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There are a large number of differences between the two Fullmetal Alchemist anime, with far too many to list; therefore, I'll only cover the major ones. To improve the flow of this answer, the following abbreviations will be used: FMAM = Fullmetal Alchemist (Manga) FMA03 = Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 (Anime) FMAB = Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (Anime) The ...


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Brotherhood is actually more faithful to the Manga. The first 'version' follows the Manga to some extent (about half the show) although it adds some details that do not follow the Manga. Most of these different aspects I really don't understand. As for the number of episodes: the 'reboot' actually catches up to the first version rather fast (in about the ...


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Firstly, it's worth noting that the difference in their strength is perhaps not as drastic as it appears. Though Al's body has essentially wasted away, you can see that Ed's right arm is significantly weaker than his left arm as he did not have it during during the series (or for several years before), in which he had a lot of physical improvement. ...


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There's a few things in play here. Greed is often forced to share control of his body as a result; his host is a far superior fighter against certain opponents later in the series. However, his host has no control over the hardening of the shield. So, Greed puts the shield on, then lets his host take over (since he is a superior warrior). Likely the reason ...


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There are a few different things to address here. First off, Edward and Alphonse are fully human. This is actually addressed when Alphonse first finds out about his dad's origins. Essentially, he contains a philosopher's stone within himself, but he is still biologically human. Click to enlarge. Second, remember that all humans are philosopher's stones. ...


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Warning: Unmarked spoilers follow. It seems there are four different components you're addressing here, so I'll make the differences for each one clear. Van Hohenheim Van Hohenheim, also known as slave #23, was a citizen of Xerxes and a regular human being who was employed by King Xerxes' alchemist. This alchemist was an experimenter, and managed to ...


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Alphonse can always do alchemy, throughout the whole show. The only times he cannot perform alchemy are the same times that Edward cannot; Now, in the beginning of the show, he does not perform alchemy often because he needs to draw transmutation circles to be able to. Drawing transmutation circles takes time, and is not often practical in fights or other ...


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The Truth is a cruel, cruel thing. It takes away the part of the body that "fits" the person best, to provide the cruelest irony. When Father is speaking to the sacrifices, he says why each one (less Hohenheim) lost what they did. Edward lost his ability to stand on his own; Alphonse lost his only way to feel warmth; Izumi could no longer bear children ...


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Alchemy is just like most skills; the process of learning it is arduous, and some people will naturally be better than others. From a young age, Edward and Alphonse Elric were exposed to alchemy, especially as their father had been a brilliant alchemist and left a gargantuan collection of books behind for the kids to read. This, however, was in addition to ...


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This is probably difference in translation. In the manga it is made pretty clear. The entire conversation is about Al only. Look at the following transmutations and the sacrifices. Ed sacrificed his leg and Al his body for their Mother. Ed sacrificed his hand for Al's soul. Al gave his soul for Ed's hand. Ed gives up his transmutation gate for Al's body and ...


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Because he had no form on his own. He's basically an essence of God, created from Hoenheim's blood. If his flask would somehow break, his being would dissipate into the space, and lose his form and living consciousness. Think of it as a soul with no body. Stuffed inside of a container, if that container would break, the soul wouldn't have anywhere to ...


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I do not know if this was covered in Brotherhood, but in the manga the name Van Hohenheim was given to slave 23 by This happened in episode 40, or chapter 74 in the manga. Fun fact, Hohenheim was first going to be called Theophrastus Bombastus Van Hohenheim, but the name was too long for him to remember, so a shorter version was chosen. As I understand it ...


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The new Fullmetal Alchemist series is completely worth it since it adapts the original manga from beginning to end. The previous series, while being really good (in my opinion), diverges from the manga in the whole second half and ends in a way that was not supposed to be. The new series follows everything, retells in just a few chapters what we previously ...


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Let's take a look at the events at the end of FMA - I'm using the manga. Hohenheim offers to use himself to get Alphonse back, out of paternal duty. Ed refuses because what happened to him and Alphonse was their own responsibility. Notice that in FMA, there's this sort of emphasis on personal responsibility for one's actions (e.g. Riza's comments about ...


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When Wrath discloses his nature to Mustang, he describes what happened after the incident. First, keep this quote of his in mind: The Philosopher's Stone is created from the life force of countless human beings; it contains their souls. Now, consider that Father was attempting to put all of his wrath within one being; this would require that he removed ...


