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Fullmetal Alchemist 

Hagane no renkinjutsushi (original title)
The Elric brothers' deciding to perform a forbidden human transmutation to bring their dead mother back, they end up losing their bodies. Now Edward must find the chemical privileges to restore their body back.
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 Edward Elric (51 episodes, 2003-2004)
Aaron Dismuke ...
 Alphonse Elric (51 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Edward Elric / ... (51 episodes, 2003-2004)
Rie Kugimiya ...
 Alphonse Elric / ... (51 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Roy Mustang (33 episodes, 2003-2004)
Tôru Ohkawa ...
 Roy Mustang / ... (33 episodes, 2003-2004)
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...
 Riza Hawkeye / ... (29 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Winry Rockbell / ... (29 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Alex Louis Armstrong / ... (28 episodes, 2004)
Kenji Utsumi ...
 Alex Louis Armstrong / ... (28 episodes, 2004)
Megumi Toyoguchi ...
 Winry Rockbell (28 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 Lust / ... (25 episodes, 2003-2004)
Michiko Neya ...
 Riza Hawkeye (25 episodes, 2003-2004)
Yûko Satô ...
 Lust (24 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 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)
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 Sloth / ... (21 episodes, 2003-2004)
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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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Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is Alchemy's First Law of Equivalent Exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world's one, and only, truth. See more »


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Wrath is unique among the Humunculi because his own body was used for his transmutation; so he can never be weakened in the same way of the other Humunculi aside from making him use up the red stones in his body. See more »

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Lieutenant Colonel Maes Hughes: [telling Mustang about the investigation on Scar] His bloodstained clothes washed up further downstream. We don't know if that means that he's dead, or just naked.
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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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Motherland
Third ending theme (episodes #26-41)
Performed by Crystal Kay
Music by Yanagiman
Lyrics by H.U.B.
Arrangement by Ken Matsubara
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Utterly addictive pleasure
6 January 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Whilst most anime is an acquired taste, falling into the fighting (think Dragonball or Bleach) magical girl (Sailor Moon) or romantic (Chobits) genres, Fullmetal Alchemist rises above all this. As the story gradually unfolds, you are drawn ever deeper into a believable alternative world where magic replaces science and its practitioners (Alchemists) are held in high esteem. Yet, few are what they seem and you cannot trust anybody. The good are, in fact, capable of deeds of great evil, and the bad are often doing what they do for good reasons. And just when you think you're getting a handle on it, something comes along that shocks you in such a way you are left thinking about it for days to come. Whilst there are obviously anime elements (the look, fighting segments) the story and, above all, the willingness to shock the audience by hurting and killing characters we have come to know and admire, make Fullmetal Alchemist well worth your time. Of course, you will have to invest a lot of time - 51 half hour episodes and a movie means 26 hours or so of viewing. But it is time well worth spending.


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