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Fullmetal Alchemist
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(Hagane no Renkinjutsushi)
Genre Adventure, dark fantasy, science fiction
Written by Hiromu Arakawa
Published by Enix (2001–2003)
Square Enix (2003–2010)
English publisher
Madman Entertainment
Viz Media (2005-)
Yen Press (2014-) (digital releases only)
Chuang Yi
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan
Original run July 12, 2001June 12, 2010
Volumes 27 (List of volumes)
Light novel
Written by Makoto Inoue
Illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa
Published by Square Enix
English publisher
Viz Media
Original run February 28, 2003April 22, 2010
Volumes 10 (List of volumes)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist (2003 anime)
    • Conqueror of Shamballa (2005 film)
  • Brotherhood (2009 anime)
    • The Sacred Star of Milos (2011 film)
Live-action film
  • Fullmetal Alchemist (2017)

Fullmetal Alchemist (in Japanese: 鋼の錬金術師 Hagane no Renkinjutsushi) is a popular manga and anime series created by Hiromu Arakawa and serialized in Enix's (now Square Enix) Monthly Shonen Gangan. The manga has been made into two different anime shows, one in 2003 which follows its own story, and a 2009 show which follows the story of the manga. A film, The Conqueror of Shamballa was made for the 2003 show, and The Sacred Star of Milos was created for the 2012 show.


The plot focuses on a world where alchemy is a main form of science. Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse, fail to resurrect their mother. When Alphonse's body is destroyed, Edward sacrifices his arm and leg during the alchemy in order for Alphonse's soul to be transferred in a suit of armour. Their friend, Winry Rockbell, makes prosthetic parts for Edward's limbs. As the series progresses, the brothers solve the case about the Philosopher's Stone, a forbidden material breaking the law of Equivalent Exchange.

Fullmetal Alchemist became one of the most critically acclaimed Japanese franchise.


Edward Elric: The main protagonist of the series. He is brave and proud, the only thing getting him along is the promise he made to his younger brother, Alphonse, that he will get him his body back, and himself his limbs. He is shorter than the average teen and hates it when someone comments on his height, mostly getting frustrated or hurting them with his metal fist, even his brother gets the same punishment.

Alphonse Elric: Edward's younger brother, whose soul is attached to an empty suit of armour, after a failed attempt to resurrect their mother. The deal was his body for hers, though what happened once the transmutation had finished showed it didn't work. In order to bring back his brother, Edward did his own transmutation, giving away his arm for Alphonse. Alphonse was then placed into the armour and now their journey takes them to try to find the Philosopher's Stone, the only thing that can defy the rule of equivalent exchange, to give back Alphonse's body and Edward's limbs.

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