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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the second anime adaptation developed by Bones based on the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa and is directed by Yasuhiro Irie and written by Hiroshi Ōnogi. It was first announced in the manga series' 20th tankōbon volume.[1][2] The series premiered on April 5, 2009, on MBS-TBS' Sunday 5:00 pm JST anime time block, replacing Mobile Suit Gundam 00, and ran weekly until airing its final episode on July 4, 2010. Voice actors Romi Park and Rie Kugimiya reprised their roles as main characters Edward and Alphonse Elric, respectively.[3] The series is much more similar to the manga, unlike the 2003 anime.

On March 20, 2009, it was announced that the English title of the series was Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and that it would receive its English language premiere on Animax Asia, with Japanese audio and English subtitles, from April 10, 2009, at 8:30 p.m, five days after its Japanese premiere.[4] On April 3, 2009, FUNimation announced they would stream English subtitled episodes four days after they air in Japan. Madman Entertainment will also stream it "within days" of the episodes airing in Japan.[5] On February 13, 2010, the English dubbed version of the series began its run on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and May 26, 2012 and still continued in 2013 until December 13, 2014, on Toonami.

Following the premiere of the series' final episode in Japan, it was announced that a film adaptation was in production. The first teaser trailer debuted in November of 2010, bearing the title Fullmetal Alchemist: Milos no Sei naru Hoshi. The film was scheduled for a Japanese release in July of 2011, and FUNimation announced on their blog on May 21, 2011, that they had acquired the rights to the film. A dubbed version of the movie was released in theaters in early 2012 and on DVD and Blu-ray in the spring. The film in the West is known as Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos.

Funimation's rights for the distribution and streaming of the series in North America expired on March 31, 2016. Aniplex of America now handles the English distribution of the series.

The anime can be watched on Hulu and Crunchyroll.


  • Director: Yasuhiro Irie
  • Series Composition: Hiroshi Ohnogi
  • Music: Akira Senju
  • Original creator: Hiromu Arakawa
  • Character Design: Hiroki Kanno
  • Art director: Takeshi Satou
  • Art design: Kazushige Kanehira
  • Sound Director: Masafumi Mima
  • Color design: Soko Nakao
  • Design: Shinji Aramaki


Character Voice Actor (Japanese) Voice Actor (English) Notes
Edward Elric Romi Park Vic Mignogna
Alphonse Elric Rie Kugimiya Maxey Whitehead Aaron Dismuke, the original voice actor who voiced Alphonse in the English adaptation of the first series, was unable to reprise his role due to his voice deepening through puberty. However, he voices a young Van Hohenheim later in the series.
Winry Rockbell Megumi Takamoto Caitlin Glass
Roy Mustang Shinichiro Miki Travis Willingham
Riza Hawkeye Fumiko Orikasa Colleen Clinkenbeard
Alex Louis Armstrong Kenji Utsumi Chris Sabat
Maes Hughes Keiji Fujiwara Sonny Strait
Scar Kenta Miyake J. Michael Tatum
Ling Yao Mamoru Miyano Todd Haberkorn
King Bradley/Wrath Hidekatsu Shibata Ed Blaylock
Lust Kikuko Inoue Laura Bailey
Gluttony Tetsu Shiratori Chris Cason
Envy Minami Takayama Wendy Powell
Greed Yuichi Nakamura Chris Patton (Episodes 13-14)
Troy Baker (Episodes 28+)
Sloth Fumihiko Tachiki Patrick Seitz
Selim Bradley/Pride Yuko Sanpei Brittney Karbowski
Father Iemasa Kayumi Kent Williams
Solf J. Kimblee Hiroyuki Yoshino Eric Vale
Lan Fan Nana Mizuki Trina Nishimura
Fu Katsunosuke Hori Kenny Green
Mei Chang Mai Goto Monica Rial
Izumi Curtis Shoko Tsuda Christine Auten
Sig Curtis Seiji Sasaki Bob Carter
Van Hohenheim

Unshou Ishizuka

Daisuke Namikawa (young)

John Swasey

Aaron Dismuke (young)

Olivier Mira Armstrong Yōko Sōmi Stephanie Young
Heymans Breda Biichi Satou Jeremy Inman
Denny Brosh Masao Harada Jim Foronda
Maria Ross Kaori Nazuka Meredith McCoy
Vato Falman Kenji Hamada Kyle Hebert
Kain Fuery Tetsuya Kakihara Kevin M. Connolly
Jean Havoc Yuji Ueda Mike McFarland
Tim Marcoh Masayuki Omoro Jerry Russell
Zampano Takashi Hikida Chris Rager A human chimera who can transform into a humanoid boar who has the ability to fire sharp spines from his back.
Jerso Tomoyuki Shimura Andrew Love A human chimera who can transform into a humanoid frog-like creature who has the ability to spit sticky globs of mucus.
Darius Masuo Amada George Manley A human chimera who can transform into a humanoid gorilla.
Heinkel Shinpachi Tsuji Bradley Campbell A human chimera who can transform into a humanoid lion.
Barry the Chopper (Number 66) Hideyuki Umezu Jerry Jewell
Isaac McDougal Kouichi Yamadera Bryan Massey An anime-exclusive villain in the first episode of this series
Rosé Thomas Satsuki Yukino Colleen Clinkenbeard
Elicia Hughes Misato Fukuen Cherami Leigh
Gracia Hughes Tomoe Hanba Anastasia Munoz

