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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: Saturdays at 18:00 (JST)
Studios: Bones
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.331 (scored by 374,710 users)
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Ranked: #2032
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #13
Members: 578,168
Favorites: 18,886
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Ranked #203Popularity #13Members 578,168
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Episodes: /51

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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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


Edit 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)

Edit 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?

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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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CottonCandyLover
Jun 24, 2009
Fullmetal Alchemist is often considered an essential viewing for any anime fan and a stepping-stone for many newcomers to the world of anime. It's received universal acclaim and if you were to ask any anime fan about Fullmetal Alchemist, chances are, he/she probably has some knowledge of this series.

*Review may contain minor spoilers, may hint at things, and will not be reviewed as an adaptation of the manga and how it compares, but as a standalone anime*

Story: 9/10

The basic basic synopsis of the story is about "The Fullmetal Alchemist" Edward Elric, and his brother, Alphonse Elric, and their quest of searching for the Philosopher's Stone read more
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iamjoe
Jan 31, 2009
Well, just click unhelpful and don't bother to read this review since I didn't give Full Metal Alchemist a perfect 10 across the board. Okay, now that the brainless people have gone away, those who really don't want another praising review for this series can read on.

Full Metal Alchemist is an interesting anime. No kidding. Two brothers basically get their balls rearranged when they decide to mess around with alchemy to try to bring their mother back from the dead. Oedipus complex aside, they are messed up, physically. One loses his limbs, the next one loses their body and all they managed to bring back read more
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