List of Fullmetal Alchemist episodes
The episodes from the anime Fullmetal Alchemist are based on Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa. Set in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques known to man, the story follows Edward and Alphonse Elric, two alchemist brothers, who want to recover parts of their bodies lost in an attempt to bring their mother back to life through alchemy.
Fullmetal Alchemist was first aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) in Japan from October 4, 2003 to October 2, 2004. It later aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block in the United States from November 6, 2004 and its remake, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, is still airing on Saturdays at 1:00 AM. A theatrical release titled Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa, a sequel to the television series, premiered in Japanese theaters on July 23, 2005; and it premiered in the U.S. on August 24, 2006. A series of five original video animations (OVAs) were also released. The majority of these OVAs are side stories and do not expand on the plot. In 2009, a new anime, named Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood for the English release started broadcast in TV Tokyo being directed by Yasuhiro.
The first series has been released in a series of thirteen DVDs from December 17, 2003 to January 26, 2005 in Japan. Funimation also released the same series of DVDs from February 8, 2005 to September 12, 2006 in the United States. MVM had released the first eight volumes in the United Kingdom; however, Funimation gave the rights over to Revelation Films. In March 2006 a DVD featuring the OVAs was released in Japan with the name of Fullmetal Alchemist: Premium Collection. Funimation acquired and dubbed the Premium Collection, which was released on August 4, 2009. During January from 2009, Bones released a "DVD box archives" of the anime. It includes the first anime of 51 episodes, the film, the CD soundtracks, and guidebooks from the series.
Eight pieces of theme music are used for the episodes—four opening themes and four ending themes. Each of the theme songs were performed by artists under Sony Music Entertainment Japan's label, whose anime distribution unit, Aniplex, handled the production and music production for the series. The music score was composed and arranged by Michiru Oshima. "Melissa" by Porno Graffitti is used during episodes 2–13, "Ready Steady Go" by L'Arc-en-Ciel follows it until episodes 25, "Undo" by Cool Joke is used until episode 41, and "Rewrite" by Asian Kung-Fu Generation is used until episode 51. For episode 1, the ending is "Melissa" by Porno Graffitti. "Kesenai Tsumi" (消せない罪, "Indelible Sin") by Nana Kitade is used for episodes 2-13, "Tobira no Mukō e (扉の向うへ, "Beyond the Door") by Yellow Generation is used for episodes 14-24, episodes 26-41 use "Motherland" by Crystal Kay for the ending, and "I Will" by Sowelu is used for episodes 42-50. All episodes that originally opened with "Melissa" and "Undo" had "Ready Steady Go" shown in place of those songs on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and YTV's Bionix. The DVD releases from Funimation include all openings in their original places and format.
# Title Original airdate English airdate 01 "Those Who Challenge the Sun"
"Taiyō ni Idomu Mono" (太陽に挑む者)
October 4, 2003 November 6, 2004 In a brief flashback two young boys, Edward and Alphonse Elric, attempt to perform an alchemical transmutation. Something goes horribly wrong. Alphonse disappears, Edward is seen missing his left leg, and a grotesque figure appears out of the Transmutation Circle. The scene switches to the current day and the brothers are seen walking across a desert. They arrive at Lior, where they hear about a religious leader named Father Cornello who can invoke miracles. Rose, a young woman who works for Cornello, takes the brothers to him. When they see Cornello perform a "miracle," they realize he is performing alchemy, but is ignoring the Law of Equivalent Exchange and think that the gem that Cornello has is the Philosopher's Stone. Feeling the pressure from the brothers, Cornello orders his right-hand man, Cray, to kill them. Cray, however, fails, since Al has no body, and Rosé, scared for her life after witnessing Cray shoot Al to no effect, runs to Cornello. Al and Ed chase after her, and Cornello sics a chimera on them after when they arrive. Ed fends both it and another chimera back with his automail as they are exposed, with Cornello realizing the source of Ed's nickname: "The Fullmetal Alchemist", and that the brothers have committed the ultimate sin: a human transmutation. 02 "Body of the Sanctioned"
"Kinki no Karada" (禁忌の身体)
October 11, 2003 November 13, 2004 The brothers reveal that they were trying to revive their mother and they warn Rosé that reviving her boyfriend, Cain, would result in a similar fate. Cornello then attacks them, and they barely escape. To comfort Rosé, Cornello shows her a silhouette of Cain. He then orders the townspeople to attack and capture the Elrics; Ed transmutes some metal to look like Al, and allows himself to be captured, Cornello then takes Ed's State Alchemist's pocket-watch, thinking it is Ed's secret to performing alchemy without a transmutation circle. Cornello catches Rosé trying to visit Cain and he reveals the silhouette to be a chimera made of birds. He leaves her to be eaten by the chimera, but Al arrives just in time to save her. When Cornello tells Ed his plan to use Lior as the base for world domination, Al broadcasts it across town. Ed then defeats Cornello with his superior alchemy, but Cornello's Philosopher's Stone turns out to be a fake. When Rosé confronts Ed and Al about how their exposing Cornello did more harm then his deception, Ed tells her to walk on her own two feet. As the Elrics leave, Lust and Gluttony manage to salvage their plans with Liore by killing Cornello and replacing him with Envy masquerading as the "real" Cornello. 03 "Mother..."
