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Hagane no renkinjutsushi 

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When a failed alchemical ritual leaves brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric with severely damaged bodies, they begin searching for the one thing that can save them; the fabled philosopher's stone.
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Series cast summary:
Vic Mignogna ...  Edward Elric 51 episodes, 2003-2004
Aaron Dismuke ...  Alphonse Elric 51 episodes, 2003-2004
Romi Pak ...  Edward Elric / ... 51 episodes, 2003-2004
Rie Kugimiya ...  Alphonse Elric / ... 51 episodes, 2003-2004
Maria Tamar Maria Tamar ...  Pinako Rockwell 51 episodes, 2003-2004
Travis Willingham ...  Roy Mustang 33 episodes, 2003-2004
Tôru Ohkawa Tôru Ohkawa ...  Roy Mustang / ... 33 episodes, 2003-2004
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...  Riza Hawkeye / ... 29 episodes, 2003-2004
Caitlin Glass ...  Winry Rockbell / ... 29 episodes, 2003-2004
Christopher Sabat ...  Alex Louis Armstrong / ... 28 episodes, 2004
Kenji Utsumi ...  Alex Louis Armstrong / ... 28 episodes, 2004
Megumi Toyoguchi Megumi Toyoguchi ...  Winry Rockbell 28 episodes, 2003-2004
Michiko Neya Michiko Neya ...  Riza Hawkeye 25 episodes, 2003-2004
Laura Bailey ...  Lust / ... 24 episodes, 2003-2004
Yûko Satô Yûko Satô ...  Lust 24 episodes, 2003-2004
Mike McFarland ...  Jean Havoc / ... 23 episodes, 2003-2004
Ed Blaylock ...  King Bradley / ... 23 episodes, 2003-2004
Yasunori Matsumoto ...  Jean Havoc / ... 22 episodes, 2003-2004
Chris Cason ...  Gluttony / ... 21 episodes, 2003-2004
Yoshino Takamori Yoshino Takamori ...  Sloth / ... 21 episodes, 2003-2004
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Storyline

The Elric brothers' mother is dead and their father has long since abandoned them. Deciding to perform a forbidden human transmutation to bring their mother back, they end up losing their bodies. Now Edward must join the military in order to gain certain alchemical privileges, with his one goal being to restore his brother to his original state. But with war on the horizon it's only a matter of time before they are both forced to question their morals and ultimately decide the value of human life. Written by Anonymous

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The Philosophers' Stone: those who possess it, no longer bound by the laws of Equivalent Exchange in Alchemy, may gain without sacrifice, create without equal exchange. We searched for it, and we found it. See more »


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

4 October 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fullmetal Alchemist See more »

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Runtime:

(51 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (English-language version)

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

The "introduction to alchemy" book in the 3rd episode is actually a dungeons and dragons book with a transmutation circle in it. See more »

Quotes

Number 48, Slicer: Older Broher: No, you don't understand. You must destroy us.
Slicer: Young Brother: He's right. You must destroy us. There is nothing for the defeated but death that is our rule.
Edward Elric: I'm not killing anyone. That's not what I do.
Number 48, Slicer: Older Broher: You're too kind with your words. Calling us anyone, not anything. As if we could still be called human in this twisted state. I didn't say kill, I said destroy. Destroy these thing's we've become.
Edward Elric: To do that, I'd have to admit you weren't human. And for me to do that, I'd have to admit the same of my brother ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits of the first episodes, you see a close-up of Ed who "turns to the camera" and casts a faint smile. In the 7th episode though - a tragic one, Ed's smile breaks into a big grin while his eyes are shining like he's about to cry. See more »

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Version of Hagane no renkinjutsushi (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Kesenai Tsumi
(Indelible Sin)
First ending theme (episodes #2-13)
Performed by Nana Kitade
Music and arrangement by Susumu Nishikawa
Lyrics by Nana Kitade
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Changed my mind about Anime
22 September 2005 | by JayDSanSee all my reviews

I might as well just come right out and say it to start with--I have never been a fan of Anime. In general, I watch it if it happens to be on, but more as background noise than for the actual plot content. But this series changed my mind about all that.

The first few episodes I watched were on Adult Swim. I liked the idea of magic being explained in a (somewhat) scientific fashion, so I found recordings of the aired episodes online (with subtitles) with the intention of watching them whenever I was bored.

I say without shame that I, who have not watched more than a half hour of anime in a single sitting, watched all fifty-one episodes in a single sitting. And it had me sitting on the edge of my seat every time. When a few of the episodes were corrupted, I even edited the videos manually with a hex editor to get them to play properly.

I was really turned off to Anime originally because of the way the Japanese animators use frame rates. You only really need one or two frames per second to show movement--and this contrasts with the relatively constant frame rate in American cartoons. It can look rather ugly if you're not used to it. For action scenes, though, they bring out the full 30fps, and the sudden contrast between 2fps, with the character standing there, and 30fps, where the character is executing these stunning martial arts moves, is an incredible sight to see.

But I would like to say that this series is a complete series. The last episode does, in fact, contain the conclusion--no premature terminations here. Most anime contains a "Lead-out" which gives the viewer something to think about. It makes it seem more like the characters are still doing something, still living, even after the series is over. I must say that makes the end of the series even harder to bear, because believe it or not, it's like saying goodbye to a close friend.

This series has definitely had a major impact on me. It is worth the time (or money) to acquire it. I wouldn't recommend watching all fifty-one episodes together like I did. The intrigue of the plot is intended to hit the viewers like a hammer, and it keeps them coming back week after week. If you watch them all together, it begins and ends so quickly you feel like you've been hit by a truck when it finally DOES end.

Full Metal Alchemist is a prime example of excellent story writing. It'll make you laugh and maybe even make a few of you cry, but one thing it won't do is leave you disappointed.


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