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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What's the OST playing in FMA: Brotherhood episode 54 at 10:09?

Which OST is playing in FMA: Brotherhood episode 54 at 10:09?
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What is the name of the song playing in Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) in episode 6 at 21:07

I've been looking for this song for years, tried looking through the entire soundtrack and just haven't found it. This is from the original Full Metal Alchemist series which aired in 2003. thanks in ...
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How did Edward Elric transmute a car with different colors than the original one?

In Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Edward Elric transmutes a car into one with different colors than the original. However, in alchemy, there is the principle of Equivalent Exchange. How did he ...
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Does Adolf Hitler have a counterpart in Fullmetal Alchemist 2003's Amestris?

in the 2003 anime of Fullmetal Alchemist we see that our world have counterparts to characters in Amestris. in the Conqueror of Shamballa film we see Officer Hughes (Maes Hughes's Counterpart) ...
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Origin/meaing of the nodes on Greed's (And other Homunculi) body in Full metal alchemist

In FMA with all the Homunculi, their clothing appears to be a part of them. They can put on more, but their base form has clothing as part of it (minus Envy and we can presume Pride). With their ...
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Why did Father create his “children” as the 7 deadly sins?

In both the manga and the 2nd anime (FMA Brotherhood) homunculi are willingly created. As far as I understand it, Father was created (or rather summoned from the other side of the door?) back at ...
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Why didn't Fuhrer Bradley just imprison the Elrics and members of military plotting against him? [duplicate]

Why fuhrer Bradley didn't just imprison Elrics and members of military plotting against him? He kinda blackmails them to obedience by threatening their close ones but lets them wander and communicate ...
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Origin of the philosopher stone using human soul from an alchemical text in real life [closed]

I once read a few years back that the author got the idea of the philosopher stone being created by human sacrifice from a real life alchemical text. If i recalled correctly the text is said to say ...
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What is Truth's view of the philosopher's stone?

What is Truth's view of the philosopher's stone? In an episode Father mentioned that "playing god" was a sin in Truth's eyes. Why doesn't Truth punish alchemists merely for creating or using a ...
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What do you call Al's armor seal?

What do you call Alphonse Elric's armor seal? The circle Ed made to attach his brother's soul?
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Why is alchemy powered by tectonic plates?

In the manga, alchemy is said to have been taught to Amestrians over 350 years prior to the start of the series by a mysterious man known as The Philosopher from the East and is explained to harness ...
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Why do the pistols and rifles not have trigger guards in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood?

I am assuming that the reason is that they didn't want to animate it. But really, I think it's a little odd seeing it, as it doesn't tackle on that much more effort to animate it.
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Shouldn't Edward Elric still be able to perform alchemy?

The reason I ask this is because Edward had his own portal of truth that he discovers after leaving Gluttony, but that's the first time he notices it. The first time he meets Truth, there's only one ...
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What music plays at 16:23 of FMA Brotherhood episode 62?

I can't find the track name. Its when Armstrong comes to the King Bradley's corpse and has a monologue.
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Has Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood always been the number 1 top anime on MyAnimeList?

I would like to know if there were animes which reigned supreme on MAL before and after FMAB made its entry on the list. Has any anime ever dethroned FMAB (even if temporarily) or has it always been ...
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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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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 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 does Edward Elric throw up after digging up his mother's corpse?

In season 2 episode 7 of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, as Pinako and Edward went to the brothers' old house to dig up Edward's mother's corpse to see if it was actually her they transmuted, it ...
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What's the song that plays from minute 19:00 to 20:10 in the 5th episode of the first season of FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood?

FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood Season 1 Episode 5 Song from minute 19:00 to 20:10
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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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Is the timeline messed up in episode 27 of FMA: Brotherhood?

In Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood episode 27 "Interlude Party", Hohenheim is seen talking to a very young Pinako Rockbell, much younger than she ever was when Ed and Al are around. And still, she ...
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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 does Father prevent the use of alchemy in Fullmetal Alchemist?

I have recently started rewatching FMA brotherhood, and noticed some things I was confused about concerning Father. He uses the pipes to spread the Philosopher's Stone beneath the nation of ...
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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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In the OVA “The Blind Alchemist”, how come the subject of human transmutation live so long?

In one of the OVAs of Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood Specials - The Blind Alchemist, there's a blind alchemist who also attempted human transmutation, but So if human transmutation isn't possible ...
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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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Could Edward regain the ability to perform alchemy after the events in Brotherhood?

Following the events of Brotherhood, Edward lost his ability to perceive the Truth in order to rescue his brother, and in doing so lost his ability to manipulate its alchemic energy. However, they ...
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Why doesn't Edward transmute any large blocks or weapons other than spears and a blade?

Why does it seem like Edward can never create large blocks or large weapons to kill his enemies? I'm only on season 2 so so far, but it seems he always creates spears and arm blades.
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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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Why was Al still alive after getting his body broken apart by Scar?

There is something bothering me. Slicer and his brother died after being stabbed with a sword, but Alphonse Elric didn't die after getting his body broken apart by Scar. How did this happen? Edward ...
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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 the Elric brothers, Hughes, and Armstrong to continue investigating the military?

In episode 10 of Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, during the events in the Research Lab 5, Edward Elric is severely hurt. Later in the hospital, he writes down everything he had come to know, and he ...
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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 ...