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Fullmetal Alchemist Primer

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Fullmetal Alchemist Primer

In order to prepare yourself for the new Fullmetal Alchemist series, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, I've taken a number of characters, key plot elements and such to provide you with a neat little guide to understand the basics of the FMA world, in case you aren't already, or it's been a while since you've experienced it. Here we go!

TERMS:

Alchemy

Fullmetal Alchemist Manga vs First TV Series - ROUND FOUR

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Fullmetal Alchemist Manga vs First TV Series - ROUND FOUR

In the original manga, Edward is "rescued" by the homonuculi from Laboratory 5 after sustaining injuries in the fight with the Slicer Brothers and given into military custody. In first animated television series, however, the homunuculi attempt to get Edward to use the red water and live prisoners to transmute a Philosopher's Stone. This is the beginning of some of the bigger differences between the anime and the source material.

EVENTS:

Chapter 13: Fullmetal Body

Event(s): Ed is confronted by the homonuculi, who kill the Slicer brothers, and knock him out, then destroy the laboratory. Ed is brought into military custody by Ross and Brosch.

Episode 21: The Red Glow/Episode 22: Created Human

Fullmetal Alchemist Manga vs First TV Series - ROUND THREE

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Fullmetal Alchemist Manga vs First TV Series - ROUND THREE

The third volume of the FMA manga covers the Elric brothers' trip back to Risembool to get Edward's automail arm fixed (it was destroyed by Scar), the research at Central's library into the Philosopher's Stone, and most of the Laboratory 5 incident. The first animated series stayed pretty faithful to this portion overall.

EVENTS:

Chapter 9: A Home with a Family Waiting

Event(s): Edward, Alphonse, and Major Armstrong visit Resembool, the Elric's hometown, to get his automail and Alphonse fixed.

Episode 17: "House of the Waiting Family"

Event(s): Edward, Alphonse, and Major Armstrong visit Resembool, the Elric's hometown, to get his automail and Alphonse fixed.

Judgement: Rather poignant in both versions, but slightly more subtle in the anime one.

MANGA

Fullmetal Alchemist Manga vs First TV Series - ROUND TWO

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Fullmetal Alchemist Manga vs First TV Series - ROUND TWO

In this round, I'll cover comparisons between chapters 4-8 and the episodes that correspond to the events in them. It's in this volume of the manga, volume 2, that Scar first appears and menaces the State Alchemists, and it all happens in "present" time, meaning none of it in a flashback like in the anime. The incident where Ed gets his automail broken by Scar comes shortly after the Tucker incident. In the first series, the Tucker incident occurs in a flashback, so chronologically, Scar's main attack in Central doesn't occur until around the time Ed and Al encounter Dr. Marcoh. Also, Marcoh isn't killed shortly after the encounter by Lust and Gluttony in the manga like in the anime.

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