Fullmetal Alchemist 2 Seasons 2009

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The two psychotic guardians of Laboratory Five attack Ed and Al, and the confrontation forces the brothers to ponder difficult questions about life that could lead to disturbing answers.

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Original air date:
January 27, 2009

Soul of the Guardian

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    1. To Challenge the Sun Four years after attempting to resurrect their mother, Edward and Alphonse search for a rumored stone that could amplify their alchemy and restore their broken bodies.

    TV-PG 25min October 4, 2003
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    2. Body of the Sanctioned Ed and Al face the false prophet Cornello, a supposed miracle worker using the science of alchemy for sinister reasons.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    3. Mother Ed and Al revisit childhood memories, recalling the constant and unconditional love of their mother - and the horrors that began when she died.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    4. A Forger's Love The Elrics seek information from Majhal, an alchemist who knew their father, but find him distracted by rumors of a female ghost wandering the outskirts of his town.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    5. The Man with the Mechanical Arm When politically motivated gunmen hijack the train to Central City, Ed and Al must use every skill they know to free the passengers who have been taken hostage.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    6. The Alchemy Exam Ed and Al study for the State Alchemy Exam at the lavish home of Shou Tucker, a State Alchemist who won fame and privilege for creating a Chimera that could speak the human language.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    7. Night of the Chimera's Cry With his annual Assessment approaching, Shou Tucker's lavish lifestyle is on the line. The pressure pushes him to commit acts of unspeakable darkness - and Ed and Al may be powerless to stop him.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    8. The Philosopher's Stone A serial killer is on the loose in the city, butchering only women. When Ed and Al's childhood friend, Winry, arrives in Central, she finds herself in line to become the maniac's next victim.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    9. Be Thou for the People Mustang gives Ed his first assignment as a certified State Alchemist: inspect the coalmines of Youswell. It seems a pointless task, but Mustang has hidden motives.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    10. The Phantom Thief Ed finds himself in the middle of a hunt for a beautiful cat burglar who uses alchemy to commit her crimes. But Psiren's motivations might not be as self-serving as they seem.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    11. The Other Brothers Elric Part I In a derelict mining settlement, the Elrics discover their identities have been stolen by two alchemists developing an artificial Philosopher's Stone.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    12. The Other Brothers Elric Part II The fake Elrics struggle to repair the damage done by their artificial Philosopher's Stones, but their efforts might prove futile when a devious mastermind reveals a secret plan.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    13. Fullmetal VS. Flame Just in time for his annual Assessment, Ed challenges Mustang to a fight. If Ed wins, Roy must tell the truth about the traveling doctor who saved children in Xenotime.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    14. Destruction's Right Hand Ed and Al search for Doctor Marcoh, a fugitive State Alchemist who holds information the brothers desperately desire. Finding him could be less challenging than keeping him alive - Scar is drawing near.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    15. The Ishbal Massacre A decade ago, the military descended on Ishbal to end a long civil war. The unspeakable atrocities which followed continue to haunt the Ishbalan people - and the State Alchemists who committed them.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    16. That Which is Lost Ed and Al set out for Resembool, but when Al vanishes from a remote train station, Ed is led on a detour that makes him question the one principle he believes in most.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    17. House of the Waiting Family In Resembool for the first time in years, Edward and Alphonse sift through the ashes of their childhood. With memories fading and graves long grown-over, both must redefine their view of family and home.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    18. Marcoh's Notes Back in Central, the Elrics scour the library for Dr. Marcoh's records - until the building burns to the ground. With the doctor's secrets smoldering beneath rubble, Ed must think outside the box.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    19. The Truth Behind Truths Ed and Al's quest to restore their lives takes a devastating turn when they discover the gruesome secret ingredient required to create a Philosopher's Stone.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    20. Soul of the Guardian The two psychotic guardians of Laboratory Five attack Ed and Al, and the confrontation forces the brothers to ponder difficult questions about life that could lead to disturbing answers.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    21. The Red Glow Scar, Lust, Gluttony, and Greed are zeroing in on Laboratory Five - but the biggest threat to Ed may be his own morality when he's tempted with the power he's sought for so long.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    22. Created Human Hughes tasks Armstrong, Bloch, and Ross to investigate what's going on inside the 5th laboratory. Meanwhile, with Alphonse held hostage by Lust, Ed is forced to attempt the unthinkable.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    23. Fullmetal Heart In Central to repair the Elrics, Winry grows enraged when the brothers refuse to share the truth about their lives. Meanwhile, Al's recurring questions about the nature of his existence begin to take their toll.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    24. Bonding Memories Helpless refugees are massacred when mercenaries attack an Ishbalan encampment. As the military's role in the assault is questioned, Al finds himself alongside Scar, fighting the state that Ed represents.