October 18, 2003 November 20, 2004 In a flashback that continues through to episode nine, Ed and Al learn alchemy from a very young age, taking after their father, who apparently abandoned his family when Al was still too young to remember him. They show their alchemy to both their friend, Winry Rockbell, and their mother, Trisha Elric. Trisha encourages them in the pursuits of alchemic knowledge, but she dies from a sudden illness and the brothers vow to revive her with alchemy. They apprentice themselves to an unnamed alchemist, and after their training, they attempt to resurrect Trisha. The transmutation goes awry and Ed loses his left leg, and Al his entire body. Ed then sacrifices his right arm to attach Al’s soul to a suit of armor, and Al carries Ed’s broken bleeding body to Rockbell Automail. Roy Mustang arrives unexpectedly, having received a letter the boys sent to his office, inquiring about their father, Hohenheim. Having seen the attempted Human-Transmutation, Mustang tries to recruit the boys to become State Alchemists, but Pinako Rockbell orders him to leave. Ed pays Pinako for automail limbs and decides to become a State Alchemist so he that can gain Privileged Access to the State’s Library, and find a way to restore Al's body (Al in turn promises to restore Ed's arm and leg). Ed and Al burn down their childhood home and leave Resembool. 04 "A Forger's Love"
"Ai no Rensei" (愛の錬成)
October 25, 2003 November 27, 2004 On their way to Central City, Ed and Al stop at a train station where they hear of an alchemist named Majhal (whose name had appeared several times in their father's correspondences relating to Human-Transmutation) who lives in the area, and decide to pay him a visit. Upon entering Majhal's village, they encounter a girl named Clause (whose appearance fools Ed and Al into thinking she's a boy) who tells them that a zombie has been murdering several of the villagers, her older sister being one of them. Clause petitions the brothers to avenge her sister's death, but Ed is skeptical of the whole situation. Upon meeting Majhal, he tells the brothers that the mysterious zombie is believed to be a florist by the name of Karin, Majhal's former lover, who died in an accident several years ago. After some more investigation, the brothers discover that Majhal has been attempting to revive Karin by using mannequins that look like her, and using alchemy to attach the souls of the village girls he's kidnapped to the mannequins, kidnapping Clause to use her soul. Ed discovers that Karin had not died, but initially lost her memories and has aged. Once her memories returned, she had sought out Majhal, but he was already possessed by his passions of reviving Karin to recognize her. Majhal refuses to accept the wrinkled old woman, who has been supporting him, as Karin, and attempts to kill Ed. In self-defense, Ed knocks Majhal's weapon out of his hand, which flies into the air and accidentally impales Majhal, killing him. Clause reverts to dressing femininely and sees the brothers off as they continue on their journey. 05 "The Man with the Mechanical Arm" ("Dash! Automail")
"Shissō! Ōtomeiru" (疾走！機械鎧(オートメイル))
November 1, 2003 December 4, 2004 Edward and Alphonse are told by Mustang to board the train that is currently leaving the station. Their train is hijacked by a group of terrorists led by a man named Bald. They take General Haruko, who happens to be on the train, and his family captive and demand that their leader is released from prison. Ed and Al fight back, however, and meet Major Maes Hughes, who helps them defeat Bald and rescue the General. The train arrives safely at the station and the military moves in to arrest the terrorists. Bald manages to escape, but Mustang demonstrates his abilities as "The Flame Alchemist" and restrains Bald. Mustang then informs Ed that the grateful General Hakuro has given Ed special permission to take the State Alchemist Examination, which surprises and annoys Ed because of the implication that Mustang manipulated him. 06 "The Alchemy Exam"
"Kokka Renkinjutsushi Shikaku Shiken" (国家錬金術師資格試験)
November 8, 2003 December 11, 2004 Ed and Al begin preparing for the State Alchemy Exam while lodging with Shou Tucker, "The Sewing-Life Alchemist," who is well-known for creating intelligent chimeras, including one that could speak the human language (but died shortly after it was created). The brothers become fast friends with Tucker's daughter, Nina, and her dog, Alexander. The Elrics' cramming is only interrupted when Hughes and his wife, Gracia, throw a birthday party for Ed. During the party, Gracia goes into labor and they witness the birth of Elicia. Ed discovers at this time that he can perform alchemy without a Transmutation Circle. After the written portion of the test, Mustang forces Al to drop out so Al's lack of a body due to the attempted Human-Transmutation is not revealed. Ed successfully passes the interview and passes the practical portion "with flying colors" when he saves the entire prospective State Alchemist group with his quick thinking, courage, and ability to transmute without a Circle. 07 "Night of the Chimera's Cry"
"Kimera ga Naku Yoru" (合成獣が哭く夜)
