Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: Series 1 (2009 - 2010)


Series 1
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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User Ratings: 105

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Air date: Feb 14, 2010

Well known for their impressive and mysterious skills in alchemy, the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric are summoned to speak with Kuhrer King Bradley and his own Colonel Roy Mustang to track down another key player in their field: State Alchemist Isaac McDougal.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2010

Edward and Alphonse find themselves waxing nostalgic for memories from their childhood, which was so recently cut short. Meanwhile, Hughes and Mustang investigate the recent events with McDougal.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2010

The brothers discover a priest named Father Cornello, who has nearly enslaved the city of Liore by performing so-called "miracles." His acts would appear to only be possible if he has the Philosopher's Stone in his possession, but the Edward and Alphonse suspect there's another explanation.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2010

State Alchemists are being murdered by a shadowy figure. All that's known about him is that he has an X-shaped scar on his face, and Edward is teamed up with Armstrong to find out who he is and capture him before he kills again.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2010

Mustang and Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye reveal that Shou and Nina Tucker have been killed, while back in Liore, Lust and Gluttony use their shape shifting powers to exploit the local religion and gain control.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2010

Following an intense bout with the infamous Scar, the Elric brothers leave for home. On the way, they make a stop in Resembool, where Armstrong meets a figure from the past - a former State Alchemist who supposedly disappeared.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2010

A stand-off between Alphonse and Barry the Chopper, and between Edward and Scar, eventually revealing that both were souls attached to armor, like Alphonse. Adding to the shock, Edward has trouble with his automail malfunctioning.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2010

The Fifth Laboratory battle leaves Edward and Alphonse in the hospital, but no medicine can fix Ed's automail, so he summons Winry up from Central. Many emotions are stirred by her visit, and Alphonse ponders if his own soul is artificial.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2010

The Elric brothers visit their former alchemy teacher, Izumi Curtis, in the town of Dublith, hoping to ask her about the Philosopher's Stone. Meanwhile, King Bradley seems furtive, and political instability looms in the air.

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Air date: Apr 18, 2010

Fresh off the train in Rush Valley, Edward's State Alchemist watch is lifted by a spry pickpocket - who has automail legs. Together with Alphonse and Winry, he tracks the girl down and a personal secret about the watch is discovered.

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Tv Season Info

Adapted from the manga as opposed to the original story like the Fullmetal Alchemist, Brotherhood follows Edward and Alphose Elric who, at an early age, showed a talent for alchemy. After the death of their mother they decide to travel the world to hone their craft.

Critic Reviews for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Series 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

It's a show that will have your feelings violently oscillating between emotional exhaustion and overwhelming exultation for the well-placed humor and the well-deserved triumphs.

May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

FMA: Brotherhood does an outstanding job balancing incredibly dark plot points and painful moments with tons of silliness and genuine warmth. It's nice.

Aug 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Starting with the basis of the tormented brothers, the title extends it to an intricate script of unprecedented depth, which stretches as far as possible, without, though, losing its quality and the captivating entertainment it offers, even for a minute.

Dec 2, 2019 | Full Review…

It is wonderfully engaging on every level: its sublime action, touching character growth, and philosophical queries all add up to a show that's one of the best of its kind.

May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

This is without a doubt one of the most epic, well-told anime [series] I've ever seen.

May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a matter of opinion whether Fullmetal Alchemist works better as a smaller character piece or a gigantic epic, but I think that the second anime's approach is more effective in the long run.

May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Fortunately, Brotherhood maintains the style and aesthetic of the original series, but updates the animation with a shine and gloss that's even more of a pleasure to watch than the original.

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There are plenty of silly, wiggily animated moments and endearing characters to balance out that tension and tragedy, which is good, because hoooo boy, we need them.

May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Brotherhood is legitimately one of the best anime in existence and it's a great one for beginners.

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FMA: Brotherhood is not only immediately accessible, with sixty-four tightly packed episodes, but is also a pleasing blend of anime styles, mixing up utterly heart-wrenching emotion with the humour of brotherly squabbles.

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The show's animation quality maintains the high standards of the original, and the storyline promises to expand on its predecessor's often surprisingly brooding, intelligent storylines.

May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Brotherhood has some more time to build up key characters, especially some of the cast members that tended to get short shrift in the previous series.

May 1, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood: Series 1

  • Oct 05, 2020
    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood was very pleasant to watch. Loved everything about it. First off, the series has a huge cast of interesting & unique characters. They are each quite different from each other, and act in different ways. The way the series elegantly manages all the character's developments and story lines is a feat in itself. The series also has a fantastically crafted plot, filled with action, humor, & tragedy. The animation & art is top notch. The production values are great. The soundtrack is excellent as well, particularly the opening & closing sequences that accompany each episode. It goes on for 64 episodes & maintains your attention the entire time. It even manages to close everything up in a satisfying manner. A fantastic series.
  • Sep 13, 2020
    If you're watching it for the first time in 2020, you'll see how poorly it's aged.
  • May 09, 2020
    Well, that was disappointing. I waited all these years to sit down with this, only to find that it is a great idea with very enjoyable characters and moments that moved me, but the overall bumbling of the plot in the second half and the conclusion was so very typical and neat. I'll give some credit, but it doesn't deserve the title of one of the greats.
  • Apr 23, 2020
    Almost the perfect show. It has something for everyone, drama, sadness, happiness, comedy, edge-of-your seat action, crazy twists, high stakes, military commentary, social commentary, etc. It makes you think and you're always wondering what is gonna happen next. The plot twists bend my mind every time even though I've seen it a few dozen times. Everyone I show it too ends up invested in the show and is waiting to see how it ends. This is one of the best shows I've ever seen even including non-anime. Would recommend to anyone, even if you don't necessarily like anime.
  • Apr 06, 2020
    My absolute favorite anime series of all time!! Great characters, great story, great music! Love it!
  • Mar 06, 2020
    I started watching Japanese Anime with full metal Alchemist and now I am addicted to it. Brilliant series with amazing story. The undying spirit and goodness of Ed and Al is inspiring.
  • Mar 05, 2020
    One of the greatest fantasy adventures of our time. A must watch.
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  • Feb 23, 2020
    This show is absolutely stunning and amazing. You can watch it over and over and never get bored with the story.
  • Jan 15, 2020
    This is as close to perfection as an anime can get. It's got everything. - a well-plotted story with strong continuity -likeable charismatic characters -a healthy mix of drama and humor -serious exploration of mature issues - avoids bad tropes, such as Moral Myopia (when the good guys do something bad, they are taken up to task for it)

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