Unfortunatly, there transmutation was a failure, and the price was far to great.
The brothers are now on a search for the legendary 'Philosipher's Stone' which is said to allow you to preform alchemy without the law of equivilant exchange. With this stone, the Elric brothers want to right their wrongs and gain their full bodies back.
The anime series contains 51 episodes.
"Hell yeah!! Who the hell doesn't!?"
Colonel Roy Mustang-The Flame Alchemist
Brigadier General Bask Grahn-The Iron Blood Alchemist
Edward Elric-The FullMetal Alchemist
Alex Louis Armstrong- The Strong Arm alchemist
Dr. Marcoh-The Crystal Alchemist
Shou Tucker- The Sowing Life Alchemist
And here are some other main characters
Lust, Gluttony, Scar, Envy, Rose, Fuhrer Bradley, Major/Liutenant Colonel/Brigadier General Hughes,Winry, 1st Lietenant Riza Hawkeye, General Hakuro, and Father Cornello...I guess
The anime was based off the original manga by Hiromu Arakawa. However the anime and manga (at least after around episode 25 of the anime) take off on completely different storylines as wished by Arakawa herself.
Both follow along the story of two brothers (Edward and Alphonse Elric) who are alchemists, and use it as part of their every day lives. Alchemy in this series follows the law of Touka Koukan (Equivalent Exchange)- you cannot gain without sacrifice. After their father walked out on them and their mother died when they were young, they attempted to bring her back using human transmutation. Unfortunately, it failed, resulting Ed to lose a leg and Al losing his body in exchange for the attempt, and Ed to then lose his arm when he attatched Al's soul to a suit of armor. Winry Rockbell, their childhood friend, help rebuild Edward's limbs using bionics called "automail". It was not long after that Edward decided to become a State Alchemist and workf or the military, in order to gain the valuable research they needed to get their bodies back. Ed...
Regarding the ridiculous flame war between Inu Yasha fans and FMA fans:
Inu Yasha is funny and somewhat interesting, but it suffers from horrible pacing, pointless filler episodes, and jaded anime hallmarks that wear out quickly. FMA may have a few scattered cliches, but it never slows down as a series.
Hey, at least it ended.
The anime and Manga diverge after the first arc and popular opinon states that the manga is easier to understand. The anime was developed by Bones, the same studio to work on cowboy bebop and wolf's rain.
There is also a video game out on the playstation two which has recieved mixed reviews. Popular with those who already fans of the anime or manga, gamers find the gameplay too simple for such a complex idea as alchemy.
The opening theme song, ready, steady, go is by the popluar j-rock band l'arc en ciel that came to the US for a live concert at Otakon, paired with the early showing of the first two episodes of the anime.
For those of you using this to slander FMA or Inuyasha I really wonder what kind of lives you have. This is supposed to be semi informative. Also which is better is a matter of opinion. Both are very popular series. Rather than attack another series it is better to watch a variety of anime and read a variety of manga so that you can be exposed to different types since Inu yasha does end, as does FMA and you'll eventually want to find another series to obsess over. I happy anime is growing in popularity since it ean that more animes are being brought over, such as inu yasha and FMA. Why not in...
To obtain something of equal value must be lost
This is Alchemys first law of Equvulant Exchange
In those days we really tought for that to be the worlds one and only truth