What Is "Full Metal Alchemist" About?


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"Full Metal Alchemist" is a Japanese animation that features two brothers, Edward and Alphonse (Ed and Al). The characters travel the world searching for a mythical item believed to possess the ability to raise the dead, called the Philosopher's Stone, in an effort to recover their lost mother and Al's lost physical form.

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"Full Metal Alchemist" is a highly popular action/comedy anime that centers on the journey of two young boys as they grow and learn alchemy, from their very first mistakes to their final moments. Alchemy, the power to change one item into another, or conjure items from nothing, is an ability that the brothers are adept at and one in which they use to attempt to raise their mother from the dead. In so doing, they lose much: Al's entire physical form and two of Ed's limbs.

Together, they join the State Alchemists to improve their abilities, right their wrongs and attempt to find the Philosopher's Stone, which they believe will reverse the terrible mistakes they made in youth and grief. "Full Metal Alchemist" is a story about brothers trying to make a difference in the world, in an effort to make amends for their initial failures as alchemists.

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