9.2
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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Rakuten TV 2009

Edward and Alphonse Elric's reckless disregard for alchemy's fun­damental laws ripped half of Ed's limbs from his body and left Al's soul clinging to a cold suit of armor. To restore what was lost, the brothers scour a war-torn land for the Philosopher's Sto­ne, a fabled relic which grants the ability to perform alchemy in impossible ways.The Elrics are not alone in their search; the corrupt State Military is also eager to harness the artifact's power. So too are the strange Homunculi and their shadowy creator. The mythical gem lures exotic alchemists from distant kingdoms, scarring some deeply enough to inspire murder. As the Elrics find their course altered by these enemies and allies, their purpose remains unchanged – and their bond unbreakable.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - S1E64

#1 - Journey's End

9.00

Season 1 - Episode 64

Deciding to help sort out Ishbalan policies, Roy is approached by Knox and Marcoh, who offer him a Philosopher's Stone to get his eyesight back, with Roy insisting it be used to fix Havoc's legs first. Olivier secretly rescues Scar so that he can assist Miles in rebuilding Ishbal. Having previously seen off Lin, who had promised to take care of May's clan among others once he becomes emperor, Ed and Al return to Risembool where an overjoyed Winry awaits them. Two years later, Grumman, who had become Fuhrer, visits Bradley's wife, who had been raising up Selim to be a compassionate child. Al decides to travel with Jerso and Zampano to Xing and other eastern countries to learn about alkahestry, whilst Ed learns what he can in the west, hoping to pool their research together. As Ed heads off, he and Winry finally express their love to each other using confusing terminology.

The episode was rated from 371 votes.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - S1E62

#2 - A Fierce Counterattack

8.96

Season 1 - Episode 62

Hohenheim and the others stop Father from making Philosopher's stones, but as Ed rejoins them, Father spawns humans resembling the people of Xerxes before attacking with a powerful blast which takes out half the headquarters. They barely manage to survive the blast, but Al and Hohenheim take some heavy damage protecting the others. Before Father can kill Ed and Izumi, the Briggs soldiers, along with several of Ed's allies, join up to attack Father and use up his stone supply. Father lets down his barrier temporarily to try and absorb Greed's stone, giving Ed, Alex and Izumi the opportunity to damage him to the point of defending himself manually. As Father starts to lose control, he creates a blast which traps Ed's arm whilst his automail arm is destroyed. With Ed in danger, Al convinces May to help him perform a transmutation, trading his soul for the return of Ed's right arm. Al rejoins with his body on the other side and with his arm returned, Ed frees himself to unleash a series of blows on Father.

The episode was rated from 321 votes.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - S1E63

#3 - The Other Side of the Gateway

8.95

Season 1 - Episode 63

While being effortlessly pummeled, Father desperately tries to absorb Greed's Philosopher's Stone. Greed decides to part from Lin's body, and uses his carbonization ability to turn Father's body into weak charcoal. Father extinguishes Greed's soul, killing him, but Ed punches through Father's chest, releasing all the souls of the people of Xerxes and sending Father to the Gate of Truth where he is trapped for eternity. In the wake of Father's defeat, everyone mourns Al's sacrifice. Ed rejects using a Philosopher's Stone to bring him back to life, even after Hohenheim offers his final life as an apology for the pain Ed and Al were forced through. Ed ultimately decides to perform a human transmutation on himself, sacrificing his own Gate and his ability to use alchemy with it. As a reward for discovering he doesn't need to perform alchemy, Ed is allowed to bring Al back with him in his original body. As everyone recuperates from the battle, Hohenheim returns to Resembool and dies peacefully before Trisha's grave.

