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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 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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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 music plays at 4:50 of FMA Brotherhood episode 61?

I listened all the soundtracks and could not find it. What music is this? (I don't mean Sid-Rain. I mean the music before Rain plays)
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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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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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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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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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Where is Pride's Homunculus tattoo?

My brother and I were talking about the symbolism behind the location of the Homunculi's tattoo's location (i.e. Greed's is on his hand because he wants to get a hold of everything, Gluttony's is on ...
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Who the hell is Truth?

In Full Metal Alchemist, who is the character (or the concept really) of Truth? What does he symbolize? What is his purpose? From what I guess, he's some sort of your inner God, because he seems to ...
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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 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 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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What is this huge symbol on the door in the Truth realm and in the Neon Genesis Evangelion opening?

In Fullmetal Alchemist the door in the Truth realm has a huge symbol with all kinds of things on it: I've seen the opening of Neon Genesis Evangelion today and noticed that the same symbol is shown ...
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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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In Fullmetal Alchemist, what does a State Alchemist's pocket watch do?

In Fullmetal Alchemist, it is stated a number of times that a state alchemist's pocket watch increases their power, but there doesn't seem to be a clear mechanism for that. How does that work, and ...
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What are the transmutation circles in Fullmetal Alchemist based on, if anything?

The transmutation circles in Fullmetal Alchemist always looked familiar to me, but I could never place my finger on why. What, if anything, are they based on?
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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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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 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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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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How is King Bradley's sword so sharp?

Throughout all of Fullmetal Alchemist Manga, King Bradley chopped his way through everything, from stone to arms to automail. How did it get to be so sharp? What did the King use to sharpen his sword?...
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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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What is depicted on the gate shown in episode 63 of Brotherhood?

I'm looking to get a tattoo of the gate depicted in episode 63, but I don't know what it is that I'm looking for. I know that there are two gates, and one of them is "The Tree of Life". I'm looking ...
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What does the symbol on Edward's coat mean?

In FMA, the back of Edward's coat shows this symbol: I can't figure out what it would be a reference to in-universe, because the symbology seems Judeo-Christian (a cross and what looks like it could ...
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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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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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How Edward managed to escape from Gluttony?

In Episode 24 and 25 of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Ed, Ling Yao and Envy are trapped in a sub-dimension that was created for storing everything that Gluttony has ever swallowed. Envy told that ...
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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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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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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'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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.