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Questions tagged [fullmetal-alchemist-series]

Use this tag for all entries in the Fullmetal Alchemist ("Hagane no Renkinjutsushi") franchise, including the manga by Hiromu Arakawa and both related anime series (Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (2010)).

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Philosophical meaning on how Ed beat/defeats Truth?

I've been reading around everywhere on this topic and haven't really come to a proper understanding. From what I've read, Ed beats truth by sacrificing his gate and from this he gets to take Al back ...
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Song title in episode 6 of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood?

In FMA Brotherhood, what's the song in season 1 episode 6 3:25-4:00? It's when Edward and Alex get on the train to go visit granny.
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Why is Al's armor so big?

In Fullmetal Alchemist, when Al and Ed try to get their mom back using Alchemy, Ed lost his one arm and one leg, and Al lost his body. Then we see Ed having a metal arm and leg, and Al with a big ...
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What is the music played in Fullmetal Alchemist Episode 29 at 20:00?

What is the music playing at 20:00 in Episode 29 of the original (2003) Fullmetal Alchemist series? It's during Ed's confrontation with Wrath.
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What’s that song that plays in episode 36 fma brotherhood min 4:40

Sounds many times in that episode I listened almost all the soundtracks and could not find it. What music is this?
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What half episode specials follow Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood?

I have seen it referenced under a different post that there are four half episode length specials following Brotherhood. I’m in this point of sadness and mass of emotion after finishing the series and ...
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Why didn't Father simply capture and imprison the Elric Brothers?

The Elric brothers are able to decipher the plan of Father only due to them not being killed. Thus, all Father had to do was to capture and sedate them and leave them imprisoned. This way, both ...
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Could the Elric brother's mother have been an alchemist?

The mother seemingly exposed to alchemy a lot must have tried it herself sometime. If anyone could be an alchemist that is. She might have been a state alchemist once who knows? If she was an ...
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Can anybody/anything be an alchemist? [duplicate]

Besides all the talk about the "Philosopher's Stone". Can anybody or anything become an alchemist? Not including homunculus.
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Is there any explanation about Selim Bradley's true form?

After the defeat of Selim Bradley (aka Homunculus Pride), his true form is revealed to be a tiny baby in a fetal position. This makes me wonder, is Selim Bradley's true form is actually an aborted ...
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Did Hiromu Arakawa have any input on the 2003 FMA?

The 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime, as we all know, departed significantly plot-wise from the manga. The mangaka for FMA is Hiromu Arakawa. Did she have any input on the plot or production of the 2003 ...
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Wasn't Dr Marco a sacrifice?

This is kinda spoilers if you haven't watched all episodes, but my question is: Wasn't Dr. Marco one of the few sacrifices? Envy didn't want Marco to die, but in the end wasn't used by Father. Or ...
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Would it be better to watch the live action movie or the anime series to experience the original manga? [closed]

I was wondering if I wanted to experience Fullmetal Alchemist where should I start; should I watch the live-action movie in one go or start the anime series on the long road. I'm not sure if it will ...
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How are transmutation circles built?

I've seen Is each transmutation circle unique? (SciFi.SE) where the flame alchemy circle is explained. Is there any rule to build the transmutation circles? Are there other symbols? What do squares, ...
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What are the dimensions of the State Alchemist pocket watch?

I want to cosplay as Roy Mustang for Halloween but as I was looking at the costumes online I noticed the cosplay pocket watches are tiny! The biggest one is 5cm. But in the anime, they look like a ...
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Why can't Ed perform alchemy without his arm?

This answer establishes that all that's needed for a person who's seen the Gate to perform alchemy is to be able to make a circle with their body. However, Ed doesn't seem to be able to perform ...
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What is the official name for Liore?

I'm currently watching the FMA live action movie, which has Reole on its maps/subtitles. It seems as though this might also be true in the manga, at least according to this Wikia. However, Liore or ...
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What does it take to be an alchemist, besides knowledge and technique?

This is somewhat related to the question, Why can't the homunculi perform Alchemy? Alchemy is an essential part of life in the series, where not only have the State Military weaponized it, but ...
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What is the name of the song playing in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in episode 6 at 9:40?

What is the name of the song playing in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in episode 6 at 9:40 ?
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How did Alphonse rebound his soul to his previous body?

Ed gave up his alchemy, so when Ed and Al lost there bodies (Al's body and Ed's left and right are), he received both his limbs and Al's previous body, Al's body was attached to the armor with a blood ...
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Do all celestial bodies have a gateway?

After Father activated the nation wide transmutation circle, every soul in Amestris was absorbed into him and used to grasp the moon's gateway. He also opened the Earth's gateway and accessed all of ...
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Which episode is the splitting point between the original FMA anime and Brotherhood? [duplicate]

I've watched Fullmetal Alchemist (2003 series) and don't want to rewatch those episodes in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. What is the last Fullmetal Alchemist (2003 series) episode that is true to ...
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What does it mean when Pride mentions about Edward turning into a philosopher's stone to infiltrate him?