November 15, 2003 December 18, 2004 Ed, having passed the State Alchemy Exam, now is a "dog of the military." Mustang gives Edward a silver pocket watch, a symbol of Ed's rank and an alchemical amplifier. Edward writes a letter to Winry, his childhood friend, and Nina writes one to her mother, who left Tucker two years ago and hasn't been responding to Nina's letters. After Tucker's reluctance in answering Ed's questions concerning the talking Chimera that he created two years ago, Ed investigates at the Library, but is denied access. On the way out of the Library, Ed encounters a mysterious man with a "X"-shaped scar across his face, and a strange tattoo on his right arm. After Brigadier General Basque Gran finds out about Ed's investigations, he orders him to cease and desist, and that Ed and Al have to move out of Tucker's mansion. Ed, on a hunch, sneaks into the mansion with Al at night, and they head down to Tucker's lab in the basement, where he has just finished creating another speaking chimera in order to satisfy his yearly examination requirements. Ed then verbally places the pieces of the puzzle together and reveals to Al that Tucker used his wife for his first chimera, and the new one was created using Nina and Alexander. Tucker accuses Ed of being guilty of the same thing, and Ed nearly beats him to death, stopped only by the Nina-Alexander chimera. The scarred man is gone and all that remains of Nina-Alexander is a blood-smear. 08 "The Philosopher's Stone"
"Kenja no Ishi" (賢者の石)
November 22, 2003 January 1, 2005 Anguished by the horrible demise of Nina, and disgusted at his first assignment of organizing Tucker's research after learning of the man's death, Ed considers deserting to track down her killer. Al, however, finds reference to the philosopher's stone among Tucker's papers, and evinces an interest in it to Ed. Ed is incredulous that it exists and wants nothing to do with it. Left to his own devices, Al has spoken to the Fuhrer about the philosopher's stone, and the Fuhrer encouraged him to pursue it. Winry, who has arrived at Central to visit Ed and Al, is kidnapped by a butcher-turned-serial killer named Barry the Chopper, who disguises himself as a woman. Ed, falling for Barry's deception, gets kidnapped as he tries to free Winry and run away. Forced into a fight for his life, Edward almost killed Barry in an act of maddened deperation until Al arrived in time. The authorities take Barry away as Ed breaks down and cries in front of Al. Al again mentions the philosopher's stone, and now Ed agrees to search for it. He demands from Mustang to be allowed to search for it, and Mustang agrees, with the caveat that he be kept abreast of developments. King Bradley officially gives Ed his state alchemist name: "Fullmetal." 09 "Be Thou for the People" ("The Dog of the Military's Silver Watch")
"Gun no Inu no Gindokei" (軍の狗の銀時計)
November 29, 2003 January 8, 2005 Ed and Al take Winry shopping to try to cheer up. They enjoy themselves, but Ed receives his second assignment: inspecting the coal mines at the town of Youswell. Upon arriving in Youswell, Ed is kicked out of the single inn in Youswell because he's part of the State-Military. Lieutenant Yoki, the military commander in charge of the area, appears and tries to collect taxes from the inn but a riot erupts and Yoki nearly kills Kyle, the inn owners son before Ed appears and saves Kyle's life. Noticing that Ed is a state alchemist, Ed is invited to Yoki's mansion, where he is both flattered and bribed. At night, the inn blows up, presumably by Yoki's orders, and Al saves Kyle from under the rubble. Upon discovering the ruined inn, Ed transmutes the gold coins that Yoki attempted to bribe him with, overlaying the gold over coal bars. He then uses them to purchase the mine from Yoki under the guise of a moneyless transfer before returning the bars to stone and selling the entire town to the people of Youswell for a single night stay at the newly repaired inn, which he repaired. Yoki tries to fight back, but Ed easily defeats his alchemist servant, Lyra, and becomes known as the hero of the people. 10 "The Phantom Thief"
"Kaitō Sairēn" (怪盗サイレーン)
December 6, 2003 January 15, 2005 After exposing Father Cornello in Lior as a fraud, Ed and Al are on their way back to report to Colonel Mustang about the incident. They stop at the town of Aquroya and get caught up in the manhunt for a talented cat burglar, Psiren, who uses her skills as an alchemist to make fools of the local police time and again. The Chief of Police hopes to fight fire with fire by using Ed to catch Psiren. Three times, Psiren tricks Ed and Al into thinking that she steals for the good of the people; saving certain buildings from being torn down. But each time, the building gets demolished anyway and Psiren gets away with it. Alphonse, still believing that Psiren is really a good person, tries to stop Ed from catching Psiren before she gets away with the loot. Finally in a last battle, Ed captures Psiren and hands her over to the police. Psiren still manages to escape and Ed realizes her importance as a draw for tourism in the sinking city of Aquroya. 11 "The Other Brothers Elric (Part 1)"
"Sareki no Daichi: Zenpen" (砂礫の大地・前編)
December 13, 2003 January 22, 2005 On a tip from Psiren, Edward and Alphonse arrive in Xenotime to look for the Philosopher's Stone. They find a young girl trapped under a fallen mine cart and saves her. The girl introduces herself as Elisa and brings them to the tavern. During the feast in their honor, the brothers hear that a Philosopher's Stone is near completion. A man named Mugiar has been researching the stone, but when Ed and Al introduce themselves, they discover that impostors have assumed their names. They sneak into Mugiar's mansion to meet the impostors, but the older impostor is very skilled at alchemy and the real Elric brothers are forced to retreat. In the morning, Al goes to buy medicine for Elisa but is unable to do so because everybody in the town believes him to be an impostor. Fletcher, the younger fake Elric, meets Al and buys the medicine for him. At night, the real Elrics enter the mansion again. The older impostor uses red water to attack Ed, but Fletcher saves Ed and reveals the red water is toxic and has been poisoning the town. 12 "The Other Brothers Elric (Part 2)"
