do share a big part together which is the alchemy.
Alchemy and all its related things: immortal beings, legends, immortality elisir/philosophical stone and so on.
Both stories evolve around the same epoch (first years of 1900) and share amazing main characters.
Even if, the style to tell the stories is very different, they both still share a very good music theme as well.

If you enjoyed one I'm sure you'll like the other too! I can definitely affirm that both of them are masterpieces. 
reportRecommended by EtnaEraclea
Anime: Ao no Exorcist
If you're looking for a series about brotherhood, then both series would have to be the best recommendation as both tell a tale of the bonds 2 brothers have and the trials they go through. Whilst both series may be of different plots, what they both share is the highly-packed action and spectacular graphics. 
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