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009
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    25. Words of Farewell Lieutenant Colonel Hughes discovers a plague of military corruption and conspiracy that could topple the entire government - and put his life in considerable danger.

    TV-PG 26min January 27, 2009
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    26. Her Reason In Rush Valley, the auto-mail capital of the world, Winry encounters a street-wise girl who asks her a tough question: Why is Winry helping Ed if he doesn't even seem to care?

    TV-PG 25min January 27, 2009

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By M. Herzog on December 30, 2010
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First, to inform those who are wondering the difference between the Viridian Collection and the regular edition, the Viridian Collection is just a cheaper version of the same set. Much like funimations recent blu-ray "S.A.V.E." sets, they are just repackaged anime series in cheaper form to allow people with more limited budgets to get the anime's they would like. I don't own the original set, but this set contains all the special features identified on the original set, and the picture and audio quality are all top notch (though I'm not a fan of the fact that I can't skip over the advertisements when the disc is initially started). So, if you're interest in Fullmetal Alchemist, and would like to save some money, this is the way to go.

As to the show, it is a rather amazing show, filled with humor, action, tragedy, and some of the best characterization (and twists) I've seen in an anime. I have to warn you, if you start it, you're probably not going to want to stop watching it until you're finished. The story progresses nicely, and things you didn't understand before become more clear as the show progresses. The only complaint I really have with the series is that it ends. If you're a fan of anime of any kind, I would highly recomend it.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Golden-Flute on February 3, 2009
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Fullmetal Alchemist is one of those stories that while you're watching, you wonder how anyone could have come up with such a complex and original plot. The anime is based on the manga "Fullmetal Alchemist" but the stories go two separate ways. They share a few similar plot twists, but ultimately the outcome for the two characters is completely different.

This DVD is a great buy for people who enjoy learning about the behind-the-scenes stuff from the show.

The product includes four discs that carry 25 episodes (roughly 4 episodes per disc) and they each come in their own thin, plastic casing. The four casings each have character artwork from the show. The product also comes with a smaller box of six texts. Each booklet has fun facts about characters, plus character drawings and concepts and other fun stuff. The outer box that carries all of this is pretty thick, at roughly 1 1/2 inches, but it's worth the vastness for all of the goodies it holds!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Seen on January 28, 2009
Format: DVD
I'm sure between the different versions that have been released that everyone has probably convinced you why you should or shouldn't buy this. I don't consider myself an anime fan per se (I watch sporadically, "Bleach" is probably the only current series I watch regularly) so I am no expert, but I have seen a fair amount, and in my humble opinion this may very well be the best piece of anime ever made. (Again, there are many differing opinions and series and movies.) A close second, in my opinion, would be some of the work of Hayao Miyazaki ("Princess Monoke," "Nausicaa," "Spirited Away") or Satoshi Kon ("Perfect Blue," "Paranoia Agent," "Paprika.")

The pacing, thought-provoking issues raised, character and plot development, action scenes, depth--everything is just about as perfect as one could expect from a series, animated or not.

I would like to add one final note: I saw this edition in a retail store, and it seems to include four individual discs (eps. 1-25, complete season 1--there are two seasons total) and a rather thick supplemental booklet that was labled something to the effect of "episode guide," I assume it may be material similar to what the individual discs have (they are still for sale, but it's much cheaper to buy one of the boxed sets.)

FYI: this is not a bootleg, this is an officially released version.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Bowman on November 13, 2009
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"Fullmetal Alchemist" is a spectacular TV show, a good movie, and a wonderful series of graphic novels. If you wanted to try, it'd be a great novel, mini-series, micro-series, film trilogy, comic strip, radio show, live-action show, or anything else. "Fullmetal Alchemist" would succeed in any forum, because it is a spectacular story. And if you've got that, you have everything else in the bag.
The show follows the adventures of Edward and Alphonse Elric. They live, not in this world, but a close parallel called Amestris, where science has diverged from ours--though far more sophisticated in its way, the science of alchemy has superseded all our sciences in importance. It's easy to see why: if you understand the composition of matter, alchemy can produce anything out of anything--as long as you abide by the law of equivalent exchange: to obtain, something of equal value must be lost.
The one exception to this rule is life.
But when their mother dies, the distraught brothers ignore this rule and do everything they can to bring her back, with disastrous consequences. The resurrected monster is nothing like their mother; Alphonse loses his human body; and Edward is literally ripped apart, left with an arm and a leg.
Torn by guilt over his brother's condition, Edward sets off--with his brother, in a strong but inhuman form--to correct the travesty he has committed. He is determined to bring his brother's body back, but the only way to possibly do that is to find the legendary Philosopher's Stone--the only object on earth that can surpass and ignore the law of equivalent exchange.
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