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Fullmetal Alchemist is series created by Hiromu Arakawa. It count two anime series. One simply entitle Fullmetal Alchemist, produced by the studio Bones, count 51 episodes and originally aired between October 2003 and October 2004. The second series, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, was also produced by the studio Bones and aired from April 2009 and July 2010 and list 64 episode.
Edward Elric, a young, brilliant alchemist, has lost much in his twelve-year life: when he and his brother Alphonse try to resurrect their dead mother through the forbidden act of human transmutation, Edward loses his brother as well as two of his limbs. With his supreme alchemy skills, Edward binds Alphonse’s soul to a large suit of armor.
A year later, Edward, now promoted to the fullmetal alchemist of the state, embarks on a journey with his younger brother to obtain the Philosopher’s Stone. The fabled mythical object is rumored to be capable of amplifying an alchemist’s abilities by leaps and bounds, thus allowing them to override the fundamental law of alchemy: to gain something, an alchemist must sacrifice something of equal value. Edward hopes to draw into the military’s resources to find the fabled stone and restore his and Alphonse’s bodies to normal. However, the Elric brothers soon discover that there is more to the legendary stone than meets the eye, as they are led to the epicenter of a far darker battle than they could have ever imagined.
“In order for something to be obtained, something of equal value must be lost.”
Alchemy is bound by this Law of Equivalent Exchange—something the young brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric only realize after attempting human transmutation: the one forbidden act of alchemy. They pay a terrible price for their transgression—Edward loses his left leg, Alphonse his physical body. It is only by the desperate sacrifice of Edward’s right arm that he is able to affix Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armor. Devastated and alone, it is the hope that they would both eventually return to their original bodies that gives Edward the inspiration to obtain metal limbs called “automail” and become a state alchemist, the Fullmetal Alchemist.
Three years of searching later, the brothers seek the Philosopher’s Stone, a mythical relic that allows an alchemist to overcome the Law of Equivalent Exchange. Even with military allies Colonel Roy Mustang, Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye, and Lieutenant Colonel Maes Hughes on their side, the brothers find themselves caught up in a nationwide conspiracy that leads them not only to the true nature of the elusive Philosopher’s Stone, but their country’s murky history as well. In between finding a serial killer and racing against time, Edward and Alphonse must ask themselves if what they are doing will make them human again… or take away their humanity.
When I watch Fullmetal Alchemist for the very first time, it was the 2003 version and I quite enjoyed it. Even it at a certain point it doesn’t follow the story any more it was still a really good series. The villain may have been different but the plot was still making sense.
Then I watched the Brotherhood version and Oh God I must say that I enjoyed way more Brotherhood than the first adaptation. The fact that it closely follow the series and all the character make it more interesting. Brotherhood plot line (like the manga) is more complicated than the previous version of the anime.The 2003 version is still good, but I much rather Brotherhood.
The different between some character are notable (If you make me choose between 2003 Kimblee and Brotherhood Kimblee, I will got with the latter). And preferred the idea of Scar killing Winry parent over Roy doing it. And I can stay quiet about GreedLing, Greed was already hot enough but GreedLing is ten time hotter.
However, no matter the version I still cry like a baby at Maes death/funeral
Fullmetal Alchemist (2003 /Brotherhood) is a good action series with a lot of good fight scene and it have his comedic side to light up the darker moment. Of course since it’s one of my favorite anime series, I would recommend it to everyone no matter what kind of series the preferred.