Theme Songs[]

Opening Themes[]

# Title Performer Episodes
1 Again YUI 1 to 14
2 Hologram Nico Touches the Walls 15 to 26
3 Golden Time Lover Sukima Switch 27 to 38
4 Period CHEMISTRY 39 to 50
5 Rain SID 51 to 60 and 62

Ending Themes[]

# Title Performer Episodes
1 嘘 - Uso (Lie) SID 1 to 14
2 Let it Out Miho Fukuhara 15 to 26
3 Tsunai Da Te (Tied Hands) Lil'B 27 to 38
4 Shunkan SENTIMENTAL (Sentimental Moment) SCANDAL 39 to 50
5 RAY OF LIGHT Shoko Nakagawa 51 to 62
6 Rain SID 63
7 Hologram NICO Touches the Wall 64

Insert Songs[]

# Title Performer Episodes
1 Let it Out Miho Fukuhara 27
2 Rain SID 52 and 61
3 RAY OF LIGHT Shoko Nakagawa 64

Differences From the Manga[]

Although following the main plotline of the manga, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has some clear differences from the original work (manga), with most of the omitted content from the earlier episodes being removed presumably due to its inclusion in the 2003 anime while the less frequent omissions later in the series were cut presumably due to time or budget constraints. A few examples of the material changed from the original work are:

  • The introduction of exclusive characters (Isaac McDougal, the Ice Alchemist).
  • Earlier introductions of characters (Kimblee and Father are shown for a few seconds in episode 1).
  • Different settings for the first episode.
  • The train incident involving the Elrics' battle against Bald and his Blue Squad is omitted as well as Hakuro's ear wound.
  • The Youswell ordeal, during which Yoki is introduced, is omitted, although Yoki does appear in later episodes and a short flashback recounting the events of that omitted chapter is also shown. Additionally, due to May Chang's first appearance in Youswell also being cut, Youswell is only seen once in the series when May visited it a second time during the events in the manga.
  • Since the events of May Chang's first visit to Youswell were omitted, the dialogue during her second visit was changed in the anime to avoid confusion since the townspeople haven't seen her before in the anime version, unlike the manga.
  • Instead of going to another library to look up Tim Marcoh's research after the National Central Library burned down where Ed learned about Sheska from another librarian, the Elrics head straight for Sheska's house by car, with Maria Ross mentioning on who Sheska is.
  • Ed does not arm wrestle in Rush Valley like in the manga and the 2003 anime.
  • Dominic's fear during his first meeting with Winry due to his past association with Pinako Rockbell is omitted.
  • The masked man from Ed and Al's training on Yock Island is not shown.
  • The boys' stay in Dublith is shortened quite heavily, omitting Mason's appearance while also shortening Bradley's arrival.
  • Ed's journey to South City to turn in his yearly assessment report is omitted.
  • Envy's skirmish with Lan Fan in Central as well as Ling Yao and Gluttony later joining the battle is absent.
  • Hohenheim's death is more drawn out than the original manga.
  • The Gaiden (side stories) of the manga that were shown on the 2003 series, where many characters were introduced, including Catherine Elle Armstrong and Black Hayate, are omitted.
  • When Greed is captured by Wrath and taken back to Father, he is crucified in the manga, as opposed to being tied to a metal pillar in the anime. This scene, however, was also edited in the English manga due to religious symbolism. In the English version, the cross is changed to a giant slab.
  • The flashback of the Elric brothers' past was shown quite a bit earlier while on a train ride to Reole, whereas in the manga, it wasn't shown until they arrive at their teacher, Izumi Curtis', shop in Dublith.
  • How everyone finds out about Hughes' death is portrayed in many different ways throughout the manga and the 2009 series.
  • Some of the pictures at the end of the manga that show the aftermath of the story, such as Winry and Ed with their children (known by most as the "New Elric Family Photo"), have been changed a bit. Examples include the addition of Paninya and Garfiel in the New Elric Family Photo, Vato Falman with a picture of what appears to be his children instead of other Briggs Soldiers, and Mustang and Hawkeye's picture is changed a bit, depicting Mustang with a mustache and a military hat.
  • In the 2009 series, Havoc's legs are fully healed at the end of the story, whereas in the manga, we see him still in physical therapy post-series.


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External Links[]


  1. Animage Editorial Staff (October 2008). "鋼の錬金術師 新シリーズ" (in Japanese). Animage (Tokyo, Japan: Tokuma Shoten) 364 (October 2008): 67.
  2. "New Fullmetal Alchemist TV Anime Series Confirmed". Anime News Network. August 20, 2008. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-08-20/new-fullmetal-alchemist-tv-anime-series-confirmed. Retrieved August 20, 2008.
  3. "New Fullmetal Alchemist TV Commercial Streamed". Anime News Network. February 10, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-02-10/new-fullmetal-alchemist-tv-commercial-streamed. Retrieved February 27, 2009.
  4. "Animax Asia to Run 2009 Fullmetal Alchemist in Same Week as Japan". Anime News Network. March 20, 2009. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-03-20/animax-asia-to-simulcast-fullmetal-alchemist/brotherhood-on-tv. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
  5. "Funimation to Offer 2009 Fullmetal Alchemist on April 9 (Update 3)". Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-04-03/funimation-to-stream-2009-fullmetal-alchemist-on-april-9. Retrieved April 4, 2009.

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