The Facts are These:
Young brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric try to bring their dead mother back to life using forbidden human transmutation in alchemy. This results in the Edward losing his left leg and right arm and Alphonse losing his body. Edward transmutates Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armor and Edward has his missing limbs replaced with automail. Together the brothers travel the world in search of the Philosopher’s Stone. A legendary stone said to not be bound by the laws of equivalent exchange, using this they will try and restore their bodies to the way they used to be.
During my viewing of the show I realized my fondness of anime. I would watch anime to see the action and adventure aspects, but in anime we sometimes get more mature stories and characters than we would see in North American animation and how this affects people’s views on animation. In America a lot of the older generations just see anime as immature cartoons meant for children. Where in fact people who watch anime know that a lot of anime can have a more detailed and well written story than most live action television shows or movies.
Edward and Alphonse Elric
Behind the Scenes:
Fullmetal Alchemist was written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa, her other popular works are Hero’s Tale and Silver Spoon. The 2003 anime was produced by BONES which it’s other notable works are Wolf’s Rain and Cowboy Bebop (Under the Sunrise Production’s label). The most notable aspect of the 2003 series is its difference in story from the original manga. Since the original manga was still ongoing at the team the writers a different story with a similar first several episodes to its sequel series. Some differences include the appearance of homunuclus, the range in Edward’s alchemy and an overhaul in the character arc of Greed.
A Brief View of the World:
The world of Fullmetal Alchemist is similar to our world with the exception of the use of alchemy and technology. The story in Fullmetal Alchemist takes place mostly in the country of Amestris, their country is run by one leading official with the title the Furher. The eastern province of Amestris known as Ishval is a central part of the story for the capital did an ethnic cleansing of that area creating one the villains of the show. Alchemy is a big part of the story where we see that instead of rocket science and engineering advancing we see that alchemy advanced, which resulted in alchemy being able to manipulate the physical properties of the world around. However, alchemy follows the principle of equivalent exchange, where in order to make something something of equal value must be lost. This results in people wanting to break this rule which created the Philosopher’s stone a stone that when used in conjunction with alchemy allows one to forgo the rules of equivalent exchange. Then there are homunculus, humans that were artificially created through alchemy, they possess special abilities and carry the mark of the ouroboros somewhere on their body.
Fullmetal Alchemist is a very enjoyable series, it has action, supernatural elements and interesting characters. The part I really liked the most was Edward and Alphonse’s motivation in the story. In it we see that they gave up on reviving their mother in order to restore what they lost in themselves. That does not meant that do not miss, we see specifically later one that they miss her very much. It is just they realized that some things are better off lost.
This show has some rewatchability because of its interesting storyline and action scenes. Though there is enough related media that you have a large diversity in what to watch.
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – Brotherhood is based completely off the original story and is longer than this series. It is good if you enjoyed this series and want to see the original take on it.
Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa – This is the sequel movie to the 2003 series and is an interesting watch if you want to see an ending to the series
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