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 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 ...
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Why does Father (the Dwarf in the Flask) want to be a perfect being?

Why does the Dwarf in the Flask want to be a perfect being, when he's already an immortal, and has the power to do what he wants using the Seven Deadly Sins (Lust, Envy, etc.) homunculi?
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Why did Scar only attack the State Alchemists?

Is there any reason other than vengeance for Ishbalan, whose people were exterminated by Military, that Scar set out to exterminate State Alchemists instead of exterminating all Alchemists?
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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.
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When does Brotherhood and the 2003 series split? [duplicate]

So I've watched FMA: Brotherhood and Star of Milos. I want to watch conqueror of Shamballa but it seems like it continues from the original series. I don't want to have watch the original series ...
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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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Why can't Roy Mustang bring his eyes back using his gate?

Why can't Roy Mustang bring his eyes back using his gate? In the final chapter of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, Roy Mustang said "I'd readily sacrifice my own gate like Fullmetal did, but then I'd ...
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Why does Wrath want Ed's limbs?

In the 2003 series, Wrath is the homunculus created from Izumi Curtis' child, who either was stillborn or died shortly after birth. After Ed finds and interacts with him, he realises that Wrath has ...
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Which characters are featured in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood eyecatches?

In every episode in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood series, about halfway through the episode there is an interruption in which two images (eyecatches) with characters are displayed. Which ...
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How/when did Van Hohenheim change his name?

In Brotherhood (canon), Hohenheim was originally just known as "23" or "Slave No. 23" but yet after Xerxes his name became Van Hohenheim. I'm wondering if there is an in-universe canon explanation of ...
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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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Why is human transmutation illegal or that matter have alchemy laws?

Follow me here for a minute. The state is controlled by the homunculi/Father who wants people to use alchemy to do dangerous research especially human transmutation to make philosopher stones. Why ...
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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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What makes the mannequins different from the results of the sacrifices' human transmutation attempts?

In the manga / Brotherhood, we learn that the reason human transmutation is forbidden is because it would otherwise allow people to create their own private armies (at least according to the man who ...
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How much are “cens” worth?

How much are "cens" in FMA worth? Is there some sort of canon answer to this, or can something at least be inferred from the manga / either anime series?
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Why do the Homunculi look the way they do?

What is the reason for which the (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood's) homunculi look the way they do? I know they mean to represent the sins from which they were created, but is there a common image ...
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How does the state know when people transmute something into gold?

In FMA, transmuting gold is against the law. However, I don't get this - How does the state know when people transmute something (e.g. bread into gold)?. There's nothing to stop someone from ...
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In the 2003 anime FMA, what are the ingredients for making Homunculi?

Referring to the 2003 anime FMA, what is the exact process to creating an Homunculus? I haven't watched the anime in a little while but if this makes sense I am looking for the ingredients that are ...
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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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Why isn't Lust covering up her tattoo?

In one of the early chapters of Fullmetal Alchemist (chapter 8 I believe), when Edward and Alphonse go with Armstrong back to Resembool for repairs, we see Lust on the same train. Here, her tattoo ...
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What was Dolcetto combined with?

Dolcetto was a human chimera, a creature synthesized by alchemically combining two or more living beings. What was the other living beings that Dolcetto was combined with?
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What is “Teacher's” name?

I was watching Fullmetal Alchemist about half an ago, and it dawned on me that Alphonse and Ed call her "Teacher" and not by her actual name. What is her real name?
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Where are we shown Rose's surname?

According to the Fullmetal Alchemist Wiki, Rose, the character who appears in the Lior arcs of FMA, has "Thomas" for a surname. While the Wikipedia entry on her simply refers to her as Rose, a quick ...
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Why didn't Ross' broken bracelet cause suspicion?

Rewatching episode 17 of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, we are shown several times Maria Ross' prison "bracelet" on her "corpse". The bracelet is shown to be broken even after Edward appears on the ...
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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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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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If the “Truth” didn't exist, would that mean that feats such as Human Transmutation would work?

In FMA Brotherhood, It is said that Truth watches over all alchemic exchanges in the world. The entity at the Gate calling itself Truth: My question is if Truth didn't exist would impossible feats ...
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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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Why weren't the people underground affected by the nation-wide transmutation?