The episode was rated from 339 votes.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - S1E61

#4 - He Who Would Swallow God

8.67

Season 1 - Episode 61

Everyone closest to the center of Father's nationwide transmutation circle, including Ed's group, survives to discover that Father has used the souls of over fifty million Amestrians to suppress God within a new, youthful body. Father neutralizes everyone's alchemy, but, before he can annihilate them, Hohenheim reveals his countermeasure: he had spent years traveling the country, placing fragments of his own Philosopher's Stone into the earth to use as foundation for returning the Amestrian souls to their bodies. The stone fragments are activated by the eclipse's umbra, and the souls are ripped from Father's body back into their original bodies, which weakens Father to the point of barely being able to suppress God anymore. The eclipse then lifts, blinding Bradley with sunlight and allowing Scar to kill him. Scar activates the nationwide alkahestry circle his brother and fellow Ishbalans had been preparing, which restores everyone else's alchemy at their greatest potential. Facing the full strength of his opponents' attacks in his unstable body, Father retreats aboveground to find more souls and replenish his stone supply. Ed remains behind to fight Pride while everyone else chases Father. Pride tries to steal Ed's body to replace his own unstable one, but Kimblee's soul reappears within him and taunts him while Ed enters his body and destroys it, reverting him to the form of a small fetus-like creature. Ed spares Pride's life and leaves to join his friends.

The episode was rated from 297 votes.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - S1E19

#5 - Death of the Undying

8.64

Season 1 - Episode 19

Alphonse joins up with Mustang and his subordinates as they follow after Barry's original body. The chase leads them to the Third Laboratory, where Barry infiltrates, and they take the opportunity to begin a thorough search of the laboratory. Unbeknownst to them, Lust doesn't intend for any of them to make it out alive.

The episode was rated from 373 votes.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - S1E54
#6 - Beyond the Inferno
8.60
Season 1 - Episode 54

Riza sees through Envy's disguise as Roy and shoots him until the real Roy arrives and mercilessly incinerates the homunculus, reverting him back to his parasitic form. Before Roy can kill Envy, Ed, Riza, and Scar persuade him to let go of his anger and his need for revenge, for Amestris cannot be ruled by someone consumed with hatred. Envy becomes outraged by Roy's change of heart and rants about why everyone does not kill each other, trying to goad them into doing so by pointing out all of the terrible things they have done to each other. Ed determines that the reason Envy hates humans is because he is jealous of their capacity to continue living on, despite all the abuse they take. Humiliated and insulted by how Ed understands him, Envy commits suicide by tearing out and destroying his own Philosopher's Stone. Meanwhile, the Armstrong siblings begin to gain the upper hand in their battle against Sloth; Izumi arrives in Central, allied with Briggs soldiers, to participate in the coup; and Hohenheim confronts Father alone.

The episode was rated from 311 votes.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - S1E60
#7 - Eye of Heaven, Gateway of Earth
8.59
Season 1 - Episode 60

Ed and Al battle against Pride while May tries to take on Father. Meanwhile, Ishbalans make plans within the city. In his fight against Bradley, Scar reveals a reconstruction transmutation circle from his brother's research now tattooed on his other arm. Just as Ed's group start to gain the upper hand and despite the arrival of Greed, Father grabs the four sacrifices and uses them, along with Hohenheim, for his transmutation circle, absorbing all the souls in Amestris. This opens a giant gate flat on the surface of the Earth from which rises a giant Father. Then another gate opens in the sky with a giant eye looking out which Father calls "God" and pulls towards him.

The episode was rated from 293 votes.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - S1E59
#8 - Lost Light
8.56
Season 1 - Episode 59

Following Riza's eye signal, Roy refuses to perform a human transmutation. May arrives with Zampano, Jerso, and Darius and heals Riza's wound. However, Bradley and Pride also appear and force Roy to perform a human transmutation anyway, using the gold-toothed doctor as a sacrifice. Roy passes through the Gate of Truth and reappears in Father's lair with Pride, Father, and the other sacrifices, and finds he has lost his eyesight in exchange. Scar battles Bradley above, and May crashes through the ceiling of Father's lair to find Al unconscious. Al stands before the Gate to find his body, but despairs that he will be unable to use it to fight alongside the others because it is so frail. He promises to return for his body and goes through the Gate, regaining consciousness in Father's lair and completing Father's count for the five sacrifices.

