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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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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Is the FMA: Brotherhood movie considered canon?

I've been watching the FMA: Brotherhood Movie (Sacred Star of Milos), and from what I've read/what I can tell, it's set partway through the show. Is it considered canon, or is it more like the Naruto ...
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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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Comparing FMA manga to the animes

Which came out first Fullmetal Alchemist the manga, Fullmetal Alchemist the anime or Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood?
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What is this symbol and does it relate to FMA?

When I was searching for Fullmetal Alchemist wallpapers this image came up (below). I was wondering what this symbol is? And does it have any relation to the FMA anime or manga universes?
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Why did Julia lose her leg?

This questions contains spoilers for everyone who hasn't watched Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos yet. At the end of the FMA-movie The Sacred Star of Milos, Julia tried to heal her ...
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What does “Fullmetal” mean? [duplicate]

The title is obviously the State Alchemist name of Edward Elric, but what does the word "Fullmetal" mean? I watched both series with dub in my mother language, and in that, Ed was referred as "Steel ...
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Why does Mustang address Hawkeye informally after dispatching Envy?

Awhile ago I was re-watching some of the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood episodes in French (specifically 54) to reference something else, I noticed that in 54, Mustang uses the "tu" form (the ...
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How does the hierarchical rank system in Amestris armed forces work?

A lot of ranks are mentioned in the world of Fullmetal Alchemist (such as Colonel Mustang, Major Alex Louis Armstrong, etc.) but I've never known, what do these mean compared to themselves. Can I ...
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Why does Edward prefer to use his automail over Alchemy?

So I've been watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and I didn't understand why Edward didn't use Alchemy every time he encountered enemies? Like the fight with Number 48 in Research Lab 5, and ...
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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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How does Mustang fight in the end of Fullmetal Alchemist with injured hands?

Somewhat trivial, but here goes: in Fullmetal Alchemist, we see Mustang's hands get pinned down by Bradley's swords when Wrath and Pride are trying to force him to do human transmutation and open the ...
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Why is Tommy Ricardo so afraid of Pinaco?

In chapter 19 of Full Metal Alchemist, Winry asks Tommy for an apprenticeship after delivering the baby. As she is asking for it, she mentions Pinaco is her grandmother and Tommy becomes extremely ...
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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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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 much time does the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime cover?

I was always confused with something in the original (2003) Fullmetal Alchemist anime. When Elric brothers have helped the Hughes' when Alicia was born, that happened around the same time when Edward ...
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How much can something that is attached to a blood seal be damaged?

In some episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist, Alphonse gets really hurt. But as long as the blood seal isn't broken, he will be fine. So, in theory, If I tear up each piece of the armor that houses ...
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Why does connecting an automail hurt?

We could see plenty of times in both Fullmetal Alchemist anime series (at least twice in the 2003 series and at least once in the 2009 series, according to my memories) that connecting the automails ...
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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 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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Is it necessary for Amestrians to die for the transmutation circle?

Throughout FMA: Brotherhood, fighting has been breaking out, having been orchestrated by the Homunculi to power the giant transmutation circle that makes up Amestris. In most if not all of the ...
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Why is Pride's name different from the word “pride”?

When watching FMA Brotherhood, when van Hohenheim is talking to Pride, he refers to him as "プライド (Puraido) when he is talking to him by name, but when he is listing the seven deadly sins, he uses the ...
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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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Does Drachma play any role in FMA beyond being what Briggs defended against?

In the parts of FMA when they are at Fort Briggs, they say that Fort Briggs defends against the country of Drachma. As far as I remember, though, that is the only time that Drachma is mentioned. Is it ...
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What are the governmental structures of the countries in FMA?

The countries in FMA all seem to have different governmental structures. Amestris seems to be militarily run but I thought I saw references to some sort of Parliament. Xing seemed to have tribes but ...
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Is there any alchemy-based transportation in FMA?

In FMA, cars and trains are shown, but they seem to be regular early 1900s cars and trains, similar to those that existed in the real world at that time. I was wondering if there are any forms of ...
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What does it mean that Gluttony is a fake Gate of Truth?

Gluttony is said to be a fake Gate of Truth, as shown by when he swallows Ed and Ling. They are transported to a place that is full of blood, which seems to be entirely different from the place where ...
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What is inside the Gate of Truth?

In FMA and FMA: Brotherhood, the Gate of Truth is shown to have an eye and a bunch of arms inside of it. The arms drag people into the gate during human transformation. I know that the creature ...
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The Tree of Life in Fullmetal Alchemist

I've noticed references to the Kabbalah in a couple of anime I've watched. One of them is Fullmetal Alchemist. Fullmetal Alchemist has the Tree of Life on the Gate: So, my question is, Is there any ...
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Why are the 'things' that are created from human transmutation so randomly generated?

This has been bugging me for a while but why are the 'things' that are created from human transmutation (Which has been stated is impossible) so randomly generated. Ed and Al set out to transmute ...
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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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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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What's the difference between Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood? [duplicate]

I've recently finished watching Fullmetal Alchemist and I then proceeded to watch an episode of Brotherhood before realizing, Brotherhood isn't actually a continuation of the first series. I then ...
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Why not simply “Metal Alchemist”?

Why is Edward Elric known as the 'Fullmetal Alchemist' not simply as 'Metal Alchemist'? Is there any reason besides the names sounding better? I've only watched the 2nd episode of FMA brotherhood.
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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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Does the Fullmetal Alchemist manga deviate significantly from either of the anime series? [duplicate]

I've seen both the 2003 anime and Brotherhood, and I know Brotherhood is more faithful to the manga than the 2003 anime. So I'm wondering if it's worth the effort to get all the Fullmetal Alchemist ...
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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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Where did Scar's other tattoo come from?

In the 2009 anime, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, near the end of the series, Scar has not had this tattoo forever, though; in earlier scenes in the series, we can clearly see that Scar has only ...
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Do the moths during Grumman's thoughts have any symbolic significance?

In episode 47 (12:08) of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, general Grumman's thoughts about a leadership position in Central are made audible to the viewer: Miles: And what about the plan, sir? ...
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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 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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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 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 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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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 come Alphonse can do alchemy in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood?

In Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, how come Alphonse can sometimes perform alchemy, and at other times it seems he can't? Also, early on the show, wasn't it said that he lost his ability when he ...
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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 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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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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Why does Trisha Elric have tomatoes?

In many episodes where Trisha (the boys’ mother) is seen, she is carrying, tending to, or harvesting tomatoes. (Trisha in her tomato field; she is carrying tomatoes in her apron.) Why does she have ...