"Sareki no Daichi: Kōhen" (砂礫の大地・後編)
December 20, 2003 January 29, 2005 Ed and Al depart from the mansion after Ed is saved by Fletcher. Mugiar, stunned at the damage dealt to the lab, asks the Tringham brothers to use an alternate method to speed up the creation of the red stone. When Russell refuses, Mugiar reveals that he knows the Tringhams are not the real Elrics and captures them. Back at the tavern, Ed and Al learn about Nash Tringham, Russell and Fletcher's father. The original discoverer of the red water, Nash soon left the city and was never seen again after the townspeople began to develop a disease following his research. In addition to learning about Nash Tringham, they also learn about a man called Doctor Marcoh, who treated this deadly disease with a mysterious method (possibly the philosopher's stone)this sparks a great interest in Ed and Al. The next day, the real Elric brothers are invited to research the red water by Mugiar. They agree, free the Tringhams, and corner Mugiar by asking about Nash. Mugiar responds by attacking the Elrics using the partial stone. With the help of the Tringhams, the Elrics overpower Mugiar, but he escapes to an underground lair. However, Mugiar collapses the underground passage, causing the red water to flood out of the spring. Fletcher, using his alchemy, makes the trees absorb the red water, neutralizing the threat. The Elrics say good-bye to the Tringhams, and board a train for East City. 13 "Fullmetal vs. Flame"
"Honō VS Hagane" (焔VS鋼)
December 27, 2003 February 5, 2005 Ed finally arrives in East City to report to Colonel Mustang on his investigation into the Philosopher's Stone. Fury picks up a dog and tries to get someone to adopt it but fails. Ed and Mustang discuss Ed's reports when Ed brings up Doctor Marcoh. Basque Gran enters and announces that Central Headquarters has moved to the Eastern Headquarters. At the lunchroom, Gran interrupts Ed and Hughes's discussion about Marcoh and declares that Marcoh was a deserter. When Ed discovers that he is up for recertification, he decides to challenge Mustang to a duel in exchange for the information. The duel is approved and Mustang and Ed are set to fight in the parade grounds. Mustang nearly defeats Ed but hesitates, allowing Ed to counter. The match is halted and while cleaning up the mess they created, Mustang tells Ed about Marcoh. That night, Hughes reveals that a man named Scar is responsible for the Fuhrer's move. 14 "Destruction's Right Hand"
"Hakai no Migite" (破壊の右手)
January 10, 2004 February 12, 2005 Civil unrest has broken out in the town of Lior with Envy using his shape-shifting powers to disguise himself as Cornello. Ed and Al find Marcoh and learn about the usage of the Philosopher's Stone in the Ishbal rebellion before Marcoh went AWOL. Basque Gran, who was tailing Ed and Al, enters with soldiers, confiscates Marcoh's information on the Philosopher's Stone, and arrests Marcoh, leaving Ed and Al behind. However, "Scar" appears and kills Gran before turning his attention to Marcoh whom the Elric brothers save. They quickly retreat until they are cornered into a tunnel and are forced to defend themselves long enough to be saved by Alex Louis Armstrong, the Strong Arm Alchemist. 15 "The Ishbal Massacre"
"Ishuvāru Gyakusatsu" (イシュヴァール虐殺)
January 17, 2004 February 19, 2005 As Armstrong battles Scar to allow the Elrics and Marcoh to retreat in the chaos, it is revealed that the man is an Ishbalan and that he uses alchemy. Marcoh tells Ed and Al about the Ishbal Massacre, how State Alchemists were used against the Ishbalans, who viewed alchemy as heretical. Marcoh, forced to use his research, caused huge casualties on the Ishbalan side. Mustang, forced to kill a pair of doctors, who were saving lives from both sides, allows Marcoh to desert. When the doctors are revealed to be Winry's parents, Marcoh refuses to escape to Resembool with the brothers. Scar, fleeing from the military, runs into Ed and Al again as they defense themselves against him, resulting in Scar destroying Ed's arm and damaging Al's body. Just as Scar prepares to finish off Ed, Marcoh throws his red stone at Scar, causing Scar great pain when Scar's arm absorbs the stone. Outnumbered by military reinforcements, Scar manages to escape into the sewers and Marcoh is taken to a "safe location" by the Fuhrer's secretary. 16 "That Which Is Lost"
"Ushinawareta Mono" (失われたもの)
January 24, 2004 February 26, 2005 After their encounter with Scar, the Elric brothers, escorted by Armstrong, head back to Resembool to have themselves repaired. Lust attacks Marcoh in his "safe house" and coerces him into revealing the location of his research on the Philosopher's Stone. She, along with Gluttony, then kills him and heads toward the National Central Library, 1st Branch. On the train to Resembool, Armstrong and Ed discover that Al was unloaded at the previous station and are forced to search for him. When Armstrong urges patience, Ed explodes in rage and abandons Armstrong. However, Ed is jumped and his leg is stolen by a young girl. The girl's grandfather explains that he lost his leg during the Ishbal rebellion and that he wishes to retain his wound as a reminder of it and returns Ed's leg. Al, stolen by a boy who wishes to prove himself by raiding an enemy's mansion, scares the boy out of the attack by claiming he is a haunted armor. Ed and Al reunite and Armstrong reappears. Grabbing the brothers, Armstrong dashes toward the departing train hoping to catch it. 17 "House of the Waiting Family"
