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 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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Is Fullmetal Alchemist based on Nazi Germany?

It may be because I'm Jewish (yes, Madara is Jewish), but I couldn't help but noticing the similarities between Fullmetal Alchemist to the German Nazi regime. German names (Edward, Alphonse, Olivier, ...
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Why does an alchemist need a transmutation circle?

As a follow up, but another subject, of my question about equivalent exchange part of the alchemy laws. Why do (most) alchemists require a transmutation circle? Does any circle suffice or does an ...
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What rank does Edward Elric hold?

Ed is a State Alchemist, but what's his rank within the military hierarchy? Col. Mustang explicitly mentions a few times he's his 'superior officer', so he's a bit lower than that, but how does he ...
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How does the automail work?

An automail must be a masterpiece, as the user seems to be able to use it as a fully working arm/leg/... It seems however, that it's no regular artificial limb. What's so special about an automail? ...
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How similar is alchemy in FMA to the real alchemy?

The alchemy in Fullmetal Alchemist is based on a real alchemy. How similar is the alchemy in the anime to the alchemy in real life history? When and how do they diverge?
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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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Is there a connection between the Eye of God from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and the Rinnegan from Naruto?

After watching FMA again, I couldn't help but notice the similarities: The same ripple-like pattern. Both related to godly powers. Both related to balance (Yin-Yang/All-One) Both related to life and ...
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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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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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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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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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Why can't Alphonse repair Edward's automail using alchemy?

Edward's automail breaks many times during animation, but every time even if Alphonse didn't take any damage they go after Winrey to fix Edward's automail. Now I'm wondering if Alphonse can easily ...
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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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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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Who is the man in the suit in the Fullmetal Alchemist series?

Does anyone have any clues on the man in the suit? He appears in both FMA and FMA:B. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Separate Destinations (episode 10) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Footsteps ...
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How similar is Hohenheim (FMA) to the real Hohenheim?

Hohenheim in FMA is based on a real person also named Hohenheim. How similar are the character from anime and the real person, and how do they diverge?
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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 do alchemists draw transmutation circles?

In FMA, alchemists draw transmutation circles that are made up of perfect circles and regular polygons. Is it ever show how they make perfect circles and entirely equal angles? I know that it is ...
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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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How did the birds come back to life when Envy arrived?

After Cornello had been eaten by Gluttony, the townspeople search for him but find a lot of dead birds. Envy arrives as Cornello and passes off a miracle and claims that the Cornello who had been "...
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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 did Edward not wear a uniform?

As far as I know, Edward Elric is the only State Alchemist who doesn't wear a uniform. Why was he treated differently? Did he have a special rank or something? This is Edward current 'Uniform' ...
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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 does binding a soul to an armor suit allow the suit to move?

We know a couple of characters whose souls are bound to armor suits, e.g. Alphonse or Barry the Chopper. It was explicitly shown that the armor suits have nothing inside - which means they are just ...
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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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How can alchemy be used in another dimension?

At one point, Ed, Al, and Ling end up in a battle involving Gluttony. Then, It is also stated more than once that alchemists use the energy from the movement of the tectonic plates of the Earth's ...
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How does a Philosopher's Stone work?

The Philosopher's Stone is said to be an alchemical amplifier, allowing an alchemist to perform perfect transmutations, bypassing the laws of equivalent exchange. How does that work? Isn't the point ...
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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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Are the events in Ishbal based on or inspired by the Holocaust?

I've noticed that a lot of Western fans seem to associate the genocide / war in Ishval with the Holocaust (or alternatively, the Middle East). However, from somewhat secondary sources, I've heard that ...
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Why does Major Armstrong sparkle?

I don't remember seeing any reasoning behind why Major Armstrong sparkles (although I've only ever seen the first anime series; I haven't read the manga nor seen the Brotherhood anime series). Was ...
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What's Scar's name?

Before the manga ended, I remember reading somewhere that part of the things that should be revealed by the end was Scar's name, but I don't recall ever finding it out. What's Scar's name, was it ever ...
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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 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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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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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 do the eyes of a bounded soul glow?

If I didn't miss one, all souls that were bound to armors have glowing eyes. Why do their eyes glow? It must somehow be connected to the bounded soul, as they stop glowing if the heads lose ...
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How much of the normal process of doing alchemy can be circumvented by seeing Truth?

I saw someone on the internet wonder if Ed and Al are capable of doing flame alchemy because they have seen Truth. This bothered me, since this would negate the idea that flame alchemy was difficult ...
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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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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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Is there a religion in Amestris?

Occasionally, especially when talking about human transmutations, Amestrians mention God, mainly with the idea of human transmutations being a transgression against God. An example of this is when ...
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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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If you had two automail arms, could you still use alchemy?

So, say someone in the Fullmetal Alchemist world lost both of their arms. Could they still preform alchemy with their automail arms? Is there a way to adjust the automail so you can use alchemy?
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How does the equivalent exchange of alchemy work?

Alchemy, in Full Metal Alchemist, is based on the concept of 'one needs to provide materials of equal value compared to the thing one want to create' (equivalent exchange). But, how does it exactly ...
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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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When Edward and Alphonse try to transmute their mother, how come they didn't gain anything?

So, to my understanding, the idea of alchemy is equivalent exchange, in which you get in return as much as you gave. This doesn't make sense to me, as in the beginning when they tried to transmute ...
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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/...