Questions tagged [fullmetal-alchemist-brotherhood]

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a 2010 anime adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa. Use it with "fma-series" tag for question related to 2010's anime series .

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What's the difference between the FMA and FMA Brotherhood series?

I haven't watched Anime in many years, but recently I've had time to get back into it. I've seen that one of my favorite series, Fullmetal Alchemist, has done a series reboot. What I'm wondering is: ...
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Why was Ed's arm strong but Al's body not?

At the end of FMA: Brotherhood, when Ed got his arm back, it was muscular, and he used it to fight. When Al got his body back, however, it was weak and emaciated, as it had shown to be throughout the ...
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Why doesn't Greed harden fully?

Fighting the Elric brothers in an early episode of the FMA: Brotherhood anime, Greed eventually hardens his entire body, making him impervious to damage aside from directly transmuting his armored ...
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Why is Wrath so human?

As we know, the homunculi can heal themselves and don't age because of the philosopher's stone. However, Wrath doesn't seem able to heal and he gets older, despite being a homunculus. I always ...
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How did Homunculus come into being?

In FMA, the being that became Father, the one known originally as Homunculus or the Dwarf in the Flask, seemed to have been created by Van Hohenheim's master using some of Van Hohenheim's blood. Is ...
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How did Alphonse recover his pre-gate memories?

In FMA: Brotherhood, Alphonse recover the memories he lost after going through the Gate, by having Martel's blood spattered over his own blood seal (the one that binds his soul to his armor), and is, ...
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What's the difference between Father, Van Hohenheim, and the main Homunculi?

After rewatching most of FMA: Brotherhood, I'm a bit confused. In Episode 40, Van Hohenheim explained that he's a humanoid form of the Philosopher's Stone. What difference does it make from the main ...
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Why can't The Dwarf leave the flask?

The Dwarf in the Flask, of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, is seen trapped within a flask during his first appearance. At one point in the series, The Dwarf states that his greatest wish is to ...
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How did the characters learn alchemy?

How did the characters gain their power to perform alchemy in FMA:Brotherhood? Is it genetic, or is it something that can be learned? After all, not everyone in the series can use alchemy.
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How was The Dwarf in the Flask created?

In the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, it was revealed that But it wasn't explained what method was used to create him. So, how was The Dwarf in the Flask created? Was it ever explained in the ...
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Why did Colonel Mustang lose his sense of sight and not his arm or body?

In Fullmetal Alchemist, when an alchemist performs human transmutation, they lose a part of their body. What determines the body part an alchemist loses?
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If Van Hohenheim is a living Philosopher's Stone, what does that make Edward and Alphonse?

In episode 62 of Brotherhood series, when Father's stone was nearly depleted, he started to search desperately for a new one. When he saw Edward Elric pinned down, his expression suddenly changed and ...
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Why was Mustang's vision restored, when Izumi Curtis didn't get her organs back?

When Van Hohenheim met Izumi the second time, he heard that she had opened the gate of Truth and lost some internal organs. Instead of giving her back her organs he rearranged them to improve her ...
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What are the origins of alchemy in Fullmetal Alchemist?

I noticed that in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, alchemy didn't exist until The Dwarf in the Flask came into existence. I also noticed is that the great teachers of alchemy were Father in the West, ...
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Are the Homunculi abilities based on the sins?

I understand Gluttony's ability of being able to ingest anything being related to the title Gluttony. I was wondering about the other Homunculi's abilities (from FMA:B, not FMA) and whether they have ...
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In FMA: Brotherhood, why do Father's sacrifices remain alive after the sacrifice?

When Father sacrifices his five subjects—the five who have all seen the portal—why is it that they are all fine right after? I would have expected them to be gone, or dead, or something.
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At what point does the 2003 series and Manga/Brotherhood series start to diverge?

I just finished watching Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 series. I would like to read/watch the manga/Brotherhood anime now. Does anyone know at what chapter the story of FMA2003 and the story of the manga/...
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About the physics of transmutation in FMA:B

Anyone who has watched even an episode of FMA or FMA:B knows how transmutations work. They are the staple of alchemy, and are very important to the show. The only rule with transmutations is the Law ...
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What happens if too much is given during a transmutation?

In Brotherhood, during a transmutation, what happens if too much is given as a part of the equivalent exchange? In the series, the brothers lose something each for trying to give too little during the ...
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At the end of the story, could Edward learn Alkahestry?

Since Alkahestry is used via the dragon's pulse while alchemy used in Amestris was powered by the philosopher's stone, could Edward learn and use Alkahestry after he had given up his gate of truth and ...
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Do the moths during Grumman's thoughts have any symbolic significance?

In episode 47 (12:08) of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, general Grumman's thoughts about a leadership position in Central are made audible to the viewer: Miles: And what about the plan, sir? ...
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How old were Ed and Al when they performed the human transmutation?

How old were Edward and Alphonse when they performed human transmutation? I am referring to the Brotherhood series, not the 2003 version.
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How did Sloth lay rail underground?

When the Elric brothers and General Armstrong go into the tunnel Sloth dug, and later when the search party is shown in the same tunnel, there are rails on the bottom. How can Sloth lay rails? There ...
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Why didn't Edward Elric get his leg back?

At the end of Brotherhood, Edward sacrifices his gate in order to bring back Al with his body. While doing so, the Truth being associated with Ed's gate tells him: You've defeated me. Take ...
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Why can't Edward get back his power to do alchemy?

