Hagane no Renkinjutsushi

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Tokyo Broadcasting System (ended 2004)

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Edward and Alphonse Elric are two brothers who spent much of their time when they were younger learning about alchemy; the science of transmuting something using raw materials. Alchemy has an irrevocable law known as Equivalent Exchange, meaning the materials you use must be of equal worth to what you intend to create.

After their mother passes away from an illness, the brothers decide to try a taboo form of alchemy in hopes of being able to resurrect her, but the law of equivalent exchange prevents them from succeeding. Their failure costs Edward his left leg and right arm, while Alphonse loses his body entirely and has his soul affixed to a suit of armor.

Years later, Edward and Alphonse are looking for the mythological Philosopher's Stone. It is believed that the stone is capable of bypassing equivalent exchange, and could therefore be used for otherwise impossible forms of alchemy. If they find it, Edward and Alphonse intend to restore their bodies, but they'll have to contend with others who also seek the legendary stone. While the two brothers are not the only ones searching, they may be the only ones with a noble objective in mind. Japanese (Kanji) Show Title 鋼の錬金術師 (translates as "Alchemist of Steel") Opening Themes episodes (02-13) -- "Melissa" by Porno Graffitti (14-25) -- "Ready Steady Go" by L'Arc〜en〜Ciel (26-41) -- "Undo" by Cool Joke (42-51) -- "Rewrite" by Asian Kung-Fu Generation Closing Themes episodes (1 only) -- "Melissa" by Porno Graffitti (02-13) -- "消せない罪" by Nana Kitade (14-24) -- "扉の向うへ" by Yellow Generation (26-41) -- "Motherland" by Crystal Kay (42-50) -- "I Will" by Sowelu Closing Theme Notes -- "消せない罪" (romanized as "kesenai tsumi") translates as "Indelible Sin" -- "扉の向うへ" (romanized as "tobira no mukou e") translates as "Beyond the Door" English Version This guide, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, pertains to the Japanese version. For the English version, refer to Fullmetal Alchemist.moreless