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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 9.251 (scored by 289479 users)
Ranked: #12
Popularity: #5
Members: 467,147
Favorites: 47,171
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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.

More Episodes Episodes

Episodes  64 / 64
Aired  Apr 5, 2009 to Jul 4, 2010
Status  Finished Airing

Related Anime

Adaptation: Fullmetal Alchemist
Alternative version: Fullmetal Alchemist
Side story: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Specials, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
Spin-off: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - 4-Koma Theater

Characters & Voice Actors

Elric, Edward
Elric, Edward
Park, Romi
Park, Romi
Elric, Alphonse
Elric, Alphonse
Kugimiya, Rie
Kugimiya, Rie
Miyake, Kenta
Miyake, Kenta
Nakamura, Yuuichi
Nakamura, Yuuichi


Cook, Justin
Irie, Yasuhiro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Ikezoe, Takahiro
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Jan 25, 2010
First of all, I have seen the original FMA and although it was very popular and original, the pacing and conclusion did not sit too well with me. Brotherhood is meant to be a remake of the original, this time sticking to the manga all the way through, but there were people who thought it would spoil the franchise. That myth should be dispelled, as there's only one word to describe this series - EPIC.

I admit that as I've seen the original and read the manga, the pacing of Brotherhood seems to start off being VERY fast (I finally got used to the pacing after read more
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Nov 15, 2010
Adaptations have long been a thorn in the side of anime viewers, but not because they are inherently bad. No, the main problem has been that many studios have regarded the original work almost as an afterthought, and there are a number of shows that could have been wonderful if the writers had simply stuck to the original story.

One of the issues at hand seems to be ownership as producers, writers and directors all seem to want the work to be reflective of their style and perception, and in order to stamp their mark on a show they will makes numerous unnecessary changes or additions. read more
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May 13, 2015
Filled with a lot of hype, FMA: Brotherhood is well known among anime fans as one of the highest rated shows on many anime sites. It is a sequel series to Fullmetal Alchemist, adapted to be closer to the manga. Does this show do Fullmetal Alchemist better than its predecessor, or does it fall short?


At this point, who doesn’t know the story of FMA? Edward and Alphonse Elric use their knowledge of alchemy to bring their dead mother back to life. In the process, Ed loses an arm and a leg, and Al’s soul is entrapped into a suit of armor. The two proceed to read more
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Apr 12, 2015
If one wishes to obtain something, something of equal value must be given, that is the law of equivalent exchange, the basis of all alchemy, the law that governs the world of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.

Brotherhood follows the adventures of brothers Edward and Alphonse elric , who have commited taboo and tried to transmutate their mother back from the dead. As a result alphonse is left without his body and stuck to a metal armor and ed with a metal arm and a leg thus the nickname fullmetal. Thus the two brothers embark on a quest to find the famous philosopher's Stone that is said read more
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A well-thought-out story battle shounen which has not so much of battles but instead, more of tactics. Both are remakes with practically no fillers. 
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. 
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. 
The main characters both gain powers and sacraficed parts of themselves to gain something. Both have a lot of daddy issues. 
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. 
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. 

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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