An AWESOME anime about two brothers who have seemed to lost everything but still hold on. They are named Edward Elric, The stubborn, short but older child, and Alphonse Elric,who's soul is kept inside a suit of armour. His body was sacrificed for the attempt of bringing his(and ed's, duh) mother back.
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.
"Do you watch Fullmetal Alchemist?"
"Hell yeah!! Who the hell doesn't!?"
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An anime ( Japanese animation) produced by Square-Enix (best known for the Final Fantasy game series) , Studio BONES (known for Cowboy Bebop and Wolf's Rain among other things) , and Aniplex.

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. Edward became the youngest State Alchemist of all time at the age of twelve when he performed a transmutation without a transmutation circle (a near impossible feat). During their research after Edward joined the military they came across notes of the Philosophers Stone- an alchemy amplifier that easily defies the law of Touka Koukan allowing them to gain without the sacrifice. The series continues with their search for the Stone.

Notes- Contrary to popular belief, it is not magic and has nothing to do with Harry Potter .

The anime was brought over and dubbed into English by FUNimation, a Texas-based studio. They're popular for the dubs of Dragonball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho and Fruits Basket. Currently, the series is airing on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim track.

Hiromu Arakawa's manga was brought over and translated by VIZ. The manga itself is still in progress in both countries, but you can currently find the availible translated volumes wherever you buy manga.

Since the end of the anime series (a full 51 episodes) , a movie ( FullMetal Alchemist The Movie: The Conqueror of Shamballa , can also be found with the titles Hagaren: Conqueror of Shamballa, or even Shamballa's Conqeuror ) , three RPG PS2 video games, one PS2 fighting game, two Gameboy Advance games, a Nintendo DS game, and several animated shorts have been released. You may also find soundtracks, DVDs, and other such merchandise for the show.

As far as anime goes, aside from shows like Evangelion, Gundam Seed, Bleach, Naruto, and InuYasha, FullMetal Alchemist has one of the largest anime fanbases in America.

Other names for the series are: FMA , Hagaren , Hagane no Renkinjutushi , and Full Metal Alchemist (alternate spelling).
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Girl 2: "No, can't say I have, is it good?"
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A kick ass anime show about the life of two brother, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who, after their mother died, attempted to bring her back to life. Their sacrifice to Equivalent Exchange was not great enough, so the Transmutation took Edwards leg and Alphonses body. Edward then used his right arm for material and transmuted his brotehrs soul to the armor in the corner. They now seek the legendary Philospohers stone, which allows them to pass the laws of equivalence, and get their bodies back to normal
These are some of the State Alchemists

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
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Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the best animes, and mangas I have ever seen.
Inuyasha on the other hand is a show that was good for a bit, but did it really ever end?... -_-

I think that Fullmetal Alchemist has a very nice plotline, with well... almost no filler episodes. Inuyasha... I just can't say they I like it after watching 10 episodes of it. I might like it a little more if they ended it.

To all of those Die-Hard Inuyasha Fans, why do you like it so much? I mean, it has no end, it has many filler episodes, and frankly, a really bad plot line, filled with a few holes, here and there. Fullmetal Alchemist will win in any battle against Inuyahsa... in all aspects.
Please, by all means... tell me why people like it so much!? I can understand Fullmetal Alchemist, but really... Inuyasha?
by Conan Edogawa October 25, 2006
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BEWARE!!! DONT READ!!!!! IF U HAVENT SEEN THE SERIES YET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

a awesome anime series that is about 2 brothers edward and alphonse elric and the adventures the go on.

after their father ran off cuz of his over aged body their mother becomes ill and dies. then the 2 brothers try 2 bring their mom back. but the transmutation failed, eds leg and als body were took 2 the other side of the gate. ed used his arm for material and transmuted his brothers soul to a suit of armor.

ed gets automail arm and leg from his childhood friend winry and becomes a state alchemist. (fullmetal) with a smartass colonel, roy mustang who gives him missions to help find the philosophers stone. the brothers believe the stone will fix their bodys but little do they know wat the last ingredient is 2 make it and who mostly created and has the true incomplete stone.

when the humunculi capture the stone (yes capture) and use al, ed gets killed and al brings him back but with equivulant exchange al dies and ed comes back but ed say oh hell no and transmuts himself and al comes back with his normal flesh and bone human body and no memorys between when they tryed to bring their mom back and now.

after that the movie al still looks for ed and ed trys 2 get back to his world out of germany where hes striped of his alchemy abilitys and a woman trys to destroy eds world with alphons hedrichs help and he didnt know that she was going 2 try 2 destroy eds world but he makes a rocket powered plane and sends ed through the open gate and ed and al (eds brother) destroy the woman. ed returns to germany leaving al behind to destroy the gate from that side. but al climbed on the eds plane at the mast min and stays with ed 2 help him destroy the gate in germany leaving roy 2 deal with the gate in the other world.
DUDES ED AND AL ARE HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fullmetal alchemist is best movie/series ever!!!
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The real spelling of the dumbass-fan-version "Full Metal Alchemist."

The Japanese title is "Hagane no Renkinjutshi."
Idiots abbrv. Fullmetal Alchemist as "FMA" when the official way is "HAGAREN."
Square-Enix publishes Fullmetal Alchemist.
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