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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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!
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What was Izumi doing in the Central City railway station?

While watching ep. 9 of Brotherhood, I noticed that when Winry came to Central City railway station and started looking for someone, Izumi and her husband were walking behind her: Picture from FMA ...
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Why didn't Edward affix his mother's soul to the suit of armor?

If Edward could affix his brother's soul, why not his mother? Did it require seeing the 'truth' to do so? Does that mean the other empty armor suits (Barry) had another person who had seen the truth ...
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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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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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In the Brotherhood continuity, do the Elric brothers know that their father has died?

After Ed got Al's body back, their father Van Hohenheim is shown at Trisha's grave, where Pinako later finds him dead. Did the boys find out that he had died or did they not even know what happened?
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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's the deal with moving statues?

In episode 1, how are Ed and Cornello able to make the statues move? How is that alchemy? Is it possible that the revived birds are under same process, i.e., they are just moving but not alive?
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How is the use of the red stones able to bypass equivalent exchange?

In the 2003 series, we see on different occasions that the red stones are used as an unstable alternative to the philosopher's stone despite the fact that they do not have any souls entrapped in them. ...
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Do Alkahestry have same limitations like Alchemy? Or some different limitations?

In FMA Brotherhood, Alchemy's limits were very well defined but the limits of Alkahestry are never mentioned. Is this ever described outside of the TV series, perhaps in other media or interviews? If ...
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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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What song plays from 7:20 to 8:05 of FMA Brotherhood episode 5?

Does anybody know the name of the song that plays at 7:20 - 8:05 on Brotherhood episode 5, or the OST it's on?
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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 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 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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How old is Winry in Fullmetal Alchemist?

I had remembered that Ed was 15 in the series, then I realized that I had no clue how old Winry was! Does it say anywhere how old she is, or do they just give an estimate?
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Why does Ed not pursue the origin of the fake Philosopher's stone used by Cornello?

In the first chapter of Fullmetal Alchemist, Ed and Al come across Father Cornello at the city of Reole. One of the biggest rules of Alchemy is Equivalent Exchange, and Ed sees Cornello obviously ...
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What does “W.C” on Izumi Curtis's slippers mean?

What does "W.C" mean? My guess was "water closet" - basically toilet slippers. If my guess is true why does she wear it? Is it a popular thing in Japan or Germany for housewives to go out with toilet ...
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Why aren't characters' names in Fullmetal Alchemist Japanese?

In most anime, the character's names are usually common Japanese names (for example, Yuuki, Yoko, Chiharu, etc.). So, why in Fullmetal Alchemist are the characters' names more on the English side of ...
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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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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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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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What is the song that plays when the results of the failed transmutation are dug up?

Does anyone know what's the name of the song that plays in FMA Brotherhood when Ed and Pinako dig up the corpse of the failed transmutation during rain? Here you can hear the song more clearly from ...
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Why does Ed and Al's mom cost so much to transmute?

I get it's all equivalent exchange ,but logic dictates that to bring a soul you must lose a soul (Al's) and to make the materials into a body you would need to destroy a body (Al's again) but why was ...
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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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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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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 is gold important to Amestris' economy?

I'm not too well versed in the laws of Amestris or its political climate, but the law only prohibits material transmutation to gold, besides human transmutation. I suppose transmutation to silver or ...
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How did Edward manage to defeat Father?

I remembered watching a battle scene from the 2009 anime titled Fullmetal Alchemist and was puzzled by how Edward Elric managed to throw volley of punches at Father, a homunculus or the dwarf in the ...
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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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Which episode of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood had a lot of transitions with a black screen and white text?

I think it was one of the earlier episodes but I can't remember. Maybe it was during a character's backstory or a flashback but it was only in 1 episode. There was an episode in FMA Brotherhood where ...
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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 ...