Sunday, March 1, 2009

Fullmetal Alchemist

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Fullmetal Alchemist logo Pictures, Images and Photos

Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese Animation also known as Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (鋼の錬金術師 ,lit. "Alchemist of Steel"). The series is written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. The world of Fullmetal Alchemist is styled after European Industrial Revolution. Set in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques known to man, the story follows the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who want to restore their bodies after a disastrous failed attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy.


Edward and Alphonse Elric are two alchemist brothers who search for the legendary Philosopher's Stone, a powerful object which would allow them to recover their bodies (which were lost in an attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy). Born in the village of Resembool from the country of Amestris (アメストリス ,Amesutorisu), the two brothers lived there with their parents. Their father, Hohenheim, left home for unknown reasons and years later, their mother, Trisha Elric, died of a terminal illness leaving the Elric brothers alone.

After their mother's death, Edward becomes determined to bring her back through the use of alchemy, an advanced science in which objects can be created from raw materials. They researched Human Transmutation, a forbidden art in which one attempts to create or modify a human being. However, this attempt failed, ultimately resulting in the loss of Edward's left leg and right arm and Alphonse's entire body. In a desperate effort to save his brother, Edward sacrificed his right arm to affix his brother's soul to a suit of armor.

Some days later, an alchemist named Roy Mustang visits the Elric brothers, and he tells Edward to become a member of the State Military of the country to find a way to recover their bodies. After that, Edward's left leg and right arm are fitted with two sets of automail, a type of advanced prosthetic limb, created for him by his close family friends Winry Rockbell and her grandmother Pinako.

Edward Elric later then sets up to become a state Alchemist. By becoming the State Alchemist allowed him to use the extensive resources available to State Alchemists. Determine to restore their bodies, the brothers set up to find the legendary Philosopher's Stone.


Protagonist ;
Edward Elric, Alphonse Elric, Winry Rockbell, Roy Mustang

Antagonist ;
Dante, Zolf J. Kimbley, Homunculi (failed human transmutation)


Written and drawn by Hiromu Arakawa, the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series is serialized in Square Enix's monthly manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan. Serialization began in January 2001 and is still ongoing.


The animation studio Bones adapted the manga into a 51-episode anime series. It was directed by Seiji Mizushima and co-produced by Bones, Mainichi Broadcasting System and Aniplex. Character designs were handled by Yoshiyuki Ito and the script by Sho Aikawa.

A movie sequel, "Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa", was made by the same studio, and premiered in Japanese theaters on July 23, 2005

The series has been highly popular in both Japan and the United States.


Here are some of the pictures for this anime series.

Edward Elric Pictures, Images and Photos
Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist (his metal arm is known as automail)

Alphonse Elric Pictures, Images and Photos
Alphonse Elric, his soul is trapped in the armor

flame alchemist Pictures, Images and Photos
Roy Mustang, The Flame Alchemist

Homunculus Pictures, Images and Photos
A group of Homunculus

All together Pictures, Images and Photos

Ed & Roy Pictures, Images and Photos


The story is both adventure and sad at the same time. Each series bring back a memories, happiness and despair not only to the Elric Brothers, but also to all who search for the Philosopher's Stone. The popular quote for all alchemist in the series is ;

"To gain something, you must give something equal in value"

Well, for those who have learn Chemistry, you should understand how the chemical reaction works. The series also noted the sacrificed that has to be made for the Elric brothers in their mission to search for the Philosopher's Stone...



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