Fullmetal Alchemist is a manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. Today you can see its story in the following Fullmetal Alchemist images below.
The first anime adaptation was directed by Seiji Mizushima and the second by Yasuhiro Irie. It began to be published in August 2001 by the publishing house “Square Enix”, in the Japanese monthly magazine “Shōnen Gangan” until it reached its end in June 2010.
Animated Images of Fullmetal Alchemist
The anime follows the basic plot of Arakawa’s manga until the middle of the story. The second half of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime is dramatically different from the manga.
The story focuses on the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who live in a small village in a fictional country called Amestris.
They want to restore their bodies through the philosopher’s stone after a failed attempt to resurrect their mother through alchemy, who dies of a terminal illness, leaving the brothers alone.
Their attempt failed, at the cost of Alphonse losing his entire body and Edward his left leg. Edward voluntarily sacrificed his right arm for Alphonse’s soul, in a desperate attempt to keep his brother on Earth.
Edward is forced to attach Al’s soul to a suit of armor. Al then rushed Ed’s body to Automail Rockbell, a company run by Elric’s close friends.
Edward’s arm and leg were replaced by “Automail” (metal prostheses that act as if they were human limbs, attached to a body through a grueling surgery and rehabilitation process).
After a year, the brothers burned down their house so that they could never go back on their chosen path (a wandering life until they could regain their original bodies).
Roy Mustang convinces Edward to take the “State Alchemist” exam. As a State Alchemist, the duty is first to the military or Führer, so State Alchemists are commonly known as “military dogs.
Ed took the State Alchemy exam to help his research and became a State Alchemist. The main reason is that Ed can transmute (or perform Alchemy) without a transmutation circle.
Ed could now have access to research beyond the reach of most civilians. He received a pocket watch that amplifies alchemy. Ed later discovers that his state Alchemist name is “Steel Alchemist”.