The episode was rated from 280 votes.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - S1E53
#9 - Flame of Vengeance
8.55
Season 1 - Episode 53

Mustang's team has Mrs. Bradley interviewed on live radio. With the power of radio and the help of the Ishbalans, word of a supposed coup d'état spreads, giving the rebels support from the citizens, while Briggs launches an attack on Central HQ. Meanwhile, Roy manages to destroy the Mannequin Soldiers surrounding Ed's party by burning them to ash. May lures Envy into a trap in the upper levels, causing them both to fall below into the chamber with Ed's group. Envy reveals that he was the one who killed Hughes, infuriating Roy who seeks to get revenge. Ed's group moves onward as Roy fights Envy, but Ed gets concerned that Roy may end up being consumed by his own hatred. Envy is no match for Roy and flees for his life. Upon seeing Riza heading towards Roy for backup, Envy gets an idea. Roy later encounters Riza, who aims a gun at his back.

The episode was rated from 292 votes.
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - S1E52
#10 - Combined Strength
8.54
Season 1 - Episode 52

Al begins using the Philosopher's Stone to battle against Kimblee and Pride. He manages to trap Pride once again, but is taken by surprise by Kimblee when he starts using his own stone. Meanwhile, as the Armstrong siblings start to gain the upper hand over Sloth, Sloth begins to use his true strength and reveals himself to be the fastest homunculus. Although Al gets apprehended by Pride again, Heinkel, having been healed by Marcoh, manages to deliver a fatal blow to Kimblee. Yoki arrives to rescue Al and the others and head towards Central, while Pride consumes Kimblee. As Alex manages to temporarily impale Sloth on a spike, both he and Olivier are attacked by Mannequin Soldiers. Meanwhile, May fends off both Envy and the Mannequin Soldiers, and Ed's group, overwhelmed by the soldiers, are joined by Roy and Riza.

The episode was rated from 286 votes.

Last updated: jun 20, 2021

Comments

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This is a masterpiece. Simple as that. Definitely in my top 3-5 animes of all time. This show has everything (comedy, romance, drama and, of course, tons of action). You fall in love with all of the characters and every side story and character really gets developed over 64 brilliant episodes. Don't think. Just watch.

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Not only is this one of the best anime shows ever made, it's arguably one of the best animated shows ever made. It has everything, it's accessible, it never drags but it doesn't feel too short. This is both an excellent introduction to anime for newcomers and something even the _weebiest_ will still love.

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Best anime ever. Even if you're not that much of an anime watcher, you must see this!

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The best show ever made.

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If anyone were to ask me what anime they should watch first, I'd tell them Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood every time. It's got something in it for everyone, action, drama, intense and detailed plot, great characters, it's easier to think of things it has than what it doesn't. Both the English dub and the subtitled Japanese version are great performances. This is definitely a must watch for anyone who wants to call themselves an anime fan.

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Pretty great anime if you ask me! It's #1 on MAL, but for me, I don't think it's the best anime ever created! One thing pulled me from giving this a 10. Which is the obscurity and non-immersiveness I felt sometimes. Sometimes you feel like nothing but a spectator, unlike other animes where they explain the laws early one to engage you in the thought process, FMA didn't do that well. They reach a situation where you think it's a pinch and it's hard to get out from (which is great for suspense in an anime). But when they solve it by inventing a new law, you're kept wondering how was that possible in the first place. they've done this quite a few times especially towards the ending. So yeah! A solid 9. Good story, good script, good animation (most of the time). But the fact that it leaves you hanging with unanswered questions. I don't like that. And not the artistic hangs wherein it purposefully leaves you hanging, nope, questions that have answers, but elsewhere in forums and Wikis.

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La mejor historia que he visto en un anime hasta los momentos, IMPRESCINDIBLE!!!

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Bom anime, boas batalhas e me prendeu do meio para o fim, apesar de se tornar um pouco previsível no final, por essas e outras dou nota 8.

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One of the best shows that has ever been made!

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One of the best animes I've ever seen, a serious and simple story, without deviations, simply one of the best.

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