Full Metal Glory
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"After losing their mother, Alphonse and Edward Elric attempt to bring her back using the forbidden science of human alchemy. However, alchemy operates on the theory of equivalent trade, and breaking the human alchemy taboo carries a heavy price. Ed loses his leg, and Al loses his body. Ed is able to seal Al’s soul inside of a huge suit of armor, at the cost of his arm. Years later, Ed (now with two mechanical limbs) and Al (still trapped in the armor) leave their childhood home. Their objective is to search for any information on the fabled Philosopher’s Stone, hoping it will allow them to regain their old bodies. All of their hopes rest with this mythical stone, which may not even exist at all. However, the brothers soon learn that they are not the only ones after the powerful stone."
The show effortlessly weaves a complicated fantasy world based on alchemy, with crazy vampire like villains (called homunculus), political military intrigue, and a wide array of interesting supporting characters. It sounds convoluted, but in the end human emotions and human stories are the focal point of each episode and the overall series.
Even though Full Metal Alchemist seems like kiddy fair with two young brothers at center stage, it really isn’t afraid to go to very dark places, and some very surprising plot twists along the way.
The show benefits from only being 51 episodes. It’s short, sweet and leaves you wanting more. And unlike most anime’s that have a tremendous "let down ending", Full Metal Alchemist delivers the goods in a full blown fan service movie that closes out the story with class and some sassy production value.
The movie "Full Metal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa" has already premiered stateside on August 25th, but do yourself a favor and watch the show first so you can appreciate the full metal glory. It's available on DVD or if you hate subtitles, you can check it out on Adult Swim.