Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

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Updated Dec 19, 2014 at 06:17AM EST by mona_jpn.

Added Mar 22, 2014 at 03:01PM EDT by Twenty-One.

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FullMetal Alchemist (sometimes abbreviated to FMA) is a Japanese Manga series created by Hiromu Arakawa, and later animated by Studio BONES. After it’s creation the series gained a large online fandom, both in Japan and in America, with the series going on to become one of the most successful anime and manga of all time.


Fullmetal Alchemist first started out as a manga series, written by Hiromu Arakawa, which serialized in Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between August 2001 and June 2010. The series follows the adventures of Edward and Alphonse Elric who, after losing their bodies trying to resurrect their dead mother using the science of Alchemy, go in search of a Philosopher’s Stone, in order to restore their bodies. As well as the manga series, an anime series directed by Studio BONES also aired from October 4, 2003 to October 2, 2004, which followed an original story separate to the manga. The anime adaptation received mass critical acclaim, spawning a large fandom both in Japan and in America. As well as this, the dubbed version of the show is widely considered to be one of the few dubs which is superior to the original Japanese, as well as bringing popularity to the voice actor Vic Mignogna. A movie based on the original series was also created, titled FullMetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shambala, which followed on from the ending of the show. Due to the popularity of the original series, a second version also by Studio BONES aired from April 5, 2009 to July 4, 2010, which instead followed the story of the manga rather than the original show. This version also received a spin-off movie, titled Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Stars of Milos, which followed an original, unrelated story.

Online Relevance

The Fullmetal Alchemist series in has garnered a significant online following since it’s original creation. The series has a significant presence on sites such as Tumblr[1], Reddit[2], 4chan‘s /a/ (Anime and Manga) board[3], Fanpop[4], My Anime List[5], FanFiction.net[6] and DeviantART[7][8]. There are numerous sites holding information of the series, such as the Fullmetal Alchemist wiki[9], TV Tropes[10] and Anime News Network[11][12]. The Fullmetal Alchemist Facebook page also has over 78,000 likes[13]. Despite this large fandom, however, the show’s spread in regards to user generated content could be seen as limited, due to the strict copyright holding by the anime content owner Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, as well as MBS.

Notable Sub-Memes

ニーサン/Pimping Ed/Ed Relaxing

ニーサン ( Meaning ‘nii-san’, also known as Pimping Ed or. Ed Relaxing) is an exploitable meme, featuring an image of Edward Elric, slouching on a bench with his arms spread out, with a relaxed posture. The meme gained popularity within the fandom, spawning many parodies.

Search Interest

External References

[1]Tumblr – Fullmetal Alchemist

[2]Reddit – r/Fullmetal Alchemist

[3]4chan – /a/ Anime and Manga

[4]Fanpop – Fullmetal Alchemist

[5]My Anime List – Fullmetal Alchemist

[6]Fanfiction.net – Fullmetal Alchemist

[7]DeviantArt – Fullmetal Alchemist art

[8]DeviantArt – Fullmetal Alchemist Groups

[9]Full Metal Alchemist Wiki – Main Page

[10]TV Tropes – Fullmetal Alchemist

[11]Anime News Network – Fullmetal Alchemist

[12]Anime News Network – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

[13]Facebook – Fullmetal Alchemist fan page

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in reply to mona_jpn

This was originally the reason I was against an entry for this, but I eventually gave in. FMA is one of the biggest anime subcultures in existence and, especially considering some of the other subcultures being added at this point, we could not continue to ignore it for this reason


in reply to Evilthing

Yes I certainly can! :) Okay so the first thing you need to know about FMA is that the two anime adaptations have MAJOR differences. The first anime has a much darker plot, and does not follow the manga plot after the first few episodes. There are lots of issues with this anime regarding plot and characters, so some people like it and some people (including myself) don’t. The second anime, called FMA: Brotherhood, has a bit of a lighter plot and follows the manga almost exactly, with only a few differences. In my opinion, Brotherhood is the superior adaptation due to its more engaging plot, interesting and diverse characters, and satisfying ending. I will tell you that my opinion is biased because my first experience with FMA was watching Brotherhood. Therefore, I very much favor the manga and Brotherhood over the first anime. So, if you are interested in FMA, I would definitely suggest checking out the manga and Brotherhood. :) (I have a much longer and more detailed message that I could send you if you want more information from me. ^^)


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