"Kazoku no Matsu Ie" (家族の待つ家)
January 31, 2004 March 5, 2005 Ed and Al return to Resembool with Armstrong and are greeted by Pinako. Winry, appalled by the damage sustained by the brothers, admonishes the pair. Pinako, understanding that the brothers need to return to Central urgently, agrees to repair Ed's arm and adjust Ed's leg in just three days. Armstrong, refusing to rest like the brothers are, helps out and tells Pinako and Winry about the Elric brothers' fame. Ed visits his mother's grave and both of the brothers reminisce about their childhood. While measuring Ed, Winry notices Ed's silver watch and becomes infatuated by it, but Ed refuses to let her dissemble it. When Ed and Al go upstairs to sleep, Al reveals that he is worried because of his fading memories, but Armstrong breaks the tension. A few days later, receiving his replacement arm and leg, Ed uses his alchemy to rebuild Al's armor from the shattered remains. Afterwards, the brothers and Armstrong head back to Central to find Marcoh's research. 18 "Marcoh's Notes"
"Marukō Nōto" (マルコー・ノート)
February 7, 2004 March 12, 2005 In the library in Central City, Lust searches for Marcoh's research before encountering Scar, who notices that Lust reminds him of someone he knows. When she and Gluttony attack him however, he realizes that they are Homunculi as the library is sent ablaze. Returning from Resembool, Ed and Al arrive at Central by train and meet their new bodyguards, Maria Ross and Denny Brosh before finding the First Branch Library had been burned to the ground. Ed and Al go on a exhaustive search to find other sources for the book, leading them to Sheska, a file clerk who worked at the First Branch before she was fired for spending all her time reading. Sheska reveals that she has memorized all of Marcoh's works, and then makes hand-written duplicates for the Elrics. While initially appearing to be a cookbook, Ed notices that is written in a code that Marcoh created. Ed and Al spend several days deciphering the hidden data, only to discover that the Philosopher's Stone requires human lives. 19 "The Truth Behind Truths"
"Shinjitsu no Oku no Oku" (真実の奥の奥)
February 14, 2004 March 19, 2005 Ed and Al are horrified by the "truth behind truths" Marcoh's notes revealed about the key ingredient in making a Philosopher's Stone, and nearly give up their quest. Al tries to convince Ed to continue, but it is Maria Ross who inspires him to continue. Ed notices another hidden piece of information, locating an unused laboratory next to a prison, where raw materials for the stone were gathered. Ignoring the orders of Ross, they sneak out to investigate the laboratory themselves. Searching for Ed, Scar attacks the dormitories and gathers that the brothers have traveled to the Fifth Laboratory before pursuing them. Ed enters the building via an air duct, triggering several traps before finally meeting the laboratory's guard Number 48. Outside, as Al waits outside, he is ambushed by similarly dressed guard named Number 66. 20 "Soul of the Guardian"
"Shugosha no Tamashii" (守護者の魂)
February 21, 2004 March 26, 2005 Fighting their respective opponents, the Elric Brothers learn they're dealing with souls bound to empty suits of armor. Ed struggles in his battle against Number 48, Slicer, when his automail arm malfunctions, the result of Winry forgetting to add a small bolt back in Resembool. Ed is particularly troubled when his opponent turns out to be a pair of brothers, the younger brother controlling the body after Ed took the older brother off him. Ed manages to defeat the younger Slicer by using Scar's destruction technique, yet refuses to kill them as seeing them not to be human would force Ed to see Al the same way. Outside the lab, Al fights Number 66, who reveals himself to be Barry the Chopper, the murderer the Elrics brought to justice. Al initially has the advantage in his fight, until Barry suggests that Al never existed and was just a doll made by Ed. Al contemplates this as a possibility, since Ed had previously mentioned to Al that he had something he was afraid to tell him. 21 "The Red Glow"
"Akai Kagayaki" (紅い輝き)
February 28, 2004 April 2, 2005 Barry almost gets the upper hand on Al, but he is saved by the arrival of Scar, who easily defeats Barry. However, Barry sets of a series of explosions and escapes. These explosions manage to free Greed, who frees people from the cells around him. Slicer agrees to take Ed to the interior of the lab, but Slicer's little brother commits suicide after Ed calls him human. Kimblee, the Crimson Alchemist, and several other prisoners are led by a fake Basque Gran to be ingredients for the Stone. Ed and Slicer are attacked by mutant chimeras until they are called off by Shou Tucker, whose death was fabricated and has become a chimera himself. As Scar and Al travel into the lab, Scar reminisces about his brother and Ishbal, but they are attacked by Lust and Gluttony, who Scar reveals to be Homunculi. Tucker shows Ed around the lab and Ed realizes that he has been given the opportunity to create the Philosopher's Stone. 22 "Created Human"
"Tsukurareta Ningen" (造られた人間)