In chapter 104 of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, we see people collapsing after the nationwide transmutation circle has been activated by Father. However, on page 8 or so of chapter 105, it seems that ...
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What song plays at 7:38 of FMA Brotherhood episode 28?

There is a really good song that either begins at or plays through 7:38, but I can't seem to find what the song is actually called. What song is this?
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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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Can gold be transmuted in the Fullmetal Alchemist continuity?

In the Fullmetal Alchemist manga/2009 anime, we learn that alchemists must obey three rules: Do not oppose the military Do the transmute gold Do not do human transmutation Moreover, at ...
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How did Sloth lay rail underground?

When the Elric brothers and General Armstrong go into the tunnel Sloth dug, and later when the search party is shown in the same tunnel, there are rails on the bottom. How can Sloth lay rails? There ...
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What is the name of Scar's brother?

I was watching FMA Brotherhood, and I was wondering if any of the episodes in the original FMA Anime revealed Scar's brother's name. Now that I think about it, it really didn't really address it. Did ...
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How did Dante die?

In FMA Wikia, it says Dante is deceased, but how did she die? In one of the episodes of the FMA 2003 Anime, we see Dante escaping in an elevator, but is confronted by Gluttony. All we see is her ...
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How did Dante know that the Elric brothers were going to bring back their mother Trisha?

In the FMA Wikia it says this... In the first anime series, the remains of the failed human transmutation that was Trisha takes on a larger role. After the brothers rush away from the scene ...
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Why couldn't Dante create a Philosophers Stone by herself?

In the 2003 Anime Fullmetal Alchemist, in episode 45, she says that she had the Homunculi search for a Philosophers Stone because without Hohenhiem she was unable to create one by herself. But why? ...
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How can Colonel Mustang create his flame alchemy differently?

When Mustang performs his flame alchemy, he doesn't clap his hands to create it, did he? He's only snapping his fingers: The others seem to always clap when performing alchemy: How does Mustang do ...
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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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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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Does the world on the other side of the gate exist for alchemy to exist?

In one of the episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist (the original 2003 anime), Hohenheim of Light is sent to a parallel universe of some sort smaller than the world he once knew by Dante, using a baby as ...
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Who was King Bradley supposed to be?

In Fullmetal Alchemist (2003 anime series) Fuhrer Bradley/King Bradley is a homunculus and is head of the military in Central. They say the Homunculi are created when an alchemist attempts human ...
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Why can't the homunculi perform Alchemy?

In Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, we saw that the core of a homunculus is a philosopher's stone, but ironically, they still can't perform any alchemy. Why is it like that?
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How did Dante or the Homonculus seal Greed the first time?

In Full Metal Alchemist, Greed was imprisoned for 140 years (I think, please correct if wrong). My question is: Who sealed Greed? How was he sealed/what type of transmutation/technique was used, and ...
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Why did the Elric brothers only believe in one rule of alchemy?

In the opening of Fullmetal Alchemist, it says... Human kind cannot obtain anything without first giving something in return To obtain, something of equal value must be lost That is alchemy's ...
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Can someone learn more than one alchemy?

In Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the characters gain skill in alchemy through learning. So I'm wondering, is it possible to learn more than one alchemy? Because it seems like everyone is a ...
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What is the color of the State alchemist pocket watch?

So in my re-reading of the Fullmetal Alchemist series I remember them describing the State Alchemist issue pocket watch as being golden in color. But then in the both of the animes they show the ...
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How is Alphonse Elric able to see?

How is Alphonse Elric ( And all the other souls affixed to objects ) able to see ? Contains Spoilers Alphonse soul got affixed to a armor but his real body still remains in the void. So how is he ...
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What “additional voices” did Alison Viktorin voice in Fullmetal Alchemist?

As the title suggests, she is only credited for "additional voices" http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1516108/ However, one of the shows she is "known for" is FMA Brotherhood. I feel like her voice is ...
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What is the origin of the curling-up tongue trope?

I've seen this curled-up tongue trope pop its head up every once in a while and I was wondering: Which trope is it, and where does it originate from?