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Fullmetal Alchemist 

Hagane no renkinjutsushi (original title)
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When a failed alchemical ritual leaves brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric with severely damaged bodies, they begin searching for the one thing that can save them; the fabled philosopher's stone.
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Series cast summary:
Vic Mignogna ...  Edward Elric 51 episodes, 2003-2004
Aaron Dismuke ...  Alphonse Elric 51 episodes, 2003-2004
Romi Pak ...  Edward Elric / ... 51 episodes, 2003-2004
Rie Kugimiya ...  Alphonse Elric / ... 51 episodes, 2003-2004
Maria Tamar Maria Tamar ...  Pinako Rockwell 51 episodes, 2003-2004
Travis Willingham ...  Roy Mustang 33 episodes, 2003-2004
Tôru Ohkawa Tôru Ohkawa ...  Roy Mustang / ... 33 episodes, 2003-2004
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...  Riza Hawkeye / ... 29 episodes, 2003-2004
Caitlin Glass ...  Winry Rockbell / ... 29 episodes, 2003-2004
Christopher Sabat ...  Alex Louis Armstrong / ... 28 episodes, 2004
Kenji Utsumi ...  Alex Louis Armstrong / ... 28 episodes, 2004
Megumi Toyoguchi Megumi Toyoguchi ...  Winry Rockbell 28 episodes, 2003-2004
Michiko Neya Michiko Neya ...  Riza Hawkeye 25 episodes, 2003-2004
Laura Bailey ...  Lust / ... 24 episodes, 2003-2004
Yûko Satô Yûko Satô ...  Lust 24 episodes, 2003-2004
Mike McFarland ...  Jean Havoc / ... 23 episodes, 2003-2004
Ed Blaylock ...  King Bradley / ... 23 episodes, 2003-2004
Yasunori Matsumoto ...  Jean Havoc / ... 22 episodes, 2003-2004
Chris Cason ...  Gluttony / ... 21 episodes, 2003-2004
Yoshino Takamori Yoshino Takamori ...  Sloth / ... 21 episodes, 2003-2004
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Storyline

The Elric brothers' mother is dead and their father has long since abandoned them. Deciding to perform a forbidden human transmutation to bring their mother back, they end up losing their bodies. Now Edward must join the military in order to gain certain alchemical privileges, with his one goal being to restore his brother to his original state. But with war on the horizon it's only a matter of time before they are both forced to question their morals and ultimately decide the value of human life. Written by Anonymous

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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. See more »


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fullmetal Alchemist See more »

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Runtime:

(51 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The reason that Ed, Izumi, Hohenheim and Dante are able to perform Alchemy without transmutation circles is because each of them has seen the gate; "the truth." Although Alphonse would have seen the gate while his soul was trapped there, he retains no memory of it which is why he cannot perform Alchemy without circles. While he gains the ability to perform Alchemy without a transmutation circle later on in this series due to the Philosopher's Stone, in the manga and later FMA Brotherhood anime, when the snake chimera Martel was killed, her blood reacted with Alphonse's blood seal (which doesn't occur in this series) causing him to regain his memories and as a result Al discovers shortly afterwards that it gave him that ability as well. See more »

Quotes

Greed: I'm sorry, but who the hell are you?
Izumi Curtis: I'm... PISSED OFF!
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The end credits usually start before the episode is completely over. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Fullmetal Alchemist: Dream Carnival (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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Third opening theme (episodes #26-41)
Performed by COOL JOKE
Music and lyrics by Hiroya Ishikawa
Arrangement by Junji Yayoshi
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Utterly addictive pleasure
6 January 2007 | by rawlinson_stephenSee all my reviews

Whilst most anime is an acquired taste, falling into the fighting (think Dragonball or Bleach) magical girl (Sailor Moon) or romantic (Chobits) genres, Fullmetal Alchemist rises above all this. As the story gradually unfolds, you are drawn ever deeper into a believable alternative world where magic replaces science and its practitioners (Alchemists) are held in high esteem. Yet, few are what they seem and you cannot trust anybody. The good are, in fact, capable of deeds of great evil, and the bad are often doing what they do for good reasons. And just when you think you're getting a handle on it, something comes along that shocks you in such a way you are left thinking about it for days to come. Whilst there are obviously anime elements (the look, fighting segments) the story and, above all, the willingness to shock the audience by hurting and killing characters we have come to know and admire, make Fullmetal Alchemist well worth your time. Of course, you will have to invest a lot of time - 51 half hour episodes and a movie means 26 hours or so of viewing. But it is time well worth spending.


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