March 6, 2004 April 9, 2005 Knowing that the Elric brothers have gone to Laboratory 5, Maes Hughes organizes an expedition to rescue them. Above Ed, in the guise of Basque Grand, Envy gathers the human ingredients for Ed's attempt to transmute a Philosopher's Stone. Führer King Bradley joins Hughes' expedition and mobilizes the military to save the Elric brothers. Kimblee sets off an explosion, causing the prisoners to fall into the room below. Ed, surprised at the "ingredients," questions why they are here, resulting in a fight against Envy before Lust intervened. With Al as her hostage, she gives Ed an ultimatum: transmute the Philosopher's Stone or watch Alphonse's blood seal be broken and Alphonse killed. Edward struggles, almost transmuting the Stone against Al's wishes before realizing he can't do it. By then, Scar bursts in from above and Ed's body begins reacting after being doused in the incomplete Stone, destroying his surroundings. The Homunculi escape as the military invades the base, and Ed is finally calmed by Maria Ross. 23 "Heart of Steel"
"Hagane no Kokoro" (鋼のこころ)
March 13, 2004 April 16, 2005 Edward, recovering from his wounds from Laboratory 5, is scolded by Maria Ross for almost dying. Needing his automail repaired, Ed calls for Winry to come to Central. When Winry arrives at the train station, Al contemplates what Barry had told him. After the brothers refuse to tell her about the events, Winry leaves in a fury and is dragged off by Hughes to celebrate Hughes's daughter's birthday. Hughes tells her that men tend to hide things so as not to worry anyone. Al decides to confront Ed about what he was afraid to tell him, asking if he was really an artificial soul. Unable to get an answer, Al runs off. 24 "Bonding Memories"
"Omoide no Teichaku" (思い出の定着)
March 20, 2004 April 23, 2005 Alphonse has run away. He soon runs into Scar, who has been hiding among other refugees from Ishbal as they are terrorized by mercanies posing as State Military soldiers with Barry helping them. After being reunited with his brother, Al and Ed reaffirm their existence. 25 "Words of Farewell"
"Wakare no Gishiki" (別れの儀式)
March 27, 2004 April 30, 2005 Deciding to follow Scar to get clues about the Philosopher's Stone, the brothers take Winry with them when she notices that Rush Valley, a town best known for its auto mail shops, is on the way there. As they leave, Hughes investigates the Fifth Laboratory, discovering a connection between it and the war in Ishbal. He confronts the key suspect in it, Juliet Douglas, but is then attacked by Lust. He escapes the two women and tries to telephone Mustang with his information at a public phonebooth, only to be attacked by Envy disguised as Maria Ross before he assumes Gracia's form to deliver the death blow. Hughes is posthumously promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. 26 "Her Reason"
"Kanojo no Riyū" (彼女の理由)
April 3, 2004 May 7, 2005 Mustang investigates Hughes' murder, and concludes via Armstrong that a high-ranked member of the military may be responsible for Hughes' death. Izumi Curtis, Ed and Al's teacher, shows up at Central looking for them, but she has missed them by a few days. Edward, Alphonse, and Winry, on their way to Ishbal, arrive in Rush Valley, the "Automail Capital of the World." 27 "Teacher"
April 10, 2004 September 17, 2005 Izumi Curtis has finally caught up with her wayward protégés, Edward and Alphonse. They have every reason to fear her as she drags them back to Dublith. 28 "All is One, One is All"
"Ichi wa Zen, Zen wa Ichi" (一は全、全は一)
April 17, 2004 September 24, 2005 Izumi strands Edward and Alphonse on Yock Island, where they originally learned an important life lesson before she took them on as apprentices years before. She wants them to have time to reflect on their mistakes. 29 "The Untainted Child"
"Kegarenaki Kodomo" (汚れなき子ども)
April 24, 2004 October 1, 2005 The young boy who shadowed Edward and Alphonse on Yock Island is not only an alchemist, he is able to transmute his own body. After finding out about the scars on the boys right arm and left leg, Ed discovers that the boy is a homunculus who took his limbs during their failed human alchemy. 30 "Assault on South Headquarters"
"Nanpō Shireibu Shūgeki" (南方司令部襲撃)
May 1, 2004 October 8, 2005 Ex-Lieutenant Yoki spots Scar in a group of Ishbalans arriving at a refugee camp. He runs off to contact the military, hoping to be reinstated. Meanwhile, the military, believing the mysterious boy to be a homunculus, captures and imprisons him in South Headquarters. A chimera called Bido discovers the same and Izumi storms South Headquarters to rescue him, but she soon finds herself in a five-way fight over the boy. 31 "Sin"
May 8, 2004 October 15, 2005 Amid the confusion inside South Headquarters, Envy, disguised as Führer Bradley, manages to take the homunculus boy from Izumi. Kimblee and Bido came to battle for the same purpose and the boy remembered all his past after he consumed small fragments of the Philosopher's Stone. 32 "Dante of the Deep Forest"
"Fukai Mori no Dante" (深い森のダンテ)
May 15, 2004 October 22, 2005 Edward and Alphonse battle the new homunculus known as Wrath, who wants the rest of Ed's body to make himself human. Izumi interrupts the fight by separating the combatants with a deep chasm. After Wrath escapes, Izumi sends Ed and Al to meet her alchemy teacher, an old woman named Dante, to learn an important lesson about Equivalent Exchange. 33 "Al, Captured"
"Torawareta Aru" (囚われたアル)
