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Fullmetal Alchemist

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Synonyms: Full Metal Alchemist, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, FMA, HagaRen, Fullmetal Alchemist Gaiden
Japanese: 鋼の錬金術師
English: Fullmetal Alchemist
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 27
Chapters: 116
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 12, 2001 to Sep 11, 2010
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy
Theme: Military Military
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Gangan
Authors: Arakawa, Hiromu (Story & Art)


Score: 9.041 (scored by 158849158,849 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #92
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #20
Members: 296,258
Favorites: 30,225

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Fullmetal Alchemist
Volume 1


Alchemists are knowledgeable and naturally talented individuals who can manipulate and modify matter due to their art. Yet despite the wide range of possibilities, alchemy is not as all-powerful as most would believe. Human transmutation is strictly forbidden, and whoever attempts it risks severe consequences. Even so, siblings Edward and Alphonse Elric decide to ignore this great taboo and bring their mother back to life. Unfortunately, not only do they fail in resurrecting her, they also pay an extremely high price for their arrogance: Edward loses his left leg and Alphonse his entire body. Furthermore, Edward also gives up his right arm in order to seal his brother's soul into a suit of armor.

Years later, the young alchemists travel across the country looking for the Philosopher's Stone, in the hopes of recovering their old bodies with its power. However, their quest for the fated stone also leads them to unravel far darker secrets than they could ever imagine.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Hagane no Renkinjutsushi won the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shounen demographic in 2004. Hiromu Arakawa also won the 15th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in the New Artist Prize category for the series in 2011. As of 2015, over 64 million copies of the series have been sold worldwide, making it one of Square Enix's most successful publications, according to Nielsen Bookscan. A live-action film is in development by Warner Bros. Japan and is scheduled for release in Winter 2017.

The series was published in English as Fullmetal Alchemist by VIZ Media from May 3, 2005 to December 20, 2011, and in eBook format by Yen Press on April 15, 2014. A 3-in-1 omnibus edition was released by VIZ from June 7, 2011 to November 11, 2014 as well as a complete box set in November 1, 2011 (which included the novel Fullmetal Alchemist: The Ties That Bind). The manga was also published in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint from July 13, 2006 to September 3, 2011, in Polish by J.P. Fantastica from January 2006 to to April 2012, in Brazilian Portuguese by Jbc from February 2007 to April 2011 and in Spanish by Ivrea Argentina starting December 12, 2016.


Elric, Edward
Elric, Alphonse
Mustang, Roy
Hughes, Maes


Jun 13, 2010
One of the problems with something being truly good is that every so often it becomes a victim of its own success, and in a sense that's what happened with the fans of Full Metal Alchemist.

Arakawa Hiromu's tale of two brothers and their adventures in alchemy is one of the most well known stories in anime and manga to date, and has spawned a horde of games, a movie (with a second one planned), numerous doujins and fanfics, piles of merchandise ranging from tatoos to chibi plushies, and two very different anime series. The story itself is very typically shounen at times, however there is ...
Mar 6, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Fullmetal Alchemist is a weird one.

FMA is regarded as one of the best anime/manga and receives constant praise. I truly wonder why. FMA has one of the strongest thematic frameworks ive ever seen however this doesnt really matter because its world and characters dont reflect the same quality.
FMA's structuring is decently weird, it banks everything on its ending but its ending isnt good??? Some work like aot or haikyu dont need their endings to be good. If FMA has a bad ending it rips apart the "quality" and expectation that was set. Im comparing the endings of these other shonen to say that ...
Oct 18, 2020
It should come no surprise that the highest-rated anime on MAL’s manga counterpart should also be near the top, as it is the source material of the anime. It stands that the manga does a better job of telling the story than either anime counterpart while failing in almost every other category. Reading the manga, your opinions will mostly stay the same about the series, however, that does not exempt it from mistakes that the animes fixed or that were written into the story in the firstplace. Perhaps the strongest elements of the Anime are possibly the weakest in the manga.

The characters, its ...

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