What is Fullmetal Alchemist?

By: Zachary Arnon

The story takes place in an alternate version of the 20th century where alchemy actually works efficiently. Alchemy has become very important in the world and is used in all kinds of things like the military. Alchemy can be used with drawings called transmutation circles and other objects. Alchemy can change the object into about anything that is made from the same material and the same amount of substance. However, the most forbidden kind of alchemy is human transmutation.

Two boys named Edward and Alphonse Elric (Ed and Al for short) learn alchemy from the notes of their father who went away and their teacher. When their mother dies, they send notes hoping to reach their father to help them. After he never comes, they attempt human transmutation in order to bring her back. It goes wrong and what they created were not their mother and Edward loses a leg and Alphonse loses his whole body. Edward gives up one of his arms in order to transmutes Al’s soul to a suit of armor. Their childhood friend Winry and her grandmother take them in to live with them. They create and repair automail for Edward’s arm and leg, which are robotic arms that occasionally need repair.

A state alchemist named Roy Mustang had received a letter to Ed and Al’s dad and decided to come over. He sees how Ed attempted human transmutation and was able to bond his brother’s soul to a suit of armor. He offers Edward to work as a State Alchemist in the military and take everything that comes with it, in order to learn more about the Philosophers Stone. The Philosopher’s Stone is an object that is said to bypass the laws of Alchemy and might be able to give Ed and Alphonse’s bodies back. Edward accepts this and passes a test to become a test to become a State Alchemist. He then goes along with Alphonse helping people, stopping terrorists and trying to find whatever he can about the Philosopher’s stone. There are also mysterious people with powers who are following the brothers.


  • Aaron Kokotek:

    Thank you for taking the time to post this informative introduction for the upper school. It is a great show and I hope that more students come to appreciate it too.

  • Sharia:

    I liked how you specific and detailed you talked about Alchemy. You explained it better than google did!

  • Shelley Blednick:

    Very informative article, Zachary! I’m enjoying watching the series during your club meeting each cycle.

  • Zachary Arnon:

    Sharia, you could thank the show from that because it did a great job explaining alchemy!

  • Naomi T:

    What a great article Zachary!!! Thank you for introducing me to this show during your club!

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