May 29, 2004 October 29, 2005 Marta, one of Greed's associates, hops inside Alphonse's armor and slows him down just enough for Loa, another associate, to overpower Al, and the kidnappers take him to their headquarters for a rendezvous with Greed. Izumi bursts onto the scene to rescue Alphonse from the powerful homunculus and his cohorts, and is later joined by Ed. 34 "Theory of Avarice"
"Gōyoku no Riron" (強欲の理論)
June 5, 2004 November 5, 2005 Lt. Colonel Archer's troops are holding Edward, Izumi and Sig in custody; Archer reinstates Shou Tucker as a State Alchemist under his command and orders his men to take no prisoners hunting down Greed and his associates. Greed then dies after Ed pierces the Ultimate Shield, and reveals the weakness of the Homunculi. 35 "Reunion of the Fallen"
"Gusha no Saikai" (愚者の再会)
June 12, 2004 November 12, 2005 Lust, Envy, and Gluttony are in a restaurant chewing the fat (or in Gluttony's case, the table); suddenly Lust recognizes a man from her past. Edward, Alphonse, and Winry begin their trip to the Ishbal camp. 36 "The Sinner Within"
"Waga Uchinaru Togabito" (我が内なる科人)
June 19, 2004 November 19, 2005 On their way to Ishbal, Edward and Alphonse try to help a group of Ishbalan refugees (among whom are Rick and Leo) being shipped further south by the military, hoping to get more information about the Philosopher’s Stone and the war in Ishbal. 37 "The Flame Alchemist, The Bachelor Lieutenant & The Mystery of Warehouse 13"
"Honō no Renkinjutsushi, Tatakau Shōi-san, Dai-Jūsan Sōko no Kai" (焔の錬金術師 戦う少尉さん 第十三倉庫の怪)
June 26, 2004 November 26, 2005 In this comedy interlude, Lt. Havoc has been investigating Colonel Mustang under orders from Internal Affairs, and he enlists several comrades to help. However, Mustang's theft of all of Havoc's potential girlfriends is negatively affecting Havoc's productivity, so Mustang orders Falman to find Havoc a date. Finally, Mustang is roped by his subordinates into investigating the mystery of the "haunted" Warehouse 13. 38 "With the River's Flow"
"Kawa no Nagare ni" (川の流れに)
July 3, 2004 December 3, 2005 After wrecking the tractor that Winry stole for them, Edward and Alphonse have arrived at a town after a long walk. They separate after getting into an alchemy-enhanced argument about what they should do next; Al bumps into an old acquaintance. Meanwhile, Winry meets with Sheska in Central, and the two decide to launch their own investigation into the murder of Brigadier General Hughes. 39 "Secret of Ishbal"
"Tōhō Naisen" (東方内戦)
July 10, 2004 December 10, 2005 Colonel Mustang is dismayed to discover that Zolf Kimblee has been reinstated as a State Alchemist and is part of their force headed for Lior. Scar is in Lior dragging a large stone behind him, gouging the earth. 40 "The Scar"
July 17, 2004 December 17, 2005 Alphonse and Marta are shocked to discover that Kimblee is back in the military. Edward confronts Scar in Lior, but their battle is interrupted by Lust and Gluttony. Later, the seventh and final homunculus is finally, and tragically, revealed. 41 "Holy Mother"
July 24, 2004 January 7, 2006 Scar and Rose, the Holy Mother, instruct the citizens of Lior to draw the military into the town, but not to provoke violence. 42 "His Name is Unknown"
"Kare no Na o Shirazu" (彼の名を知らず)
July 24, 2004 January 14, 2006 Alphonse's armor is slowly transforming into an explosive compound following Kimblee's attack. With Ed helping the Liorites escape, Scar is the only one who can help Alphonse. 43 "The Stray Dog"
"Norainu wa Nigedashita" (野良犬は逃げ出した)
July 31, 2004 January 21, 2006 A complete stranger tries to strike up a conversation with Winry upon the arrival of Winry and Sheska in Resembool. Pinako introduces him to Winry as Edward and Alphonse's father, Hohenheim of Light. Meanwhile, the Elrics flee Lior for Resembool, while Mustang's brigade, on orders from the Führer to capture the boys, is in hot pursuit. 44 "Hohenheim of Light"
"Hikari no Hōenhaimu" (光のホーエンハイム)
August 7, 2004 January 28, 2006 Lyra and Rosé descend a secret staircase in an old church. Later, Hohenheim decides to confront the leader of the Homunculi. 45 "A Rotted Heart"
"Kokoro o Rekkasaseru Mono" (心を劣化させるもの)
August 21, 2004 February 4, 2006 As Hohenheim battles the leader of the Homunculi, who is revealed to be Dante, their common history is revealed. 46 "Human Transmutation"
"Jintai Rensei" (人体錬成)
August 28, 2004 February 11, 2006 Shou Tucker makes a quid pro quo with Alphonse, offering to show Al how to use the Philosopher’s Stone in exchange for using the stone to resurrect his daughter Nina, while Lust offers to help Edward in exchange for making her human. 47 "Sealing the Homunculus"
"Homunkurusu Fūin" (ホムンクルス封印)
September 4, 2004 February 18, 2006 As Edward, Sloth, Lust, and Wrath all arrive at the factory where Alphonse went to meet Tucker, it's time for a climactic battle, as Ed and Al must finally confront their creation. 48 "Goodbye"
September 11, 2004 February 25, 2006 Entrenched at the northern border with Drachma, Lt. Colonel Armstrong declares his intention to rebel against the Führer. Back in Central, Alphonse is kidnapped by Envy, disguised as Winry. Izumi arrives to help Ed search for Al, and the Tringham brothers arrive in Central with an important message for Ed and Al. But after older brother Russell impersonates Ed again, they are captured and sentenced to death by the Führer. Finally, while traveling together in a car, Edward and Mustang finally have a chance to repair their friendship before they go their separate ways. 49 "The Other Side of the Gate"
"Tobira no Mukō e" (扉の向こうへ)
