Fullmetal Alchemist also known as FMA or Hagaren has been adapted into a full-length movie sequel, and several video games have also been based on FMA.
Immensely popular in Japan and in North America, the Fullmetal Alchemist has a huge fan following today. In September 2005, it was rated the number 1 most favourite Anime of all time in Japan.
FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST AT A GLANCE
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- Setting: 20th century in an country with technology dating from early 20th century Europe.
- Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Drama, Action, Shōnen, Comedy.
- Author: Hiromu Arakawa
- Director: Seiji Mizushima
- Episodes: 51
The anime is finished, however the manga is still ongoing. The 51 episodes has been released over 13 DVDs.
- Vol. 1: The Curse (Ep. 1-4)
- Vol. 2: Scarred Man of the East (Ep. 5-8)
- Vol. 3: Equivalent Exchange (Ep. 9-12)
- Vol. 4: The Fall of Ishbal (Ep. 13-16)
- Vol. 5: The Cost of Living (Ep. 17-20)
- Vol. 6: Captured Souls (Ep. 21-24)
- Vol. 7: Reunion on Yock Island (Ep. 25-28)
- Vol. 8: The Altar of Stone (Ep. 29-32)
- Vol. 9: Pain and Lust (Ep. 33-36)
- Vol. 10: Journey To Ishbal (Ep. 37-40)
- Vol. 11: Becoming The Stone (Ep. 41-44)
- Vol. 12: Truth Behind Truths (Ep. 45-48)
- Vol. 13: Brotherhood (Ep. 49-51)
The story of the Fullmetal Alchemist is about the two orphan boys Edward and Alphonse Elric, who wish to see their dead mother brought back to life, and therefore, try to achieve this impossibility through alchemy.
In their intention to create a 'human transmutation circle' Edward loses his left leg, while Alphonse, his entire body. While desperately trying to save his brother’s life, Edward gives up his right arm, and affixes Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armor.
Roy Armor, the 'State Alchemist' arrives on the scene to help the two boys, and he advises them to become a State Alchemist himself, so that he could work with Roy. Edward and Alphonse hear about the Philosopher’s Stone, and set out to search for it, so that they could use it to restore their bodies. The adventures on the way, and the discovery of the many secrets behind the Philosopher’s Stone make up the rest of the series, and this in sum is the story of the Fullmetal Alchemist.
In the series are two orphan boys Edward, or 'Ed', the Fullmetal Alchemist, and the more aggressive of the two brothers, and Alphonse, or 'Al', his calm and cool brother.
Winry Rockbell, a mechanical expert, plays the friend of the brothers, and helps them whenever they need her, while Colonel Roy Mustang or the 'Flame Alchemist' as he is better known, is in the Army, and he can create a spark by rubbing his special gloves together. Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye, King Bradley, Scar, Lust, Gluttony and Envy are the other characters that play important roles in the unfolding of the plot.
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Last edited by Dragon Ball; Nov 12, 2006 at 04:34 AM.