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As you've said, two animes were done: Full Metal Alchemist Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. While they both start the same way, the first one starts to develop following a whole different path than the Manga. This is because when it was being aired, the Manga was not done yet, so the plot as well as the end of the anime are invented. The second was ...


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The two continuities As you may know, there are essentially two versions of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime - you have the 2003 version, called simply "Fullmetal Alchemist", and the 2009 version, called "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood". The 2003 version deviates from the manga part-way through, while the 2009 version sticks to the manga all the way to the ...


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I'm going to answer based on the manga, because I still have not seen the Brotherhood anime. I think this is just fine, as it seems that the anime streamlined the ending a bit. This is going to be spoilerific, but scarcely more than the question itself, so I'm not putting all of it in spoiler tags. Let's start at the core of the issue. You say that Father "...


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They set fire to their house in chapter 24 of the manga: As you can see, after they set fire to their house Ed says, "There is no turning back." This is also stated in episode 11 of Brotherhood, which is when they set fire to their house in the anime, there is a similar statement: Edward: There is no turning back for us now, huh? Edward reiterates this ...


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Edward's actions when he recovers Alphonse indicate that he probably would not want to get his alchemy back, much less do so by using a philosopher's stone. Ling offers Edward a philosopher's stone to use to recover Alphonse. Edward refuses because he and Alphonse had promised not to use a philosopher's stone (and more generally, human lives) to restore ...


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The following contains heavy spoilers for both anime watchers (up to roughly episode ~48 in the 2003 anime, and roughly episode ~40 in 2009 anime) and manga readers (up to chapter ~75), telling about who, how and when created the Homunculi. I mean it. In manga and 2009 anime, the Homunculi are In the original anime (2003), The difference of Sloth in ...


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No, this isn't generally the case. Greed (both pre- and post-"death") has the ability to modify the carbon in his body to be rock-hard. This is not reflected in the fourth circle of Dante's Inferno nor in the Bible as far as I can tell. Pride has the power of the shadows and of omnipresence. As far as I know, pride is generally represented Biblically as a ...


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Short answer: There is no canonical reason for this. Long answer: In English, a sacrifice is defined as: an animal, person, or object offered in an act of slaughtering to God or to a divine or supernatural figure However, a sacrifice in the Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (and manga) canon is simply a being which has attempted Human Transmutation, and ...


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There are quite a few differences, actually. The "original", or the "first one" is an entirely different storyline from the manga. The manga was the original thing, so most people hate the first FMA series. A few differences between the two anime series are: The Storyline The idea behind the Homunculi The Homunculi's appearance Lust has a black dress ...


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It was never fully explained, when and how alchemy was "invented", but it's known that Xerxes was one of the first countries to know alchemy. It already existed when the dwarf in the flask was created, as he was created using alchemy. The creation of the dwarf in the flask just increased the knowledge because it knew much about alchemy and helped the ...


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Gluttony was created for the sole purpose of being a portal of Truth. Father was attempting to create a way to access the so-called "non-reality" (beyond the Gate) without paying a toll; essentially, he wanted to entirely bypass Truth so that he could access all alchemical knowledge within the Gate. However, Father is not omnipotent; he was unable to create ...


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I will refer to the first eyecatch of each episode by the number of that episode suffixed by the letter a, and to the second by appending the suffix b. I have considered the names displayed along the images for this count. Thus, some characters may appear more than once referred to by different names, like King Bradley and Wrath (since these may be regarded ...


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tl;dr: there is no exact point where the stories go "different ways". Depending on how strict you are with the plot divergence, there are several candidates. Minor differences There are differences even at the beginning. For instance: There are also slight differences in character details (e.g. being a minority, Rose is darker in 2003). 2003 also has some ...


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Potential spoilers for the manga and Brotherhood continuities. I'm being conservative with spoiler markdown, since I can't tell how much you've watched. We first get a crucial bit of information after Hawkeye interacts with Selim (ep. 37, vol. 18): Later, the information is confirmed after Edward and the others return to Central (ep. 46-49, vol. 21-23). ...


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Trisha certainly knew. In the beginning few minutes of episode 36 "Family Portrait", Hohenheim is speaking with Trisha. He calls himself a monster, reminisces about all the things he has seen, how he never grows old, etc. and Trisha seems to understand what he is talking about. Then Trisha arranges to have their family picture taken so they can remember ...


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