September 18, 2004 March 4, 2006 Envy delivers Alphonse to the Homunculi's master in the city hidden beneath Central. Edward soon discovers the city thanks to a page from Nash Tringham's diary, leading to a final confrontation with Dante. Ed also learns that Dante is planning to transfer her soul to Rose' body, using the Philosopher's Stone that was inside Al, as Rose is in Dante's control. She then sends Ed through the Door of Truth (the Gate), who awakens to find himself and Hohenheim in a wartorn London. 50 "Death"
September 25, 2004 March 12, 2006 As zeppelins rain bombs upon London during World War I in a world similar to our own, Edward and his father, Hohenheim, flee the city. As they watch the attack from a distance, Hohenheim explains that in this world, on the other side of the gate, the science of physics has developed instead of alchemy, and that Ed must open the smaller version of the Gate within himself in order to return to his true home. Meanwhile, with Hawkeye's help, Mustang has snuck into the Führer's mansion to confront him and avenge Hughes' death. Ed returns to Amestris and tries to stop Dante's plans and set Al and Rose free, only to be stabbed down by Envy in a short battle when he reveals himself as Hohenheim's son. However, Ed's death manages to shock Rose out of Dante's control as she began calling out Ed's name. 51 "Laws and Promises" ("Munich 1921")
"Myunhen 1921" (ミュンヘン1921)
October 2, 2004 March 18, 2006 After Ed's death, Al attempts human transmutation on him using himself (as the Philosopher's Stone) as material for equivalent exchange. When Ed awakens, he finds that his arm and leg are flesh and blood again, but Al has been taken by the Gate. In attempt to bring back Al, Ed attempts human transmutation, offering his own life. As a result, Al is returned to his body, albeit his memory is completely reset to the day he and Ed attempted to recreate their mother. Meanwhile, Mustang successfully kills Führer Bradley with the help of Selim Bradley, who unintentionally weakens his adoptive father by bringing him the remains of the human on which the Führer was based. Selim is killed by the Führer in his anger before Mustang takes his advantage. Al is back in Amestris now, but Ed, instead of dying, is pulled through the Gate and is in Munich. The brothers both resolve to meet each other again.
# Title Original release English airdate 1 "Chibi Party" March 29, 2006 August 4, 2009 The premise is a wrap party for Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa, where the characters from both the theatrical release and the series are turned into chibi forms. Envy's dragon form is actually a costume which is revealed after he enters. After removing the costume, many characters confuse his androgynous form with that of a female. Hawkeye announces the party has begun, and several characters try to get the mic. Ed and Al try to stop them but is trampled by ten dogs who all look like Black Hayate, Hawkeye's dog. Hawkeye begins with a denouncement of Mustang, saying that she would have given up the whole series if she was paired into a couple with him. Two suits of armor go next and reveal they are Scar and Lust, who are mad that they only got a cameo in the movie. Scar rips off his X-shaped scar and propels it across the room at Ed and Al, but misses and strikes Gluttony who proceeds to eat everyone. Ed meets Heidrich, and Al changes his voice to Heidrich's to insult Edward. Ed and Al then deal with a drunk Winry, who's furious at Ed because she thinks he's in a relationship with Noah. 2 "Kids" March 29, 2006 August 4, 2009 This brief sequence shows three children, who bear exact resemblances to the Elric brothers and to Winry Rockbell, making a trip through a modern city. They travel alone to Edward's apartment. Edward is by then aged and also referred to as their great-great-grandfather. In the end, a text scrolls along the bottom-center that reads, "Edward will turn 100 in 2005, somewhere in this world..." 3 "Liveaction" March 29, 2006 August 4, 2009 Alphonse Elric, in his armor form, embarks on a quest in a real-life Japan to find his brother Edward. His search eventually takes him to Studio Bones, where the series was produced, but due to his size he cannot fit through the door. 4 "Alchemists vs. Homunculi" March 29, 2006 August 4, 2009 This short was originally shown at Universal Studios Japan. In this interactive short, the viewer is introduced as a new member of the military, welcomed by Fuhrer Bradley who assigns the viewer to Mustang's group. After a briefing on how the Fullmetal Alchemist world works, Mustang instructs his troops on a plot to rescue the Elric Brothers from the Homunculi. In the underground city, Greed has captured Ed, Al and Winry, although Winry is revealed to be Envy in disguise and easily defeats Greed. Envy then lures the brothers into a trap set by the other homunculi: Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, and Wrath. The fight leads to a ballroom where Mustang shows up, along with his troops and reinforcements including Frank Archer, Armstrong, Kimblee, and other state alchemists. A large battle follows which ends when the viewer activates an alchemy ring received from Mustang. Unfortunately, according to Armstrong, the viewer seems to have overdone it, and the building blows up as a result. Everyone survives, with Ed and Al congratulating the viewer on their hard work before departing themselves. 5 "Reflections" May 19, 2005 N/A A recap of the series, with sections narrated by the Elric brothers, Roy Mustang, Maes Hughes, Greed and Envy.
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