Fullmetal Alchemist

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Fullmetal Alchemist
Fullmetal Alchemist 2003.jpg
Genre: Adventure
Dark fantasy
Steampunk
Running Time: 24 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: October 4, 2003 – October 2, 2004
Network(s): MBS
TBS
Adult Swim
Starring: Vic Mignogna
Romi Park
Rie Kugimiya
Iemasa Kayumi
Shin'ichirô Miki
Hidekatsu Shibata
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 51
Next show: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series directed by Seiji Mizushima, written by Sho Aikawa, musically composed by Michiru Oshima, and produced by Masahiko Minami, Hiro Maruyama, Ryo Oyama, and Studio Bones. It was the first adaptaiton of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series, whichi was written by Hiromu Arakawa and published by Enix from 2001 to 2003 and Square Enix from 2003 to 2010.  

Why It Rocks

  1. Breathtaking animation, especially during the fight scenes.  
  2. Very appealing art style and unique character designs.  
  3. Good voice acting in both sub and dub.  
  4. Great, large cast of characters, each one possessing unique personalities.  
  5. Excellent character development.  
  6. A very well fleshed out combat system. Perhaps not as much as your typical shonen battle anime and manga such as Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, and Hunter X Hunter, among others, but Alchemy is still used in a very unique and interesting way.  
  7. Incredible, action packet, heart-pounding fight scenes.  
  8. Well written drama.  
  9. WINRY ROCKBELL!
  10. Interesting themes which often touch on the human condition.  
  11. Nice comedy which has been worked well into the story so it doesn't seem out of place, such as the running gag of Edward Elric being mocked for his short size.  
  12. The homunculi are great villains.  
  13. Phenomenal soundtrack.  
  14. The origins of the Homuncuili were more interesting in this series than in Brotherhood.  In Brotherhood they were simply an extention of Father's soul, whereas in this series they were the products of failed human transmutation, which fits better within the themes of Fullmetal Alchemist.  

Bad Qualities

  1. The ending is very flawed. No character has changed from how they were in the beginning. There have been no revelations. Even as the show tries to show that the Elric brothers are coming into their own as they pursue the stone, they're really not, because they keep on making the same mistakes over and over again without… fundamental change in their ideals.  
  2. Speaking of the ending, it's anime original because the manga wasn't over at the time.  
  3. The main villain of this show, Dante, is incredibly uninteresting, boring, and shallow.
  4. The series main villain, Father, doesn't appear.
  5. While the voice acting is great in the dub, most of the voice acting for the child characters, and a few of the adult characters sounds rather bland.

Trivia

  • The Chimera in FMA has been a very notorious scene of the series and it has what has led to Shou Tucker being extremely reviled in the anime community even Hiromu Arakawa herself did not liked the character either.

  

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