I realize that not everyone liked Full Metal Alchemist, but for as many that didn’t like it there where many who did. Full Metal Alchemist was an interesting anime series that revolved around the world of alchemy and the two boys who lost parts of themselves trying to bring their mother back.
The storyline was involving and evolved over a period of 51 episodes coming to an anti-climactic conclusion. In the first 10 or so episodes the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric attempted a transmutation on their mother who had passed. During this transmutation Al(Alphonse Elric) was lost in the gate to the other side.
Once Edward realized what was happening, he abandoned hope and in a fleeting attempt to save his brother, he traded his arm for his brother’s soul. After trading his arm Edward bound his brother’s soul to a set of armor before losing consciousness.
And so the story began with Elric brothers journeying to save their mother. The one thing that could give them the power was hidden away in an unknown location, the philosopher’s stone. The boy’s journeys didn’t end there though. In their search for the philosophers stone Edward joined the military and Al tagged along.
This set the stage for the war against the people under the tyranny of a corrupt government. Edward soon realized that in order to move about freely and obtain the information he needed, he would have to do the military’s bidding whether he liked it or not.
By episode 20 the creatures from the other side (Humunculi) began appearing, these creatures where primarily human and created through human transmutations that went awry. Ed and Al had discovered that the key ingredient to the philosopher’s stone was human lives and nearly gave up their quest.
Episodes 20 through 30 covered a range of battles between Ed and these humunculi. Ed and Al explored the origins of these creatures to later find that they were created from human transmutation and one of the creatures was their own mother.
Now for the anti-climactic conclusion, Edward attempts a human transmutation giving his life for his brothers and finds himself n the other side. When he wakes up he finds that he no longer has the power of alchemy, it doesn’t work on this side of the gate.
Meeting his father Ed realizes that his father must have attempted a human transmutation as well and the scene portrays a war zone surrounding them. Al on the other side of the gate with his life back and in flesh and blood, has no recollection of any of the events after the attempted transmutation of Ed and AL’s mother.
The open ended question here is “Will Edward ever be reunited with Al?” This deliberately left an an open ended question, and a whole new world they could continue the series in. I for one felt that the series finale was not very final and that it should start up again. However, they made a few movies and left the unanswered questions unanswered.
For a complete episode guide visit the link below.
Wiki Full Metal Alchemist Episodes