Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist (2009), FMA, FMAB
Japanese: 鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST
English: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
French: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
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Type: TV
Episodes: 64
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 2009 to Jul 4, 2010
Premiered: Spring 2009
Broadcast: Sundays at 17:00 (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: 9.091 (scored by 20997072,099,707 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #22
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3
Members: 3,311,021
Favorites: 224,271

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Synopsis

After a horrific alchemy experiment goes wrong in the Elric household, brothers Edward and Alphonse are left in a catastrophic new reality. Ignoring the alchemical principle banning human transmutation, the boys attempted to bring their recently deceased mother back to life. Instead, they suffered brutal personal loss: Alphonse's body disintegrated while Edward lost a leg and then sacrificed an arm to keep Alphonse's soul in the physical realm by binding it to a hulking suit of armor.

The brothers are rescued by their neighbor Pinako Rockbell and her granddaughter Winry. Known as a bio-mechanical engineering prodigy, Winry creates prosthetic limbs for Edward by utilizing "automail," a tough, versatile metal used in robots and combat armor. After years of training, the Elric brothers set off on a quest to restore their bodies by locating the Philosopher's Stone—a powerful gem that allows an alchemist to defy the traditional laws of Equivalent Exchange.

As Edward becomes an infamous alchemist and gains the nickname "Fullmetal," the boys' journey embroils them in a growing conspiracy that threatens the fate of the world.

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Yonai, Noritomo
Producer
Irie, Yasuhiro
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, 2nd Key Animation, Key Animation


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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)
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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 (eps 63)
7: "Hologram (ホログラム)" by NICO Touches the Walls (eps 64)




Reviews

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 ...
Jul 29, 2015
Mixed Feelings
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? ...
Dec 4, 2010
*Spoiler Warning

Aside from the usual everyday anime Art and Sound standard(of which most animes pass anyways), there are essentially three main factors that I see as important in Anime:

1. Complexity(detail) (which adds Depth)
a. Characters
b. Plot
c. Setting

2. Progress (which adds Depth)
...

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