In episode 61, when the fight goes on between Edward and Pride, Kimblee interferes with the mind of Pride. Edward uses this moment to attack Pride by getting into his mind (or body maybe). However, as ...
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Was body rejection even a possibility?

In Fullmetal Alchemist (manga and Brotherhood), there was a time where Al learned from Barry, before the battle with Lust, that a body could reject a soul. Hawkeye and Al arrived to where Barry was ...
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What does the “503 day” refer to?

In multiple fanarts and fanfic websites of Full Metal Alchemist, I have seen mentions of the "503 day". Here's an example: I did read and watch Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist ...
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Why does Roy Mustang's flame alchemy work?

The show requires us to suspend disbelief to the point where Roy Mustang can alter densities of gases or induce some chemical reactions, but not necessarily change elements themselves. It argues the ...
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Why did King Bradley allow Elric brothers, Hughes and Armstrong to continue investigating the military?

In Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Episode 10: During the events in the Research Lab 5, Edward Elric is severly hurt. Later in hospital he writes down everything he has come to know and him with ...
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Why does Greed in FMA (2003) want to know how to bind a soul to an armor?

Greed mentions in Episode 33 (Al, Captured) that he wants to know how to bind a soul to an armor so that he could also be "immortal" like Al. But since Greed is a Homunculus, he doesn't even have a ...
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Why is the Japanese flag supposed to be funny?

In the first chapter of Fullmetal Alchemist, immediately after the priest explains that he wants to conquer the nation, we see Ed saying that he doesn't care at all. Why is there a Japanese flag on ...
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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 ...
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Why is Ed able to exchange his knowledge?

In FMA 2009/Manga, Edward is able to exchange his Gate of Truth for Alphonse's body. However, I find this pretty dumb. The Gate symbolizes the knowledge of alchemy. Father's Gate is small and has no ...
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Why did FMA 2003 Wrath (King Bradley) keep his skull?

In FMA 2003, homunculi are paralysed if they come into close proximity of a part of their original bodies. Wrath (Fuhrer King Bradley in 2003) was defeated by Mustang after his son brought him his ...
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FMA Brotherhood Subtitles

Sorry if this is off-topic or not fit for this SE, but I'm really out of resources. I intended to watch FMA Brotherhood with my GF, but she's not very confident in her English skills and the Italian ...
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Why can't Alphonse trade his alchemy for Edward's alchemy?

At the end of the FMA: Brotherhood (Fullmetal Alchemist) series, Edward tried to use alchemy and failed because he wanted his brother back and the law of equivalent exchange clearly states that ...
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Are the Elric brothers half-homunculus?

If Hohenheim is a homunculus (I know that he still has a humanoid body, because otherwise he wouldn't even have had children) and he has a family with Trisha, who is human, does this mean that the ...
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Do the details of these hands with Hebrew letters have any real-life meaning?

At the beginning of episode 2 of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, we see this drawing of two hands with inscriptions that use Hebrew letters. (Click for larger image.) This appears to originate from ...
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Where in Brotherhood does this screenshot of Ed and Al as children appear?

I was wondering where I could find the episode that goes along with this screenshot. From the art style, it is definitely from Brotherhood. I have searched for a long time and couldn't find any ...
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Are Elric brothers good at electronics?

There is at least one situation per Elric brother, when they have fixed radio device - e.g. Edward fixed transmitter sg. Fuery was working on, and Alphonse fixed broken radio in Reole (Liore?). One ...
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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 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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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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How was Fuhrer King Bradley able to grow old? [duplicate]

According to the FMA:B series, the homunculi aren't supposed to grow old. Moreover, all of the homunculi other than Wrath (King Bradley) could regenerate themselves. This even includes Greed, who's ...
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How important is transmutation circle pattern?

It is clear, that transmutation circle in FMA plays significant role for transmutation result. I really doubt, that, for example, Isaac McDougal can use Mustang's circle for water transmutations, and ...
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In what order do you watch the fullmetal alchemist? [closed]

When I ask this question I don't mean between fullmetal alchemist and fullmetal brotherhood. I mean witch do you watch as a series.
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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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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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Was Roy Mustang ever punished for participating in a genocide?

In Episode 30: The Ishvalan War of Extermination (2009 series) lieutenant Riza Hawkeye says that she and the colonel will receive later punishment for the war crimes they committed, that justice ...
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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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Has the State Alchemist pocket watch ever been shown to be of use in a transmutation?

In the beginning of the series (both 2003 and Brotherhood) Cornello takes way Ed's pocket watch in order to prevent his circle-free transmutation (which is later revealed to be pointless). From this, ...
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Does anyone know Vic Mignogna's (Edward Elric's VA) email address? [closed]

I heard he replies to people who email him and I will love to have the privilege of emailing him. Does anyone know his email? And if he's ever replied to your emails, don't be afraid to tell!