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Hagane no renkinjutsushi 

Two brothers search for a Philosopher's Stone after an attempt to revive their deceased mother goes awry and leaves them in damaged physical forms.
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 Narrator / ... 64 episodes, 2009-2010
Iemasa Kayumi ...
 Narrator / ... 64 episodes, 2009-2010
Muriel Hofmann ...
 Edward Elric (Animax Asia dub) / ... 64 episodes, 2009-2010
Lili Troncale ...
 Alphonse Elric (Animax Asia dub) 64 episodes, 2009-2010
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 Edward Elric / ... 61 episodes, 2009-2010
Rie Kugimiya ...
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 Roy Mustang / ... 46 episodes, 2009-2010
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Kenta Miyake ...
Yuki Hayashi ...
 Denny Brosh / ... 35 episodes, 2009-2010
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 May Chang / ... 30 episodes, 2009-2010
Megumi Takamoto ...
 Winry Rockbell 30 episodes, 2009-2010
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 Additional Voices 28 episodes, 2009-2010
Mai Goto ...
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 Shao May / ... 26 episodes, 2009-2010
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 Alex Louis Armstrong / ... 27 episodes, 2009-2010
Hidekatsu Shibata ...
 King Bradley 27 episodes, 2009-2010
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Two brothers lose their mother to an incurable disease. With the power of "alchemy", they use taboo knowledge to resurrect her. The process fails, and as a toll for using this type of alchemy, the older brother, Edward Elric loses his left leg while the younger brother, Alphonse Elric loses his entire body. To save his brother, Edward sacrifices his right arm and is able to affix his brother's soul to a suit of armor. With the help of a family friend, Edward receives metal limbs - "automail" - to replace his lost ones. With that, Edward vows to search for the Philosopher's Stone to return the brothers to their original bodies, even if it means becoming a "State Alchemist", one who uses his/her alchemy for the military. Written by Anonymous

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There are some characters in this anime whose backdrops were not presented in any episode, but were present in the first FMA Anime. (Which does not entirely follow the story of the original Manga.) For example the character, Yoki was introduced in FMA: Brotherhood after he had already met the Elric Brothers in the first anime. His story is briefly elaborated on when he re-encounters them here. The main reason for this was to avoid too much repetition as these characters' backgrounds were already used before in the first series. See more »

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Followed by Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos (2011) See more »

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Uso
(Lie)
Performed by SID
Lyrics by Mao
Music by Yuuya
Arrangement by SID and Akira Nishihira
(First ending theme, episodes #1-14)
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An amazing story, and a must-see for any anime viewer.
23 March 2012 | by See all my reviews

Brotherhood is a welcome addition to the Fullmetal Alchemist franchise, fully covering the storyline of the manga by Hiromu Arakawa. It's a wholly satisfying series which manages to stay engaging throughout its 64 episode run. Even though it follows the storyline of the manga very closely there are a few changes present. But the story is so impressive that it doesn't really matter if there are a few missteps. There are only ten instrumental music pieces by Akira Senju in the entire series, however, some of them are very effective. The opening and closing themes are catchy rock and pop songs which remind one of the first anime. So, is Brotherhood better than the first series? The answer is yes. The first series was emotionally satisfying though it contained a lot of filler. The second season was, for the most part, disappointing. Even the first season unnecessarily extended the manga's chapters, however, there was clearly originality there and the direction was noticeably good. The film Conqueror Of Shamballa was bad, no question about it. In fact the film was such a disappointment for me that I didn't want to watch Fullmetal Alchemist again. But later I picked up the manga, read it, and was amazed by the story and artwork. There are good reasons why the manga became such a big success. The animation in Brotherhood is an improvement. There are underlying political messages in the story that remind one of the United States. In conclusion, Brotherhood is a must-see anime, and after seeing it I don't feel like watching the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime again. I'm not a fan of anime and manga but Hiromu Arakawa's work is one of several which have to be seen.


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