Fullmetal Alchemist

Cartoon Network (ended 2006)



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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 Elric

Edward 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 Generation

Ending 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 Characters

Edward 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!moreless


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Fan Reviews (630)

  • Not as great as Brotherhood but awesome

    compared to Brotherhood, this show falls flat on it's face but without brotherhood it's a good show.
  • I don't think UltimateFlow really understands the series


    It's a great show. Tons of likable characters, a great plot, some pretty funny episodes, a few really good plot twists, and great fight scenes. Although I enjoy Brotherhood more, mostly because I found the ending to Shamballa to be rather disappointing, it doesn't mean this is a bad series. It is great, and it got me back into anime after my interests in it were decreasing.


    The show isn't about trying to be deep, or always talking. The talking is intended to move the story along. As for Ed and Al always getting into trouble, that doesn't usually happen. There is tons of character development, Ed isn't always some angsty atheist, there's more to it than that. Watch "Those Who Challenge the Sun" then watch "The Philosopher's Stone". I would say that is a good amount of character development. As for you mentioning the constant talk about the Philosopher's Stone, humonculi, et cetera. Well those play huge roles in the show, so how can you not expect them to mention it? I mean, it is one thing if you don't like the show, and provide good examples as to why you don't like it, but the examples you are giving aren't exactly fair.moreless
  • Many people don't see the deeper meaning in this series

    Alot of people who write negative reviews reveal that the emphasis on the main theme is too much. I disagree with this because the point of the whole story is not the equivalant exchange, that just something that summarizes how the fantasy portion works in the show. The real theme is that there are moral duties that people have to carry. You can see that when Ed buys a coal mining town when an oppressive leader shows up. You can also see how much brotherly love plays into the plot. There is also close to no romance in the series(until the very last episode) and many of the characters act like regular human beings to show that everyone in the series is actually a human with a soul.moreless
  • A MUST WATCH ....

  • Amazing

    People who claim Brotherhood is better is because "its closer to the manga! Plus it is more anime-ish" but as someone who doesn't care what's closer to the original, i can tell this is far better. Pacing is good, characters are deep, & its way more serious. In brotherhood, even in the most serious scene they will make "funny" "chibi" scenes which just ruins the whole thing, pacing is way too fast to feel attached to any character. People who claim its better are often huge anime fans, and so they like that kind of stuff. This show is epic and flawlessmoreless

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