Ranked #178

Fullmetal Alchemist

Alternative Titles

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

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.351 (scored by 328,373 users)
Ranked: #1782
Popularity: #11
Members: 498,061
Favorites: 17,329
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Synopsis

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 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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

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
Main
Park, Romi
Japanese
Park, Romi
Elric, Alphonse
Elric, Alphonse
Main
Kugimiya, Rie
Japanese
Kugimiya, Rie
Mustang, Roy
Mustang, Roy
Supporting
Ookawa, Tooru
Japanese
Ookawa, Tooru
Hughes, Maes
Hughes, Maes
Supporting
Fujiwara, Keiji
Japanese
Fujiwara, Keiji

Staff

Cook, Justin
Cook, Justin
Producer
Minami, Masahiko
Minami, Masahiko
Producer
Watson, Barry
Watson, Barry
Producer
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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Archaeon
Jul 9, 2010
Obsession is a very strange thing indeed, and may be one of the few human traits that so clearly falls between heaven and hell. What one does with their obsession though, well, therein lies an altogether different proposition, especially as people often define their "obsessions" in terms of what they love and hate, or even what brings them hope and fear.

Isn't it strange then, that such a well known human trait can so easily be mistaken for something else entirely?

Or is it simply a case of people not seeing what they don't want to see, especially if there something new and shiny to watch?

Many anime read more
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Eastunder
Oct 19, 2013
"Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first law of equivalent exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world’s one and only truth."

I'm typing this review, and i wonder to myself, "Why am i doing this? What can i say about a show that's been talked about to death?", and you know what, i don't exactly have a clear answer. Fullmetal Alchemist premiered a decade ago and is still to this day, one of the most beloved and well known anime of our recent generation. It's read more
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KingIK
May 31, 2013
To be honest, I’m somewhat baffled by the mixed reaction this anime has received after the release of Brotherhood. Because prior to Brotherhood, this anime was often considered a classic by most anime fans. In my opinion it’s still a classic and essential for all fans. I’m probably in the minority here, but I feel as though the original FMA and Brotherhood are equal in terms of quality. Enough of that, lets get into the review. read more
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Reimei-Chan
Oct 16, 2014
"Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain something, something in equal value must be lost. That is alchemy's first law of equivalent exchange. In those days, we thought that to be the world's one, and only truth."- Alphonse Elric

Ever since Brotherhood came out, I've heard constant arguing of which is better and which one a noobie should watch, or if they should read the manga. In my opinion, if you want a friend, cousin, or whoever to get into anime, show them this. The original will give them a better understanding of anime and what it can be. I love 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
Anime: Busou Renkin
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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