One of the classic animes that focuses on brotherly love and their journey to discover a legendary treasure, The Philosopher’s Stone, is Full Metal Alchemist. The Elric brothers push the boundaries of science and magic by using alchemy, hoping to defy the governing law of equivalent exchange with The Philosophers Stone.
Full Metal Alchemist Characters
Edward Elric is the short-tempered, loud mouth older Elric brother who is infamous for being known as “The Full Metal Alchemist” due to having a metal arm and leg. He tries to help anyone he meets hoping to find more clues regarding The Philosopher’s Stone.
Alphonse Elric is quiet and kind-hearted younger Elric brother. Those who see him assume he is “The Full Metal Alchemist” due to having his soul anchored to a suit of armor. He is an alchemist like his brother but isn’t as confident in his skills.
Winry Rockbell is a mechanic and a childhood friend of the Elric brothers. She considers Edward and Alphonse as brothers and helped design Edward’s metal arm allowing him to use it to perform alchemy. She holds a great deal of anger toward the person who killed her parents, later revealed to have been caused by Roy Mustang.
Roy Mustang is a fire alchemist and a colonel in the military. He seeks to become the Fuhrer, so he can fix the country, and spread his ideals to others. He reveals to be responsible for the death of Winry’s parents while being a young soldier in Ishbal.
The Elric Brothers Journey
After the death of their mother, Edward and Alphonse Elric attempt to use alchemy to bring her back to life. In exchange, Edward lost his arm and leg while his younger brother lost his body. Their attempt to bring back their mother failed and now they wish to return to normal. After learning about a power stone, known as The Philosopher’s Stone, the brothers travel in search of it hoping to regain what they lost.
This was the second anime Luna introduced me to after watching Sailor Moon. I enjoyed the realistic brotherly bond the writers showed throughout the series. I enjoyed how they combined magic and science with the use of alchemy. They show limitations of alchemy by showing those who ignore the rules or are corrupted by power.
I would give this an eight out of ten rating, for the diverse cast and how relatable the characters are. Many critics argue that it fails to follow the manga by the same name written by Hiromi Arakawa. Despite this flaw, the show does a good job of showcasing how alchemy can be used in combat or to fix items.
During the brother’s journey for The Philosopher’s Stone, they show Edward using alchemy to repair a radio. There seemed to be too many characters, which doesn’t provide enough time to develop the characters equally. The series ends by wrapping everything up even if it doesn’t seem like it fits the show’s overall plot.
Moreover, the anime loosely based on the manga Full Metal Alchemist, shows two brothers trying to fix their mistakes while trying to make the world a better place. The show explores how a person’s perspective can be altered when power is exploited.