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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Why is Kimblee the Crimson/Red Lotus Alchemist?

Most alchemist title's make sense, e.g. Mustang is the Flame Alchemist, Armstrong is the Strong Arm Alchemist, there is Freezing Alchemist that uses primarily ice, Sewing-Life Alchemist that made ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Why is Ed able to exchange his knowledge?

In FMA 2009/Manga, Edward is able to exchange his Gate of Truth for Alphonse's body. However, I find this pretty dumb. The Gate symbolizes the knowledge of alchemy. Father's Gate is small and has no ...
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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 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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What does it mean when Pride mentions about Edward turning into a philosopher's stone to infiltrate him?

In episode 61, when the fight goes on between Edward and Pride, Kimblee interferes with the mind of Pride. Edward uses this moment to attack Pride by getting into his mind (or body maybe). However, as ...
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Why does Roy Mustang's flame alchemy work?

The show requires us to suspend disbelief to the point where Roy Mustang can alter densities of gases or induce some chemical reactions, but not necessarily change elements themselves. It argues the ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is Al's armor so big?

In Fullmetal Alchemist, when Al and Ed try to get their mom back using Alchemy, Ed lost his one arm and one leg, and Al lost his body. Then we see Ed having a metal arm and leg, and Al with a big ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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What half episode specials follow Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood?

I have seen it referenced under a different post that there are four half episode length specials following Brotherhood. I’m in this point of sadness and mass of emotion after finishing the series and ...
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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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What does it take to be an alchemist, besides knowledge and technique?

This is somewhat related to the question, Why can't the homunculi perform Alchemy? Alchemy is an essential part of life in the series, where not only have the State Military weaponized it, but ...