Roy Mustang's vision was restored, so why can't Edward Elric try to use something to exchange back his gate, like using another philosopher's stone? Is it that he didn't need alchemy anymore because ...
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Why did the Elric brothers burn down their house?

Why did the Elric brothers set their house on fire? I mean they could have preserved their house for future use but they didn't. So why did they do this? Is there any main reason behind this which is ...
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What is the correct watching order of Fullmetal Alchemist? [duplicate]

I have been recommended to watch Full Metal Alchemist. However, the person who recommended this series to me can't remember the correct order. After googling it, I'm confused as many people have ...
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Can someone learn more than one alchemy?

In Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the characters gain skill in alchemy through learning. So I'm wondering, is it possible to learn more than one alchemy? Because it seems like everyone is a ...
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Who exactly is Selim Bradley?

I am currently watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. I have a question regarding the identity of the homunculus inside Selim Bradley. Is he Pride? Or is he another homunculus? In episode 42, ...
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Which characters are featured in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood eyecatches?

In every episode in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood series, about halfway through the episode there is an interruption in which two images (eyecatches) with characters are displayed. Which ...
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Why does Edward prefer to use his automail over Alchemy?

So I've been watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and I didn't understand why Edward didn't use Alchemy every time he encountered enemies? Like the fight with Number 48 in Research Lab 5, and ...
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What is the name of Scar's brother?

I was watching FMA Brotherhood, and I was wondering if any of the episodes in the original FMA Anime revealed Scar's brother's name. Now that I think about it, it really didn't really address it. Did ...
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What are the governmental structures of the countries in FMA?

The countries in FMA all seem to have different governmental structures. Amestris seems to be militarily run but I thought I saw references to some sort of Parliament. Xing seemed to have tribes but ...
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Can a transmutation circle be reused?

Could the Transmutation Circle in Xerxes be reused even if it wasn't partially destroyed? I understand that Transmutation Arrays, the circle on Mustang's gloves, etc. are capable of being reused. But ...
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What was that thing Edward and Alphonse created when they attempted human transmutation?

I just completed the FMA:B anime (been meaning to do this) and I'm still confused as to what they actually created. Originally, they thought it was their mother but then Edward realized that it ...
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How come Alphonse can do alchemy in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood?

In Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, how come Alphonse can sometimes perform alchemy, and at other times it seems he can't? Also, early on the show, wasn't it said that he lost his ability when he ...
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Can Alphonse sleep in FMA/FMA:B?

In both Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009), there are instances of Alphonse Elric saying what he can't wait to do once he gets his body back. He usually states ...
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How do the Homunculi differ between the FMA manga and anime?

I know that the actual characters who are the homunculi differ between the FMA manga and original anime. For instance, Sloth is a different person between the manga and the anime. However, do they ...
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What does it mean that Gluttony is a fake Gate of Truth?

Gluttony is said to be a fake Gate of Truth, as shown by when he swallows Ed and Ling. They are transported to a place that is full of blood, which seems to be entirely different from the place where ...
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Why is Pride's name different from the word “pride”?

When watching FMA Brotherhood, when van Hohenheim is talking to Pride, he refers to him as "プライド (Puraido) when he is talking to him by name, but when he is listing the seven deadly sins, he uses the ...
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Why does Selim Bradley have a nipple on his forehead?

When Ed "kills" Pride, a tiny baby pops out. When we see him 2 years later, it appears he has a nipple in the middle of his forehead. Why?
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How much are “cens” worth?

How much are "cens" in FMA worth? Is there some sort of canon answer to this, or can something at least be inferred from the manga / either anime series?
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Why do the Homunculi look the way they do?

What is the reason for which the (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood's) homunculi look the way they do? I know they mean to represent the sins from which they were created, but is there a common image ...
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Where does the flow of power come from for a Transmutation Circle to work?

On the Full Metal Alchemist Wiki under the Category Alchemy. It says this... The circle itself is a conduit which focuses and dictates the flow of power, tapping into the energies that already ...
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Where did Scar's other tattoo come from?

In the 2009 anime, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, near the end of the series, Scar has not had this tattoo forever, though; in earlier scenes in the series, we can clearly see that Scar has only ...
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Does Drachma play any role in FMA beyond being what Briggs defended against?

In the parts of FMA when they are at Fort Briggs, they say that Fort Briggs defends against the country of Drachma. As far as I remember, though, that is the only time that Drachma is mentioned. Is it ...
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How/when did Van Hohenheim change his name?

In Brotherhood (canon), Hohenheim was originally just known as "23" or "Slave No. 23" but yet after Xerxes his name became Van Hohenheim. I'm wondering if there is an in-universe canon explanation of ...
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Did Trisha Elric know about Hohenheim's condition?

So I've watched FMA: Brotherhood (in quite a rush), and I can't seem to find an answer to whether Trisha Elric knew about Hohenheim's immortality and his past. Had he revealed it to her? Or was she ...
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Why did Alphonse lose everything?

In the show, whenever an alchemist commits the taboo, they only lose one part of their body. Izumi lost organs, Ed lost his leg, and Mustang lost his eyesight. But, when Alphonse tried to transmute ...
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Why is Kimblee the Crimson/Red Lotus Alchemist?

Most alchemist title's make sense, e.g. Mustang is the Flame Alchemist, Armstrong is the Strong Arm Alchemist, there is Freezing Alchemist that uses primarily ice, Sewing-Life Alchemist that made ...