Fullmetal Alchemist

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, FMA, Full Metal Alchemist
Japanese: 鋼の錬金術師
English: Fullmetal Alchemist
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Type: TV
Episodes: 51
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2003 to Oct 2, 2004
Premiered: Fall 2003
Broadcast: Saturdays at 18:00 (JST)
Studios: Bones
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: MilitaryMilitary
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.121 (scored by 839789839,789 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #4192
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #74
Members: 1,368,191
Favorites: 24,810

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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.

As the manga was still on-going at the time, the anime midway through diverged from the manga. This led to it having an anime-only ending, unlike Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood which would air years later.

On July 31, 2016, FUNimation Entertainment's license to the series expired.

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Staff

Watson, Barry
Producer
Mizushima, Seiji
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard


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Opening Theme

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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)
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Ending Theme

1: "Melissa (メリッサ)" by Porno Graffitti (eps 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)



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 ...
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. ...
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 ...

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