Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist is a franchise comprised of 4 movies, 4 anime series, 1 manga series
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Fullmetal Alchemist is a tale of two brothers traveling the world seeking the cure to the physical afflictions they suffer as a result of their experimentation with alchemy.

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The Story

Edward and Alphonse Elric are remarkably adept at alchemy for young children. When their mother dies, they attempt to revive her using their abilities. The attempt fails, however, and Ed loses his right arm while Al loses his entire body, saved only at the last minute when Ed ties Al's soul to an empty suit of armor, which makes him lose his left leg. Ed acquires himself a prosthetic arm and leg called automail, which allows him to move it similar to a real body part. While he recovers, the two are visited by an army colonel named Roy Mustang, who tells Ed he should try to become a State Alchemist for the army, giving him the resources he needs to research a way to restore his brother's body and his own. Ed passes the test, ironically with an ability he acquired as a result of the alchemy accident.

The two wander around the world seeking the Philosopher's Stone, a legendary alchemical item that is said to allow an alchemist to convert one item to another while ignoring the rule of "equivalent exchange," a law of alchemy that states that humankind can not gain anything without giving something in return. To obtain something of equal value must be lost.-- i.e. you cannot use alchemy to create something out of nothing. Arakawa's manga debuted in Square Enix's Monthly Shounen Gangan in 2001 to rave reviews and is still running in the same magazine. It was adapted into an anime -- which contains its own canon and its own ending -- in 2003, which also aired on Adult Swim in the and became extremely popular. A movie, Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa, was developed as an ending to the anime series. This film, like the latter chunk of the anime, has a completely original conclusion to the series that is different from the direction of the manga. A light novel series based on the manga has also been running, with six volumes to date.

The Characters

Edward Elric

Edward Elric the Fullmetal Alchemist
Edward Elric the Fullmetal Alchemist

Edward Elric, also known as Ed, is a top-notch alchemist now at the age of 15. Because he wears automail, he was given the title "Fullmetal Alchemist" by Fuhrer King Bradley when he became a State Alchemist (all State Alchemists are given such titles). Besides his incredible skill for his age and proficiency with weapons, Edward has one other secret that shows his genius. He is able to perform alchemy without the help of a Transmutation Circle or Array: normally a requirement (it was in fact that feat that made him worthy of the State Alchemists). As a result, he has amassed a reputation throughout the land, and this notoriety becomes a potential liability because people start gunning for him: not necessarily because of his identity but also because he's a State Alchemist (or "Military Dog" as some state-haters would call him). Edward answers to Lt. Col. Roy Mustang, and in exchange for answering to him and following his orders, he searches for the Philosopher's Stone in between his assignments and reports on his findings.

Alphonse Elric

Alphonse Elric in his armor
Alphonse Elric in his armor

Alphonse Elric, or Al for short, is a kind hearted boy born to Trisha Elric and Van Honenheim . Alphonse was born in the small rural town Resembool, a location in the south eastern region of Amestris where the story mainly takes place. Growing up Alphonse often spent time playing with his older brother and their best friend Winry Rockbell . But much like Ed, Alphonse looked up to his father and began studying the art of Alchemy along with Ed. Though Al would prove to be a gifted alchemist for his age, his skills were never as good as his brothers. In there younger days the two brother would often spar with one another, each fight would determine who got a particular prize, such as who would be the one to marry Winry. Alphonse would win every match, proving that one does not need Alchemy to be a strong fighter.

General Information Edit
Name: Fullmetal Alchemist
Name: 鋼の錬金術師
Romaji: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi
Aliases: FMA
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