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  • Starring: Laura Bailey, Vic Mignogna, Colleen Clinkenbeard
  • Summary: Rated: TV-PG through TV-14
    "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."

    -Alphonse ElricEdward and Alphonse Elric are two brothers gifted with the ability of alchemy, the science of taking one thing and changing it into another. However, alchemy works on the theory of Equivalent Exchange -- for something to be created, something else of equal value must be sacrificed. When their mother dies, Edward decides to do the unthinkable -- bringing her back to life by preforming Human Alchemy. However, both Edward and Alphonse know that by doing so they will be breaking one of Alchemy's biggest taboos.Believing they have nothing more to lose, Ed and Al go ahead with their plan. Unfortunately, something goes horribly wrong and Ed loses his leg while Al loses his body. In order to save his brother, Ed sacrifices his arm for Al's soul and attaches it to a suit of armor.Determined to correct what they have done and get their bodies back, the brothers decide to become State Alchemists to gain access to the State's enormous library on alchemy. There, they learn of the legendary Philosopher's Stone -- an item that allows an alchemist to bypass the Law of Equivalent Exchange. They soon learn that they are not the only ones after the Stone as other forces (including the Military) join in on the hunt.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Opening Theme #1: "Melissa" by Porno Graffiti
    Opening Theme #2: "Ready Steady Go" by L'Arc-en-Ciel
    Opening Theme #3: "Undo" by Cool Joke
    Opening Theme #4: "Rewrite" by Asian Kung-Fu GenerationEnding Theme #1: "Kesenai Tsumi (The Unerasable Sin)" by Nana Kitade
    Ending Theme #2: "Tobira no Mukou e (To The Other Side of The Door)" by YeLLoW Generation
    Ending Theme #3: "Motherland" by Crystal Kay
    Ending Theme #4: "I Will" by Sowelu------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Main CharactersEdward Elric: The older of the two brothers, he is also the most gifted. At the age of 12, he becomes the youngest person ever to pass the State Alchemist Exam. He is also a bit sensitive over being called 'short'.Alphonse Elric: Edward's younger brother, he has a gentle spirit in spite of the menacing appearance of his suit of armor. Also a gifted alchemist, he is determined to restore Ed's limbs and to feel human again.Winry Rockbell: Ed and Al's next door neighbor and childhood friend, Winry is an expert Auto-Mail mechanic who helped fit Ed with his limbs after the accident. She is close to both brothers, but is not afraid to let Ed have it when he deserves it.Colonel Roy Mustang: Ed's immediate supervisor, Colonel Mustang is also known as the Flame Alchemist. A very private individual, he has his own agenda.Lt. Colonel Maes Hughes: A military investigator, Hughes is a very easy-going, likable guy. Although not an alchemist, he has a talent with knives. He is currently obsessed with his baby daughter, of whom he can't stop talking about.Scar: First known as the State Alchemist Killer, he believes State Alchemists are defying the sacredness of the Almighty God. He vows to kill all State Alchemists and anyone who gets in his way.Lust: A Homunculus, her goal is to become fully human -- and she will use whatever means possible to achieve it. The Homunculi are beings created by a secret but evil alchemy.Gluttony: Lust's loyal Homunculus comrade. Named after one of the Seven Deadly Sins, he is also the creepiest character, since his name refers to his enormous appetite to eat almost anything -- particularly human beings.Envy: Another Homunculus who works with Lust. Also named after one of the Seven Deadly Sins, Envy has the ability to change form. Lust often uses Envy's skill to trick others into doing what she wants.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    This guide follows the US dubbed version of the show, as it is aired on [Adult Swim]. If you are looking for the guide to the Japanese version of Fullmetal Alchemist, go to Hagane no Renkin Jutsushi.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    SOURCES: Information for this guide has been gathered from: The Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Anime News Network, CrystalAcids, and the many people who have contributed to the guide. Thank you contributors!
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  • Genre(s): Animation, Science Fiction
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  1. Feb 13, 2011
    10
    I absolutely love Fullmetal Alchemist. That's about all I can say. It was entertaining enough in the first 10 episodes to hold my interest, and around episodes 10 - 13 it really kicked into gear and I was addicted. I finished the series in four days. I've rewatched bits and pieces often since then. I love the characters. There's a great balance of drama, angst, and comedy. I would recommend this show to anybody and everybody. Expand
  2. Oct 29, 2013
    10
    Awesome anime, has awesome story and character design! One of my fave anime! First being Digimon and Major, second being Deltora Quest and Hetalia. Thanks for the awesome Anime! Expand
  3. Jun 4, 2013
    10
    My Favorite anime of all time
  4. Jan 15, 2011
    10
    Fullmetal Alchemist is as close to perfect as humanity can get to such a thing in anime. My previous statement was purely arbitrary ,but this is a show everyone should watch along with its other show (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood). The animation is flawless to the normal observer (I only found small shortcuts and they were hard to pick out) , only ridiculously close scrutiny will find even a minute mistake. The Voicing (dub) is fantastic and portray their roles as if they were real people. The sub is almost as good as the English but the simple fact of translation doesn't always work and sometimes misses the mark. The music is very excellently and composed solidly, the most impressive of which are the Openings (most of which are done by such famous Japanese Artists as L Arc En Ciel and Asian Kung Fu Generation) . The characters all have deep backstory and even the background characters have a surprising amount of personality, the characters develop at slow pace but there is development. It is literally impossible to talk about the story without spoilers so i wont attempt to. And thus ends my review of a almost perfect anime ( and by almost perfect i mean its only almost because nothing in this world is perfect). Expand
  5. Jan 7, 2014
    9
    I really loved this show, but I liked Brotherhood better. And since Brotherhood is the one based on the manga (I think), I'd suggest you watch Brotherhood first, and then this one. This is still really good, though. I mean, good to the point where I would watch it again. Expand
  6. Nov 21, 2011
    8
    I love it. Its exactly what I could ask for. It does what any anime needs to do. It pulls you in to the characters and the story within the first 5 episodes. The characters and story are original and likeable. Its also fairly funny. I recommend watching it in Japanese and not English. I think the voices suit the characters more in Japanese. Definitely worth a watch! Expand
  7. Jan 2, 2014
    7
    The story of the Elric brothers is grim, interesting. This first part of that does not follow the manga source ineteressante and is very well made but with some more not so great failures. Expectitavas and realization makes a great anime Fullmetal Alchemist. Expand