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Full Metal Alchemist - Anime Review

Full Metal Alchemist is another of your magical animes that is full of science, monsters, and magic that we all wish we could do here in the real world. The anime has considerable violence, loss of limb, and impalations, so if you're too young for that sort of thing, go to bed!

The anime revolves around the life of the brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric. Both are child prodigies in the science of Alchemy, the ability to transmute objects into other objects of equal mass. The law of Eqivalent Exchange plays a very high role in the series as the foundation of Alchemy as well as the general way of the world. Equivalent Exchange dictates, "to obtain, something of equal value must be lost." An equally valuable sacrifice must be made in order to obtain something else.

Of course, what the young brothers didn't know was just how costly it would be to use Alchemy to revive their mother. The brothers attempted to transmute their mother after her death, a known crime in Alchemy. The act cost Edward his left leg and Alphonse lost his entire body in this process. To quickly revive his brother, Edward offered his right arm to reacquire his brother's soul and attach it to a suit of armor in the room. Afterwards, Ed purchases a set of robotic limbs (called automail) and the two brothers set out on a journey to find a way to restore their bodies to normal.

Their first step was to join the military as a state alchemist (equal to an officer) and gain access to their resources. Though both Ed and Al qualify despite their young age, only Ed becomes a state alchemist, dubbed the Fullmetal Alchemist by the military. With the military's resources and funding to support them, the brothers set out to find the legendary Philosopher Stone, said to be the only way in alchemy to gain without Equivalent Exchange.

Picture below shows Edward on the right and Alphonse on the left.
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