ESC to close 4.5 (by 701 users)hagane no renkinjutsushi: fullmetal alchemist
  • 2009
  • TV
  • Japan

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romanized hagane no renkinjutsushi: fullmetal alchemist
english Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
literal Steel Alchemist: Full Metal Alchemist
aka fma

Based On

based on manga
title hagane no renkinjutsushi (鋼の錬金術師)
author Hiromu Arakawa (荒川弘)


genres drama, friendship, adventure


language Japanese


country Japan
type animated
format TV
network TBS
by bones (ボンズ)


date 05 Apr, 2009 - 04 Jul, 2010
episodes 64
duration 30 minutes
air day Sunday
at 17:00 - 17:30
status released


avg. score 4.5 of 5 by 701 users
total users 1094
rating 3154
favorites 167


hagane no renkinjutsushi
2003 TV jp
same setting
hagane no renkinjutsushi
2017 film jp
same setting


Edward and Alphonse are two brothers who lost their mother to an incurable disease. They miss their mother a lot, and so they try to resurrect her using alchemy. However, they fail at bringing their mother back to life, and on top of that Edward loses his leg. His younger brother Alphonse isn't this lucky -- he loses his entire body. Edward wants to save his brother and so sacrifices his right arm to attach his brother's soul to an armour suit. Edward wants to get back their original bodies, and so together they begin their journey to find the Philosopher's stone.








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majorzero 30 May, 2016
@Random chan Yeah, Tolkien purists aren't fond of films, however, I've never considered deviations from the source material, as long as its spirit respected, to be a bad thing. IMO, panel-to-panel adaptations are creatively bankrupt, you need to make your work distinguishable, otherwise, why bother?
Random chan 30 May, 2016
@majorzero Many people wouldn't agree with you that LOTR was a good adaptation :P. But still, I think FMA is nearly impossible to adapt due to the very reason you've mentioned -- budget. You just can't do certain types of productions in Japan and tbh, I personally don't see any person being able to actually make an adaptation of it that I'll be passionate about. Maybe others would be, but I probably would not :P. So I'm super sad that there is an adaptation and even sadder that it comes from Japan. You're totally right in that sense.
majorzero 30 May, 2016
@Random chan I think the narrative of FMA is easy enough to adapt it for the silver screen (if people can adapt A Song of Ice and Fire and LOTR, they can adapt FMA with an ease). But it certainly needs a bigger budget and at least two sequels to cover most of the story. Also, no offence to a Japanese film crew, but their cinematographers and VFX artists are at least 15 years behind the rest of the world in terms of production and quality.
Random chan 30 May, 2016
@majorzero yeah, we were discussing it on the film's page that it's pretty much impossible to adapt anyway (with the same feel / quality). Even more so with a Japanese cast. The cast is already available, so you can take a look. Haven't seen scar, though. Maybe they're planning to omit the entire racial tension and just focus on an adventure story with two brothers x homunculus
majorzero 30 May, 2016
Ha, so, someone's making LA adaptation of FMA. Um, how are they going to depict ethnical/racial tensions, after all, it was a big part of manga and anime, if their entire cast is Japanese (reminder, none of the characters in the manga are Japanese, even Asian characters, based on their names, are Chinese)? Are they gonna hire Ainu to play Scar? I smell bigger disaster than AoT.
yumichan86 24 Jan, 2016
@alex3 thank you for yor help
alex3 24 Jan, 2016
@yumichan86 brotherhood is all based on manga, and the old series has a lot of changes [i dont really remember but i think its a lot different from the manga]

(i like the brotherhood more tbh :P)
yumichan86 18 Jan, 2016
Can someone explain to me the difference in the two series????
Please! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!