Fullmetal Alchemist Series

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"You can't gain something without sacrificing something else of the equal value. This is the principle of the equivalent trade."

The story takes place in an alternate world from ours in the early 1900's. Two young brothers, older Edward Elric and younger Alphonse Elric, live with their mother Trisha in the small village of Resembool. Their father left home when they were still very young, but Ed and Al inherited his passion for alchemy.

1909. On a fine day, Trisha dies of an unknown illness, leaving her two sons orphans. Ed blames his father for Trisha's death and wants to find a way to bring her back to life. At this time, Ed was 10, Al 9. When Edward finds out about flesh forging in an alchemy book that belonged to his father, he engages in an intense training with Al in order to be able to perform a human transmutation.

On February 1910, the Elric brothers cross the forbidden line trying to resurrect their mom. The attempt ends in a complete failure. In the process, Ed loses his left leg and Al his whole body. In a last try full of despair, Ed uses alchemy to restore his brother's spirit putting it in a suit of mail, at the further cost of his right arm. When Al wakes up in the armour, he suddenly realizes what happened and takes his unconscious injured brother to the neighbours, the Rockbells.

After that day, the two decide to embark on a journey to find the legendary Philosopher's Stone, rumoured to create anything from nothing, in hopes of getting back their original bodies.

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Kamuinoyume's Fullmetal Alchemist Tv Review

Rated: 10

What more can I say except: I love the show. I love the story, the characters, the ending, everything about it. So, it should come as no surprise to people that I'm giving this show a 10. It had its problems, but for me, it's one of the few shows out here I actually consider a masterpiece, and I highly recommend it to everyone out there.

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Member Opinions

Cirru rated 8.25:

For the most part, alchemy is presented as a limited-type of craft. It is very precise and much is still unknown. The idea of automail is interesting as an advancement on artificial limbs. Izumi Curtis is a rather amusing and tragic character.

Glukogen rated 9.50:

I like the story, character development and relationships, the whole psychological and philosophy background (homunculus, Philosophical rock, soul and body, equivalent exchange, the collective mind and the unconscious, etc.). In addition, humor is also not bad. But in the end the whole story has slipped into the mass brawl, and most of the questions did not get answers

HurtHattori rated 10.00:

I'm a huge fan of FMA, and I loved both anime because (just like the manga), an episode could make you cry and then laugh without it feeling awkward. The story is so deep, and the bond between Ed and Al is one of the best depictions of a family I've ever seen. Those brothers live for each other, and I can't help but to admire them.

Brotherhood took some time to grow on me, though : I was always comparing the first anime and the "new one", but when I told to myself to appreciate each of them for their own qualities and to consider them as two different stories with the same premises, it became one of my favourites anime.

renlilica rated 8.25:

One heck of an anime with all the alchemy, after watching the anime I started to clap my hands the way Ed does when he's about to perform an alchemy, it really feels satisfying. Hehe! I really like Ed's funny side the way he gets annoyed when he's called short, that's really humorous. I like envy from among the homunculus his ability to change faces is really awesome and his homunculus form is a dragon is really awesome(but in brotherhood it's a disgusting creature.)
The plot is really nice and the tragic ending is nice too.

Suzumiya-Boy rated 10.00:

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST from what was the anime of 2003 including the faithful anime adaptation of the manga in 2009, is a masterpiece, really making an anime with that quality, humor, drama, soundtrack, twists the story is beautiful, also has an end (that of 2009) which is quite nice and leaves one satisfied.
I saw everything including movies, short films, specials and OVAs.